Power (TV series)

Power is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp in collaboration with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. It aired on the Starz network from June 7, 2014 to February 9, 2020.

Power
A dark montage with the name "Power" written on it, surrounded by a cloud of cocaine.
GenreCrime drama
Created by
Starring
Opening theme"Big Rich Town"
Composer(s)50 Cent
Joe
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes63 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Bart Wenrich
  • Shana Stein
  • Heather Zuhlke
  • Raphael Jackson, Jr.
  • Damione Macedon
  • Denise Pinckley
  • Michael Rainey Jr.
Production location(s)New York City
Running time51–82 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorStarz Media
Release
Original networkStarz
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format5.1
Original releaseJune 7, 2014 (2014-06-07) –
February 9, 2020 (2020-02-09)
Chronology
Followed byPower Book II: Ghost
External links
Website

Upon release, Power gained positive reviews for its pacing, atmosphere, and acting.[1][2] It is one of Starz's most highly rated shows and one of cable's most watched shows.[3][4] Prior to the premiere of the fifth season, Starz renewed the show for a sixth and final season, which premiered on August 25, 2019.[5][6]

OverviewEdit

Power tells the story of James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a ruthless, intelligent drug dealer under the street name "Ghost", who wishes to leave the criminal world to pursue legitimate business interests as a nightclub owner. St. Patrick aims to balance these two lives, while avoiding police capture amid a crumbling marriage and shifting economic alliances.

The show also features James' family, which partly consists of his wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton) and son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.). Power also follows James' criminal partner and lifelong best friend Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora), love interest and criminal prosecutor Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), friend-turned-rival Kanan Stark (50 Cent), protege and rival Andre Coleman (Rotimi Akinosho), and Angela's colleague, Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson). Defense attorney Joe Proctor (Jerry Ferrara), district attorney John Mak (Sung Kang), and politician Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate) also appear in the show's later seasons.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18June 7, 2014 (2014-06-07)August 2, 2014 (2014-08-02)
210June 6, 2015 (2015-06-06)August 15, 2015 (2015-08-15)
310July 17, 2016 (2016-07-17)September 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)
410June 25, 2017 (2017-06-25)September 3, 2017 (2017-09-03)
510July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01)September 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)
615August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25)February 9, 2020 (2020-02-09)

Cast and charactersEdit

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Omari Hardwick James "Ghost" St. Patrick Main
Joseph Sikora Thomas "Tommy" Egan Main
Lela Loren Angela Valdes Main
Naturi Naughton Tasha St. Patrick Main
Andy Bean Gregory "Greg" Knox Main Does not appear
Adam Huss Joshua "Josh" Kantos Main Recurring Does not appear
Kathrine Narducci Frankie Lavarro Main Guest Does not appear
Luis Antonio Ramos Carlos Ruiz Main Does not appear
Greg Serano Juan Julio Medina Main Does not appear Recurring Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Sinqua Walls Shawn Stark Main Does not appear
Lucy Walters Holly Weaver Main Does not appear
Shane Johnson Cooper Saxe Recurring Main
J.R. Ramirez Julio Romano Recurring Main Does not appear
Michael Rainey Jr. Tariq St. Patrick Recurring Main
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Kanan Stark Recurring Main Guest
Alani "La La" Anthony Lakeisha Grant Recurring Main
Rotimi Akinosho Andre "Dre" Coleman Does not appear Main
David Fumero Miguel "Mike" Sandoval Does not appear Main Does not appear
Jerry Ferrara Joseph "Joe" Proctor Does not appear Recurring Main
Callan Mulvey Dean/Milan Does not appear Main Does not appear
Matt Cedeño Diego "Cristobal" Martinez Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Sung Kang John Mak Does not appear Main Guest
William Sadler Anthony "Tony" Teresi Does not appear Main Does not appear
Brandon Victor Dixon Deleterious "Terry" Silver Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Larenz Tate Rashad Tate Does not appear Recurring Main
Mike Dopud Jason Micic Does not appear Recurring Main
Cynthia Addai-Robinson Ramona Garrity Does not appear Main
Monique Gabriela Curnen Blanca Rodriguez Does not appear Recurring Main
Michael J. Ferguson Francis "2-Bit" Johnson Does not appear Recurring Main
Evan Handler Jacob Warner Does not appear Main

