This show rocks on multiple counts: First, the family drama rings true --rivalry between brothers, sons seeking their father's respect, conflict as part of intimacy between partners (I don't mean violence, I mean challenging each other with uncomfortable truths), rivalries between sweethearts, and transcendent moments when family members "get" each other's truths. This drama is the stuff of real life. The writers have created characters, dialogue and dramatic arcs that are just like people-- full of contradictions. Second, the actors are amazing. They inhabit their characters, they understand what drives them, and they take risks, letting us see their beauty and pain and love and courage and talent, so we believe them. The chemistry between them is powerful. Third, the music isn't just seamlessly woven into the story, it advances the story, moves the drama forward. Unlike the dorky musicals of yesteryear, where every time actors burst into song the story stalled, here the music is a living, breathing part of the story. And it's phenomenally good, original music, thanks to producer Timbaland, the amazing performances by "Jamal" and "Hakeem," and the A list of Hip Hop stars who do cameo performances. This white girl wants to buy the album that comes out of this show! And finally, this show pulls out all the stops by shattering stereotypes in every episode -- gender, sexual orientation, and race get treated as whole and complex identities. Characters behave in fresh ways that disrupt stereotypes about black women, black fathers, gay men, older women, black professionals, plus-size women, and black musicians. This is so damn rare in prime time television, and much appreciated!