A father, who has a successful music business, has to choose one of his three sons to take over when he dies.

Terrence Howard / Bryshere Y. Gray / Jussie Smollett / Trai Byers / Grace Gealey / Kaitlin Doubleday / Taraji P. Henson / Ta'Rhonda Jones / Gabourey Sidibe / Malik Yoba

    • Released
    • (2015-)
    • Seasons
    • 4 seasons
    • Status
    • returning series
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    SEASON 4

  • Episode 9Slave to Memory

    The Lyons come up with a plan to take down the Dubois family once and for all.

  • Episode 8Cupid Painted Blind

    Cookie and Lucious take action when Diana Dubois' plan comes to fruition.

  • Episode 7The Lady Doth Protest

    Feeling overworked by their new producer, Calvin and Porsha call for a strike, halting production on Empire's 20-For-20.

  • Episode 6Fortune Be Not Crost

  • Episode 5The Fool

    When the secret about Lucious' memory is exposed, Cookie tries to convince the board that he is fine; Eddie Barker helps Lucious in the studio; Detective Pamela Rose reveals information about the explosion; Claudia helps Lucious with a breakthrough.

  • Episode 4Bleeding War

    Jamal gets an idea for his new song when Cookie announces that the top-selling album for Empire's 20-for-20 will be a competition between the best artists.

  • Episode 3Evil Manners

    Cookie looks back on her time in prison when she's denied a line of credit.

  • Episode 2Full Circle

    Lucious enlists the help of a music icon to find out what kind of person he was before the explosion.

  • Episode 1Noble Memory

    Lucious makes his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas; the Lyon family members each have their own interests in Lucious regaining his faculties.

    SEASON 3

  • Episode 18Toil and Trouble, Part 2

  • Episode 17Toil and Trouble, Part 1

  • Episode 16Absent Child

  • Episode 15Civil Hands Unclean

    Angelo questions her decisions when her relationship with Cookie turns sour.

  • Episode 14Love Is a Smoke

    Lucious receives news from Cookie that makes him unsure about the future; Giuliana convinces Lucious to go along with her plans.

  • Episode 13My Naked Villainy

    Hakeem live-streams his 21st birthday party.

  • Episode 12Strange Bedfellows

  • Episode 11Play On

    Cookie tries to move forward with Angelo while struggling with guilt over her run-in with Lucious; Leah looks for Tariq's help in taking down Anika; Jamal and Tory team up in the studio.

  • Episode 10Sound & Fury

    When Lucious announces his new project, Cookie vows to dethrone him, igniting an epic battle; Jamal befriends a fellow musician in rehab; Hakeem and Tiana fight Nessa for a spot in the music showcase.

  • Episode 9A Furnace for Your Foe

    Cookie hosts a free park concert to help Angelo appeal to the masses and win his bid to become mayor; the FBI continues its investigation of Lucious and freezes Empire's assets.

  • Episode 8The Unkindest Cut

    Andre sabotages Tiana's big appearance at a fashion event in an attempt to get Nessa into the spotlight. Meanwhile, Tariq works with Leah to try to bring down Lucious, and Jamal works with Philip to get over his PTSD.

  • Episode 7What We May Be

    Cookie needs to plan a family dinner that will impress Angelo's mother; home video pushes Cookie to confront secrets about her relationship with her father; Andre puts together a surprising duet.

  • Episode 6Chimes at Midnight

    When Empire is hacked, the leak creates feuds between the artists and among the Lyon family; Andre tries to prove his worth to the company; Lucious is determined to divide Cookie and Angelo; Jamal is caught in a love triangle.

  • Episode 5One Before Another

    Lucious and Andre are on alert waiting for Shine to retaliate after their latest meeting. Jamal teams up with Hakeem for a performance. Cookie is caught off-guard during a routine meeting with her probation officer.

  • Episode 4Cupid Kills

    Lucious starts seeing Angelo as a threat; Jamal takes his first big step towards recovery and faces Freda Gatz; Anika's return causes turmoil; Hakeem starts to have feelings for Nessa.

  • Episode 3What Remains Is Bestial

    Cookie asks superstar Kitty to record a new song with Jamal, in hopes of helping him regain his ability to perform; Andre gets into trouble; Hakeem and Gram vie for Tiana's attention.

  • Episode 2Sin That Amends

    Jamal partners with Angelo Dubois to host a summit for gun violence awareness; Lucious tries to win over Cookie; Hakeem and Shine start to record new songs together; Andre gets into trouble with the police.

  • Episode 1Light in Darkness

    Hakeem leaves the altar, and a rooftop fight between Anika and Rhonda leads to a tragic fall; Lucious uses his streaming service to pursue his music legacy and clashes with Tariq, who leads a federal task force to investigate him.

