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Seasons: 5
Episodes: 81
User ratings: 35,465
Average rating: 7.5

Drama, Music

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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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.
User ratings: 1,042
Average rating: 8.0
The Outspoken King
Lucious has to defend Empire's IPO launch after one of his artists is involved in a shooting.
User ratings: 764
Average rating: 8.1
The Devil Quotes Scripture
Lucious learns that someone witnessed Bunkie's murder, Cookie seeks help from an old friend, and another woman causes tension between Hakeem and Tiana.
User ratings: 669
Average rating: 8.1
False Imposition
Lucious tries to steal a major artist from his rival, Jamal works on composing original music, and Hakeem faces complications in the lead up to an important performance.
User ratings: 620
Average rating: 8.1
Dangerous Bonds
Cookie receives an anonymous gift she suspects may be a veiled threat from a person from her past.
User ratings: 664
Average rating: 8.4
Out, Damned Spot
Vernon finds himself in a sticky situation; Jamal's ambition causes trouble in his relationships.
User ratings: 627
Average rating: 8.3
Our Dancing Days
Lucious tries to brand Empire Entertainment as a family-run company.
User ratings: 699
Average rating: 8.4
The Lyon's Roar
Cookie and Camilla face off over Hakeem; Jamal reveals news that surprises everyone.
User ratings: 706
Average rating: 8.5
Unto the Breach
Cookie uncovers Anika's secret; Lucious must face his rival; the Lyon sons take drastic measures.
User ratings: 699
Average rating: 8.5
Sins of the Father
Andre starts a musical relationship with Michelle; a woman from Lucious' past returns.
User ratings: 537
Average rating: 8.3
Die But Once
Jamal and Lucious work toward a music-centered relationship, but Lucious has a game-changing secret.
User ratings: 536
Average rating: 8.2
Who I Am
As the time comes for the Empire stock launch and the celebratory tribute concert, Lucious picks a successor, but hasn't reckoned with the response.
User ratings: 584
Average rating: 8.4
Game On
Executive Producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Ilene Chaiken share an inside look at EMPIRE, the hit show that took America by storm. This Special takes a look at EMPIRE's critical acclaim, ratings success, social media fan-demonium, as well as the show's impact on the music industry. Learn more from the people who know best how this series turned into what critics have called "A Game Changer " and where it's going in season two.
User ratings: 88
Average rating: 6.3
The 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.
User ratings: 580
Average rating: 8.0
Without 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 company, Hakeem decides to form a girl group and woos a hot Latina lead singer proving that he can be more than just an artist.
User ratings: 430
Average rating: 8.0
Fires of Heaven
Cookie and Anika 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 try to convince her to sign with him at Empire, while Hakeem is hard at work on his girl group, Mirage a Trois. Also, Andre and Rhonda hope their baby-on-the-way will be the key that unlocks Lucious's cold heart and opens the door for Andre to return to the Empire fold.
User ratings: 382
Average rating: 8.0
Poor Yorick
Despite their feud, the Lyons decide to collaborate on a project that will benefit both companies; Lucious wants to make Vernon disappear.
User ratings: 373
Average rating: 8.1
Be 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.
User ratings: 338
Average rating: 7.9
A 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.
User ratings: 349
Average rating: 7.8
True 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.
User ratings: 332
Average rating: 8.0
My 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.
User ratings: 339
Average rating: 8.4
Sinned 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.
User ratings: 326
Average rating: 8.2
Et 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.
User ratings: 469
Average rating: 8.4
Death Will Have His Day
Lucious declares he will do anything to regain his power, but Cookie has her own ideas; a major tragedy changes the lives of the Lyon family.
User ratings: 293
Average rating: 8.2
A 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.
User ratings: 281
Average rating: 8.0
The 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.
User ratings: 254
Average rating: 8.0
Time Shall Unfold
Lucious releases his video and tries to maneuver his way back into the CEO position at Empire; Andre learns about his grandmother's mental illness as a way to better understand his own struggle; Anika makes a revelation.
User ratings: 235
Average rating: 7.9
More Than Kin
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.
User ratings: 228
Average rating: 7.6
The Lyon Who Cried Wolf
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.
User ratings: 274
Average rating: 8.4
Rise by Sin
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.
User ratings: 331
Average rating: 8.4
Past Is Prologue
After a life-changing experience, Jamal refuses to make music until his family ends its seemingly endless cycle of violence and fighting. Meanwhile, the Feds are tailing Anika because they want to force her to testify against Lucious. In order to protect her family, Cookie organizes a meeting at Hakeem and Laura's wedding with various people from her and Lucious' past in the all-new Past Is Prologue season finale episode of Empire.
User ratings: 286
Average rating: 7.8
Light 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.
User ratings: 269
Average rating: 7.6
Sin 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.
User ratings: 214
Average rating: 7.4
What 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.
User ratings: 206
Average rating: 7.4
Cupid 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.
User ratings: 206
Average rating: 7.5
One 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.
User ratings: 179
Average rating: 7.5
Chimes 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.
