Originally published 7/8/21
The series comes from creators Ed Helms, Sierra Teller Ornelas, and Matt Schur. The groundbreaking series made news by including 5 Indigenous writers Tazbah Chavez (Bishop Paiute Tribe from the Nüümü, Diné and San Carlos Apache), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Jana Schmieding (Lakota Sioux), Tai Leclaire (Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Mi’kmaq) and Ornelas (Navajo, born of the Edge Water Clan and Mexican American).
Rutherford Falls stars Helms and Schmieding as best friends Nathan Rutherford and Reagan Wells, a member of the fictitious Minishonka Tribe. Both have a lot of passion for their histories and are willing to fight for what they believe to be important historical structures that represent their history. The first season received a 94 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com among critics. Michael Greyeyes, Dustin Milligan and Jesse Leigh round out the main cast.
Rutherford Falls presents the Indigenous characters as just normal, modern people who have pretty normal jobs, family lives, and not without their own basic … and unique problems. It’s wonderful to see so many Indigenous faces in this show. Actors such as Martin Sensmeier, Devery Jacobs, Gary Farmer, and Casey Camp-Horinek also make appearances in Rutherford Falls. I’m hoping the renewal will bring more uncles and aunties to the small screen.
Season one ended on a cliffhanger. I’m so excited to find out what happens next. If you haven’t watched Rutherford Falls season one, then what are you waiting for? Season two is set for a 2022 release on the Peacock streaming service.