It's funny, but at it's core Empire is a drama, and full of it. Cheating, divorce, jail, court, witnesses, gangs, guns, scandal, power... the list doesn't stop.
Remember: "The streets ain't made for everybody. That's why they made sidewalks."
We're not exactly sure what it is that Porsha does for Cookie. What we need to know is how she gets a steady supply of chewing gum. And who's she's texting all of the time.
This show pits brother against brother in the best way. Is there a best way? Jury is still out on that but we'll enjoy the show until we hear the verdict.
Andre has... issues. From covering for his father to recalibrating his meds, he's a ticking time bomb.
Yes, Anika. Cookie's nickname for her and the loud *bling* of her diamond both made it hard to ever hear anyone say her real name on the show.
Three sons working hard to gain the respect of their father in hopes of taking over the empire. Yep, Shakespeare was all over this sort of story.
One thing about the characters on Empire: they ALWAYS look good! Clothes, hair, shoes, jewelry, all of it! Every aspect is covetable.
Cookie and Lucious often think back on how Empire came to be. Through their flashbacks we're learning more and more about the lengths they went to to make it happen.
The amount of attractive people in this cast is overwhelming. Taraji P Henson, Naomi Campbell, Derek Luke... is it hot in here?
There's so much going on in this show it's hard to keep track. Are Cookie and Lucious going to rekindle their love? Is Cookie going to get killed? Will she go back to jail? Will Lucious get caught? Who will take over Empire?
So, it's not a mystery since we saw the whole thing go down. But it's a mystery to Detective Walker, and watching him sort through the clues is so nerve-wrackingly awesome.
Empire features a gay relationship, a lesbian relationship, and an interracial relationship, a female ex-con making big moves and not taking no for an answer, and a family of minorities with huge social and political pull. How's that for prime time?
Gabourey Sidibe's character, Becky, is perfectly hilarious as Lucious's secretary.
Empire is set in New York, and, even though the show is shot in Chicago, the grimy magic of NYC shines through.
There are small bits of truth throughout Empire when it comes to the ins and outs of the music business. It's not all champagne and making it rain.
Everybody who's anybody wants in on Empire we've seen Courtney Love, Sway, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Anthony Hamilton, and Gladys Knight just to name a few.
This couple has an open marriage. And that's putting it delicately.
These two are adorable, but with the changes Jamal is going through and his hesitancy to share his sexuality with the world, they're on the rocks. Oh, and the entrance of Jamal's love child doesn't help things.
Hakeem likes Tiana. Tiana likes her new girlfriend (yep!) That's OK, though, because Hakeem is also sleeping with Camilla. This love triangle (trapezoid?) is crazy.
Between ear worms like "Drip Drop" and the moving "Good Enough," the music of Empire is nothing short of incredible.