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
Angelo questions her decisions when her relationship with Cookie turns sour.
Lucious receives news from Cookie that makes him unsure about the future; Giuliana convinces Lucious to go along with her plans.
Hakeem live-streams his 21st birthday party.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lucious makes a reckless move that could jeopardize everything; Cookie plans a concert at the prison where she was incarcerated for 17 years.
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.
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.
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.
Cookie and Lucious have to work together to protect their children; Jamal wants to get back into the studio; Andre discovers a disciple.
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.
Despite their feud, the Lyons decide to collaborate on a project that will benefit both companies; Lucious wants to make Vernon disappear.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Jamal and Lucious work toward a music-centered relationship, but Lucious has a game-changing secret.
Andre starts a musical relationship with Michelle; a woman from Lucious' past returns.
Cookie uncovers Anika's secret; Lucious must face his rival; the Lyon sons take drastic measures.
Cookie and Camilla face off over Hakeem; Jamal reveals news that surprises everyone.
Lucious tries to brand Empire Entertainment as a family-run company.
Vernon finds himself in a sticky situation; Jamal's ambition causes trouble in his relationships.
Cookie receives an anonymous gift she suspects may be a veiled threat from a person from her past.
Lucious tries to steal a major artist from his rival; Jamal works on composing original music.
The Lyons go to Philadelphia; another woman causes tension between Hakeem and hip-hop star Tianna.
Lucious has to defend Empire's IPO launch after one of his artists is involved in a shooting.
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.