5 Shows Like ‘Power Book IV: Force’ You Should Watch If You Need Something to Stay Entertained
Power Book IV: Force invites viewers back into Tommy Egan’s world following the events at the end of Power. Devastated by the death of his best friend and business partner James “Ghost” St. Patrick, Tommy decides to leave New York for a fresh start. While he originally hoped to move to California, he ultimately ended up in Chicago. He’s been building a new organization from the ground up. But Tommy has had a number of problems hindering his ambitions.
While we wait for more, here are some shows like Power Book IV: Force that you might enjoy in the meantime.
1. ‘Godfather of Harlem’
Godfather of Harlem is based on the life of Bumpy Johnson, a crime boss who ruled the streets of Harlem, New York, in the ’60s. After spending a decade in Alcatraz Prison, Bumpy gets out and tries to reclaim his neighborhood. But those streets have since been taken over by the Genovese crime family.
Fans may remember his story from American Gangster (2007), which starred Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas, a drug trafficker who shared a close connection with Bumpy. But this time, Bumpy is played by the Academy Award-winning Forest Whitaker.
Godfather of Harlem airs on Epix and has achieved an impressive 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Lupin stars French actor Omar Sy as the professional thief Assane Diop. Assane was raised by his father, but became an orphan after his father killed himself after being wrongfully accused of stealing a diamond necklace. When he grows up, Assane relies on lessons from the burglar and master of disguise, Arsène Lupin, to help get revenge against his dad’s accusers.
Released on Netflix in 2021, Lupin has snagged a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Created by late director John Singleton, known for his work on the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, Snowfall follows the start of crack-cocaine use in the United States.
Damson Idris leads the series as Franklin Saint, a Los Angeles native born to a property manager mother and a father involved with the Black Panthers. Frustrated with the lack of change around his community, Franklin gets involved in the cocaine business with his best friend Leon and his Uncle Jerome. Franklin gradually becomes one of the wealthiest and powerful men in the trade. But his actions are also having horrible effects on the same community he swore to help.
Since launching in 2017, Snowfall has been hailed for its writing and acting, with much praise going toward Idris. The show airs on FX and is set to conclude after Snowfall Season 6.
4. ‘The Wire’
The Wire chronicles the drug trade in Baltimore, Maryland from different points of view. The show was released back in 2002, but it has proven to be a classic, appealing to audiences both new and old. Viewers love it for its realistic feel, writing, and cast, which includes Idris Elba, Dominic West, and late actor Michael K. Williams, among others. It is available to watch now on HBO Max and Hulu.
5. ‘Top Boy’
Top Boy is a drama series from Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies). Launched in 2011, it centers on rival gangs fighting for territory in East London. The show initially ran on Channel 4 before being canceled after two seasons. But it eventually found a new home on Netflix thanks to rapper Drake, who was a big fan of the show.
Lauded by critics, The Guardian wrote that “this brilliant crime drama always leaves you guessing” and praised it for its acting and realistic depiction of life in London. Top Boy will air its third and final season in the coming months.
Hopefully, by the time you’re done watching, Power Book IV: Force will be back with another season. Fingers crossed.