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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 83 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Lucious Lyon 65 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Hakeem Lyon 65 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Jamal Lyon 65 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Andre Lyon 65 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Anika Calhoun 65 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Cookie Lyon 65 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Porsha 62 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Becky 61 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Tiana Brown 59 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Thirsty Rawlings 41 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Chicken 39 episodes, 2015-2018
...  Rhonda Lyon 36 episodes, 2015-2016
...  Shyne Johnson / ... 36 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Freda Gatz / ... 30 episodes, 2015-2017
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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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Music. Family. Power. The battle begins. (Season 1) See more »

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Drama | Music

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7 January 2015 (USA)  »

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Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project  »

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The scene in the pilot when Lucious throws young Jamal in the garbage was taken from Lee Daniels' childhood. His own father had done this to him when he was a child. When filming the scene, after a few takes, Lee told Terrance Howard to be more forceful. He wanted it to be done the same way it was done to him. See more »

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Referenced in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Kaitlin Doubleday (2016) See more »

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Empire
27 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

The first season I was hooked and intrigued. i found it fascinating in their world. I anticipated the second season and even marked my calendar.

Second season came and I said it will get better. I gave it 3 episodes and decided it a waste of my time.

There is no fluidity in the story line. Constantly new characters are being introduced with no character build up. They come and disappear. It seems like the producers are accommodating these celebrities to appear in the show or vice versa. The producers compromises the integrity of the story line. It instead becomes a variety/musical fashion show or a very long music video.

The Empire story does not make sense anymore nor is it believable. The main character Luscious, always wins no matter what. He is able to block all the unbelievable ploys.

I believe Empire lost it. There are a lot of good shows around that last for years. My prediction Empire is a one season show. Producers invest on writers instead of the revolving door of celebrities.


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