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TV-14 | | Drama, Music | TV Series (2015– )
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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 27 wins & 101 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 102 episodes, 2015-2020
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 102 episodes, 2015-2020
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 102 episodes, 2015-2020
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 102 episodes, 2015-2020
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 99 episodes, 2015-2020
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 98 episodes, 2015-2020
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 96 episodes, 2015-2020
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 84 episodes, 2015-2019
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 60 episodes, 2015-2019
AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 44 episodes, 2015-2019
Rekkhan ...  Engineer / ... 44 episodes, 2016-2020
Nicole Ari Parker ...  Giselle 41 episodes, 2017-2020
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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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The scene in the pilot when Lucious throws young Jamal in the garbage was taken from Lee Daniels' childhood. His own father had done this to him when he was a child. When filming the scene, after a few takes, Lee told Terrance Howard to be more forceful. He wanted it to be done the same way it was done to him. See more »

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Referenced in Undateable: A Will They Walks Into a Bar (2015) See more »

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Performed by Jussie Smollett and Yazz
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Sooo disappointed
18 January 2015 | by Kathi1213See all my reviews

I had so much anticipation for this show, loved the topic and assumed that with the caliber of actors cast it would be awesome. Instead, the writing is so awful that there are almost no characters...just caricatures of (I'm guessing) what white writers think black people are like. If I was black I would be offended. Since I am white I am instead embarrassed to the point of cringing. I can think of no excuse for the shallow, stereotype-ridden scripting of this show.

The plot line is believable enough but the actual dialog written is so weak I can't fathom how the scripts made it past whoever is paid to quality-check them. I truly hope that someone with some influence in the background will heed what is being said about the writing and hire some better writers Immediately! Of course, since the show is already on the air there must be quite a few episodes (if not all) of season 1 already completed. If it doesn't get pulled and comes back for a second season I will watch to see if anyone bothered to try to do the show's concept the much better treatment it deserves.

I do like the music and find the two musician brother's characters and acting to be believable...but that's all that's good about this show so far. Not gonna cut it without some serious changes happening to the writing.


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