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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Forest Whitaker ...  Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson / ... 11 episodes, 2019-2021
Lucy Fry ...  Stella Gigante / ... 11 episodes, 2019-2021
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 Johnson / ... 10 episodes, 2019
Giancarlo Esposito ...  Congressman Adam Clayton 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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This is (sort of) a prequel to American Gangster (2007) starring Denzel Washington. In that movie, Washington portrays Frank Lucas, who, in real life, ends up seizing control of the Harlem heroin market and all of Harlem from the 'retiring' Bumpy Johnson portrayed by Forest Whitaker in this series. However, in the 2007 movie 'American Gangster,' he was portrayed by Clarence Williams III who is best known for the role of Lincoln 'Linc' Hayes on Mod Squad (1968). See more »

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Denzel VS Forrest - looks very pormmising
28 October 2019 | by larsp74See all my reviews

If you like American Gangster with Denzel Washington, you will probably love Godfather of Harlem. Denzel's character Frank Lucas was Bumpy's right hand until he took over the throne.The historical chratcters and well played acting by Forrest Whitaker looks mores tham prommising and I look forward to see the following episodes. Whitaker really nails this role and I have been missing Whitaker in a strong role for many years. If you like the Gangster genre I have no doubt that you will love Godfather of Harlem.


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USA

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Release Date:

29 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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