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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In the first season of this drama, music mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is informed he only has three years to live after being diagnosed with ALS. This just after he announces plans to take Empire Entertainment, a world-famous record company he runs with his family, public. Acting as a hip-hop King Lear, the patriarch realizes he must cede the keys to his kingdom to a worthy successor, and so he pits his three sons against one another in a battle for control of his multi-million dollar… More
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as Cookie Lyon
as Vernon Turner
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as Andre Lyon
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as Rhonda Lyon
as Michael Sanchez
as Billy Beretti
as Elle Dallas
as Michelle White
as Carol Hardaway
as Tiana Brown
as Agent Harlow Carter
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One hopes that Daniels and writer Danny Strong, who teamed up on the 2013 civil rights film The Butler, can keep this good stuff coming even as they follow their over-the-top storyline to its sudsy conclusion.
Fox's glossy hip-hop drama Empire has surpassed the hype to become a genuine TV event.
It's the show we didn't know we needed: A nighttime soap about the music industry that gets the details right about hip hop and R&B, and challenges its actors to go over-the-top while staying in control.
Doesn't really matter if hip-hop is your musical genre of choice, because the beat the deliciously entertaining Empire grooves to echoes the more traditional and timeless rhythms of grand soap opera.
Empire coasts with the chutzpah of a series that knows exactly what it wants to say and how to say it.
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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