Godfather of Harlem: Season 1

Godfather of Harlem: Season 1

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This prequel series to Ridley Scott's 2007 film American Gangster stars Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker as Bumpy Johnson, a crime boss looking to reclaim his neighbourhood after a ten-year stint in prison.

2019USA
CrimeDrama

Godfather of Harlem: Season 1 | Reviews

92%25 reviews

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It's just good enough for fans of period crime dramas, without seeming interested in (or capable of) finding another level.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

The show's ambition pays off in the rare gangster epic we haven't seen before.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

If it can't be The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire it can be something less while still entertaining those who like mob stories.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Through it all, Whitaker keeps a tight rein on his performance, letting his storied intensity break through in just a few flashes.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Even with its ambitions, its embracing of the genre's cliches, its at-times strained credulity, and overstuffed plot lines may keep new audiences away.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Anachronistic hip-hop might date the series quickly, but for now it's a rich and piquant stew.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This unofficial prequel to "American Gangster" does play with nostalgia from the era... But its depiction of a racially divided, corrupt and often venal world rings just as true today.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

It's gritty, pulpy and unpredictable and confident in a swagger that's not really trying to emulate the soft nuances of "prestige" crime dramas like Breaking Bad or The Sopranos.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

It's smart, engaging television that only occasionally falters under the weight of its ambition to tell a few too many stories at once.

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