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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 79 episodes, 2015-2019
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 79 episodes, 2015-2019
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 79 episodes, 2015-2019
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 79 episodes, 2015-2019
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 79 episodes, 2015-2019
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 76 episodes, 2015-2019
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 75 episodes, 2015-2019
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 73 episodes, 2015-2019
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 55 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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Welcome back to the Lyons den. (Season 2) See more »

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Drama | Music

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USA

Language:

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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Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon in the TV series Empire in 2002 appeared in Mary J. Blige's video for " Be Without You ". See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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Performed by Bryshere Y. Gray
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Clichéd but Captivating
20 January 2015 | by PublicAwarenessMediaSee all my reviews

Somewhat stereotypical, and certainly clichéd writing, but captivating, particularly as performed by 2 of my favorite actors, Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard, ever since seeing them in one of my favorite gritty, touching movies, Hustle & Flow.

Like that infamous film, there will be welcome music. A flashback scene in the pilot episode almost harks back to that time they worked together.

Can't help but feel personally invested in its characters, which may be biased since I so admire the work of the actors playing the roles.

"A unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire." Pretty sure it's the first series featuring that premise.

Enjoying so far, and anxious to watch where it goes.


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