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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.


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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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Welcome back to the Lyons den. (Season 2) 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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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

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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One to miss
5 February 2015 | by ememessien-977-870961See all my reviews

This show jerks from one ridiculous scene to another in a manner reminiscent of one of those truly awful Latin-American telenovelas. There is a slight difference here in that whilst those are entertainment for the sake of it, this show appears to have an 'agenda'.

Nothing about this show is captivating or appealing - the characters are dreadful, a problem compounded by a disturbingly amateur like quality to some of the scenes and much of the acting. Any semblance of art imitating life is lost instantly due to the performances.

Taraji P. Henson, Terence Howard and Malik Yoba are seasoned actors but they can do nothing to redeem this latest mess by Lee Daniels. There are too many gimmicks, too many clichés. In summary, this show is Shakespeare for dummies.


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