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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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Series cast summary:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 102 episodes, 2015-2020
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 102 episodes, 2015-2020
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 102 episodes, 2015-2020
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 100 episodes, 2015-2020
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 97 episodes, 2015-2020
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 96 episodes, 2015-2020
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 94 episodes, 2015-2020
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 84 episodes, 2015-2019
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 60 episodes, 2015-2019
AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 44 episodes, 2015-2019
Rekkhan ...  Engineer / ... 43 episodes, 2016-2020
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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 »

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Drama | Music

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USA

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English

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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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

As mentioned in the episode "Sinned Against" (2.9), Cookie's real first name is Loretha. See more »

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Referenced in Star: The Winner Takes It All (2017) See more »

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The AUTO-TUNE Empire
15 December 2016 | by trudystillbottomSee all my reviews

A good show gone bad. In the beginning, Cookie was the breakout and deservedly so, but now, in season 3 she is a cartoon. Empire has forgotten the Cardinal Rule of nighttime soaps. That is you have to have at least one character that is good and likable. That never wavers from that good. Here, almost every character is completely deplorable. Too many guest stars mugging for the camera. And all the children of privilege, getting much more than they deserve, and not equal in the talent department. It also past time to turn off that auto-tune machine. It is obvious that Hakeem does not possess the talent of the character and the excessive use of auto-tune in his performances is like painting everyone bright luminous yellow. Jamal is talented, but his distinctive voice and style makes everything sound repetitive and is approaching tiresome. We saw the rise of this Empire, I guess we now get to see the fall.


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