Empire: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Empire

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Though heavy on melodrama, Empire elevates the nighttime soap with its top-notch cast, musical entertainment, and engrossing plots.

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Critic Ratings: 51

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Air date: Jan 14, 2015

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Air date: Mar 18, 2015

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Air date: Jan 7, 2015

Lucious Lyon, the head of a music empire, learns he has a disease and must choose one of his sons to take over his reign; Lucious' ex-wife tries to claim her share after being released from prison.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2015

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Air date: Mar 18, 2015

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Air date: Jan 7, 2015

Lucious Lyon, the head of a music empire, learns he has a disease and must choose one of his sons to take over his reign; Lucious' ex-wife tries to claim her share after being released from prison; Lucious has to defend Empire's IPO launch.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2015

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Air date: Jan 14, 2015

Lucious has to defend Empire's IPO launch after one of his artists is involved in a shooting; Cookie hears about Lucious' plans for a huge performance for Hakeem, but not Jamal; Bunkie's murder is investigated.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2015

The Lyons go to Philadelphia, where they see what their lives could have been like if Lucious hadn't been successful; another woman causes tension between Hakeem and hip-hop star Tianna.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2015

Lucious tries to steal a major artist from his rival; Jamal works on composing original music; Cookie works on her relationship with Hakeem.

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Cast & Crew

Terrence Howard
Lucious Lyon

Actor
Taraji P. Henson
Cookie Lyon

Actor
Malik Yoba
Vernon Turner

Actor
Jussie Smollett
Jamal Lyon

Actor
Bryshere Gray
Hakeem Lyon

Actor
Trai Byers
Andre Lyon

Actor
Grace Gealey
Anika Gibbons

Actor
Kaitlin Doubleday
Rhonda Lyon

Actor
Serayah
Guest Star
Derek Luke
Guest Star
Eka Darville
Guest Star
Damon Gupton
Guest Star
Judd Nelson
Guest Star
Jim Beanz
Guest Star
Lee Daniels
Executive Producer
Danny Strong
Executive Producer
Brian Grazer
Executive Producer
Francie Calfo
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Empire: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Empire: Season 1

  • Oct 10, 2020
    This series is a waste of time, the writing is embarrassingly bad and the characters and situations are corny and melodramatic.
  • Oct 05, 2020
    A soap opera story with soap opera acting.
  • Feb 17, 2020
    The season ending was very atypical for a drama. Kind of a let down when your hoping for something different in a world that keeps giving you the same thing.
  • Sep 25, 2019
    This season was great, it really bright people together lots of music, great show.
  • Apr 04, 2019
    Its just trash to me
  • Feb 28, 2019
    Surrounded Terrence with a week cast only one on the show with any talent
  • Jan 07, 2018
    This was absolute crap. I heard such good thing about the show and I felt as though I should be sueing my cable provider for allowing the disgusting violent filth on my DVR. If you want to watch this cause you heard it was good or because you heard it had attractive people in it don't, you'll waste time when you could be watching something else like criminal minds or smallville, for instance.
  • Oct 01, 2017
    Never have a seen such s poorly written piece of trash that panders to the lowest common denominator. The plot is spoon fed and predictable, and it perpetuates stereotypes that most of us do not aspire to. Not all black folks are like this people, and your kids shouldn’t look up to these type of nonsense characters. I love Terrence Howard and Taraji, this show is no better than here comes honey boo boo. These rolls are beneath Terrence and taraji, they deserve so much better.
  • Apr 27, 2017
    The acting is unbelievable. Each episode left you hanging on the edge waiting until the next following Wednesday night. What I found so interesting about the three season that have aired on television is how strong of a bond they have while the cameras are rolling. Of course it’s their job to give a good show, but it makes you feel like you’re a part of a live family stream. The love, lust, and pain that’s in each season is real you can feel every bit of emotion that the actress fill in the scene as if you are a part of the cast. It makes you think twice; dang is this what it’s really like in the music industry. How far they will go to keep their family business a legacy is jaw dropping. The fact that they are willing to bend their back weather its benefiting them or the company is crazy. This just comes to shows you how everyone can’t be trusted that you think is good for you.
  • Mar 14, 2017
    One of the soap operas of the past decade and Taraji P. Henson is amazing as Cookie.

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