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Empire

2015-2018
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 76
User ratings: 34,617
Average rating: 7.6

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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S01E01
Pilot
2015-01-07
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: 1,025
Average rating: 8.0
S01E02
The Outspoken King
2015-01-14
Lucious has to defend Empire's IPO launch after one of his artists is involved in a shooting.
User ratings: 753
Average rating: 8.2
S01E03
The Devil Quotes Scripture
2015-01-21
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: 657
Average rating: 8.1
S01E04
False Imposition
2015-01-28
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: 609
Average rating: 8.2
S01E05
Dangerous Bonds
2015-02-04
Cookie receives an anonymous gift she suspects may be a veiled threat from a person from her past.
User ratings: 652
Average rating: 8.5
S01E06
Out, Damned Spot
2015-02-11
Vernon finds himself in a sticky situation; Jamal's ambition causes trouble in his relationships.
User ratings: 616
Average rating: 8.3
S01E07
Our Dancing Days
2015-02-18
Lucious tries to brand Empire Entertainment as a family-run company.
User ratings: 689
Average rating: 8.5
S01E08
The Lyon's Roar
2015-02-25
Cookie and Camilla face off over Hakeem; Jamal reveals news that surprises everyone.
User ratings: 696
Average rating: 8.5
S01E09
Unto the Breach
2015-03-04
Cookie uncovers Anika's secret; Lucious must face his rival; the Lyon sons take drastic measures.
User ratings: 690
Average rating: 8.5
S01E10
Sins of the Father
2015-03-11
Andre starts a musical relationship with Michelle; a woman from Lucious' past returns.
User ratings: 528
Average rating: 8.4
S01E11
Die But Once
2015-03-18
Jamal and Lucious work toward a music-centered relationship, but Lucious has a game-changing secret.
User ratings: 527
Average rating: 8.3
S01E12
Who I Am
2015-03-18
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: 574
Average rating: 8.4
S02E00
Game On
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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: 80
Average rating: 6.8
S02E01
The Devils Are Here
2015-09-23
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: 567
Average rating: 8.1
S02E02
Without a Country
2015-09-30
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: 420
Average rating: 8.0
S02E03
Fires of Heaven
2015-10-07
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: 372
Average rating: 8.0
S02E04
Poor Yorick
2015-10-14
Despite their feud, the Lyons decide to collaborate on a project that will benefit both companies; Lucious wants to make Vernon disappear.
User ratings: 363
Average rating: 8.2
S02E05
Be True
2015-10-21
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: 330
Average rating: 8.0
S02E06
A High Hope for a Low Heaven
2015-11-04
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: 340
Average rating: 7.9
S02E07
True Love Never
2015-11-11
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: 323
Average rating: 8.1
S02E08
My Bad Parts
2015-11-18
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: 329
Average rating: 8.5
S02E09
Sinned Against
2015-11-25
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: 318
Average rating: 8.3
S02E10
Et Tu, Brute?
2015-12-02
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: 461
Average rating: 8.5
S02E11
Death Will Have His Day
2016-03-30
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: 284
Average rating: 8.3
S02E12
A Rose by Any Other Name
2016-04-06
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: 273
Average rating: 8.1
S02E13
The Tameness of a Wolf
2016-04-13
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: 245
Average rating: 8.1
S02E14
Time Shall Unfold
2016-04-20
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: 227
Average rating: 8.0
S02E15
More Than Kin
2016-04-27
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: 220
Average rating: 7.7
S02E16
The Lyon Who Cried Wolf
2016-05-04
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: 267
Average rating: 8.5
S02E17
Rise by Sin
2016-05-11
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: 325
Average rating: 8.5
S02E18
Past Is Prologue
2016-05-18
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: 279
Average rating: 7.9
S03E01
Light in Darkness
2016-09-21
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: 262
Average rating: 7.7
S03E02
Sin That Amends
2016-09-28
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: 207
Average rating: 7.5
S03E03
What Remains Is Bestial
2016-10-05
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: 199
Average rating: 7.5
S03E04
Cupid Kills
2016-10-12
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: 199
Average rating: 7.6
S03E05
One Before Another
2016-11-09
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: 173
Average rating: 7.6
S03E06
Chimes at Midnight
2016-11-16
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: 172
Average rating: 7.7
S03E07
What We May Be
2016-11-30
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: 174
Average rating: 7.6
S03E08
The Unkindest Cut
2016-12-07
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: 183
Average rating: 7.4
S03E09
A Furnace for Your Foe
2016-12-14
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: 177
Average rating: 7.8
S03E10
Sound & Fury
2017-03-22
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: 192
Average rating: 7.8
S03E11
Play On
2017-03-29
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: 145
Average rating: 7.4
S03E12
Strange Bedfellows
2017-04-05
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: 136
Average rating: 7.0
S03E13
My Naked Villainy
2017-04-12
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: 130
Average rating: 7.4
S03E14
Love Is a Smoke
2017-04-26
Lucious receives news from Cookie that makes him unsure about the future; Giuliana convinces Lucious to go along with her plans.