User ratings: 178
Average rating: 7.5
What 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.
User ratings: 180
Average rating: 7.5
The 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.
User ratings: 188
Average rating: 7.3
A 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.
User ratings: 182
Average rating: 7.7
Sound & 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.
User ratings: 198
Average rating: 7.7
Play 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.
User ratings: 151
Average rating: 7.2
Strange Bedfellows
Hakeem's birthday - the big 21, didn't stay big as long as expected. Meanwhile, psychotic Dre is still trying his best for Nessa to breakthrough. Lucious, the father Lyon lessons his youngest son Hakeem - just on time. Jamal, the wise Lyon isn't being able to wisely choose between his two lovers. As for Cookie, mama Lyon just gave her gun away, all eyes on Leah there.
User ratings: 142
Average rating: 6.9
My Naked Villainy
Empire faces an expensive lawsuit after the attack at Hakeem's Birthday party. Luscious becomes ill and Andre reveals his plans for Empire's Vegas venture. Angelo and Cookie watch the election results.
User ratings: 136
Average rating: 7.3
Love Is a Smoke
Lucious receives news from Cookie that makes him unsure about the future; Giuliana convinces Lucious to go along with her plans.
User ratings: 134
Average rating: 7.2
Civil Hands Unclean
Angelo questions his decisions when his relationship with Cookie turns sour.
User ratings: 139
Average rating: 7.2
Absent Child
The Lyons fear that the Dubois family is to blame for their latest family crisis, so when no one is willing to give up any information, Cookie takes matters into her own hands. Jamal and Lucious reach a breakthrough in a song on which they have been working, and Andre lashes out. Meanwhile, Cookie sets her eyes on a new plan for Empire in Vegas.
User ratings: 136
Average rating: 7.2
Toil and Trouble, Part 1
When Cookie is banned from Leviticus Vegas, she pulls together a team of her own allies to seek revenge on Giuliana and steal her secret weapon. Meanwhile, Jamal is encouraged to put his album on hold, so as not to compete with Lucious' "Inferno."
User ratings: 152
Average rating: 7.6
Toil and Trouble, Part 2
As Lucious gets ready to launch EMPIRE Las Vegas with Giuliana at his side, Cookie pulls together her own team of allies to wreak havoc on the opening. The final five minutes will leave viewers speechless in the second half.
User ratings: 165
Average rating: 7.5
Noble 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.
User ratings: 170
Average rating: 7.7
Full Circle
Lucious enlists the help of a music icon to find out what kind of person he was before the explosion.
User ratings: 127
Average rating: 7.4
Evil Manners
Cookie looks back on her time in prison when she's denied a line of credit.
User ratings: 122
Average rating: 7.5
Bleeding 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.
User ratings: 126
Average rating: 7.5
The 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.
User ratings: 128
Average rating: 7.6
Fortune Be Not Crost
The Lyons stand together as Anika and Hakeem begin a fight for custody of Bella.
User ratings: 122
Average rating: 7.9
The Lady Doth Protest
Feeling overworked by their new producer, Calvin and Porsha call for a strike, halting production on Empire's 20-For-20.
User ratings: 121
Average rating: 7.5
Cupid Painted Blind
Cookie and Lucious take action when Diana Dubois' plan comes to fruition.
User ratings: 179
Average rating: 8.1
Slave to Memory
The Lyons come up with a plan to take down the Dubois family once and for all.
User ratings: 140
Average rating: 8.1
Birds in the Cage
Claudia takes her job to a new level and kidnaps Lucious. Cookie tries to rescue him with no other help and use the skills from in prison0 Andre, Jamal and Hakeem are recovering from their battle with the Dubois.
User ratings: 120
Average rating: 7.4
Without Apology
On the brink of a lucrative tech deal, Eddie realizes that he must work on rebranding Empire. Cookie springs into action when a girl group from the past re-unites and threatens to expose secrets about Empire and Lucious. Meanwhile, Hakeem makes a major move with Tiana, Andre continues to struggle with his guilt and Becky is faced with a difficult situation.
User ratings: 114
Average rating: 7.6
Sweet Sorrow
A Lyon health scare shakes up Empire; Andre and Jamal try to right their wrongs; Jamal makes a shocking revelation on live TV; Eddie's motives are questioned when numbers don't add up; Becky reveals the secret she's been keeping from J. Poppa.
User ratings: 101
Average rating: 6.8
Of Hardiness Is Mother
Cookie takes matters into her own hands when she receives unsettling news about an old friend; Tiana's new single takes off, leading to a change in her demeanor; Jamal struggles to re-brand his image; Hakeem adopts a new role as musical mentor.
User ratings: 99
Average rating: 6.8
False Face
Lucious and Thirsty try to squash Eddie's (guest star Forest Whitaker) takeover by confronting him with legal papers. Cookie recalls her complex relationship with her mother (guest star Alfre Woodard), while she continues her search for her friend's orphaned daughter. Meanwhile, Andre flounders, Hakeem anxiously prepares a release strategy for his 20 for 20 single and Jamal and Tory try to find a new team to make their own first non-Empire single.
