The BEST Episodes of Godfather of Harlem

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 25, 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.

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The Hate That Hate Produced

#1 - The Hate That Hate Produced

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 29, 2021

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.

star 8.16
342 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Chris Brancato, Michael Panes
The Geechee

#2 - The Geechee

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 9, 2021

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.

star 8.15
417 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Heather Mitchell
The Bonanno Split

#3 - The Bonanno Split

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 22, 2021

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.

star 8.10
337 votes
Directors: Carl Seaton
Writers: Chris Brancato, Moses Verneau
Chickens Come Home to Roost

#4 - 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 8.09
730 votes
Directors: Joe Chapelle
Writers: Chris Brancato
Masters of War

#5 - 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 8.07
762 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Zach Calig
By Whatever Means Necessary

#6 - 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 8.07
1,155 votes
Directors: John Ridley
Writers: Chris Brancato, Paul Eckstein
Ten Harlems

#7 - Ten Harlems

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 15, 2021

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.

star 8.01
343 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Resheida Brady, Zach Calig
Our Day Will Come

#8 - 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 8.00
933 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Paul Eckstein
The Nitty Gritty

#9 - 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 7.99
966 votes
It's All In the Game

#10 - 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 7.99
835 votes
Writers: Laurence Andries
The Fruit Stand Riot

#11 - The Fruit Stand Riot

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 2, 2021

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.

star 7.98
430 votes
Writers: Chris Brancato, Paul Eckstein
Il Canto de Malavita

#12 - 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 7.98
812 votes
Directors: Tanya Hamilton
Writers: Chris Brancato
I Am The Greatest

#13 - 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 7.95
874 votes
Writers: Chris Brancato
Rent Strike Blues

#14 - 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 7.93
707 votes
Writers: Chris Brancato, Michael Panes
How I Got Over

#15 - 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 7.93
716 votes
Sting Like A Bee

#16 - Sting Like A Bee

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 25, 2021

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.

star 7.92
432 votes
Writers: Chris Brancato, Michael Panes
The French Connection

#17 - The French Connection

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 18, 2021

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.

star 7.91
473 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Chris Brancato
It’s a Small World After All

#18 - It’s a Small World After All

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 16, 2021

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.

star 7.90
395 votes
Writers: Matthew Newman
The Ballot or the Bullet

#19 - The Ballot or the Bullet

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 23, 2021

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.

star 7.89
375 votes
Directors: Marisol Adler
Writers: Michael Panes
Man of the Year

#20 - Man of the Year

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 8, 2021

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, forever altering their relationship.

star 7.74
337 votes
Writers: Chris Brancato, Heather Mitchell, Michael Panes