The Family Business (2018– )
|Genre||Action, Crime, Drama|
|Content Rating||TV-MA (TV-MA)|
|Company||Tri Destined Studios, Urban Books Media|
The Family Business (American TV series)
The Family Business is an American crime family drama created by Carl Weber and based on his bestselling crime drama book series. Originally developed as an independent film franchise, BET produced it as an eight-episode limited series in 2018.
The series follows the Duncans, an upstanding family that owns and operates an exotic car dealership in New York. It stars Ernie Hudson, Valarie Pettiford and Armand Assante. The first season premiered on November 13, 2018. On December 19, 2019, the series was renewed for a 12-episode second season to air on the network's streaming service BET+. The second season premiered on July 2, 2020. On December 4, 2020, the series was renewed for a third season.
Cast and characters
- Ernie Hudson as L.C. Duncan - LC Duncan is the patriarch and CEO of the Duncan Family business: Duncan Motors. Known as a no nonsense affluent businessman in the legitimate and underworld, L.C.'s reputation proceeds him. However it's finally time to sit back and enjoy life with his wife and grand children so he has finally decided its time to pass on the mantel of leadership.
- Valarie Pettiford as Charlotte Duncan - The stunning Duncan matriarch who keeps the family together no matter what the challenges are. She can be sweet as pie yet tough as nails and her love for her husband and family can never be challenged.
- Armand Assante as Sal Dash - Mafia crime boss and close ally to the Duncan family. Sal has a major concern with certain changes that are happening within the Duncan family as well as a purchase he made with LC Duncan.
- Darrin Henson as Orlando Duncan - Orlando is the handsome, smart and edgy, newly appointed CEO of Duncan Motors. His new appointment comes not only as a surprise but with jealousy and controversy despite his workaholic tendencies.
- Emilio Rivera as Alejandro Zuniga - Alejandro is a savvy Mexican crime boss in Los Angeles who is the leader of Zuniga Cartel and is a longtime foe of the Duncan family. He's trying to mend fences through his son but the jury is still out on whether he plans on stabbing them in the back.
- Yadi Rivera as Consuela Zuniga - Alejandro's hot and fierce wife and mother of Miguel. Known as "La Madrina", she is as cruel, brutal and bloody as her husband and cartel boss, Alejandro.
- Carlos Sotelo as Miguel Zuniga - Miguel is the sharp-suited attractive son of Mexican crime Boss Alejandro Zuniga. He emerges with an opportunity that could save the Duncan's from disaster but only if he can resist the temptation of their youngest daughter, Paris.
- Javicia Leslie as Paris Duncan - Paris is the youngest daughter of the Duncan family. A glamorous spoiled party girl who always gets what she wants and knows how to handle herself in any situation. She's educated, seductive and knows how to handle a gun.
- Miguel A. Núñez Jr. as Harris Grant - Harris is the husband of the Duncans oldest daughter London and the Duncan family lawyer and fixer. He has his hands in most of the family business dealings and was the most surprised when LC passed him up for Orlando to run the family business.
- Tami Roman as London Duncan-Grant - London is the oldest daughter and mother of Mariah. She's appears to be a home body for the most part but London has many tantalizing secrets of her own.
- Sean Ringgold as Junior Duncan - The third child of the Duncan children and as large as any professional football player. Junior is the family's security specialist. No mater what the situation is, he is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family.
- Arrington Foster as Rio Duncan - Paris's flamboyant twin brother who manages a popular club & lounge in New York City. Rio is willing to do whatever he can to prove to his father that he deserves the same respect as his brothers.
- KJ Smith as Sasha Duncan - Paris and Rio's lustful cousin and a hit woman for the Duncan family. Like her cousin Paris, she is intelligent, manipulative, beautiful, knows how to seduce and eliminate people like no one else.
- Dylan Weber as Nevada Duncan - The teenage son of Vegas and heir to the Duncan leadership. Nevada is the only grandson being groomed to run the Duncan family business.
- Clifton Powell as Uncle Lou - Lou is LC's brother and partner. While LC is the face of Duncan Motors, Lou and his crew are the ones who get their hands dirty both under the hood of cars and in the streets.
- Kimberly Patterson as Ruby - Ruby is a young woman from Jamaica, who found herself in an unforeseen circumstance where she had to step up to the plate for her family by signing up with an escorting agency. With her first client being Orlando Duncan (the heir to the family's car and drug business), she managed to steal his heart unexpectedly.
- Michael Jai White as Vegas Duncan - Vegas is the wise and mysterious missing brother of the Duncan clan. he is respected by all but his whereabouts are known to few.
Christian Keyes, Eva LaRue, Robert Picardo, Anthony Montgomery, Katie Callaway, Brely Evans, and Franky G have appeared in guest starring roles.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||8||November 13, 2018||January 29, 2019||BET|
|2||12||6||July 2, 2020||August 6, 2020||BET+|
|6||December 31, 2020|
Season 1 (2018–19)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"We Are At War"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||November 13, 2018|
|2||2||"The Games Have Just Begun"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||November 20, 2018|
|3||3||"Show Down"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||November 27, 2018|
|4||4||"Answered Questions"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||December 4, 2018|
|5||5||"The Heat Is On"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||January 8, 2019|
|6||6||"A Death in the Family"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||January 15, 2019|
|7||7||"Home Coming"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||January 22, 2019|
|8||8||"Mexican Stand Off"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||January 29, 2019|
Season 2 (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|9||1||"Back To Life"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||July 2, 2020|
|10||2||"Put a Ring on It"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||July 9, 2020|
|11||3||"Introducing Brother X"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||July 16, 2020|
|12||4||"Heat It Up!"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||July 23, 2020|
|13||5||"You Can Run But You Can't Hide"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||July 30, 2020|
|14||6||"Casualties of War"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||August 6, 2020|
|15||7||"Take No Prisoners"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||December 31, 2020|
|16||8||"The Nuclear Option"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||December 31, 2020|
|17||9||"Mothers and Their Sons"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||December 31, 2020|
|18||10||"I Don't Want to Lose My Queen"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||December 31, 2020|
|19||11||"Deploy the Drones"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||December 31, 2020|
|20||12||"The Hunt for Brother X"||Trey Haley||Carl Weber||December 31, 2020|