Empire Reviews & Ratings

Tuesdays, 9:00 PM ET on FOX

60 minutes

Empire is described as a unique family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire. It centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Raised on the streets, he has never backed away from a fight and will resort to any measures, fair or foul, to defend his beloved Empire.
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Feb 5, 2015 1:09AM EST
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My review is based on about half of the pilot episode. I can't really be objective, I'm afraid. The "musical" style of TV shows have never appealed to me. For instance, I know Glee is a huge hit, but, as much as I love music, I just can't watch things were people burst into song. So Empire was fighting a losing battle with me straight away. If you like over the top musical melodrama and have a penchant for hip-hop then this will probably be right up your alley. But it's a no go for me, sorry guys!

My review is based on about half of the pilot episode. I can't really be objective, I'm afraid. The "musical" style of TV shows have never appealed to me. For instance, I know Glee is a huge hit, but, as much as I love music, I just can't watch things were people burst into song. So Empire was fighting a losing battle with me straight away. If you like over the top musical melodrama and have a penchant for hip-hop then this will probably be right up your alley. But it's a no go for me, sorry guys!

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by CelyneR
Nov 20, 2016 4:45AM EST
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I hope it gets better, it's a bit the same every week... getting more boring every episode, don't know if I will watch the whole season

I hope it gets better, it's a bit the same every week... getting more boring every episode, don't know if I will watch the whole season

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Aug 15, 2016 11:58PM EDT
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Great! LOVE this show!! Never get tired of it

Great! LOVE this show!! Never get tired of it

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May 12, 2016 2:16PM EDT
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This is one of the best shows on television. You can't say enough good things about it. The cast is super,acting is great, story line is fantastic and the music is wonderful. The story takes so many twists and turns that you never know what is coming next. The hour flies by due to the fact that you are so into it that you can't believe it when it is over until next week. This is a sure hit again this year. Keep it coming cause we all love it when it is good.

This is one of the best shows on television. You can't say enough good things about it. The cast is super,acting is great, story line is fantastic and the music is wonderful. The story takes so many twists and turns that you never know what is coming next. The hour flies by due to the fact that you are so into it that you can't believe it when it is over until next week. This is a sure hit again this year. Keep it coming cause we all love it when it is good.

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Jan 23, 2016 4:15AM EST
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It's really good, but I don't know if I'll tune in for season 2. JANUARY 2016 UPDATE: I intentionally missed the first 10 episodes of season 2 because I wasn't moved to watch. Finally I decided to binge before the mid-season return, and I have to say I'm dropping this show from my roster. Oddly, it's for the same reason I stopped watching Glee. Jussie Smollett, like Lea Michelle, is being shoved down my throat. With every new scene he's singing. It got to the point that I'd fast forward through his performances until it looked like someone was speaking. The guest stars are amazing (Andre Royo, Chris Rock, Kelly Rowland, Marisa Tomei, etc), but the Jamal character is getting too much air time. This is weird for me to say because the man is gorgeous with an amazing voice, but it's just TOO MUCH of him on the screen. BALANCE, Lee Daniels, balance. Give some of the other stars/guests more singing time. I still love Cookie, though...and the fashion, girl hush!

It's really good, but I don't know if I'll tune in for season 2. JANUARY 2016 UPDATE: I intentionally missed the first 10 episodes of season 2 because I wasn't moved to watch. Finally I decided to binge before the mid-season return, and I have to say I'm dropping this show from my roster. Oddly, it's for the same reason I stopped watching Glee. Jussie Smollett, like Lea Michelle, is being shoved down my throat. With every new scene he's singing. It got to the point that I'd fast forward through his performances until it looked like someone was speaking. The guest stars are amazing (Andre Royo, Chris Rock, Kelly Rowland, Marisa Tomei, etc), but the Jamal character is getting too much air time. This is weird for me to say because the man is gorgeous with an amazing voice, but it's just TOO MUCH of him on the screen. BALANCE, Lee Daniels, balance. Give some of the other stars/guests more singing time. I still love Cookie, though...and the fashion, girl hush!

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Oct 20, 2015 8:49AM EDT
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English translation below.

Toen ik deze serie begon te kijken dacht ik dat het een soort Glee zou zijn. Dit bleek echter geheel niet het geval. Dat maakte het er niet slechter op, in tegen deel het verhaal is mee slepend en je zit gekluisterd aan je TV/computer Familie drama en muziek wisselen zich goed af.

When I started to watch this series I thought it would be a sort of Glee. However, this was not the case at all . That did not make it worse, on the contrary, the story keeps pulling you in and you're glued to your TV / computer. Family drama and music alternated well.

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Toen ik deze serie begon te kijken dacht ik dat het een soort Glee zou zijn. Dit bleek echter geheel niet het geval. Dat maakte het er niet slechter op, in tegen deel het verhaal is mee slepend en je zit gekluisterd aan je TV/computer Familie drama en muziek wisselen zich goed af.

When I started to watch this series I thought it would be a sort of Glee. However, this was not the case at all . That did not make it worse, on the contrary, the story keeps pulling you in and you're glued to your TV / computer. Family drama and music alternated well.

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by limaya
Oct 19, 2015 12:41PM EDT
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Just love it from the pilot.
All good things: cast, story, music (we can hear timbaland vibe).
It's refreshing to watch such a sow nowadays!!!!
Gotta love it!

Just love it from the pilot.
All good things: cast, story, music (we can hear timbaland vibe).
It's refreshing to watch such a sow nowadays!!!!
Gotta love it!

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Apr 13, 2015 1:35PM EDT
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Television has changed!! This show has shone a light on the wonderful work being done by superb actors and vivid storytelling. Headed up by the incomparable Taraji P Henson & Terrence Howard, I could not picture anyone else playing these self-absorbed, power hungry exes. Musically epic which only adds to the success.

Television has changed!! This show has shone a light on the wonderful work being done by superb actors and vivid storytelling. Headed up by the incomparable Taraji P Henson & Terrence Howard, I could not picture anyone else playing these self-absorbed, power hungry exes. Musically epic which only adds to the success.

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Mar 18, 2015 11:04PM EDT
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One of the best shows of the season. Honestly when I first saw the previews, I was instantly interested, but I didn't hold out much hope for it to get renewed. I'm so happy to be proved wrong. Taraji and Terrence make this show. I'm going to miss seeing them on my t.v. every week. Can't wait for season 2.

One of the best shows of the season. Honestly when I first saw the previews, I was instantly interested, but I didn't hold out much hope for it to get renewed. I'm so happy to be proved wrong. Taraji and Terrence make this show. I'm going to miss seeing them on my t.v. every week. Can't wait for season 2.

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Mar 9, 2015 11:39PM EDT
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O-M-G! W-O-W! Those are the words I repeat every time I watch this show. Empire is just good acting, good scenes, good everything.

O-M-G! W-O-W! Those are the words I repeat every time I watch this show. Empire is just good acting, good scenes, good everything.