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The Cookie Conundrum: Is 'Empire' Wrong To Portray Blacks As Criminals?

EMPIRE: Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) shows up at Empire in the 'Outspoken King' episode of EMPIRE airing Monday, Jan. 14, 2015 (
EMPIRE: Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) shows up at Empire in the 'Outspoken King' episode of EMPIRE airing Monday, Jan. 14, 2015 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

Empire is over-the-top. It’s melodramatic. It can be laughably cheesy. And it’s one of the most watchable shows on TV.

The exploits of Lucious Lyon and his not-quite-estranged-enough wife Cookie have become must-see television for many Americans. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Fox drama’s viewership peaked with 14.2 million viewers last week, with roughly 100,000 new views of the series premiere episode per day on VOD, Hulu, and the FoxNow app. It’s on track to become the highest-rated new scripted series of the season.

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