Black Bird, an American crime drama miniseries, created for Apple TV+ by Dennis Lehane, aired for the very first time July 8, 2022. This series is a miniseries and a limited series. Therefore, as of right now, there will not be a second season of Black Bird. This miniseries is based on a novel by James Keene and Hillel Levin by the name of ‘In With the Devil: a Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption’ that was released in 2010.
The series Black Bird follows James ‘Jimmy’ Keene. James was a football star that had a promising future ahead of him. Though when he failed to impress college scouts, his promising football career came crashing down. After learning he would no longer have a career playing college football, his life flipped upside down. He ended up turning to a life of crime instead. James started dealing narcotics until ultimately ended up getting arrested. His arrest was a part of a bigger operation though. The operation went by the name of operation snowplow.
In Black Bird, once arrested, a plea came about, which James ultimately took. He was under the impression his plea was five years and after four he would be eligible for parole. Though drug charges weren’t the only charges that came about. He also got numerous firearm charges. From those charges, he got a total of 120 months with no chance of parole. Ultimately a deal came about by authorities to get a commuted sentence. He ultimately takes the deal. Black Bird follows the dangerous deal offered by authorities and what comes after he takes the deal.
Overall, after Black Bird aired, it received many positive reviews from critics with only a few negative reviews. Many critics claimed it was a great prison drama and was extremely complex. Overall, this series got great reviews.
Rotten Tomatoes reported a 98% approval rating with an average rating of 8.2/10, based on 62 critic reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 80 out of 100 based on 28 critics.
Taron Egerton as James Keene
Paul Walter Hauser as Larry Hall
Sepideh Moafi as Lauren McCauley
Greg Kinnear as Brian Miller
Ray Liotta as James “Big Jim” Keene
Robert Diago DoQui as Sheriff Pat Hartshorn
Joe Williamson as Co Carter
Alexander Babara as Spartak
Jake McLaughlin as Gary Hall
Laney Stiebing as Jessica Roach
Cecilia Leal as Rochelle
Robert Wisdom as Edmund Beaumont
Charles Green as Robert Hall
Cade Tropeano as Young Larry Hall
Blue Clarke as Young Jimmy Keene
Braxton Alexander as Teenage Jimmy Keene
Cullen Moss as Russ Aborn