Godfather of Harlem: Season 1 Reviews

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November 22, 2019
I'm not saying devious behaviour is to be celebrated but even in the crime world, ingenuity and creativity exist before the inevitable demise of the criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2019
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.
October 6, 2019
[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.
October 6, 2019
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.
October 3, 2019
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.
October 2, 2019
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.
October 2, 2019
Anachronistic hip-hop might date the series quickly, but for now it's a rich and piquant stew.
September 30, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 30, 2019
In Godfather, there promises to be tragedy enough for all.
September 30, 2019
Through it all, Whitaker keeps a tight rein on his performance, letting his storied intensity break through in just a few flashes.
September 30, 2019
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.
September 29, 2019
At least by then we know what the ceiling looks like for Godfather of Harlem. If it can't be The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire it can be something less while still entertaining those who like mob stories.
September 27, 2019
...episodes can get crowded. Still, the show's ambition pays off in the rare gangster epic we haven't seen before.
September 27, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
September 27, 2019
Forest Whitaker, 58 (Platoon, Black Panther) brings movie-star charisma to the role...
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September 27, 2019
Whitaker gets his first series lead role, with predictable results - all good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2019
It's just good enough for fans of period crime dramas, without seeming interested in (or capable of) finding another level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 25, 2019
With the great Forest Whitaker playing an OG in a very new way... you have the makings of a potential epic for Epix.
September 20, 2019
The acting talent is beyond first rate. The performances are thoughtful and nuanced. Giancarlo Esposito looks like he's having the time of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 10, 2019
It strains credulity that Bumpy always finds himself at the heart of the action, perhaps, but taken on its own terms, this device also allows surprisingly high-level conversations about the best way to make change to flourish.
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