The Root: “Terrible” Empire Is Still Good TV

Hey! I’m finally back from attempting to sleep through most of the holidays! (Congratulations to me.) I celebrated my return by watching a lot of television, including FOX’s new show “Empire.” The show is horrible, but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying it!

Have you ever had a feeling that you knew something was terrible, but you loved it anyway? Like the extra-greasy fast-food burger that you knew wouldn’t settle well on your stomach hours later, but you’d still eat again?

That’s the aftertaste of Fox’s new hip-hop drama Empire, created by film producer-director Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. It’s imperfect, but it’s still pretty delicious to watch.

Empire is the deliciously trashy hip-hop soap opera that isn’t what commercial hip-hop needs right now, but what it deserves. It’s filmed all slick and pop, like a high-quality, radio-ready production, yet is as clunky and cliché as the typical money-cash-clothes rhyme. The sex and violence are limited; it can’t do what Starz’s hip-hop-tinged crime drama Power does because Empire appears on Fox and not premium cable. But Empire also doesn’t take itself anywhere near as seriously as Power. It’s in this for fun.

Read the full story at The Root.


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