User ratings: 129
Average rating: 7.3
S03E15
Civil Hands Unclean
2017-05-03
Angelo questions his decisions when his relationship with Cookie turns sour.
User ratings: 134
Average rating: 7.4
S03E16
Absent Child
2017-05-10
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: 132
Average rating: 7.4
S03E17
Toil and Trouble, Part 1
2017-05-17
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: 146
Average rating: 7.8
S03E18
Toil and Trouble, Part 2
2017-05-24
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: 159
Average rating: 7.6
S04E01
Noble Memory
2017-09-27
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: 160
Average rating: 7.9
S04E02
Full Circle
2017-10-04
Lucious enlists the help of a music icon to find out what kind of person he was before the explosion.
User ratings: 118
Average rating: 7.6
S04E03
Evil Manners
2017-10-11
Cookie looks back on her time in prison when she's denied a line of credit.
User ratings: 113
Average rating: 7.7
S04E04
Bleeding War
2017-10-18
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: 116
Average rating: 7.7
S04E05
The Fool
2017-11-08
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: 119
Average rating: 7.8
S04E06
Fortune Be Not Crost
2017-11-15
The Lyons stand together as Anika and Hakeem begin a fight for custody of Bella.
User ratings: 113
Average rating: 8.2
S04E07
The Lady Doth Protest
2017-11-29
Feeling overworked by their new producer, Calvin and Porsha call for a strike, halting production on Empire's 20-For-20.
User ratings: 110
Average rating: 7.8
S04E08
Cupid Painted Blind
2017-12-06
Cookie and Lucious take action when Diana Dubois' plan comes to fruition.
User ratings: 167
Average rating: 8.4
S04E09
Slave to Memory
2017-12-13
The Lyons come up with a plan to take down the Dubois family once and for all.
User ratings: 128
Average rating: 8.4
S04E10
Birds in the Cage
2018-03-28
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: 108
Average rating: 7.6
S04E11
Without Apology
2018-04-04
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: 104
Average rating: 7.9
S04E12
Sweet Sorrow
2018-04-11
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: 90
Average rating: 7.1
S04E13
Of Hardiness Is Mother
2018-04-18
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: 87
Average rating: 7.4
S04E14
False Face
2018-04-25
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: 92
Average rating: 7.2
S04E15
A Lean and Hungry Look
2018-05-02
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: 104
Average rating: 8.1
S04E16
Fair Terms
2018-05-09
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: 91
Average rating: 7.7
S04E17
Bloody Noses and Crack'd Crowns
2018-05-16
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: 92
Average rating: 7.7
S04E18
The Empire Unpossess'd
2018-05-23
As the Empire ownership bid presentation nears, Lucious must make a difficult decision to save the future of the company.
User ratings: 111
Average rating: 7.9
S05E01
Steal from the Thief
2018-09-06
The Lyons pick up the pieces after losing Empire to Eddie Barker.
User ratings: 97
Average rating: 7.8
S05E02
Pay for Their Presumptions
2018-10-03
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: 74
Average rating: 7.5
S05E03
Pride
2018-09-30
Cookie and Lucious rely on the family and old allies to get back in the music game.
User ratings: 68
Average rating: 7.5
S05E04
Love All, Trust a Few
2018-10-07
The Lyons try to sign a new artist for their new project in their effort to get their groove back.
User ratings: 66
Average rating: 8.2
S05E05
The Depth of Grief
2018-10-01
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: 60
Average rating: 7.6
S05E06
What Is Done
2018-11-07
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: 58
Average rating: 7.9
S05E07
Treasons, Stratagems, and Spoils
2018-11-04
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: 59
Average rating: 7.2
S05E08
Master of What Is Mine Own
2018-11-08
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: 68
Average rating: 8.2
S05E09
Had It from My Father
2018-12-05
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: 71
Average rating: 8.3
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