The series would quickly become depressing, were it not for the scathing humour, always present and almost redemptive, as if the authors of the series were trying to say: "It's terrible what happens, isn't it? It really is a reflection of our world. But don't take us too seriously, anyway".
As the title suggests, the series describes the fierce struggles between an 80 year old media mogul and his children, to whom he plans to hand over the reins. But who will be the chosen one? Does he really want to step down as he claims he wants to? Or is it just a tactic on his part to show that he is irreplaceable, to cling to power, while he de facto cuts himself off from everyone else? Nothing is more dangerous than a wounded lion. Logan Roy clearly falls into that category. As he ages, he is no longer in complete control of his body (especially his bladder, as the series insists on making clear). His children dream only of taking power, encouraged by competitors who seek to dismember an Empire whose Emperor is as much hated as he is feared. Isn't he detestable, moreover, in his contempt for the "young"? Or in his way of exploiting others’ weaknesses, from the waiter who spills champagne on him to the small businessman whom he refuses to pay decently for his work. Isn’t Donald Trump, the real estate magnate, also known to be a very bad payer? Could it be that he inspired the magnate hero of this series?