Empire (TV)

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Name: Empire
Creator: Lee Daniels, Danny Strong
Date(s): January 7, 2015 - April 21, 2020
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia
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Empire is an American musical drama series on The FOX Network that aired 2015-2020.


Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is a hip-hop mogul and the CEO of a media company called Empire Entertainment. His life begins to cave in around him after his past sins come back to haunt him following his alleged diagnosis in Season One, his company and his reign are constantly threatened by his family, including his ex-wife, Cookie Lyon (Taraji P.HENSON); his sons, Jamal (Jussie Smollett), Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and Andre (Trai Byers); and a volatile and competitive music industry.


  • Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) a former drug dealer turned hip hop mogul and the founder and long-time CEO of Empire Entertainment,[6] whose life begins to cave in around him after his past sins come back to haunt him when allegedly diagnosed with ALS.
  • Loretha "Cookie" Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), Lucious' outspoken ex-wife and mother of his three sons, who served a 17-year stretch in prison for drug dealing. She sees herself as the sacrificial lamb for Empire Entertainment, which she built with Lucious, but then took the fall for when she was arrested for running the drugs that financed Lucious' early career. Upon her return from prison, she is determined to bring the Lyon family back together and reclaim her share of Empire Entertainment.[7][8] In Season 2, Cookie leaves Empire and starts her own record label, Lyon Dynasty. After allowing Empire Entertainment to acquire Lyon Dynasty, she returns to Empire as co-CEO with Lucious and Head of A&R.
  • Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Y. Gray), the fame-obsessed youngest son and Lucious' favorite child, who is a hip hop star on the rise.[9] Hakeem starts to find feelings for his mother, Cookie, and has a great relationship with Jamal. He has relationships with Tiana, Camilla, Anika, Valentina, and Laura.
  • Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett), the middle son of the Lyon family, a talented gay singer-songwriter who despises the corporate aspect of the music industry. He is estranged from his homophobic father who considers him the "black sheep" of the family.[7] Jamal is Cookie's favorite and has a strong relationship with his brother Hakeem. At the end of Season 1, Lucious appoints Jamal as his successor and, later, interim CEO when he is arrested. He later relinquishes control of Empire back to Lucious.
  • Andre Lyon (Trai Byers), the eldest son of the Lyon family[10] and CFO of Empire Entertainment. He is Wharton educated, power hungry, and suffers from bipolar disorder. He is married to his college sweetheart, Rhonda. He plans to run Empire, but is in a battle for the head chair with his younger brothers. In Season 2, Andre initially helps Cookie and Hakeem set up Lyon Dynasty, but later returns to Empire. Lucious later promotes Andre to President of Gutter Life Records, a sub-division of Empire Entertainment consisting of mainly urban rappers, such as Freda Gatz. Nessa's new love interest.
  • Other characters include Anika Calhourn, and Rhonda Lyon.


The Empire Online Fandom isn't so broad which is probably why the show doesn't have its own official website but it is not so small that when the name is mentioned, it isn't recognized, it is known as the most talked about show on FOX. In general, Empire is fairly a popular show, and it has quite a fairly large number of fans who watch the TV show. Defying the usual rules of television, Empire's ratings have risen each week since it has aired, starting at 9.9 million viewers on Jan. 7 and most recently attracting 11.3 million viewers.

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