Godfather of Harlem: Season 1 (2019)

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Godfather of Harlem

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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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Air date: Sep 29, 2019

Bumpy Johnson returns from Alcatraz to reunite with his family and reclaim his Harlem territory from Italian mob boss Vincent Gigante; he finds an unlikely ally in his old friend Malcolm X.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2019

Bumpy engages in a fevered search to find a dope supply independent of the Italians; Chin talks to crooked cops; Mayme worries the effect Bumpy's rescue of his daughter Elise from the streets will have on their family.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2019

Bumpy unexpectedly finds himself at Elise's side when her shoplifting arrest and subsequent abuse is the catalyst for a protest where conflicting interests cause tensions to rise.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2019

Cassius Clay battles local boxing hero Doug Jones; Mayme insists Bumpy back Jones but Malcolm urges Bumpy to back Clay; Chin engages in a turf war for Harlem with Bonnano and a buried secret is revealed.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2019

In an effort to break Bumpy's bank, Chin fixes a bet, as a result, Bumpy owes the winners more than he can cover; police arrest Stella and Teddy for kissing; Elise looks toward the Nation of Islam in order to better herself.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2019

Elijah Muhammed tours Malcolm X's mosque where he meets Elise and asks her to spy on Malcolm; Chin finds out Teddy is alive, leaving Ernie Nunzi to correct his mistake; Esther James sues Adam Clayton Powell Jr. for slander.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2019

Striking back at the Italians, Bumpy exploits Chin's dark past; Mayme and Elise put aside their differences and Bumpy sees his wife and children reunited before his war explodes.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2019

Chin and Bonnano are at war in Harlem; Mayme asks Bumpy to create a will where Bumpy finds out he and Mayme never formally adopted Margaret; Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. go to D.C. for the March on Washington.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2019

Due to slum conditions in Harlem, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. leads a rent strike and investigates the owners of the buildings; Ernie Nunzi searches for the hooker who helped set up Zambrano; Bumpy and Mayme experience tension in their marriage.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2019

Bumpy blackmails the mob in an effort to secure the safety of himself and his family; President John F. Kennedy is assassinated; Teddy performs at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

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Cast & Crew

Forest Whitaker
Bumpy Johnson

Actor
Vincent D'Onofrio
Vincent Gigante

Actor
Ilfenesh Hadera
Mayme Johnson

Actor
Nigel Thatch
Malcolm X

Actor
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Teddy Greene

Actor
Lucy Fry
Stella

Actor
Paul Sorvino
Frank Costello

Actor
Giancarlo Esposito
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Actor
Rafi Gavron
Ernie Nuzi

Actor
Kathrine Narducci
Oympia Gigante

Actor
Chris Brancato
Executive Producer
Paul Eckstein
Executive Producer
Forest Whitaker
Executive Producer
Nina Yang Bongiovi
Executive Producer
James Acheson
Executive Producer
Markuann Smith
Executive Producer
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  • Dec 10, 2021
    good cast. swizz on the beat
  • Oct 20, 2021
    No clue how a show with so much talent, can be this bad. No Emotions due to no supporting Music, bad timing, bad Acting, for the most part, bad Actor choices, again for the most part, dunno.... I'd love to love this Show, American Gangster is one of THE best Movies imo... but this.... sry... it's BS.... don't waste your time.
  • Jul 04, 2020
    Captivating story with a script that uses important historical facts as a framework. The battle for the street in Harlem in the sixties, with the confrontation between the black community and the Italians, has components of great interest. Excellent performances, where Forest Whitaker stands out clearly. The only element of criticism is the music, not because of its quality, but because I would have preferred them to use songs from that time.
  • Apr 15, 2020
    The acting is amazing: Forrest Whitaker and Vincent D'Onofrio are spot on.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    My new favorite series. This is some amazing entertainment
  • Feb 12, 2020
    Rivering with a great soundtrack and an authentic feel of the real Harlem. Forrest Whitaker at the top of his game. Whats not to like?
  • Feb 09, 2020
    Forest Whittaker is back with a vengeance transforming himself into the Bumpy Johnson Role. Brilliant. The show is so compelling I binged on the entire season 1 over 2 days. Every single actor is addictive & naturally fitting in the scenes. The actor playing Gin, and all the other mob heads are truly convincing - enough to turn your stomach inside out. Set design was very accurate. I wish I could have seen them transform Lenox Terrace here in Harlem because the lobby area appears very authentic. It looks just like it did in the early 90's (though this is set in the 60's - all of the buildings were updated in 2002). The young cute Italian kid "Ernie" (Rafi Gavron) reminded me of the young kid who played Deniro's son in A Bronx Tale. He's holding it down in this role, though playing an awful, insecure, spiritually lost young killer for the mob, who spends his days trying to become a made man. Adding Bumpys' complicated relationship with Malcom X, and Malcom's struggles within the NOA kept me watching episode after episode. The handsome, captivating Nigel Thatch brought Malcom to life on screen in the most mesmerizing way. Even Elijah Mohammed being played by Clifton Davis was a huge surprise that WORKED!! He really looks like him and does him well. Wow. The storyline for this series is thick, heavy, but realistically portrayed throughout each episode. It may seem like a lot and there really is a lot going on at once, so you will never get bored. The writers are trying to show us some important aspects of Bumpy's life and relationships as they relate to some famous people we know - I imagine this was challenging to put together. Still, this is one of the best series showing us how street life, politics, & religion can become entwined into one mission when you look deeper into it. Or at least, as it ended up this way for Bumpy Johnson. These men kept changing and needing one another despite their disagreements and seemingly opposing values. Now I don't know if Adam C. Powell was this hilarious in real life, but in this series GianCarlos had me laughing out loud. I can't wait for season 2. 10 episodes is not enough. Godfather of Harlem is excellent storytelling. I don't want to give away any spoilers since most of us know a lot about these men anyway. You won't regret it.
  • Jan 31, 2020
    Loved it. Very strong stories and extremely compelling cast. I also thought they did a fantastic job with the imagery to represent the time period from clothing, cars, furnishings, accents to music. Was really impressed and very eager for a second season. This is a home run series.
  • Dec 29, 2019
    it was a great series. it has to continue. they left alot out from this same time frame in that era.
  • Dec 23, 2019
    A great insider look at American History in the '60s. The show is perfectly paced and every hook at the end of the episode had me wanting more. I can't wait for Season 2!

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