Lawmen: Bass Reeves


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Bass Reeves: A Law Man or an Outlaw?

Lawmen: Bass Reeves is based on the incredible true story of Bass Reeves. Born a slave, he became the first black Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River in the United States. 


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David Oyelowo, Dennis Quaid and Donald Sutherland star in Lawmen: Bass Reeves

Lawmen: Bass Reeves is a Western drama series on Paramount+, based on the true story of Bass Reeves. The series is created by the same creative and production team behind the hugely successful Yellowstone series. The team includes Taylor Sheridan, who serves as an executive producer on Lawmen: Bass Reeves. David Oyelowo also serves as an executive producer, in addition to starring in the series.

Oyelowo plays Bass Reeves, a U.S. federal peace officer based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The notorious Reeves was born into slavery in 1838 but later gained his freedom and became one of the first Black U.S marshals. He is famous for capturing over 3,000 dangerous criminals without ever being injured. Dennis Quaid plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Sherill Lynn, with Forrest Goodluck as Cherokee man Billy Crow. Lauren E. Banks plays Bass’s wife Jennie, with Demi Singleton as his daughter Sally. Barry Pepper plays Esau Pierce, with Grantham Coleman as Edwin Jones. Acclaimed actor Donald Sutherland features in a recurring role as Judge Isaac Parker.

Production News

  • 9 September 2021
    • David Oyelowo is confirmed to star in Lawmen: Bass Reeves. (Source: Deadline)
  • 22 June 2022
    • Taylor Sheridan announced to direct the pilot episode of Lawmen: Bass Reeves. (Source: Deadline)
  • 19 January 2023
    • Dennis Quaid joins the cast of Lawmen: Bass Reeves. (Source: Deadline)
  • 14 February 2023
    • Forrest Goodluck and Lauren E. Banks confirmed in starring roles for the Bass Reeves series. (Source: Variety)
  • 27 April 2023
    • Donald Sutherland joins the cast in a supporting role. (Source: Deadline)
  • 6 June 2023
    • Yellowstone’s Mo Brings Plenty cast in the series, along with Dale Dickey, Margot Bingham and Tosin Morohunfola. (Source: Deadline)
  • 7 September 2023
    • The release date for Lawmen: Bass Reeves is confirmed as November 5, 2023. (Source: Digital Spy)
  • 10 October 2023
    • The official trailer for Lawmen: Bass Reeves is released by Paramount+. (Source: Deadline)
  • 5 November 2023
    • Lawmen: Bass Reeves premieres on Paramount+ in Australia.

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IMDB 7.4 (11k)


Drama, Western



Production country

United States


David Oyelowo
Bass Reeves
Lauren E. Banks
Jennie Reeves
Demi Singleton
Sally Reeves
Forrest Goodluck
Billy Crow
Barry Pepper
Esau Pierce
Dennis Quaid
Deputy U.S. Marshall Sherrill Lynn
Grantham Coleman
Edwin Jones
Donald Sutherland
Judge Isaac Parker