When folks make lists of the great primetime soap operas, Empire will certainly be on it. An immediate hit from its inception, Empire got people buzzing about a TV serial in ways that were a callback to how folks felt about shows like Dallas and Dynasty.
Empire And Its Social Impact
The show has been life-changing for both the cast and audiences who desire to see themselves represented on TV. And they certainly have been — by bigger-than-life characters who grabbed you from the word go.
“My life has changed,” says Taraji P. Henson (Cookie). “The reaction is just…’Wow.'”
“Empire definitely turned into must-watch TV,” added Vivica A. Fox (Candace).
“My mom watched All My Children and One Life to Live,” shared Gabby Sidibe (Becky). “Those were her stories. Maybe if there were 10 characters [on the show] one or two of them might represent me. None of them looked like me.”
“We had 28 million people tune in to watch our show,” Terrence Howard (Lucious) revealed. “That meant, ‘Wow. The things we are doing here matter.'”
“When Empire first came on, everyone and they mama talking about it,” posted Tyre Smith on YouTube. “People were having watch parties and everything. It was like the modern day Dynasty…I’m gonna miss them.” Watch the entire segment above. Empire airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.