Empire: Season 2 (2015 - 2016)



Critic Consensus: With masterfully melodramatic writing and gloriously glam performances, Empire is not backing down on the soapy spectacle in its second season.


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Air date: Sep 23, 2015
Air date: Sep 30, 2015
Air date: Oct 7, 2015
Air date: Oct 14, 2015
Air date: Oct 21, 2015
Air date: Nov 4, 2015
Air date: Nov 11, 2015
Air date: Nov 18, 2015
Air date: Nov 25, 2015
Air date: Dec 2, 2015
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The second season of the hip-hop drama centers on a battle for control over Empire Entertainment. The premiere opens three months following the shocking arrest and incarceration of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), who is attempting to control his record label from inside federal lockup. At the same time, his ex-wife, Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), is still plotting a hostile takeover of the lucrative biz, while also trying to establish a small startup. Neither goes smoothly. But success does come to Lucious when he records an epic track from prison. Guest appearances include Ne-Yo, Ludacris, William Fichtner, Adam Rodriguez, Kelly Rowland, Chris Rock, Andre Royo and Marisa Tomei.


Terrence Howard
as Lucious Lyon
Taraji P. Henson
as Cookie Lyon
Jussie Smollett
as Jamal Lyon
Bryshere Y. Gray
as Hakeem Lyon
Trai Byers
as Andre Lyon
Grace Byers
as Anika Calhoun
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun
Rafael De La Fuente
as Michael Sanchez
Andre Royo
as Thirsty Rawlings
Malik Yoba
as Vernon Turner
Bre-Z Murray
as Freda Gatz
as Chicken
Kelly Rowland
as Leah Walker
Marisa Tomei
as Mimi Whiteman
Adam Rodriguez
as Laz Delgado
Tyra Ferrell
as Roxanne Ford
Leslie Uggams
as Leah Walker
Tobias Truvillion
as Derek Major
Alicia Keys
as Skye Summers
Mike Moh
as Steve Cho
Becky G
as Valentina
Annie Ilonzeh
as Harper Scott
Mo McRae
as J Poppa
Dan Flannery
as Tony "Tricky" Trichter
Jessica Klaas
as Lucious's Assistant
Reggie Baker
as Ralph Anderson
Will Kinnear
as Leonard Bernstein
Chris Rock
as Frank Gathers
Rosie O'Donnell
as Pepper O'Leary
as Himself
Don Lemon
as Himself
Yani Marin
as Carmen
Charles Malik Whitfield
as Reverend L.C. Price
Lihtz Kamraz
as Homeboy
as Himself
Swiss Beatz
as Himself
Jane Hannemann
as Carmel Dielman
Petey Pablo
as Himself
Shannon Brown
as Little Dwight Walker
Victor Almanzar
as Big Heavy
Sari Sanchez
as Raquel Alvarez
Jacqueline Williams
as Warden Athena Myers
Da Brat
as Jezzy
Catya "Cat" Washington
as Stacee Run-Run
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Critic Reviews for Empire Season 2

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (20)

Empire remains a soap with no pretensions beyond the suds. But there's something melancholy, and forlorn, in its heart: Reach the mountaintop, and the view is still lousy, and worse, everyone wants to push you off.

Sep 23, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The elements that made Empire a sensation last season have not dimmed.

Sep 23, 2015 | Full Review…

The first season of the wildly popular Fox dramarama was soapy in all the right ways, but, like the best soaps, teetered between being, like, the greatest and a big mess. This season walks the same precarious path.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

"Empire" rules, bigger and badder than ever.

Sep 15, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

If the premiere is any indication, we can look forward to the usual Empire fare: sexual intrigue, LGBTQ issues, fabulous wardrobe, slick pop tunes and rap hits, and - of course - a seemingly endless succession of double and triple crossings.

Sep 25, 2015 | Full Review…

The charisma of Henson's performance, which is not scenery-chewing so much as world-conquering, and co-creator Lee Daniels' devotion to the honest detail, however nasty, profane, or politically incorrect, are what make Empire feel so fun and so authentic.

Sep 24, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Strong's] structure injects the drama with something more, and the new season music absolutely is moving this series into the legend category.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Much like its centerpiece, Cookie, this is a show that knows its strengths and flaunts them.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The show's sophomore season improves on the first in its sense of scope.

Sep 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The three episodes FOX sent to critics are impressively well-balanced, not to mention coherent by Empire standards.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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