‘Empire’ (2015-) has been a pretty successful show which has been airing on Fox for three years now. The show documents the struggle of power between family members for a hugely successful music label known as Empire Entertainment. The patriarch of the family and owner pf the label is Lucious Lyon. Lucious is suffering from a terminally fatal disease and thus should make a decision on who should be his heir in the company once he passes away. He has three sons to choose from. Moreover, he and his wife, Cookie Lyon have a dark past. Both of them were drug dealers and the money they earned selling drugs was what had helped Lucious set up the company in the first place.
However, during one such drug deal, Cookie had got arrested 17 years ago, and after serving her sentence she comes back to reclaim the portion of the property which was rightfully hers all along. Empire is a very intense drama, filled with power-packed performances and some great writing. Here’s the list of TV series similar to Empire that are our recommendations. You can watch many of these shows like Empire on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Succession (2018-)
‘Succession’ follows almost a similar premise as that of ‘Empire’. It is the story of a dysfunctional family which is the owner of a huge media conglomerate. The problems start when the head of the family, Logan Roy, decides to leave his position at the top of the company due to health-related complications. He has four children who don’t see eye to eye and all of them want control of the company. The show has been created by Jesse Armstrong, and in June 2018, it was announced by HBO that ‘Succession’ has been greenlit for a second season. The series has been positively received by critics, and has a comedic/satiric undertone which makes the writing really interesting. The first episode of the series entitled ‘Celebration’ was directed by Adam McKay for which he won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series.
9. Nashville (2012-2018)
‘Nashville’ is one of the most popular musical dramas of recent times. It follows the lives of several country music stars in Nashville and the problems between them. The show has a taste of ‘A Star is Born’, but here the established star is not happy that her place is being taken away by the newbie. The show starts with following the rivalry between Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). While Jaymes is a country music icon, she is getting old and Barnes is the new superstar of the genre. Later in the series, Jaymes’ daughter who also grows up to be a famous country musician. The first five seasons of Nashville were all positively received by critics.