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A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.
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Series cast summary:
...  Lucious Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Hakeem Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Jamal Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Andre Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Cookie Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Porsha 63 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Becky 62 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Tiana Brown 60 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Thirsty Rawlings 42 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Chicken 39 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Rhonda Lyon 37 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Shyne Johnson 37 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Freda Gatz / ... 30 episodes, 2015-2017


Lucious, the founder and CEO of a successful record label has been diagnosed with ALS. He must choose one of his three sons to take over the company when he dies. Meanwhile, his ex wife and co-founder, Cookie, has been released from prison and wants to reclaim her rightful place in the company. Written by Jennifer Holmes

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7 January 2015 (USA)  »

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Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project  »

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The show portrays the events and story as taking place in New York, and uses establishing skyline shots of New York. However, the series is actually filmed in Chicago. See more »


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Slap in the Face
12 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

You have powerhouse actors like Terrence and Tajiri, and this is what you do with them? You have them portray over-stereotyped, dull, insipid buffoons who lack depth, character or intelligence? This is what Fox gives us as an interesting story involving Black America? When you think about the wit, creativity, artistry, hard work and brain power that goes into the business of Hip Hop, this show is a slap in the face. The characters are uninspired, poorly written, predictable and hackneyed. I expected far more. This was a MAJOR let down.

The problem is that Fox mis-represented the show. The show is clearly aimed at teenage or young adult audiences. However, it was presented as a serious show for more mature audiences. Among a younger audience this might be somewhat interesting. For anyone who was expecting the next "Scandal", keep looking. Just so sad to see such talented actors get such a juvenile script. Sigh.

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