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Godfather of Harlem

Godfather of Harlem

Epix 2019

Loosely based on 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 attempts to regain his piece of Harlem.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Godfather of Harlem

Godfather of Harlem - S2E10

#1 - The Harlem Riots


Season 2 - Episode 10

Bumpy Johnson must fend off rivals to receive the largest dope shipment in New York history, while Harlem explodes into riot; Malcolm X reluctantly agrees to protection from an unusual source.

The episode was rated from 218 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S2E9

#2 - Bonanno Split


Season 2 - Episode 9

Bumpy Johnson must protect the Italian mob when Joseph Bonanno decides to abolish the Commission; captain Omar takes his campaign against Malcolm X to a new level.

The episode was rated from 224 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S2E4

#3 - The Geechee


Season 2 - Episode 4

An unlikely partnership proves to be extremely lucrative for Bumpy Johnson and Chin Gigante, but their success puts targets on their backs. Malcolm X fights off attacks on his character and his life.

The episode was rated from 356 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S2E8

#4 - Ten Harlems


Season 2 - Episode 8

Bumpy Johnson wants to use his new French supplier to distribute to the Harlems of other major American cities. Malcolm X uses Cassius Clay to leverage himself back into favour with the Nation of Islam before Clay's famous fight versus Sonny Liston.

The episode was rated from 245 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S1E10

#5 - Chickens Come Home to Roost


Season 1 - Episode 10

Bumpy blackmails the mob in an effort to secure the safety of himself and his family. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Teddy performs at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The episode was rated from 693 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S1E7
#6 - Masters of War
Season 1 - Episode 7

Striking back at the Italians, Bumpy exploits Chin's dark past. Mayme and Elise put aside their differences and Bumpy sees his wife and children reunited before his war explodes.

The episode was rated from 729 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S1E1
#7 - By Whatever Means Necessary
Season 1 - Episode 1

After returning from Alcatraz, Bumpy Johnson seeks to regain control of Harlem. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family, led by Vincent “Chin” Gigante.

The episode was rated from 1117 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S2E3
#8 - The Fruit Stand Riot
Season 2 - Episode 3

When innocent black teenagers and bystanders are savagely beaten and arrested by police, the Harlem community rallies to free them. Adam Clayton Powell and Mayme Johnson use peaceful protest, but Bumpy Johnson and Malcolm X prefer street justice.

The episode was rated from 360 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S1E5
#9 - It's All In the Game
Season 1 - Episode 5

In an effort to break Bumpy's bank, Chin fixes a bet, as a result, Bumpy owes the winners more than he can cover. Police arrest Stella and Teddy for kissing. Elise looks toward the Nation of Islam in order to better herself.

The episode was rated from 803 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S1E3
#10 - Our Day Will Come
Season 1 - Episode 3

Bumpy unexpectedly finds himself at Elise's side when her shoplifting arrest and subsequent abuse is the catalyst for a protest where conflicting interests cause tensions to rise.

The episode was rated from 902 votes.

Last updated: dec 02, 2021



Far fetched,if bumpy had messed about with the italians like that he would have swam with the fish!


Very good show cant wait for the next episode


OMG!! Nigel looks sooooooooo much like Malcolm X it's frightening!! Down to his lip line!!! :flushed: He got his mannerisms down packed!! It was as the he was somehow resurrected via witchcraft or something..... :flushed:


I LOVE this show and re complete season. Especially having Giancarlo Esposito inthis show, made me remember his part in Lee's “Malcolm X“.


Looks promising. Hopefully not too many gratuitous liberties will be taken.


Do you know what. I love good gangster flicks. Gomorrah is one of my recent all time faves. I'm not going to say this beats that but it's really really good. At the pace it's building this is starting to look like it may get close to or even equal Gomorrah. I have to be careful though. This is more like the Goodfellas movie (that I loved!) than the raw Italian mafia living in council blocks (like Gomorrah). To even say Godfather of Harlem is in the same breath as Gomorrah is saying something. Not totally convinced yet but what I will say is this is great tv. Really good. If you like mafia stuff you really must check it out. Watched Peaky Blinders and enjoyed that? Then check it out. Anyway forgetting comparisons... this is proper enjoyable popcorn mafia tv with great actors and acting. I love it. Currently at a 9 but I may have to upgrade it to a 10 if it keeps on going the way it is going.


I don't know how "historically correct" this series is but, it's must see tv! A GREAT cast! It's one of the few shows that always leaves me craving the next episode!


I wouldent be a fan of whitaker.never seen him in anything b4.but I got stuck into this show..right up my street.loads f gangster shit going on..defo recommend this 1 id watch this again no problem


What an incredible show this is, one of the best tv shows out there. Forest Whitaker plays so well in this.

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