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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:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 77 episodes, 2015-2019
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 76 episodes, 2015-2019
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 74 episodes, 2015-2019
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 56 episodes, 2015-2019
AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 44 episodes, 2015-2019
Kaitlin Doubleday ...  Rhonda Lyon 37 episodes, 2015-2018
Xzibit ...  Shyne Johnson / ... 37 episodes, 2016-2018


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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Release Date:

7 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Originally pitched as a film. See more »


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8 January 2015 | by smccray1-207-740790See all my reviews

This show is the SH*T. It has everything you want and two or three bags of chips. The music is right on time and inspiring, and if you interested in the biz, this show gives you an inside view of the business.. Taj and Howard play their parts with such depths that it doesn't become cheap and blaxportational. It is a true story of a dynasty, how they arrived and what you have to do to maintain it. Most importantly, it is a story about family and all its complexities. Taj as a mother is on time. When she beat her son with the broom, I scream, thank you. Respect. Old School. When you talked back, you got your ass beat. And when did you talk back? What drug or drugs, mixed with alcohol would you have been on to talk back? Taj is so on point, her vocabulary may be a bit insensitive, but her convictions more than make up for that. Anyway, she keeps her callousness to herself. She loves her boys, all of them without thought, compromise or prejudice. She may like one more than the other, but she loves them without hesitation or forethought. Howard as the father, patriarch and founder of a dynasty is brilliant. You love to love and hate him, and he is okay with both. GREAT SHOW.

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