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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.

Previous Episode

Wednesday, May 16



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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


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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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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16:9 HD
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Quincy Brown was originally cast in the role of Hakeem, but turned it down after contract negotiations failed. See more »


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Sorely Disappointed
10 January 2015 | by Jhatch-204-495766See all my reviews

I had been looking forward to watching this show ever since I looked it up after seeing a Billboard of it on my drive home from work a couple of weeks ago. The way it was billed and set up had me thinking that the next great drama on television would be on broadcast TV for once instead of cable or Netflix like Breaking Bad and House of Cards. I talked my wife into sitting down and watching it with me by telling her I thought it would be a great plot and that everybody was saying the acting would be superb. My wife could only make it through about 15 minutes before she had enough of it, my pride made me sit through the first 30 minutes before calling it quits. The music was probably the best part of the show but that isn't saying much, they were too drawn out and not ingrained in the show. It was almost like hey we are going to pause the show and play a song for the next three minutes. The acting was HORRIBLE, for this I blame the director because I know some of these characters can act. The made every scene way to overly dramatic and would have some some cheesy background music to try and make it even more dramatic. EPIC FAIL

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