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Godfather of Harlem 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama | TV Series (2019– )
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A gangster named Bumpy Johnson makes his way in Harlem during the 1960s. A TV prequel to the 2007 film, 'American Gangster', which centered on the criminal enterprise of Frank Lucas.
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Series cast summary:
Forest Whitaker ...  Bumpy Johnson 11 episodes, 2019
Lucy Fry ...  Stella Gigante / ... 11 episodes, 2019
Nigel Thatch ...  Malcolm X 10 episodes, 2019
Ilfenesh Hadera ...  Mayme Johnson 10 episodes, 2019
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ...  Teddy Greene 10 episodes, 2019
Antoinette Crowe-Legacy ...  Elise 10 episodes, 2019
Giancarlo Esposito ...  Congressman Powell 10 episodes, 2019
Vincent D'Onofrio ...  Vincent 'Chin' Gigante 10 episodes, 2019
Erik LaRay Harvey ...  Del Chance 10 episodes, 2019
Rafi Gavron ...  Ernie Nunzi 9 episodes, 2019
Paul Sorvino ...  Frank Costello 9 episodes, 2019
Elvis Nolasco ...  Nat Pettigrew 9 episodes, 2019
Demi Singleton ...  Margaret Johnson 9 episodes, 2019
Markuann Smith ...  Junie Byrd 9 episodes, 2019
Chazz Palminteri ...  Joe Bonanno 7 episodes, 2019
Kevin Corrigan ...  Bennie Eggs 7 episodes, 2019
Korey Jackson ...  Livingston Wingate 7 episodes, 2019
Tramell Tillman ...  Bobby Robinson 6 episodes, 2019
Roslyn Ruff ...  Delia Greene 6 episodes, 2019
Kathrine Narducci ...  Olympia Gigante 5 episodes, 2019
Afi Bijou ...  Sister Marny 5 episodes, 2019
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The "true story" of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. Written by AnonymusB

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godfather of Harlem See more »

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ABC Signature Studios See more »
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1.78 : 1
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While riding in the car after he got out of prison heading to retaliate against the Italians, Bumpy Johnson (Forrest Whitaker) hears a debate on the radio between Adam Clayton Powell & Malcolm X. Denzel Washington portrayed Malcolm in the movie "X" (1992) as well as Bumpy's real life successor, Frank Lucas in the movie "American Gangster" (2007). Vincent D'Onofrio (who plays Vincent "The Chin" Gigante) and Giancarlo Esposito (who plays Powell) also both appeared in Malcolm X, with Esposito playing Thomas Hayer, one of his assassins. See more »

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Very Good + Serious Flaws
21 October 2019 | by robertconstantSee all my reviews

I like this series, but it is hard to watch at times.

A few serious flaws:

A period piece, from the early 1960s... with a RAP soundtrack? Big mistake. They should have used period music only. I guess they were pandering and mistakenly thought they needed modern music to attract a younger audience.

Perhaps another pandering tactic to reach the young 'urban' male audience (who were raised in the era of the Kardashians) is the anachronistic portrayals of interracial relationships. While there have been interracial relations since the beginning of human history, there almost certainly were non in the early 60s between a mafia princes and a kid from Harlem, nor between a rich society woman and a Bumpy Johnson type gangster.


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