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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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Series cast summary:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 80 episodes, 2015-2019
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 77 episodes, 2015-2019
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 76 episodes, 2015-2019
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 74 episodes, 2015-2019
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 56 episodes, 2015-2019
AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 44 episodes, 2015-2019
Kaitlin Doubleday ...  Rhonda Lyon 37 episodes, 2015-2018
Xzibit ...  Shyne Johnson / ... 37 episodes, 2016-2018


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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Release Date:

7 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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In the show, Andre is the oldest of the three brothers, but in reality, the actor who portrays Jamal is one month older than Andre's actor. See more »


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Empire sends music astonishingly
11 April 2016 | by westen1223See all my reviews

A hip-hop mogul must choose between his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to get what's hers.

This series is beautifully written and played by the actors in the most astonishing way ever. It takes music somewhere better than ever. The manipulation of Taraji's character is just mind-blowing, I love the way she tells her sons the right thing and the wrong thing. She's seriously someone who you would side with, her brutal and manipulative nature just makes you get intrigued on her. Cookie Lyon is one of my favourite characters and one of the most iconic characters ever created. This is mainly because she just demands anything and if she doesn't get what she wants, she goes rogue and defies those who stand in her way of victory. It's just interesting for a character to seem like that.

This series also takes discrimination seriously. Unlike other series, we manage to see gay people, lesbians, bisexual people and I find that courageous and strong-willed for a series like Empire to portray those kind of people who are still discriminated in society.

I gave it an 8 out of 10 because I thought it could improve a bit more, for example the sense of humour on every character, not just the protagonist. All I see is Cookie with the humorous jokes and moments while the three sons and Luscious aren't as funny or laughable as they seem. Hakeem, the youngest of the three sons and the money-obsessed kid, seems a bit clingy and spoiled and I find that irritating sometimes. Andre, the oldest of the three, is portrayed as the business person but never seems to be contributed in music and where he works, mainly focuses on music producing.

Jamal, the middle of the three, has to be one of the most courageous, brave character in the majority of the series and particularly, in any series. He has the full courage to try and come out as being gay but his homophobic father prevents him but I think that's brilliant for him to come up with that. Society is just spoiled and brutal nowadays and Empire portrays real life and music in the best and possible way.

Empire, the series that has what you need to know about society and music.

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