Power (TV series)

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Power
Power Opening Title.jpg
Genre Crime Drama
Created by Courtney A. Kemp
Starring
Opening theme "Big Rich Town"
Composer(s) 50 Cent & Joe
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 29 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) New York City, New York
Running time 48–60 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Starz Originals
Release
Original network Starz
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release June 7, 2014 (2014-06-07) – present
External links
Website www.starz.com/originals/power/

Power is an American crime drama television series airing on Starz. The show was created by Courtney Kemp Agboh and is produced by the rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. It premiered on June 7, 2014.[1][2]

On June 11, 2014, Starz renewed Power for a ten-episode second season,[3] which began on June 6, 2015 and ended on August 15, 2015.[4] On June 10, 2015, after a positive critical response to its season 2 premiere, Power was renewed for a ten-episode third season[5][6] which premiered on July 17, 2016. On July 19, 2016, Starz renewed Power for a fourth and fifth season.[7] Season four premiered on June 25, 2017.[8]

Overview[edit]

The series follows James St. Patrick (Hardwick), nicknamed "Ghost," owner of a popular New York City nightclub "Truth." In addition, he is a major player in one of the city's biggest illegal drug networks. He struggles to balance these two lives, and the balance topples when he realizes he wants to leave the drug ring in order to support his legitimate business. He also has to keep his marriage with Tasha (Naughton) and his relationship with AUSA agent Angela Valdes (Loren). With help from his partner in crime Tommy Egan (Sikora), he tries to manage a double life.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 June 7, 2014 (2014-06-07) August 2, 2014 (2014-08-02)
2 10 June 6, 2015 (2015-06-06) August 15, 2015 (2015-08-15)
3 10 July 17, 2016 (2016-07-17) September 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)
4 10[9] June 25, 2017 (2017-06-25)[9] August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)[9]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4
Omari Hardwick James "Ghost" St. Patrick Main
Naturi Naughton Tasha St. Patrick Main
Lela Loren Angela "Angie" Valdez Main
Joseph Sikora Thomas Patrick "Tommy" Egan Main
Lucy Walters Holly Elizabeth Weaver Main
Adam Huss Josh Kantos Main
Andy Bean Greg Knox Main
Luis Antonio Ramos Carlos "Vibora" Ruiz Main
Sinqua Walls Shawn Main
Kathrine Narducci Frankie Main Recurring
Greg Serano Agent Juan Julio Medina Main Recurring
Shane Johnson Cooper Saxe Recurring Main
J.R. Ramirez Julio Recurring Main
Rotimi Akinosho Dre Main
David Fumero Mike Sandoval Main
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Kanan Recurring Main
Michael Rainey Jr. Tariq St. Patrick Recurring Main
Jerry Ferrara Joe Proctor Recurring Main
Callan Mulvey Dean/Milan Main
Lala Anthony LaKeisha Grant Recurring Main
Matt Cedeño Cristobal Guest Recurring Main
Sung Kang John Mak Main

Recurring[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4
Enrique Murciano Felipe Lobos Recurring
Leslie Lopez Pink Sneakers Recurring
William Popp Vladimir Recurring
Victor Garber Simon Stern Recurring
Diane Neal Cynthia Sheridan Recurring
Vinicius Machado Nomar Arcielo Recurring
Darrell Britt-Gibson Rolla Recurring
Marc John Jefferies QDub Recurring
Tasha Smith Jarita

Broadcast[edit]

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]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Season 1[edit]

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.[15] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a rating of 44%, based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's consensus states, "Power suffers from excessive plotting and the use of overly familiar by-the-numbers story elements."[16]

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."[17] 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."[18] Critic Brian Lowry of Variety states in his review, "The three previewed episodes of the show, created by The Good Wife alumna Courtney Kemp Agboh, 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.[19]

Season 2[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a rating of 100%, based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10.[20] 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.[21] Season 3 premiered on July 17, 2016.

Season 3[edit]

According to Rotten Tomatoes, 89% of users liked it.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Starz Sets Premiere Date For Drama 'Power', Releases Key Art, Theme Song By 50 Cent". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (June 14, 2013). "Starz Greenlights Drama 'Power' From Executive Producer Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Miller, Thomas. "Starz Renews Power". Seat42f. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Shows A-Z - power on starz". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Power: Season Three for Starz Music Drama". TV Series Finale. June 30, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ Latinos Post Staff (September 10, 2015). "'Power' Season 3: Release Date, Cast, Plot, Rumors & Everything We Know So Far Here!". Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (July 19, 2016). "'Power' Renewed for Fourth and Fifth Seasons by Starz". Deadline. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "'Power' Gets Season 4 Premiere Date". ,
  9. ^ a b c "Power – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Knox, David (June 15, 2015). "Stan adding Power, Ash vs Evil Dead, Flesh & Bone.". TVTonight. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ Szalai, Georg (June 9, 2014). "The first episode of the show from Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is available on Amazon, iTunes and other platforms Monday with a linear TV run in Britain still possible as Starz is holding out for a price tag it feels the show deserves.". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ White, Peter (June 9, 2014). "50 Cent drug drama gets digital release". Broadcast Now. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Power". Netflix Media Center. 
  14. ^ "HBO Nordic". www.hbonordic.com. 
  15. ^ "Power: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation). Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Power: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ Goodman, Tim (June 6, 2014). "'Power': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  18. ^ New York Daily News Staff (June 5, 2015). "'Power' review: Omari Hardwick's drug-lord drama is right up there with 'Empire'". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  19. ^ Lowry, Brian (June 4, 2014). "TV Review: ‘Power’". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Power: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Power: Season 2". Metacritic. CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation). Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Power Season 3 reception". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 

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