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Empire 

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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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"Empire" Returns: Relive the Drama of the Lyon Dynasty

Lucious and Cookie Lyon are back, and we're taking a look at some of the best moments from the first four seasons of "Empire."

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In an effort to sign more artists, Cookie and Lucious make a bet to see who can find someone first. While Lucious bets on the chance to meet an up and coming rapper in a high stakes ...


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5   4   3   2   1  
2018   2017   2016   2015  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 25 wins & 93 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Terrence Howard ...  Lucious Lyon 72 episodes, 2015-2018
Bryshere Y. Gray ...  Hakeem Lyon 72 episodes, 2015-2018
Jussie Smollett ...  Jamal Lyon 72 episodes, 2015-2018
Trai Byers ...  Andre Lyon 72 episodes, 2015-2018
Taraji P. Henson ...  Cookie Lyon 72 episodes, 2015-2018
Ta'Rhonda Jones ...  Porsha 69 episodes, 2015-2018
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Becky 68 episodes, 2015-2018
Grace Byers ...  Anika Calhoun 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Serayah ...  Tiana Brown 66 episodes, 2015-2018
Andre Royo ...  Thirsty Rawlings 48 episodes, 2015-2018
AzMarie Livingston ...  Chicken 42 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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Music. Family. Power. The battle begins. (Season 1) See more »

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Drama | Music

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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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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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The character Terrence Howard plays is 'Lucious Lyon.' The name 'Lucious' is derived from 'Lucifer,' also known as the 'Devil.' Ironically enough though, the name of Lucious' club is 'Leviticus,' the name of the third book of the Christian Bible. See more »

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Referenced in Angie Tribeca: License to Drill (2017) See more »

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god awful
3 May 2017 | by joerghuebnerSee all my reviews

I really can't understand the popularity of this show: African American stereotypes in every possible way, combined with a really unbelievable story line, and a cast of awful actors playing awful characters. I remember a show called Wiseguy, season two "dead dog records story line", well that was more believable. I'm sorry but I think it's wasted time. I admit that some of the songs aren't bad, but that's not enough.


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