The seemingly legitimate Stanford educated Miguel Cadena (Yancey Arias) must take over the family business. Several relatives fit him for the control of the family business. What is the family business? The Cadena’s run a drug cartel in Mexico.

Marlene McDillon (Sheryl Lee) is Miguel’s US born wife who tries to help Miguel, but is both disliked by the rest of the family, and has troubles of her own. She works as a lawyer in Mexico. Chato Cadena (Bobby Cannavale) is Miguel’s very aggressive, very macho brother who seems to be on Miguel’s side of the fight.

Meanwhile, Delia Flores (Angela Alvarado Rosa) is a DEA agent working to take down the Cadena drug Cartel.

The series was NBC’s response to such harder-hitting, gritter shows as appear on pay-per-view and basic cable like The Sopranos . While the series was just six episodes long, the intention was to create a series if the audience numbers were there. The audience that followed the antics of the Cadena’s was not large enough for NBC.

Episode Info

Final: 1x06 -- Gimme Shelter (Feb/18/2003)

Tension mounts as the government starts to crack down on the drug cartels. Miguel attempts to protect his wife and son by sending them off to the US. With them gone, war erupts. Politicians, drug cartel members die. And Dr. Klein believes that salvation lies in DEA protection.
Angela AlvaradoAngela Alvarado
As Delia Flores
Bobby CannavaleBobby Cannavale
As Chato Cadena
Brian BenbenBrian Benben
As Dr. Heywood Klein
Ruben CarbajalRuben Carbajal
As Joey Cadena
Shay RoundtreeShay Roundtree
As Junie Gatling
Sheryl LeeSheryl Lee
As Marlene McDillon
Yancey AriasYancey Arias
As Miguel Cadena

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Creator: David Mills
Executive Producer: David Mills, Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent
Co-Executive Producer: Daniel Sackheim
Supervising Producer: Doug Palau
Production Designer: Vincent M. Cresciman, Bernard Hides
Editor: Conrad M. Gonzalez, Anthony Redman
First Assistant Director: James Dillon (2)

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Recurring Guests

Darius McCrary as Truck Thomas (5 eps)
Wings Hauser as Doug Duffy (4 eps)
Greg Serano as Joaquin (4 eps)
Eduardo Palomo as Capt. Lazareno (3 eps)
Malik Yoba as Agent Bobby Curtis (3 eps)
M. Neko Parham as Shawn (3 eps)
Elpidia Carrillo as Lupita (2 eps)
Lombardo Boyar as Romalo (2 eps)
Miguel Sandoval as Tio Beto (2 eps)
Sam Vlahos as Bishop (2 eps)

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