Overview

Godfather of Harlem stars Academy Award®-winning actor Forest Whitaker as the infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson.

Produced by ABC Signature Studios, the series features an all-star cast including Vincent D’Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera, Paul Sorvino and Giancarlo Esposito.  The first episode was directed by Academy Award winner John Ridley.

“Godfather of Harlem” is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960’s, returned home 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.  During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X – catching Malcom’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.  “Godfather of Harlem” is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

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  • Forest Whitaker

    Bumpy Johnson

  • Ilfenesh Hadera

    Mayme Johnson

  • Vincent D’Onofrio

    Vincent "Chin" Gigante

  • Giancarlo Esposito

    Adam Clayton Powell

  • Antoinette Crowe-Legacy

    Elise Johnson

  • Nigél Thatch

    Malcolm X

  • Kelvin Harrison Jr.

    Teddy Greene

  • Lucy Fry

    Stella Gigante

  • Rafi Gavron

    Ernie Nunzi

  • Chris Brancato

    Creator/Showrunner

  • Paul Eckstein

    EP/Co-Creator/Writer

  • Season 2 Returns Promo

  • Official Teaser

  • Season 2 Overview

  • Official Trailer

  • Extended Trailer

  • Overview

  • Critics Spot

Overview

Godfather of Harlem tells a story inspired by infamous Harlem crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from eleven years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. Season 2 finds Bumpy battling the New York Crime Families for control of the lucrative and murderous “French Connection,” the pipeline for heroin that runs from Marseilles to New York Harbor.  With a distribution syndicate that includes black crime bosses from other major U.S. cities, Bumpy takes a cue from his friend Malcolm X’s message of black economic nationalism. His ambitious plan will face challenges from not only the Italians but his wife Mayme, daughter Elise, rival Adam Clayton Powell, prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, and even Malcolm himself.  Once again, Godfather of Harlem explores the collision of the criminal underworld and civil rights in the colorful, tumultuous year of 1964.

In addition to Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) as star and executive producer, season 2 sees the return of cast members Vincent D’Onofrio (Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Daredevil), Ilfenesh Hadera (She’s Gotta Have It, Baywatch), Nigél Thatch (Selma, American Dreams), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian)Lucy Fry (Bright, Vampire Academy), Rafi Gavron (A Star is Born), and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy. Cast members Erik LaRay Harvey (Luke Cage) and Demi Singleton (King Richard) have been upped to series regulars.

Produced by ABC Signature Studios, which is a part of Disney Television Studios, the series is co-created and executive produced by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos). Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, along with James Acheson, Markuann Smith and Joe Chappelle, serve as executive producers. Swizz Beatz serves as executive music producer. Chris Brancato serves as showrunner.

  • Forest Whitaker

    Bumpy Johnson

  • Ilfenesh Hadera

    Mayme Johnson

  • Vincent D’Onofrio

    Vincent "Chin" Gigante

  • Giancarlo Esposito

    Adam Clayton Powell

  • Antoinette Crowe-Legacy

    Elise Johnson

  • Nigél Thatch

    Malcolm X

  • Lucy Fry

    Stella Gigante

  • Rafi Gavron

    Ernie Nunzi

  • Chris Brancato

    Creator/Showrunner

  • Paul Eckstein

    EP/Co-Creator/Writer

  • Season 2 Returns Promo

  • Official Teaser

  • Season 2 Overview

  • Official Trailer