Godfather of Harlem: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Godfather of Harlem

Critics Consensus

As sharply dressed as it is smartly written, Godfather of Harlem walks familiar blocks to its own beat and makes a strong first impression.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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User Ratings: 50
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 29, 2019
2
Air date: Oct 6, 2019
3
Air date: Oct 13, 2019
4
Air date: Oct 20, 2019
5
Air date: Oct 27, 2019
6
Air date: Nov 3, 2019
7
Air date: Nov 10, 2019
8
Air date: Nov 17, 2019
9
Air date: Nov 24, 2019

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Cast

Forest Whitaker
as Bumpy Johnson
Nigel Thatch
as Malcolm X
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Vincent "The Chin" Gigante
Giancarlo Esposito
as Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Paul Sorvino
as Frank Costello
Ilfenesh Hadera
as Mayme Johnson
Lucy Fry
as Stella
Rafi Gavron
as Ernie Nunzi
Kathrine Narducci
as Olympia Gigante
Roslyn Ruff
as Delia Greene
Sereene Brown
as Sister of Islam
Hank Strong
as Big Dick Buster
Demi Singleton
as Margaret Johnson
Markuann Smith
as Junie Byrd
Eric West
as Richie
Jamaal Burcher
as Fruit of Islam Soldier
Christopher Parker
as Prison Guard #1
Korey Jackson
as Livingston Wingate
Angela McKenzie
as Sister of Islam
D Ivery
as Woman in Ice Cream Parlour
Chaz Riddle
as Officer Riddle
Gregory Cioffi
as Fat Ricky
Jerry Hebrank
as Harlemitte
Trent Miller
as Gangster
Arlene A. McGruder
as Dignified Woman
Jake Friedman
as Julius Patron
Danielle McCullough
as Woman in Diner
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Critic Reviews for Godfather of Harlem Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

[Whitaker] holds it all together, but this is definitely an ensemble piece, and it's smart, engaging television that only occasionally falters under the weight of its ambition to tell a few too many stories at once.

Oct 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Anachronistic hip-hop might date the series quickly, but for now it's a rich and piquant stew.

Oct 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Whitaker gets his first series lead role, with predictable results - all good.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This unofficial prequel to "American Gangster" does play with nostalgia from the era... But its depiction of a racially divided, corrupt and often venal world rings just as true today.

Oct 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Through it all, Whitaker keeps a tight rein on his performance, letting his storied intensity break through in just a few flashes.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Even with its ambitions, its embracing of the genre's cliches, its at-times strained credulity, and overstuffed plot lines may keep new audiences away.

Sep 30, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

On one level it's a good entertainment, featuring a stellar cast and fantastic production values, on another level it uses the melodrama of this genre to explore themes about race in a way you normally wouldn't get in a mere crime thriller.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Godfather Of Harlem has fine performances and mostly sharp writing, making good use of the real-life historical figures that are the show's characters.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Godfather of Harlem falls deep into the foundation of racism and how drugs and Harlem itself became a staging ground for a war that is still being waged today.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

It's gritty, pulpy and unpredictable and confident in a swagger that's not really trying to emulate the soft nuances of "prestige" crime dramas like Breaking Bad or The Sopranos.

Oct 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The show mostly bobs along at a level of "pretty good," and every now and then it crests higher than that. The trio of Whitaker, D'Onofrio, and Esposito are enough to make anything worth watching, and they're matched by a superb Nigél Thatch.

Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…

In Godfather, there promises to be tragedy enough for all.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Godfather of Harlem: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    Compelling, sad and rings so true.
  • Nov 11, 2019
    One of the greatest in a long time... Exceptionally good...👌🏾💯💯💯
  • Nov 11, 2019
    Good damn show. Love it already!
  • Nov 06, 2019
    This is probably the best show on TV right now. Forrest just delivers in the way you would expect him to. This is a great mob tv show that I cannot wait to see each week. It is well-acted on all fronts and it really depicts New York in the 60's. The set design and fashion of the characters are so on point. From the crime families to the racism to the rise of the Nation of Islam it is just fantastic. They address the impact of drugs on the inner cities and not from an apologetic perspective. It feels real. I can't wait to see more episodes.
  • Oct 23, 2019
    Good show but who ever did the set design for episode 4 needs a history lesson. In the boxing gym scene there is the South African flag that only came into use in 1994. The show is set in 1960
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Wow. So far, so amazingly brilliant. Well portrayed and Forrest is a cool character.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    So far so good. Can't really go wrong with Forest Whitaker. And the soundtrack is banging!!
  • Oct 13, 2019
    Godfather of Harlem is just a big gigantic YES! I haven't enjoyed a good mob TV show since Boardwalk Empire. I'm hooked. Superb acting, a tight sharp script, just the right balance of interpersonal storylines and mob violence. Whitaker is excellent and the rest of the cast play their parts so well, it makes me smile. At its core, yes it's an ensemble piece, however, Whitaker grabs your attention and never allows you to wander away from him, no matter who's in a scene with him and how good they are. Godfather of Harlem also takes a hard look at race, drug addiction and how the life of a hardened gangster affects his family. Bumpy is not only at war with the Italian mafia, he's at war with his surroundings, his past and more importantly, himself.
  • Oct 09, 2019
    The writing & acting is amazing. Important political history woven into a great drama.
  • Oct 04, 2019
    forest brings a grit to the role with a back-up cast to join the ranks of great crime drama.

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