User ratings: 103
Average rating: 6.8
A Lean and Hungry Look
Eddie fights for his place at Empire and gets the board on his side, Lucious and Shine must find a solution to keep him out, Cookie is desperate and in dangerous mode.
User ratings: 114
Average rating: 7.8
Fair Terms
When Cookie finally visits her mother, the two must confront their complicated past. Meanwhile, Lucious and Eddie (guest star Forest Whitaker) continue their fight over Empire and Eddie makes a power play at the grand opening of Empire's 20 for 20 showcase. Then, Jamal and his band anonymously release their latest single and Hakeem tests out a career in film.
User ratings: 105
Average rating: 7.2
Bloody Noses and Crack'd Crowns
Cookie and Lucious fight to keep Empire in the family, as they prepare a livestream concert to crowdfund the amount needed to trump Eddie's plans. Meanwhile, the success of Jamal's new anonymous group climbs, Hakeem brings Haven (guest star Cassie Ventura) to the showcase to make Tiana jealous, and Andre is put to the test and must decide between the family or his career.
User ratings: 104
Average rating: 7.5
The Empire Unpossess'd
As the Empire ownership bid presentation nears, Lucious must make a difficult decision to save the future of the company.
User ratings: 123
Average rating: 7.6
Steal from the Thief
The Lyons pick up the pieces after losing Empire to Eddie Barker.
User ratings: 112
Average rating: 7.0
Pay for Their Presumptions
Cookie and Lucious' future with Treasure is jeopardized, so they make a surprising decision when they receive two offers that will put them back into power.
User ratings: 90
Average rating: 6.6
Cookie and Lucious rely on the family and old allies to get back in the music game.
User ratings: 86
Average rating: 6.6
Love All, Trust a Few
The Lyons try to sign a new artist for their new project in their effort to get their groove back.
User ratings: 84
Average rating: 7.0
The Depth of Grief
Lucious and Cookie prep their new artist Devon (guest star Mario) for a premiere listening party, but worry he may not be ready for that kind of pressure. Hakeem is determined to convince Tiana that he's matured, but she has a hard time letting go of everything they've struggled through the past couple years. Meanwhile, Cookie becomes concerned about Jamal.
User ratings: 81
Average rating: 6.5
What Is Done
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 poker game, Cookie takes to the streets to find untapped talent in a set of auditions. Meanwhile, Hakeem refuses to leave the studio when his rage inspires what he considers his best music yet and Jamal finds himself at a crossroads when Becky claims he's spending too much time with Kai.
User ratings: 81
Average rating: 6.6
Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils
In an effort to bridge the gap between Lyon Family Management and Empire, Lucious must play nice with Jeff Kingsley, so that the two companies can get girl group TBD back on the map. Meanwhile, Jamal grows frustrated with Cookie when she tries to steal his London artist, Wynter, out from under him, Andre works with the mother of one of his old inmates to help free her innocent son and Cookie realizes her sister is in danger.
User ratings: 82
Average rating: 6.4
Master of What Is Mine Own
The cost of running Lyon Family Management starts to put pressure on Cookie and Lucious' relationship; Kingsley pulls a power move; Kai becomes upset when Jamal announces their engagement on live TV; Giselle uncovers a key to her future.
User ratings: 92
Average rating: 7.0
Had It from My Father
The financial security of the Lyon family is on the line as their LFM showcase quickly approaches. Kai's research for an expose on Empire uncovers some dirty activity within the company and causes conflict with Jamal. Meanwhile, Hakeem and Tiana finally reach an agreement on how best to move forward with their relationship, Andre struggles with his decision to let a new love interest in and Kingsley strikes a deal with Giselle.
User ratings: 102
Average rating: 7.3
My Fault Is Past
With the control of Empire within reach again, the Lyons must pull out all the stops to prove Lucious and Becky's innocence in the data mining scandal; Cookie struggles with Lucious' past.
User ratings: 91
Average rating: 5.3
In Loving Virtue
With the reputation of the family business on the line, the Lyons strategize on how to clean up Kingsley's mess and introduce a new and improved Empire.
User ratings: 78
Average rating: 5.1
Shift and Save Yourself
Cookie is offered a career game-changer; Jamal works diligently to make Tiana and Treasure's track a success; Lucious, Cookie and Giselle deliberate future plans for the artists at Empire.
User ratings: 81
Average rating: 4.6
Hot Blood, Hot Thoughts, Hot Deeds
When Empire launches its national tour in Philly, things heat up and egos clash; Cookie tries to grapple with her feelings for Damon; The Feds start investigating Empire.
User ratings: 53
Average rating: 7.4
Without All Remedy
The Lyon family does everything in its power to support Andre; Cookie and Lucious hash out their wrongdoings; Maya comes to terms with where she stands with Blake and the others; The rest of Empire must make sure the tour stays afloat.
User ratings: 34
Average rating: 7.1
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