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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Empire creator has another buzzy musical drama.

TV Fox Drama 2016
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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


it has very sexual scenes and content, some a stripper clubs and giving lap dances and dancing naked. this is not for older teens even. it has alot of bad language and innapropriat clothings of choice. and the characters do alot of drugs and drink alot so i dont think it is for teens and not even 16+

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Too much violence
Too much sex
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age 18+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (9):

Delightfully overstuffed with plot, characters, and full-out musical numbers, this Lee Daniels drama has everything it takes to please Empire fans. In one episode alone, our main characters move to a new town, find jobs and a place to live, meet a Svengali, win over a party full of Atlanta sports cognestenti, and develop an addiction -- in between two foiled rapes and a murder. It's a lot to take in, and it's pretty improbable. "The next time you see this face," Star announces to a bus ticket clerk, "It's gonna be on the cover of Vanity Fair." And maybe in the bananas world of Star, where a music exec is eager to give his business card to a woman who sings in his ear during a lap dance, that may actually turn out to be the truth.

Star's B-stories are equally bonkers and rich with possibility. Queen Latifah's Carlotta is masquerading as a humble church singer/beauty shop owner, but has some kind of double-crossing music-biz past with Jahil, not to mention her own plans for Star's group. Alexandra pretends to be just another songwriter, but her dad (a guest-starring Lenny Kravitz) is some type of musical bigwig. Carlotta's daughter (born a son) Cotton (Amiyah Scott) spends days working in his mom's salon, but nights accepting cash for her favors. And Star and Simone did something very bad and are trying to leave their past mistakes and lives behind, an ambition surely incompatible with pop stardom. It's all faintly ridiculous, but it's a lot of fun for adults and mature teens.

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