As soon as I saw the previews for this show, I knew it was exactly the kind of show I’d love. However, this was in about March, and I also knew I couldn’t afford to get addicted to a new show at that time so I managed to put it off until I finished my exams. As soon as I finished, I went straight to my computer and watched one whole season in the space of a weekend. Needless to say, it’s definitely my new favourite show, and I’m about to tell you why it should be yours.
5. The Actors
A show is nothing without its cast, which is one of the reasons Empire is so good. The cast is so well chosen! It’s clear that they interact and get on well in real life, and there’s definite chemistry between Taraji P Henson, who plays Cookie, and Terrence Howard, who plays Lucious. Since watching the show I’ve become so obsessed with Taraji, I can’t stop watching interviews with her either.
4. It’s hilarious
For those of you who don’t know, let me explain a small bit about the show – it follows a music production company, Empire, and the family behind it with Lucious, the father at it’s head. The three son’s are competing to take over the company one day, while Cookie, the mother who is just out of jail, wants half of her company back. The interactions that happen as a result are both incredibly funny and touching.
3. The characters
There are so many loveable characters in this show – the brothers Jamal, Hakeem and Andre always have intriguing storylines and interactions whether they’re trying to tear the other down or having proud family moments. Then there’s background characters like Portia and Becky, who also add to the humour of the show, and Anika, who I really really just want to punch in the face. (I love it so much when Cookie puts her down with insults and nicknames like “miss fake-ass Halle Berry.”) The gang/drug violence background also adds to the suspense as so many characters are so quick to pull guns on each other – the future of no character is guaranteed.
2. The music
I love musicals, musical shows, shows about music – anything that combines music and TV and I’m on board. The standard of the music in this show is so high! I literally have the soundtrack on repeat, I can’t get enough. Usually this isn’t really my style of music, but it fits into the show so well, and the songs are just so catchy! My favourites so far are No Apologies, Nothing To Loose and Power of the Empire. Even if you don’t watch the show, these songs are worth a listen! Guaranteed, you will be obsessed.
The question is, what do I not love about Cookie? She’s definitely my favourite character from the show. Why? She’s so sassy and confident, and determined to get what she wants while clearly having a lot of love for her family. Her and Lucious are the perfect couple in my opinion, and it kills me that they’re not back together already! I also love the fact that Cookie has clearly experienced hard times in her life, and has learned to be grateful because of it. She’s such a good character who brings so much to the show, and Taraji does such a good job playing her.
So that’s why I love Empire, and why I think it works so well. I definitely recommend this show for anyone looking for something new to watch! Its only just finished season 1, so it’s a perfect time to start watching – pretty soon you’ll be hooked. Guaranteed, you won’t regret it.