Empire: Season 3 (2016 - 2017)


Season 3

Critics Consensus

Even if Empire's third season no longer feels fresh, it's still worth tuning in to see Taraji P. Henson in action.



Critic Ratings: 32


Audience Score

User Ratings: 80
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Air date: Sep 21, 2016
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Air date: Oct 12, 2016
Air date: Nov 9, 2016
Air date: Nov 16, 2016
Air date: Nov 30, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 14, 2016
Air date: Mar 22, 2017
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Rhonda's fate is revealed following the previous season's cliffhanger ending, while Jamal develops PTSD and struggles to make music after his ordeal. Lucious and Cookie start a new feud over the direction of Empire, and their jealousy over each other's new lovers only adds fuel to the fire. Hakeem attempts to turn a new leaf out of a desire to be taken seriously after wreaking havoc at his own party. Andre, on the other hand, plots revenge. The Lyons' unity is tested further when the DuBois clan goes to war against them. "Empire" stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, and Bryshere Y. Gray as Hakeem Lyon. Joining them are Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon, Grace Byers as Anika Lyon, Andre Royo as Thirsty Rawlings, Leslie Uggams as Leah Walker, Phylicia Rashad as Diana DuBois, and Taye Diggs as Angelo DuBois. Guest stars for Season 3 include Eva Longoria, Demi Moore, Rumer Willis, and Mariah Carey.


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
Bre-Z Murray
as Freda Gatz
as Shine Johnson
Morocco Omari
as Tariq Cousins
Taye Diggs
as Angelo Dubois
Leslie Uggams
as Leah Walker
Andre Royo
as Thurston "Thirsty" Rawlings
as Chicken
Ajiona Alexus
as Teenage Loretha
Nia Long
as Giuliana Green
Jeremy Carver
as Teenage Lucious
Phylicia Rashad
as Diana DuBois
Eva Longoria
as Charlotte Frost
Birgundi Baker
as Teen Carol
Lawnyae Marie
as Teen Candace
Samuel Hunt
as Xavier Rosen
Alexander Gemignani
as Gino Falcone
Matthew Yee
as Agent Hughes
Angela Yee
as Herself
as Himself
Ben Marten
as Max Perkins
Geno Walker
as Gus Rodriguez
Gina Gershon
as Helen Von Wyeth
Tim Hopper
as Dr. Calhoun
Mo McRae
as J Poppa
Justin Morgan
as Hot Delivery Man
Biz Markie
as Himself
Ray Austin
as John Halloway
Cardeion Banks
as Young Tariq
Ivan Ellis
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News & Interviews for Empire: Season 3

Critic Reviews for Empire Season 3

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (1)

Even Lucious Lyon knows Fox's Empire could use new material.

Mar 21, 2017 | Full Review…

I'll probably check in on "Empire" from time to time but it's just no longer appointment viewing for me.

Sep 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Everything that happens in Empire feels automatically flippant and unimportant, even as the cast continues to do engaging, emotional work in each episode. At this point, Empire seems to be continuing on for no other reason other than it can.

Sep 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Empire: Season 3

  • 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.
  • Jul 16, 2017
    This season, Empire loses some of the little believability it had by becoming too soapy for its own good.
  • Apr 21, 2017
    my favorite show!!!!
  • Apr 13, 2017
    I truly love Empire and the cast!!! I have been a longtime fan of Taye Diggs, but can Cookie and Lucious hurry up and get back together? And, can Terrence please go back to his natural hair state? That relaxed look is not him although it does reflect his character more. Thank you all very much for a great show!!!! Love you guys!!!!

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