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Power is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp together with Curtis Jackson. It debuted on the Starz network on June 7, 2014, and is currently in its sixth season.[1][2]

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
Trey Songz
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes56 (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 time48–61 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorStarz Originals
Release
Original networkStarz
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format5.1
Original releaseJune 7, 2014 (2014-06-07) –
present
External links
Website

It tells the story of James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a ruthless drug-dealer under the nickname "Ghost", who wishes to leave the criminal world to support his legitimate business interests as a nightclub owner. James aims to balance these two lives, while avoiding police capture, and looks to resolve his personal life as his marriage crumbles. The show is set and filmed in New York City.

The show also features James' family, which consists of his wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton), son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.), and daughters Raina (Donesha Hopkins) and Yasmine (Amaya Carr). Power also stars James' criminal partner and life long best friend Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora), love interest Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), federal prosecutor Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson), as well as friend-turned-rival Kanan Stark (50 Cent), while introducing the characters Joe Proctor (Jerry Ferrara) and John Mak (Sung Kang) in the show's later seasons.

Upon release, Power has gained critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, directing, and writing.[3][4] It has also become a ratings hit for Starz, regularly featuring as one of the network's most-watched cable shows.[5][6] Prior to the premiere of the fifth season, Starz renewed the show for a sixth and final season, which premiered on August 25, 2019.[7][8]

Cast and charactersEdit

OverviewEdit

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Omari Hardwick James "Ghost" St. Patrick Main
Lela Loren Angela Valdes Main
Naturi Naughton Tasha St. Patrick Main
Joseph Sikora Tommy Egan Main
Andy Bean (actor) Greg Knox Main Does not appear
Adam Huss 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
Rotimi Akinosho Andre "Dre" Coleman Does not appear Main
David Fumero Mike Sandoval Does not appear Main Does not appear
Shane Johnson Cooper Saxe Recurring Main
J.R. Ramirez Julio Romano Recurring Main Does not appear
Jerry Ferrara Joe Proctor Does not appear Recurring Main
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Kanan Stark Recurring Main Does not appear
Callan Mulvey Dean/Milen Does not appear Main Does not appear
Michael Rainey Jr. Tariq St. Patrick Recurring Main
Alani "La La" Anthony Lakeisha Grant Recurring Main
Matt Cedeño Diego "Cristobal" Martinez Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Sung Kang John Mak Does not appear Main Does not appear
William Sadler Tony Teresi Does not appear Main Does not appear
Brandon Victor Dixon Terry Silver Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Larenz Tate Councilman Tate Does not appear Recurring Main
Cynthia Addai-Robinson Ramona Garrity Does not appear Main
Monique Gabriela Curnen Blanca Rodrigueez Does not appear Recurring Main
Mike Dopud Jason Micic Does not appear Recurring Main
Michael J. Ferguson 2-Bit Does not appear Recurring Main
Evan Handler Jacob Warner Does not appear Main
Alix Lapri Effie Does not appear Main

MainEdit

  • Omari Hardwick as James "Ghost" St. Patrick, based on the true life story of the childhood of Kalif Farah a medical doctor out of Southall, London. He is high-level drug distributor and nightclub owner, Angela & Tasha's ex Husband
  • Joseph Sikora as Tommy Egan, based on Kalif's childhood best frine Ali, known as Cali Smooth in his youth, he is Ghost's partner and life-long friend, seen as an honorary member of his family.
  • Naturi Naughton as Tasha St. Patrick, Ghost's ex wife and criminial accomplice., Shawn and Terry's ex and Q's new love interest.
  • Lela Loren as Angela Valdes, an Assistant United States Attorney tasked with hunting Ghost, and James' love interest.
  • 50 Cent as Kanan Stark, a fellow drug dealer and Ghost's former mentor. He was set up by Ghost and Tasha to go to prison for ten years.
  • Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick, Tasha and James's son
  • Shane Johnson as Cooper Saxe, a fellow attorney and Angela's colleague also assigned to the Ghost case.
  • Jerry Ferrara as Joe Proctor, a criminal attorney who frequently works with Ghost and Tommy.
  • Sung Kang as John Mak, a high-profile attorney who leads the case against Ghost.
  • La La Anthony as Lakeisha Grant, Tasha's friend and 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.
  • J.R. Ramirez as Julio Moreno, Ghost and Tommy's right-hand man and a former Toros Locos gang member.
  • William Sadler as Tony Teresi, an incarcerated Italian-American gangster and caporegime in the Mosconi crime family.
  • Lucy Walters as Holly, a love interest to Tommy
  • Andy Bean as Greg Knox, an FBI agent assigned to the Ghost/Lobos case and Angela's former love interest.
  • David Fumero as Miguel "Mike" Sandoval, an attorney assigned to the Ghost case.
  • Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Ramona Garrity, A representative from the DNC to help Tate become governor, Ghost's ex-lover.
  • Michael J. Ferguson as 2-Bit. Former accomplice of Dre/Kanan whoruns with Tommy now
  • Alix Lapri as Effie, Tariq's love interest/underling and peer at Choate
  • Mike Dopud as Jason Micic. Tommy's Serbian connect

RecurringEdit

  • Elizabeth Rodriguez as Paz, 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.
  • Larenz Tate as Rashad Tate, a Councilman who works with Ghost.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Franky G as Poncho
  • Avery Mason as Black Grimace
  • Omar Scroggins as Spanky

Special guest appearancesEdit

  • Kendrick Lamar as Laces, a Dominican drug addict who works with Kanan.

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)
615[9]August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25)TBA

BroadcastEdit

In Australia, all episodes are available to stream after their US airing on Stan.[10] The show is available weekly after its US airing on Netflix in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[11][12][13] In Scandinavia and Finland, all episodes are available to stream on HBO Nordic.[14]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2015
Women's Image Network Awards[15] Actress Drama Series Naturi Naughton Nominated
Outstanding Show Written by a Woman Courtney A. Kemp Nominated
2016
47th 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 Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards[17] Best Performance – Drama Naturi Naughton Nominated
Best Performance – Drama Omari Hardwick Won
Women's Image Network Awards[18] Actress Drama Series Naturi Naughton Nominated
2017
48th NAACP Image Awards[19] 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[20] Outstanding Drama Series Power Nominated
People's Choice Awards[21] Favorite Premium Drama Series Power Nominated
2018
49th NAACP Image Awards[22] 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[23] Outstanding Actor, Drama Series Omari Hardwick Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards[24] Best Performance – Drama 50 Cent Nominated
Best Performance – Drama Michael Rainey Jr. Nominated
Drama Power Nominated
Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)[25] Outstanding Music Supervision - Television Jennifer Ross Won
2019
50th NAACP Image Awards[26] Outstanding Drama Series Power Won
34th Annual Imagen Awards[27] 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.[28] 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."[29]

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."[30] 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."[31] 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.[32]

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.[33] 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.[34]

Season 3Edit

Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 78%, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 6.33/10.[35]

Season 4Edit

Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 83%, based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.[36]

Season 5Edit

Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 100%, based on 6 reviews, with an average rating of 8.8/10.[37]

ReferencesEdit

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