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:
 Lucious Lyon (40 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Hakeem Lyon (40 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Jamal Lyon (40 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Andre Lyon (40 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Anika Calhoun (40 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Cookie Lyon (40 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Porsha (37 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Rhonda Lyon (36 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Becky (36 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Tiana Brown (34 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Chicken (26 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Freda Gatz / ... (22 episodes, 2015-2017)


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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7 January 2015 (USA)  »

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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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Clichéd but Captivating
20 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somewhat stereotypical, and certainly clichéd writing, but captivating, particularly as performed by 2 of my favorite actors, Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard, ever since seeing them in one of my favorite gritty, touching movies, Hustle & Flow.

Like that infamous film, there will be welcome music. A flashback scene in the pilot episode almost harks back to that time they worked together.

Can't help but feel personally invested in its characters, which may be biased since I so admire the work of the actors playing the roles.

"A unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire." Pretty sure it's the first series featuring that premise.

Enjoying so far, and anxious to watch where it goes.

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