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This page is about the first season of the Power spin-off Power Book III: Raising Kanan. If you're looking for the first season of Power, see Season 1.

The first season of Power Book III: Raising Kanan premiered on July 18, 2021 and ended on September 26, 2021. It consists of 10 episodes.


Set in South Jamaica, Queens, in 1991, "Raising Kanan" is a prequel to the original "Power" franchise. It is a sprawling family drama that revolves around the coming of age of Kanan Stark; Ghost and Tommy's mentor, partner and adversary, who ultimately dies in a hail of gunfire in the eighth episode of Power's penultimate season. When we catch up with Kanan here, he is the fifteen-year-old only child of Raquel "Raq" Thomas, a cocaine distributor with an emerging network of dealers across the city. Much like the original "Power," "Raising Kanan" explores themes of identity, violence, and legacy, but it is also a deep dive into the very pathology of family; the unique, complicated and fraught dynamic between parent and child, mother and father, brother and sister. In an increasingly fractious world, family often feels like the only refuge from all the divisiveness and discord and yet, at the same time, we often discover that it is those closest to us who betray us and our values most. The first season of "Raising Kanan" is an exploration of these betrayals, the secrets and lies that accompany them and the ways in which they fester, metastasize and ultimately erupt. The overarching theme of this first season is, "You reap what you sow." In other words, actions have consequences; betrayals are always uncovered; secrets are inevitably revealed; chickens come home to roost. Every character in "Raising Kanan" is hiding something. From the world, from each other, from themselves. And as our story unfolds, they each will have to grapple with the unintended and destructive consequences of the information they've hidden and withheld. And while the ways in which these betrayals, secrets and lies reveal themselves will vary, one truth will remain constant: In "Raising Kanan," as in the "Power" Universe, no one can be trusted and nothing is ever as it seems.[1]


Main Cast

Recurring Cast


No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Air Date
1 1 "Back in the Day" Rob Hardy Sascha Penn July 18, 2021
EPKanan101Still.jpg In 1991 in South Jamaica, Queens, 15-year-old Kanan Stark is eager to join his family's growing drug business that is led by his mother, Raquel "Raq" Thomas.
2 2 "Reaping and Sowing" Mario Van Peebles Sascha Penn & Bashir Gavriel July 25, 2021
EPKanan102Still.jpg After a rival crew member is killed, Raq does whatever is necessary to get the target off Kanan’s back.
3 3 "Stick and Move" Lisa Leone Josef Sawyer August 1, 2021
EPKanan103Still.png Still reeling from a shocking death, Kanan pushes his way into the drug game with Marvin's help while Raq plots to take down her competition.
4 4 "Don't Sleep" Hernán Otoño Santa Sierra August 8, 2021
EPKanan104Still.jpg All bets are off when a police raid clears out Raq's competition; promises are broken, secrets are revealed, and revenge is swift.
5 5 "Choose Your Battles" Eif Rivera Mike Flynn August 15, 2021
EP105KananStill.png Eager to transform and re-imagine her business after the stash house is hit, Raq overhauls her operation. Meanwhile, Kanan is detained after a fight with Scrappy, raising some serious questions for Detective Howard.
6 6 "Level Up" Kieron Hawkes Dylan C. Brown August 29, 2021
EP106KananStill.jpg Lou’s new artist showcase becomes the nexus of the rivalry between Raq and Unique. At the same time, Kanan cooks up a drug-selling scheme with Marvin.
7 7 "Stay In Your Lane" TBA TBA September 5, 2021
Pbk1-107-022521-0472-a.jpg Kanan and Marvin's side hustle goes awry. Raq seeks revenge for the attack on Scrappy. Jukebox suffers a devastating blow.
8 8 "The Cost of Business" TBA TBA September 12, 2021
Pbk1-108-032621-0197-a.jpg Kanan struggles with a harsh truth after word gets back to Raq that he's behind the bad crack on the streets. Jukebox learns the troubling facts behind Nicole's death. Lou finds himself caught in a crossfire.
9 9 "Loyal To The End" Bart Wenrich Matt K. Turner September 19, 2021
Power Book III Raising Kanan Title Card.jpg As Lou recovers in the hospital, Marvin seeks revenge. Feeling the pressure, Raq turns to Kanan to take out the biggest threat to their family.
10 10 "Paid In Full" Rob Hardy Kevin Fox September 26, 2021
Power Book III Raising Kanan Title Card.jpg As the situation in the neighborhood turns dire, Raq scrambles to get Kanan out of harm's way.


  • Filming started on February 11, 2020 and ended on May 18, 2021.
  • On March 14, 2020, production for both Power Book II: Ghost and Power Book III: Raising Kanan were temporarily shut down due to Coronavirus concerns.
  • Like the first season of the main show, no main characters died in the first season.
  • the first season of Raising Kanan takes place 23 years before the events of the first season of Power.


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