What to Watch If You Love Empire 

Updated November 5, 2019 76 votes 40 voters 2.6k views 22 items

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Are you on the lookout for more TV shows like Empire? Who could blame you? Empire stormed the airwaves in 2015 with a behind-the-scenes look at the world of hip hop and the drama that revolves around it. Even those who aren't fans of the musical genre found Empire to be a compelling tale of underworld business dealings centered around interesting characters. For those who've sat through all of the existing seasons and want something more in the meantime, this list compiles the best TV shows and movies like Empire fans can appreciate. 

If you're wondering what to watch after Empire, you may be surprised to see the many shows and movies with similarities. Movies like the the hit mafia films in the Godfather trilogy aren't as deeply rooted in music as Empire, but the tantalizing tale of a criminal underworld should certainly tickle your fancy. Other shows fans of Empire might enjoy include such offerings as Boss, which is all about the continued mental degradation of the titular character played by veteran actor, Kelsey Grammer. Of course, these are far from the only other shows like Empire. Whatever your interests, there are bound to be TV shows and movies fans of Empire are sure to enjoy.

For more Empire recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows and movies you think are missing!

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Boss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What to Watch If You Love Empire
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Boss is an American political drama television serial created by Farhad Safinia. The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder. The series was broadcast in the United States on the premium television service Starz and was produced by Category 5 Entertainment, Grammnet Productions, and Lionsgate Television. On September 27, 2011, before the series premiered, Starz announced that Boss had been renewed for a second season of ten episodes. The first season premiered on October 21, 2011, and the second season premiered on August 17, 2012. On November 20, 2012, it was announced ...more on Wikipedia

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The Godfather Saga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What to Watch If You Love Empire
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The Godfather Saga is a TV miniseries that combines The Godfather and The Godfather Part II into one film. It originally aired on NBC over four consecutive nights in November 1977. The Godfather Saga is also known as The Godfather: The Complete Novel for Television, The Godfather: A Novel for Television, and The Godfather Novella. The television version was the basis for a shorter, 1981 video release known as The Godfather 1902–1959: The Complete Epic. Following the release of The Godfather Part III in 1990, a third unified version was released to video in 1992 entitled The Godfather Trilogy: 1901–1980. ...more on Wikipedia

Being Mary Jane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What to Watch If You Love Empire
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Being Mary Jane

Being Mary Jane (BET, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. The life of a young black woman (Gabrielle Union), her work, her family, and the popular talk show which she hosts. ...more on Wikipedia

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Ran is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What to Watch If You Love Empire
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Ran is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-era warlord who decides to abdicate as ruler in favor of his three sons. The story is based on legends of the daimyo Mōri Motonari, as well as on the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear. Ran was Kurosawa's last epic. With a budget of $12 million, it was the most expensive Japanese film ever produced up to that time. ...more on Wikipedia

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