The BEST Episodes of Godfather of Harlem

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Network: EPIX

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 take back his piece of Harlem.

Chickens Come Home to Roost

#1 - Chickens Come Home to Roost

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 1, 2019

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.

star 8.19
571 votes
Directors: Joe Chapelle
Writers: Chris Brancato
By Whatever Means Necessary

#2 - By Whatever Means Necessary

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 2019

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.

star 8.14
941 votes
Directors: John Ridley
Writers: Chris Brancato, Paul Eckstein
Masters of War

#3 - Masters of War

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 2019

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.

star 8.14
614 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Zach Calig
It's All In the Game

#4 - It's All In the Game

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 2019

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.

star 8.09
688 votes
Writers: Laurence Andries
The Nitty Gritty

#5 - The Nitty Gritty

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 2019

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.

star 8.07
794 votes
Our Day Will Come

#6 - Our Day Will Come

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 2019

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.

star 8.06
777 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Paul Eckstein
Il Canto de Malavita

#7 - Il Canto de Malavita

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 2019

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.

star 8.04
664 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Chris Brancato
Rent Strike Blues

#8 - Rent Strike Blues

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 24, 2019

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.

star 8.04
556 votes
Writers: Chris Brancato, Michael Panes
I Am The Greatest

#9 - I Am The Greatest

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2019

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.

star 8.03
716 votes
Writers: Chris Brancato
How I Got Over

#10 - How I Got Over

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

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.

star 8.01
572 votes