Godfather of Harlem: Season 1 Reviews

October 6, 2019
[Whitaker] holds it all together, but this is definitely an ensemble piece, and it's smart, engaging television that only occasionally falters under the weight of its ambition to tell a few too many stories at once.
October 2, 2019
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.
October 2, 2019
Anachronistic hip-hop might date the series quickly, but for now it's a rich and piquant stew.
September 30, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 30, 2019
Through it all, Whitaker keeps a tight rein on his performance, letting his storied intensity break through in just a few flashes.
September 29, 2019
At least by then we know what the ceiling looks like for Godfather of Harlem. If it can't be The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire it can be something less while still entertaining those who like mob stories.
September 27, 2019
...episodes can get crowded. Still, the show's ambition pays off in the rare gangster epic we haven't seen before.
Top Critic
September 27, 2019
Whitaker gets his first series lead role, with predictable results - all good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2019
It's just good enough for fans of period crime dramas, without seeming interested in (or capable of) finding another level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 10, 2019
It strains credulity that Bumpy always finds himself at the heart of the action, perhaps, but taken on its own terms, this device also allows surprisingly high-level conversations about the best way to make change to flourish.