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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 25 wins & 99 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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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Prepare for reign. Royalty keeps it real. (Season 3) See more »

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Drama | Music

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Trai Byers and Kaitlin Doubleday (married on show) share the same birthday. Byers is one year older. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Jason Momoa/Mumford & Sons (2018) See more »

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Live in the Moment
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Performed by Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Y. Gray
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Trying to hard!
13 March 2015 | by skahele808See all my reviews

This show has way TOO many try hard (catch your attention) moments. It would be a lot better if they would take their foot off the gas pedal a little. (Actually a lot) It's like watching a TV series of Jerry Springer meets Hustle & Flow on steroids. The music however is great...which sounds better than 80% of the garbage that is out at this moment. But there is so much going on, along with so many special guest appearances, it's like they're trying so hard to build it up that it's going to make it even harder to follow up throughout the next seasons afterward. Family issues, guns, drugs, thugs, FBI, corruption, backstabbing, infidelity...only thing they're missing is aliens and terrorist. Wait...the season isn't over with...maybe they'll put terrorist and aliens in the next show. Wouldn't surprise me.


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