    SEASON 2

  • Episode 17Rise by Sin

    The discovery of a dark secret throws a wrench into Lucious' deeply personal music video about his mother; secret affairs compromise Hakeem and Jamal; Rhonda thinks she knows the identity of her attacker.

  • Episode 16The Lyon Who Cried Wolf

    Lucious holds a fundraiser as part of a campaign to prove he should return as Empire's CEO; Hakeem considers whether or not to be a father to Anika's child.

  • Episode 15More Than Kin

    Hakeem struggles to find a place for his fiancé, Laura, in his career and family; Cookie reveals the truth about Freda's father to Jamal; Jamal makes a sacrifice for Lucious.

  • Episode 14Time Shall Unfold

  • Episode 13The Tameness of a Wolf

    Tensions rise between Lucious and his sons; Lucious recreates a traumatic interaction with his mother for a new music video; Tiana and Laura fight to be spotlighted during the Mirage a Trois tour.

  • Episode 12A Rose by Any Other Name

    Camilla sinks her claws into Hakeem, the acting Empire CEO, while the rest of the Lyon family members try to get him back on their side; Jamal gets backlash from his fans; Rhonda and Andre's marriage is tested.

  • Episode 11Death Will Have His Day

  • Episode 10Et Tu, Brute?

    Lucious makes a reckless move that could jeopardize everything; Cookie plans a concert at the prison where she was incarcerated for 17 years.

  • Episode 9Sinned Against

    A former prison mate helps Cookie and her sister, Candace a deep connection forms when Jamal works with a critically acclaimed pop star; Cookie makes a discovery about Laz.

  • Episode 8My Bad Parts

    Lucious releases a rap by Freda, which causes Hakeem to issue a rap-battle challenge; Cookie's sister visits; Jamal tries to land a big sponsorship deal; Anika receives life-altering news.

  • Episode 7True Love Never

    Lucious considers a partnership with Jago, the founder of a streaming music company; Andre must achieve a delicate balance between his new values and his career; Hakeem tries to turn Laura into a star.

  • Episode 6A High Hope for a Low Heaven

    Cookie and Lucious have to work together to protect their children; Jamal wants to get back into the studio; Andre discovers a disciple.

  • Episode 5Be True

    Cookie and Anika work with Laz to throw an event to launch their company, showcase their artists and premiere a song written by Hakeem; Jamal works on his music with Ne-Yo; Hakeem begins a relationship.

  • Episode 4Poor Yorick

    Despite their feud, the Lyons decide to collaborate on a project that will benefit both companies; Lucious wants to make Vernon disappear.

  • Episode 3Fires of Heaven

    Anika secretly work together behind Lucious' back to pull off a surprise performance that catches the eye of Pitbull. Meanwhile, Lucious tracks down Frank Gathers' daughter, Young Ma, to ...

  • Episode 2Without a Country

    Cookie and her cohorts decide to start their own small record label, but it's off to a bumpy start as everyone has different visions for the new label. As his first project for the new ...

  • Episode 1The Devils Are Here

    Three months after his arrest, Lucious tries to run Empire Entertainment while in federal lockup; Cookie stages a star-studded concert in support of Lucious while Andre, Hakeem, Anika and Mimi Whiteman attempt a hostile takeover.

    SEASON 1

  • Episode 12Who I Am

    Jamal and Lucious work toward a music-centered relationship, but Lucious has a game-changing secret.

  • Episode 11Die But Once

    Jamal and Lucious work toward a music-centered relationship, but Lucious has a game-changing secret.

  • Episode 10Sins of the Father

    Andre starts a musical relationship with Michelle; a woman from Lucious' past returns.

  • Episode 9Unto the Breach

    Cookie uncovers Anika's secret; Lucious must face his rival; the Lyon sons take drastic measures.

  • Episode 8The Lyon's Roar

    Cookie and Camilla face off over Hakeem; Jamal reveals news that surprises everyone.

  • Episode 7Our Dancing Days

    Lucious tries to brand Empire Entertainment as a family-run company.

  • Episode 6Out, Damned Spot

    Vernon finds himself in a sticky situation; Jamal's ambition causes trouble in his relationships.

  • Episode 5Dangerous Bonds

    Cookie receives an anonymous gift she suspects may be a veiled threat from a person from her past.

  • Episode 4False Imposition

    Lucious tries to steal a major artist from his rival; Jamal works on composing original music.

  • Episode 3The Devil Quotes Scripture

    The Lyons go to Philadelphia; another woman causes tension between Hakeem and hip-hop star Tianna.

  • Episode 2The Outspoken King

    Lucious has to defend Empire's IPO launch after one of his artists is involved in a shooting.

  • Episode 1Pilot

    Lucious Lyon, told he has a terminal illness, needs one of his family members to step up and take over his company. Meanwhile his ex-wife, recently released from prison, has plans of her own.