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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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Series cast summary:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 75 episodes, 2015-2018
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 72 episodes, 2015-2018
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 71 episodes, 2015-2018
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 69 episodes, 2015-2018
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 51 episodes, 2015-2018
AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 43 episodes, 2015-2018
Kaitlin Doubleday ...  Rhonda Lyon 37 episodes, 2015-2018
Xzibit ...  Shyne Johnson / ... 37 episodes, 2016-2018
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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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Welcome back to the Lyons den. (Season 2) See more »

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7 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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The character Terrence Howard plays is 'Lucious Lyon.' The name 'Lucious' is derived from 'Lucifer,' also known as the 'Devil.' Ironically enough though, the name of Lucious' club is 'Leviticus,' the name of the third book of the Christian Bible. See more »

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One to miss
5 February 2015 | by ememessien-977-870961See all my reviews

This show jerks from one ridiculous scene to another in a manner reminiscent of one of those truly awful Latin-American telenovelas. There is a slight difference here in that whilst those are entertainment for the sake of it, this show appears to have an 'agenda'.

Nothing about this show is captivating or appealing - the characters are dreadful, a problem compounded by a disturbingly amateur like quality to some of the scenes and much of the acting. Any semblance of art imitating life is lost instantly due to the performances.

Taraji P. Henson, Terence Howard and Malik Yoba are seasoned actors but they can do nothing to redeem this latest mess by Lee Daniels. There are too many gimmicks, too many clichés. In summary, this show is Shakespeare for dummies.


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