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Star: Season 1 (2016-2017)




Critic Consensus: Despite Queen Latifah's strong performance, Lee Daniels' Star is weighed down by sloppy melodrama and overly cartoonish stereotypes.


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The first season of the musical drama follows the lives of three young singers trying to navigate the music business and become famous. Star (Jude Demorest) is an 18-year-old orphan who spent her childhood in foster care; Simone (Brittany O'Grady) is Star's 16-year-old sister who still lives in foster care in an abusive home; Alex (Ryan Destiny) is a 19-year-old trying to get away from her father's shadow. The three friends form a group called Big Trouble and try to launch their careers, while dealing with personal issues, difficult families, addictions, negative influences, money problems and the ruthlessness of showbiz. Rounding out the cast are Carlotta (Queen Latifah), the owner of a beauty salon who ends up mothering the girls, her transgender daughter Cotton (Amiyah Scott), and Jahil (Benjamin Bratt), a talent manager who really believes in the trio's chances at success.


Queen Latifah
as Carlotta
Ryan Destiny
as Alexandra
Chad James Buchanan
as Hunter Morgan
Lenny Kravitz
as Roland Crane
Naomi Campbell
as Rose Spencer
Miss Lawrence
as Miss Bruce
Chad Chambers
as Party Goer
Tyrese Gibson
as Pastor Harris
Deja Dee
as Ruth-Anne Leecan
Stephanie Enderby
as Screaming Girl
Mike Forbs
as Security Guard
Chas Harvey
as Sound PA
Paris Jackson
as Rachel Wells
Selah Kimbro Jones
as Young Simone
Jasmine Burke
as Danielle
Jack Yang
as Elliot Wu
Samantha Katelyn
as Chinchilla Women
Bella Lotz
as Young Star
Charisse Lyon
as Neighbor
Darius McCrary
as Otis Leecan
Bret McKee
as Roughneck
Anthony Vance Pierce
as Police Officer
Richard Pis
as Strip Club Patron
S. Linda Robinson
as Hairstylist
Calvin Swanigan
as Club Patron
Mateo Uribe
as Rodrigo
Alex Van
as Ed Morgan
Whit Whitman
as Bouncer
Chanel Young
as Mansion Guest
Michael Yuhl
as Audition Family
Shalita McFarland
as Hunter's Friend
Ryan Newton
as Pedestrian
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (25)

If Star does anything well, it's in how good it makes Empire look by comparison.

December 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Just as Taraji P. Henson is the best reason to watch Empire, Queen Latifah is the true star of Star.

December 12, 2016 | Full Review…

The performances aren't enough to overcome the problems with the show.

December 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Star keeps it trashy and flashy.

December 9, 2016 | Full Review…

None of the three is much of an actress, and their weak performances can't give the show the weight or momentum it needs. Awkward dialogue and cliched plots are additional problems.

December 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Demorest is convincing in the role, but she's not crowd-pleasing. She may be pre-ordained by the show to thrive, but she has the reckless and raw vibe of someone else, a survivor.

December 14, 2016 | Full Review…
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