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Empire 

TV-14 | | Drama, Music | TV Series (2015– )
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A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.
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The Many Faces of Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson reigns as Cookie Lyon in "Empire." Check out other roles she's played on TV and in the movies.

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Season 5 Premiere


Wednesday, September 26

The Lyons pick up the pieces after losing Empire to Eddie Barker.


Most Recent Episode


Wednesday, May 23

As the Empire ownership bid presentation nears, Lucious must make a difficult decision to save the future of the company.


Previous Episode


Wednesday, May 16

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 25 wins & 93 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 63 episodes, 2015-2018
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 62 episodes, 2015-2018
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 60 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 42 episodes, 2015-2018
AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 39 episodes, 2015-2018
Kaitlin Doubleday ...  Rhonda Lyon 37 episodes, 2015-2018
Xzibit ...  Shyne Johnson 37 episodes, 2016-2018
Bre-Z ...  Freda Gatz / ... 30 episodes, 2015-2017
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Storyline

Lucious, the founder and CEO of a successful record label has been diagnosed with ALS. He must choose one of his three sons to take over the company when he dies. Meanwhile, his ex wife and co-founder, Cookie, has been released from prison and wants to reclaim her rightful place in the company. Written by Jennifer Holmes

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Their reign. Their rules. (Season 3) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

During its first season, viewership in the United States increased with every episode - a rarity in television where most shows lose viewers after the pilot episode. The pilot attracted 9.9 million people, culminating with an audience of 17.6 million for the season finale. Since modern Nielsen tracking began in 1991, the record for the most consecutive weeks of increased viewership for a new show was held by Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) with five episodes, a record Empire broke with twelve episodes. See more »


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Epic... Empire
2 February 2015 | by Brandy WairSee all my reviews

I love this show. I wasn't going to watch it because I am more of a binge watcher and I don't subscribe to cable TV. However, I love Taraji & Terrence together since Hustle & Flow. They just fit perfect together for this series. The issues that arise within this family are real. The dynamics are present in every family household from illness, to the struggle that wealth brings, to homosexuality to obesity and style. The music is amazing. You don't have to love rap or hip hop to appreciate the musical talent behind the scenes of this show. My favorite character is Cookie of course. She is an OG gangsta female who is unafraid to speak her mind and is always in the Height of Fashion. Besides that the chemistry that still exists between her and Luscious is palpable. He loves her for who she is and always was. She never stopped loving him either. I will watch this show play out and it will be one of very few that I watch from TV. ITS DEFINITELY WORTH IT!


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