Kingpin (TV series)

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Created by David Mills
Starring Yancey Arias
Sheryl Lee
Brian Benben
Bobby Cannavale
Angela Alvarado Rosa
Shay Roundtree
Rubén Carbajal
Theme music composer Daniel Indart
Opening theme "Theme from Kingpin"
by Daniel Indart
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Knee Deep Productions
NBC Studios
Spelling Television
Original network NBC
Original release February 2 –
18, 2003

Kingpin is an American crime drama television series which debuted on the NBC network in the U.S. and CTV in Canada on February 2, 2003 and lasted 6 episodes. NBC's answer to The Sopranos and also influenced by The Godfather, Macbeth and Traffik, the story was about a Mexican drug trafficker named Miguel Cadena (Yancey Arias) and his family life. It was to be followed by a television series, but low ratings and the network's discomfort with airing a show with a drug trafficker prtagonist canceled those plans.[1][2] Commercials for the mini-series on NBC featured the song "Más" by the Mexican band Kinky, which also featured in the series.[3]



The series was created by writer David Mills.[2] Mills also served as the head writer, show runner and an executive producer. Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent were the series other executive producers. James L. Conway and Jonathan Levin were consulting producers for the series. Daniel Sackheim was a co-executive producer and regular director. Doug Palau was a supervising producer and writer for the series. Paul Cajero was the series line producer.

The series other writers were Lloyd Rose, Diego Gutierrez, Maria Elena Rodriguez, Floyd Salas and Susie Putnam. The series other directors were Allen Coulter, James Hayman, Michael M. Robin and Peter O'Fallon.


No. Title Original air date
1 "Pilot" February 2, 2003 (2003-02-02)
2 "El Velorio" February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
3 "Black Magic Woman" February 9, 2003 (2003-02-09)
4 "French Connection" February 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)
5 "The Odd Couple" February 16, 2003 (2003-02-16)
6 "Gimme Shelter" February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18)


  1. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford (May 10, 2003). "Mills Confirms 'Kingpin' Cancellation by NBC". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Walker, Dave (March 31, 2010). "David Simon remembers his friend and HBO 'Treme' colleague David Mills". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Sifuentes, Edward (September 3, 2003). "Nothing 'Kinky' about this band's success". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved August 31, 2018.

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