MainEdit

  • Omari Hardwick as James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a high-level drug distributor and nightclub owner. He is married to Tasha, and is also romantically involved with AUSA Angela Valdez.
  • Joseph Sikora as Thomas "Tommy" Egan, Ghost's partner, life-long best friend, and the godfather to his children. Egan is seen as an honorary member of his family.
  • Lela Loren as Angela Valdes, an Assistant United States Attorney tasked with prosecuting Ghost. She went to the same high school as St. Patrick and Egan. She is St. Patrick's love interest and mistress.
  • Naturi Naughton as Tasha St. Patrick, Ghost's ex-wife and criminal accomplice. She has romantic affairs with Kanan's son Shawn and attorney Terry Silver. She is also Q's new love interest.
  • Curtis Jackson as Kanan Stark, a fellow drug dealer and Ghost's and Tommy's former mentor-turned rival. Prior to the events of the series, he was set up by Ghost and Tasha to go to prison for ten years.
  • Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq James St. Patrick, Tasha and James's son. An honor student, he has a strained relationship with James/Ghost because of his marriage-ending relationship with Angela and lying about being involved in the drug game and being mentored by Kanan. Tariq has two sisters: a twin, Raina St. Patrick, who is later murdered by a crooked police officer, named Raymond "Ray Ray" Jones, when Tariq was involved in pulling home invasion robberies with Kanan and Ray Ray; and a younger sister, Yasmine St. Patrick.
  • La La Anthony as Lakeisha Grant, Tasha's friend and criminal accomplice. She is a hairstylist and business owner. She becomes Tommy's love interest in the later seasons.
  • Rotimi Akinosho as Andre "Dre" Coleman, a low-profile and ambitious drug dealer. He works with both Ghost and Kanan and eventually becomes a major player under Alicia Jiménez.
  • Shane Johnson as Cooper Saxe, a fellow attorney and Angela's colleague also assigned to the Ghost case.
  • Jerry Ferrara as Joseph "Joe" Proctor, a criminal attorney who frequently represents Ghost and Tommy.
  • Sinqua Walls as Shaun Stark, Kanan’s son who is also the personal chauffeur and loyal bodyguard of Ghost. But he starts an affair with Tasha.
  • Sung Kang as John Mak, an Assistant U.S. attorney who leads the case in the murder of FBI agent Greg Knox.
  • Larenz Tate as Rashad Tate, a New York City councilman who is running for governor of New York. Tate uses James for PR for his campaign, as St. Patrick is viewed as an inspiration to potential urban voters. Tate is a former police officer and frequently participates in corruption.
  • J.R. Ramirez as Julio Moreno, Ghost and Tommy's right-hand man and a former Toros Locos gang member.
  • William Sadler as Anthony "Tony" Teresi, an incarcerated Italian-American gangster and caporegime in the Mosconi crime family.
  • Lucy Walters as Holly, a petty criminal and waitress at Truth and the love interest to Tommy.
  • Andy Bean as Gregory "Greg" Knox, an FBI agent assigned to the Ghost/Lobos case and Angela's former love interest.
  • David Fumero as Miguel "Mike" Sandoval, a corrupt FBI Assistant U.S. Attorney.
  • Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Ramona Garrity, a political strategist for the DNC.
  • Michael J. Ferguson as Francis "2-Bit" Johnson. Former accomplice of Dre/Kanan who runs with Tommy now
  • Mike Dopud as Jason Micic, Tommy's Serbian connect.
  • Evan Handler as Jacob Warner

