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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 22 wins & 75 nominations. See more awards »

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 Lucious Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Hakeem Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Jamal Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Andre Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Anika Calhoun (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Cookie Lyon (49 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Porsha (46 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Becky (45 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Tiana Brown (43 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Rhonda Lyon (36 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Chicken (32 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Freda Gatz / ... (31 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Thirsty Rawlings (24 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Employee / ... (23 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Tariq (22 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Shyne Johnson / ... (20 episodes, 2016-2017)
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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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Music. Family. Power. The battle begins. (Season 1) See more »

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Drama | Music

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7 January 2015 (USA)  »

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Untitled Danny Strong/Lee Daniels Project  »

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The character Jamal is inspired by creator Lee Daniels' life. Andre is inspired by creator Danny Strong's mother, who also suffers from a mental illness. See more »


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Tell the Truth
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Performed by Jussie Smollett
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Empire Gives Life!
20 December 2016 | by (Washington, D.C. Metro Area) – See all my reviews

From the very first season, Empire has done nothing but deliver. This show just sucks you in and you cannot help but to be Team Cookie. Taraji had my heart from Baby Boy. As far as I can tell, the role of Cookie was tailored just for her. She has a loyalty about her that you just cannot fake.

I love how all of the characters interact. There is a genuine rapport and, if you didn't know any better, you would swear they were all truly related. It's fun to watch and each season gets deeper into what made each character into the "person" they are today.

I think the only thing this show is missing is a few Caribbean and AfroPop/AfroBeat artists on the Empire Records lineup. There are so many talented indie artists like Naomi Achu and seasoned artists like Jah Cure, who I would love to see represented.

American music, in my opinion, is founded on the generous mix of culture. I hope future seasons of Empire tap into these other genres of music.

Hats of to Lee Daniels and his team of writers and producers!

LaDana Drigo


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