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A drug cartel leader and his family try to keep what is "rightfully" theirs.


David Mills




Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Yancey Arias ...  Miguel Cadena 6 episodes, 2003
Brian Benben ...  Dr. Heywood Klein 6 episodes, 2003
Bobby Cannavale ...  Chato Cadena 6 episodes, 2003
Angela Alvarado ...  DEA Agent Delia Flores / ... 6 episodes, 2003
Shay Roundtree ...  Junie Gatling 6 episodes, 2003
Rubén J. Carbajal ...  Joey Cadena 6 episodes, 2003
Sheryl Lee ...  Marlene McDillon Cadena 6 episodes, 2003
Darius McCrary ...  Truck Thomas 5 episodes, 2003
Greg Serano ...  Joaquin 5 episodes, 2003
Wings Hauser ...  Doug Duffy 4 episodes, 2003
Eduardo Palomo Eduardo Palomo ...  Capt. Lazareno 3 episodes, 2003
Pepe Serna ...  Jorge Romo 3 episodes, 2003
Malik Yoba ...  Bobby Curtis 3 episodes, 2003
Neko Parham ...  Shawn Bailey / ... 3 episodes, 2003
Maria Conchita Alonso ...  Ariela 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Wisdom ...  Rolando 2 episodes, 2003
Elpidia Carrillo ...  Lupita 2 episodes, 2003
Lombardo Boyar ...  Romulo 2 episodes, 2003
Julio Oscar Mechoso ...  Rafael 2 episodes, 2003
Randle Mell Randle Mell ...  The American 2 episodes, 2003
Rudy Moreno Rudy Moreno 2 episodes, 2003
Miguel Sandoval ...  Tio Beto 2 episodes, 2003
Ismael 'East' Carlo 2 episodes, 2003
Toy Connor ...  Sharonda Clifford 2 episodes, 2003
Lou Casal Lou Casal ...  Mike Apitone / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Sam Vlahos ...  Bishop 2 episodes, 2003
Ivet Rios Ivet Rios ...  Maribel 2 episodes, 2003
Elika Crespo ...  Georgous Babe / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Andrea de Oliveira ...  Miguel's Secretary / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Hector Montejano Hector Montejano ...  Hector / ... 2 episodes, 2003


A drug cartel leader and his family try to keep what is "rightfully" theirs.

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Rule the family. Control the empire.


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After Steven Bauer was fired, Melanie Griffith called NBC and offered to make an appearance in the miniseries if Bauer was rehired. Bauer is Griffith's ex-husband. See more »


References Se7en (1995) See more »


Theme from Kingpin
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An Excellent Series, but Where's the Rest?
7 February 2004 | by AstraetherSee all my reviews

As a fan of "The Sopranos," I was perhaps a little reluctant to watch "Kingpin," since I felt that nothing could really surpass "The Sopranos" in my affections. Nonetheless, a friend had bought me the miniseries DVD for my birthday, so with no other excuse at hand, I watched it.

And I loved it. There are only six episodes, each an hour long, but it took me only 'til about the second before I was hooked. The acting is excellent, and I'm left wondering why I haven't heard of or seen these actors before. Each character was sympathetic and interesting; even the ones you're probably "supposed" to hate, and it was difficult deciding who exactly to root for. I especially liked the relationship between Miguel and his brother, Chato -- one of trust and closeness instead of the deceit and backstabbing that's all too common in shows along the same lines.

Agent Flores and Miguel's wife, Marlene, were also both very appealing, as strong, independent female characters who have their own complexities and motivations, rather than being overshadowed by the male characters. And I can't forget the particularly comic relationship between the doctor played by Benben, and his "thug" friend, Junie. The show provided a number of unexpected and unique twists on an old theme.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the show never took off. Maybe it was too expensive to produce, maybe it didn't get enough support from NBC, or maybe (and I hope this isn't the case), it slipped because it was not a predominantly white cast; most of the characters were Hispanic/Latino. That seems a particular shame, if it is the reason "Kingpin" never succeeded, since its cast was truly talented and I would have liked to see some of those actors get a definite career boost.

Still, at least it's available to rent, and I highly recommend giving it a shot. Even if you're a hardcore "Sopranos" lover, like I am, don't let the comparison deter you! They're similar in that they're about criminal families, but they each have a very different feel and flavor, and you'll only be robbing yourself of something new to enjoy.

I just wish there were /more/ of it to enjoy!

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Release Date:

2 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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Kingpin See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paso, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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