RecurringEdit

  • Elizabeth Rodriguez as Paz Valdes, Angela's sister who maintains a dislike for James.
  • Donshea Hopkins as Raina St. Patrick, James and Tasha's eldest daughter and twin sister to Tariq.
  • Enrique Murciano as Felipe Lobos, an international drug supplier who works with Ghost and Tommy.
  • Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Tameika Robinson, the leader of the United States Department of Justice.
  • Victor Garber as Simon Stern, a rival nightclub owner.
  • Ana de la Reguera as Alicia Jiménez, Diego's sister and one of the leaders of the Jiménez cartel.
  • Patricia Kalember as Kate Egan, Tommy's mother.
  • Bill Sage as Sammy, an Irish gangster who works with Tommy.
  • Anika Noni Rose as Laverne "Jukebox" Ganner, a dirty cop and Kanan's cousin.
  • Maurice Compte as Diego Jiménez, a rival drug supplier and one of the leaders of the Jiménez cartel.
  • Avery Mason as Black "BG" Grimace, Tommy's right-hand man and valet.
  • Amaya Carr as Yasmine St. Patrick, James and Tasha's daughter and sister to Tariq.
  • Debbi Morgan as Estelle, Tasha's mother.
  • Denim Roberson as Cash Grant, LaKeisha's son.
  • Ty Jones as SAC Jerry Donovan, an FBI agent working on the Lobos and Jimenez cases.
  • Mattea Conforti as Elisa Marie Proctor, Joey's daughter.
  • Aleksandar Popovic as Petar, a member of the Serbian organization who worked with Tommy.
  • Andrea-Rachel Parker as Destiny, Tariq's ex fling.
  • Tyrone Marshall Brown as Quinton "Q" Wallace, Tasha's new love interest.
  • Joseph Perrino as Vincent Ragni, a member of the mob, Tommy and Tony conflicted with.
  • Franky G as Poncho, the new primera for the Soldados Family, after Ruiz.
  • Alix Lapri as Effie, Tariq's new love interest.
  • Omar Scroggins as Spottswood "Spanky" Richards, a childhood friend of Dre's and 2Bit's, who later works under Dre and Tommy.
  • Glynn Turman as Gabriel, Ghost's uncle.
  • Charlie Murphy as Marshal Clyde Williams, a violent guard in Ghost's cell block.
  • Jim Norton as Father Callahan, a priest who sells drugs for Tommy.
  • Lee Tergesen as Bailey Markham, a Homeland Security agent and Greg Knox's friend.
  • Sonya Walger as Madeline Stern, Simon's wife.
  • C. S. Lee as Jae Shin, Korean crime boss.
  • Johnathan Park as Dylan, Jae Shin's son.
  • Richard Ryker as Steve Tampio, a DEA agent Angela deals with.
  • Ian Paola as Uriel, leader of the Toros Locos.
  • Victor Almanzar as Arturo Magdaleno, leader of the Toros Locos.
  • Darrell Britt-Gibson as Rolla, a close friend of Ghost's and leader of the RSK's.
  • Danielle Thorpe as Lindsay Proctor, Joey's junkie ex-wife.
  • Mercedes Ruehl as Connie Teresi, Tony's wife.
  • Domenick Lombardozzi as Benny Civello, a member of the Civello crime family and Joey Proctor's cousin.
  • Michael Gaston as Judge Tapper, the judge on Ghost's case.
  • Sheena Sakai as Soo, Julio's girlfriend.
  • Maria Rivera as Maria Suarez, a witness Ghost spared.
  • Vinicius Zorin-Machado as Nomar Arcielo, a Soldado turned informant for Angela.
  • Leslie Lopez as "Pink Sneakers", an assassin hired to target Ghost's operation.
  • Cedric the Entertainer as Croop, a hitman Tate associates with.

Special guest appearancesEdit

  • Kendrick Lamar as Laces, a Dominican drug addict who works with Kanan.
  • Jesse Williams as Kadeem, Lakeisha's ex, and father of their son, Cash.

