Empire: Season 4 (2017 - 2018)


Season 4

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Critic Ratings: 6


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User Ratings: 113
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Air date: Sep 27, 2017
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Air date: Dec 13, 2017
Air date: Mar 28, 2018
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Season 4 of the drama series starts five months after the explosion in Las Vegas which left Lucious (Terrence Howard) suffering from amnesia. He's now preparing to celebrate Empire's 20th anniversary while Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) helps him recover his memories; meanwhile, Andre (Trai Byers) is under investigation by the LAPD for Giuliana's disappearance. As the season progresses, Lucious tries to figure out what kind of person he was, knowing that he must have somehow wronged his family and friends, while also trying to prove that he can still do his job.


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
Bre-Z Murray
as Freda Gatz
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun
as Shine Johnson
Morocco Omari
as Tariq Cousins
Forest Whitaker
as Eddie Barker
Phylicia Rashad
as Diana DuBois
Taye Diggs
as Angelo DuBois
Teyonah Parris
as Pamela Rose
James Colby
as Burleson
Kade Wise
as Preacher
Will Kinnear
as Leonard Bernstein
Alanna Lovely
as Lana Hall
Sean Blake
as Morris
as Lonnie
Mo McRae
as J Poppa
Mark L. Montgomery
as Jackson Sterling
Richard Pickren
as Dr. Simon Lambert
Charles Malik Whitfield
as Reverend L.C. Pryce
Cassie Ventura
as Haven Quinn
Queen Latifah
as Carlotta Brown
Scott Diggs
as Angelo Dubois
Mike Moh
as Steve Cho
Pej Vahdet
as Kelly Patel
as Chicken
Adam Poss
as Franco
Brian King
as Jake Perlman
Lamar Curtis
as Officer McAdams
Pej Vahdat
as Kelly Patel
Funkmaster Flex
as Aston Taylor
Rob Wilson
as Cabbie
Pamela Jones
as Interviewer
Peter DeFaria
as Detective Mitchell
Kevin Banas
as Armando
Aston Taylor
as Aston Taylor
Kurt Naebig
as Detective Lumley
Ira Amyx
as Skip Shepherd
Linda Bright Clay
as Dr. Jamilla Johnson
Raj Bond
as Calvin Moore
Chris Lee
as Tommy Churner
Kiara Lanier
as Janelle Monae-Type
Terry Hamilton
as Jerry Springer
William Dick
as Judge Claremont
Will Kinear
as Leonard Bernstein
Tim Hopper
as Dr. Calhoun
Laura Fisher
as Dr. Gloria Rothman
Jacqueline Williams
as Warden Athena Myers
Ariel Richardson
as Boule Snob
Emma Banks
as Dr. Banks
Joshua Moaney
as Ezekiel Dubois
David Pasquesi
as Beekman Poser
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Critic Reviews for Empire Season 4

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

There's a definite lack of consistency with this series, but Empire Season 4 seems to be starting combat the issue by bringing in some new series regulars, and I hope that means the weaker characters will be fazed out.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

By finally giving Cookie the spotlight above Empire's name, the show is suggesting this will finally be the Year Of Cookie when it comes the company she built with her blood, sweat, tears, and incarceration.

Sep 29, 2017 | Full Review…

[Terrance] Howard is one of the great/weird actors of our generation. Yeah, we've watched so much Empire that we're used to Howard as the bully of the bunch, but as the new Lucious, Howard has transformed on camera

Sep 29, 2017 | Full Review…

The show remains watchable, but feels like a chore.

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…

This new story line is a lot more interesting than I expected, which might solely be a testament to Terrence Howard's phenomenal acting.

Sep 29, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

What is Empire without a big, bad Lucious Lyon? Pretty good, actually.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Empire: Season 4

  • Aug 01, 2019
    season 4 has less songs and too much talking and not as good as it used to be
  • Mar 28, 2019
    Not even close to watchable.
  • May 30, 2018
    I personally enjoy this show more than I rate it on quality. Plays like a soap opera so buckle up and prepare to suspend reality for an hour.
  • Apr 18, 2018
    more serious and mysterious stuff but some plot may changed to fast that make the audience very uncomfortable .
  • Nov 06, 2017
    worst season of this season. absolutely horrible. can you make Cookie anymore ghetto. OMG. where did you find these writers and her whole persona is just terrible. Her costumes and her demeanor is degrading to women of color. Cant wait for season to end. Plz
  • Oct 13, 2017
    Loved Seasons 1 & 2 than they ran out of gas. Come on now kill somebody off or do something to change this blah narrative -- The Gay son meeting a girl last year was simply the stupidest TV episode of any show last season.
  • Oct 04, 2017
    Rebuilding is the first word that comes to mind for this season. Cookie and Lucious' relationship; Lucious' health and the Lyon family.
  • 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.

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