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Empire: Season 1 (2015)




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


Air date: Jan 7, 2015
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Air date: Jan 28, 2015
Air date: Feb 4, 2015
Air date: Feb 11, 2015
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Air date: Mar 4, 2015
Air date: Mar 11, 2015
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In the first season of this drama, music mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is informed he only has three years to live after being diagnosed with ALS. This just after he announces plans to take Empire Entertainment, a world-famous record company he runs with his family, public. Acting as a hip-hop King Lear, the patriarch realizes he must cede the keys to his kingdom to a worthy successor, and so he pits his three sons against one another in a battle for control of his multi-million dollar … More

Genre: Drama
Network: FOX
Premiere Date: Jan 7, 2015
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Terrence Howard
as Lucious Lyon
Taraji P. Henson
as Cookie Lyon
Malik Yoba
as Vernon Turner
Jussie Smollett
as Jamal Lyon
Bryshere Y. Gray
as Hakeem Lyon
Trai Byers
as Andre Lyon
Macy Gray
as Tasha
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun, Anika...
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Rhonda Lyon
Rafael De La Fuente
as Michael Sanchez
Judd Nelson
as Billy Beretti
Courtney Love
as Elle Dallas
as Delphine
Jennifer Hudson
as Michelle White
Derek Luke
as Malcom
Tasha Smith
as Carol Hardaway
as Tiana Brown
Nealla Gordon
as Agent Harlow Carter
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Critic Reviews for Empire: Season 1

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (26)

One hopes that Daniels and writer Danny Strong, who teamed up on the 2013 civil rights film The Butler, can keep this good stuff coming even as they follow their over-the-top storyline to its sudsy conclusion.

Full Review… | September 13, 2016
The Straits Times (Singapore)

Fox's glossy hip-hop drama Empire has surpassed the hype to become a genuine TV event.

Full Review… | April 29, 2015
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It's the show we didn't know we needed: A nighttime soap about the music industry that gets the details right about hip hop and R&B, and challenges its actors to go over-the-top while staying in control.

Full Review… | March 12, 2015

Doesn't really matter if hip-hop is your musical genre of choice, because the beat the deliciously entertaining Empire grooves to echoes the more traditional and timeless rhythms of grand soap opera.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
TV Insider

Empire coasts with the chutzpah of a series that knows exactly what it wants to say and how to say it.

Full Review… | February 4, 2015
Slant Magazine

The show is a pleasure in another way, too: since it's set in a largely African-American industry, it has an easy, organic platform on which to play out stories about race and class, ones that rarely show up on network TV.

Full Review… | January 21, 2015
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for Empire: Season 1

When the matriarch is released from prison, the entire family involved in the music industry's secrets are revealed. Empire is a clever drama with a lot of good tunes and a complex storyline, though ridiculous at times, it is a well crafted entertainment.

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