Why you should watch: Empire

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Empire offers an amazing cast – Taraji P. Hensen, Terrence Howard being its leads – and an incredibly diverse cast. The show focuses on Cookie Lyon (played by Hensen), a mother who is just getting out of jail. Her ex husband, Luscious Lyon, owns a large entertainment company they started before Cookie went to jail. The show is based around the hip-hop industry, but also delves into social issues; one being homophobia in the black community since Luscious and Cookie’s son, is a homosexual trying to become famous in the industry.

The show is smart, funny and has enough drama to keep you on your toes. It offers interesting characters as well as dynamics with those characters. On top of this, it also features great, new original music in many of its episodes. The numbers for the show continue to increase and it was renewed for a second season in January.

Empire airs on Tuesday nights on Fox

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