What secrets lie under the wealth? For James “Ghost” St. Patrick, behind his successful hot nightclub, is a sophisticated and well-connected drug trade that made him rich and powerful in the streets of New York. Now he’s hoping to go legit, but things don’t always go smoothly, even when you have it all, as the Starz hit crime-drama Power shows.
Power is now in its sixth and final season, but if you haven’t watched yet, there is plenty of time to join the ride before the big finale. Unlike the first five seasons, which were just ten episodes each, season six will air ten episodes now, finishing up on this Sunday, October 27 and then return in January 2020 with five final, explosive episodes to complete its run. So you have plenty of time to get on board before the showdown.
The series focuses on James St. Patrick, known in the streets as Ghost, the head of a major drug operation serving wealthy and influential clientele in Manhattan. He has Power, wealth, and a drop-dead gorgeous wife, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), and three kids who live a life of luxury in a New York penthouse. Season one kicks off as Truth, James St. Patrick’s hot new nightclub where he keeps “the music hot, the women hotter,” is on the rise. Unlike other public faces, which are just fronts to launder the drug money, he has bigger hopes for Truth: to build it up into a legitimate enterprise, enabling him to leave the narcotics game.
However, cutting ties won’t be easy, and things are already going awry, as an unknown player is taking shots at his business in the streets, hitting his dealers and money runners. His best friend and partner, Tommy (Joseph Sikora), the hands-on man on the street, also doesn’t see Ghost’s desire to leave the narcotics game. His energy comes from the rush, the power, money, women, and violence of the drug business. He thinks Truth is just another money-laundering operation, not an investment in something much bigger.
To complicate things further, Ghost’s long lost first love, Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), shows back up in his life, reigniting old feelings. Only it turns out she is now an Assistant United States Attorney working alongside the FBI to hunt down and prosecute Ghost’s Mexican supplier, the cold and cutthroat drug lord Felipe Lobos (Enrique Murciano). It’s only a matter of time before the connection between James St. Patrick and Ghost is uncovered.
Power was created and written by Courtney A. Kemp (The Good Wife), who co-produces with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. 50 Cent also co-stars in the series as Kanan Stark, Ghost’s former friend and leader in the drug game, who returns to the streets from prison as a rival.
While season 1 of Power received mixed reviews from critics, averaging only a 41% from Rotten Tomatoes, it soon became one of Starz’s most-watched shows, and later seasons were much better received—averaging at 80% overall for the show, with several seasons rated as 100% fresh. Power is praised for characters, atmosphere, pacing, as well as overall production, balancing the lush luxury of the wealthy with the gritty violence of the underworld, and dealing with the complicated drive of the man caught in the middle.
When the sixth season debuted this year, we found Ghost seeking vengeance after the ultimate betrayal and making the final move to get both revenge and finally sever his ties to the criminal underworld that built him up, all the while with the Feds closing in. How will it all go down? Watch to find out.
How to Watch Power Without Cable
All of Power, including the latest episodes, is available to watch with a Starz subscription plan. After a 7-day free trial, the service runs $8.99 a month, and can be streamed online, or via the STARZ app on most streaming devices, including Roku, Apple TV, mobile devices, and more. See our guide to watching Starz online for more details.
Not yet a Starz subscriber but want to check out Power? Starz is one of the few premiums to have past seasons of current shows on another streaming service, with the first five seasons available through your Hulu subscription—without the Starz channel add-on.