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


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



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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 ...  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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Release Date:

2 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kartellikuningas See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paso, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


(6 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Production Designer Bernard Hides asked for an evergreen, leaf-bearing tree on one of the sets. Someone brought him a "Bottle Tree" (Brachychiton Populneus), an extremely common plant from Australia. Hides was asked if he was familiar with this variety, and he replied that he had never seen a plant like it. Hides is a native of Australia, and lived there most of his life. See more »


References Scarface (1983) See more »


Theme from Kingpin
by Daniel Indart
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Simply awesome!
9 October 2008 | by rmalmeidaSee all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've seen such a well enacted and so realistic TV Series.

It seems that the "narcotraficantes", some of whom I would call "NACOtraficantes" are just as real as the ones who vandalize and terrify Mexican life in the border as of today.

It is somehow awkward the mix of English and Spanish and I just wonder if this is the kind of language spoken in the US-Mexican border. I've been to Laredo/Nuevo Laredo once and indeed it seems to be like this.

It is also true that today the blood bath seems to be many times worse than when the movie was filmed.

It's a shame that the series has been shut down.

A friend of mine lent me the three DVDs and I couldn't stop until I saw all the episodes.

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