TV Review: Empire

A Very Lucious Show

Jaida Macklin, Editor-in-Chief

Starting at 11 p.m. on Friday until the bright and early hours of Saturday, I began and finished the new hit TV show, Empire.

Yep, all in one night. That’s how addicting it was.

After discovering that he has less than three years to live, rap mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) must decide which of his three sons will inherit his company.

The 2015 mega-hit and has captivated the nation with it’s sometime hilarious, sometime heart-wrenching drama and catchy R&B tunes.

It’s no surprise that Empire is one of the hottest series of the new year.

From Think Like A Man and it’s sequel, No Good Deed, and now Empire, Tarai P. Henson is on a roll.

Honestly, out of the entire cast, her character, Cookie Lyons, is my favorite.

She’s headstrong, sassy, and her outfits are always on point!

To put it simply, she’s bad (the good kind of bad). Her character is so authentic and the acting is so genuine.

Without her and Howard, Empire wouldn’t be nearly as good as it is now.

Not that the up-and-coming stars of the show aren’t holding their own. Out of the three brothers, my favorite would have to be Jamal Lyons (Jussie Smollet), the middle son and “black sheep” of the family.

He’s the most talented by far, yet because he’s gay, his father pays him no attention.

Also, can I just say that the bromance between Jamal and Hakeem Lyons (Bryshere Y. Gray) is so adorable.

When the race to rule the Empire isn’t on their minds, their friendship is a refreshing break from the usual tension on the show.

Overall, I have given the show 4.5 stars out of 5.

The makers of this show have mastered what it takes to create a good show. Empire is interesting, laugh-out-loud funny, and just plain addicting.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to as soon as you get home. Homework can wait!

If you’ve already watched the series, watch it again.

I know I will be until the next season.