BroadcastEdit

In Australia, all episodes are available to stream after their US airing on Stan.[7] The show is available weekly after its US airing on Netflix in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[8][9][10] In Scandinavia and Finland, all episodes are available to stream on HBO Nordic.[11]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2015
Women's Image Network Awards[12] Actress Drama Series Naturi Naughton Nominated
Outstanding Show Written by a Woman Courtney A. Kemp Nominated
2016
47th NAACP Image Awards[13] Outstanding Drama Series Power Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Omari Hardwick Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Naturi Naughton Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards[14] Best Performance – Drama Naturi Naughton Nominated
Best Performance – Drama Omari Hardwick Won
Women's Image Network Awards[15] Actress Drama Series Naturi Naughton Nominated
2017
48th NAACP Image Awards[16] Outstanding Drama Series Power Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Omari Hardwick Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Naturi Naughton Won
Black Reel Awards for Television[17] Outstanding Drama Series Power Nominated
People's Choice Awards[18] Favorite Premium Drama Series Power Nominated
2018
49th NAACP Image Awards[19] Outstanding Drama Series Power Won
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Omari Hardwick Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Naturi Naughton Won
Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series) Michael Rainey Jr. Nominated
Black Reel Awards for Television[20] Outstanding Actor, Drama Series Omari Hardwick Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards[21] Best Performance – Drama 50 Cent Nominated
Best Performance – Drama Michael Rainey Jr. Nominated
Drama Power Nominated
Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)[22] Outstanding Music Supervision - Television Jennifer Ross Won
2019
50th NAACP Image Awards[23] Outstanding Drama Series Power Won
34th Annual Imagen Awards[24] Best Actress - Television Lela Loren Nominated

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Season 1Edit

Season 1 of Power received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Metacritic gives the season a score of 57 out of 100, based on 15 reviews, indicating a mixed reaction to the series.[25] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 41%, based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 5.72/10. The site's consensus states, "Power suffers from excessive plotting and the use of overly familiar by-the-numbers story elements."[26]

Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter observed in his review, "Power seemingly wants to be a show that tells a big, complicated, meaningful story about, well, the perils and problems of power and how one man deals with them."[27] The New York Daily News staff writes in their review, "Power hits on all cylinders as it returns for its second season. Throw a couple of great women into Ghost's life—his wife, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), and his recently resurfaced lifelong flame Angela (Lela Loren)—and you have drama that's hard not to keep watching."[28] Critic Brian Lowry of Variety states in his review, "The three previewed episodes of the show, created by The Good Wife alumna Courtney A. Kemp, move briskly enough, but they're still only moderately compelling. And while 50 Cent's participation provides some promotional heft (he has a cameo in a later episode), the allure of such behind-the-scenes marquee names is usually limited. Mostly, this is undemanding escapism with all the requisite pay-TV trappings, along the lines of what Cinemax is offering in episodic form. While that might be a formula to keep Ghost visible for some time to come, creatively speaking, it leaves Power a touch low on juice.[29]

Season 2Edit

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 100%, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 7.83/10.[30] Review aggregator Metacritic gives the season a score of 75 out of 100, based on 4 reviews, indicating a generally favorable reaction to the series.[31]

Season 3Edit

Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 78%, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 6.33/10.[32] Season 3 was very good.

Season 4Edit

Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 83%, based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.[33]

Season 5Edit

Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 100%, based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 8.8/10.[34]

Spin-offsEdit

With the conclusion of the original series, it was announced that Starz had planned four upcoming spin-offs in the same universe as Power. These begin with Power Book II: Ghost, which, following shortly after the events of the original series, focuses on Ghost's son Tariq navigating his new criminal life and intending to shed his father's legacy while dealing with mounting pressure to protect his family, including his mother Tasha. The series will co-star Mary J. Blige and Method Man.[35] The other spin-offs include: Power Book III: Raising Kanan, a prequel into the life of Kanan (50 Cent); Power Book IV: Force, which, if indicative of the appearance of his car, gives fans hope that it will follow Tommy (Joseph Sikora) to Los Angeles; and Power Book V: Influence, a sequel set in the political world centering on Tate's (Larenz Tate) ruthless rise to power.[36][37]

On August 4, 2020, it was announced that Power Book II: Ghost is set to premiere on September 6, 2020.[38]

On August 31, 2020, it was announced that Power Book III: Raising Kanan will premiere in 2021.[37]

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