Critic Consensus: Though heavy on melodrama, Empire elevates the nighttime soap with its top-notch cast, musical entertainment, and engrossing plots.
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as Lucious Lyon
as Cookie Lyon
as Vernon Turner
as Jamal Lyon
as Hakeem Lyon
as Andre Lyon
as Anika Calhoun
as Anika Calhoun, Anika Gibbons
as Rhonda Lyon
as Michael Sanchez
as Tiana Brown
as Billy Beretti
as Elle Dallas
as Michelle White
as Carol Hardaway
as Agent Harlow Carter
News & Interviews for Empire: Season 1
It roars into view and keeps everything humming throughout its all-important first episode.
The series' sudsy premise might work if it were matched by more energy in the acting and staging, but the presentation suggests we're supposed to take the action seriously. Most viewers will simply shrug.
Empire soars highest when probing the conflicts and contradictions of the black family, making high drama out of the dysfunction lying just beneath the surface.
It is sort of hip-hop Nashville, but so what? Why not hip-hop Nashville?
With plot to spare, Empire surely has something for everyone.
Audience Reviews for Empire: Season 1
When the matriarch is released from prison, the entire family involved in the music industry's secrets are revealed. Empire is a clever drama with a lot of good tunes and a complex storyline, though ridiculous at times, it is a well crafted entertainment.
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