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


David Mills

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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 ...  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 »

Company Credits

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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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a stylish take on The Sopranos
30 July 2006 | by Johnny10See all my reviews

this show has been type-casted as the Sopranos on daytime TV. But i think this show is as good or if not better than the Sopranos. Kingpin is much more stylish with the camera and music then the Sopranos is and Kingpin hardly eases up there is constant action going on on screen. This show was made to be aired on Cable for the drug and violent content and i do believe this show could of beat out the Sopranos if it was made into a regular T.V. series and if it wasn't so restricted on content, overall if you like the Sopranos then you are more than likely love kingpin and even if you don't like the Sopranos you should give it a try for the massive amount of raw energy put in this TV Show.

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