5 Reasons You Should Watch Empire

A glimpse into the glitzy world of hip-hop, fame, and wealth, Empire is a must-see drama on FOX. Centered around the Lyon Family in New York City, Empire will keep you hooked with funny characters and constant plots for takeovers and revenge.

Empire Records founder Lucious Lyon, father and hip-hop star, discovers he has an incurable disease that is expected to end his life in three years or less. Desperate to find a replacement to continue his legacy, Lucious pits his three sons, Jamal, Hakeem, and Andre against one another to compete for running the company after his passing. Enter Cookie, Lucious’ ex-wife and the mother of his children, into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for constant drama. She took the fall for her and Lucious’ involvement in drug running, which generated the cash to found Empire Records and landed her in prison. If you need any more reasons to start watching Empire, we’ve got them here for you:

Cookie’s Attitude


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Cookie will become your new role model. Her confidence, loyalty, and wit never wavers and her one-liners will make you laugh out loud— she never fails to put Luscious in his place.

The Music


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Empire Records has some seriously good music— in fact, Timberland is the lead producer of the show’s songs. With a wide variety of genres, from Jamal’s R&B style to Hakeem’s hip-hop flair, you’re bound to find something you’ll like. Once you watch the artists perform on the show, you’ll want to download their songs and have a jam session of your own in the car. Along with great singers, Empire also has great dancers. Watching the show is basically like attending a concert at your leisure.

The Thrill


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Trust us— it gets ugly fast. With Cookie and Lucious’ history of drug running still haunting them and enemies lurking around every corner, there’s always trouble. Cookie, still on parole, has law enforcement on her back, trying to get her to turn on Lucious. Meanwhile, the Lyon boys will do anything to be named Lucious’ successor. You’ll be at the edge of your seat waiting for what happens next.

Cookie and Lucious


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Yes, it ended badly, but you’ll find yourself rooting for Cookie and Lucious to reunite as they begin to reveal that their chemistry never died. Their past struggles and present successes often conflict and leave them reeling, unsure of what the future will look like. You’ll be holding your breath at every heartfelt moment, asking yourself “is this finally it?”

A Family Love that Prevails


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The Lyons are a cut-throat family, but at the end of the day, they have each other’s backs. The love is always there, even after the ugliest fights. Turns out blood is thicker than water, and only Lyons are allowed to run the Empire.