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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 Hate That Hate Produced


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 411 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S2E4

#2 - 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 459 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S1E10

#3 - 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 762 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S1E7

#4 - 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 797 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S1E1

#5 - 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 1189 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S2E9

#6 - 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 396 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S1E3

#7 - 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 967 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S1E2

#8 - The Nitty Gritty


Season 1 - Episode 2

Realizing a consistent source of heroin is vital to reclaim Harlem, Bumpy engages in a fevered search to find a dope supply independent of the Italians. Chin engages the services of crooked cops in a plot to arrest Bumpy and send him back to jail.

The episode was rated from 1001 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 869 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S1E6

#10 - Il Canto de Malavita


Season 1 - Episode 6

Elijah Muhammed tours Malcolm X's mosque where he meets Elise and asks her to spy on Malcolm. Chin finds out Teddy is alive, leaving Ernie Nunzi to correct his mistake. Esther James sues Adam Clayton Powell Jr. for slander.

The episode was rated from 846 votes.

Godfather of Harlem - S2E8
#11 - Ten Harlems
Season 2 - Episode 8

Confronted with a betrayal in his ranks, Bumpy Johnson hunts for enemies within his Ten Harlems. The conflict between Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam escalates from threats to outright violence.

The episode was rated from 401 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S2E3
#12 - 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 477 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S1E4
#13 - I Am The Greatest
Season 1 - Episode 4

Cassius Clay battles local boxing hero Doug Jones in the ring. Mayme insists Bumpy back Jones, an advocate for her Harlem Youth organization, but Malcolm urges Bumpy to back Clay. Meanwhile, Chin engages in a turf war for Harlem with Bonnano.

The episode was rated from 904 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S1E9
#14 - Rent Strike Blues
Season 1 - Episode 9

Due to slum conditions in Harlem, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. leads a rent strike and investigates the owners of the buildings. Ernie Nunzi searches for the hooker who helped set up Zambrano. Bumpy and Mayme experience tension in their marriage.

The episode was rated from 740 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S1E8
#15 - How I Got Over
Season 1 - Episode 8

Chin and Bonnano are at war in Harlem. Mayme asks Bumpy to create a will where Bumpy finds out he and Mayme never formally adopted Margaret. Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. go to D.C. for the March on Washington.

The episode was rated from 750 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S2E2
#16 - Sting Like a Bee
Season 2 - Episode 2

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 favor with the Nation of Islam before Clay’s famous fight versus Sonny Liston.

The episode was rated from 481 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S2E5
#17 - It's a Small World After All
Season 2 - Episode 5

An incident at the Geechee Club threatens to break up Bumpy and Chin’s partnership. Adam Clayton Powell looks to end the filibuster on the Civil Rights Bill, even if it means playing dirty.

The episode was rated from 438 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S2E1
#18 - The French Connection
Season 2 - Episode 1

After three months in hiding from Chin Gigante and the Italians, Bumpy Johnson takes action to lift the sanctions off his head. By forging new alliances with European suppliers, Bumpy aims to reunite with his family safely back in Harlem.

The episode was rated from 524 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S2E6
#19 - The Ballot or the Bullet
Season 2 - Episode 6

Three Freedom Riders are murdered in Mississippi, and Bumpy Johnson wants justice, as well as a hedge against Federal investigation. Chin Gigante evades imprisonment with an “insanity” defense, and Malcolm X delivers his most fervent call to action.

The episode was rated from 426 votes.
Godfather of Harlem - S2E7
#20 - Man of the Year
Season 2 - Episode 7

Before accepting a prestigious award, Bumpy Johnson contemplates the many contradictions in his life, and struggles to do what's best for his family; Chin Gigante learns a difficult truth about his daughter, Stella.

The episode was rated from 396 votes.

Last updated: jul 04, 2022



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.


Forest Whitaker deserves an award for this series. Best series on TV.


Reasonable gangster show about somebody who doesn't actually seem to be very good at being a gangster.

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