Empire: Season 4 (2017 - 2018)

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Air date: Sep 27, 2017

In the Season 4 premiere, Lucious makes his first public appearance since the explosion in Las Vegas to help celebrate Empire's 20th anniversary, but still has no memory of his family, Empire or his life before the accident. A devastated Cookie struggles to rebuild her relationship with him, while keeping a close eye on his nurse. Meanwhile, Andre is faced with an investigation by the LAPD; Diana DuBois continues her war against the Lyons; and Carlotta comes face-to-face with Cookie and Lucious.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2017

With Leah still insisting that he is a monster, Lucious sneaks away in hopes of finding out what type of person he was before the explosion. Cookie panics that Lucious has gone missing on Claudia's watch, until she realizes he found his way to Uncle Eddie, a music icon who has since become family to the Lyons. Meanwhile, with Anika still behind bars, Hakeem and Tiana grow more comfortable as a family, and Becky makes a rash decision regarding Jamal's new song.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2017

When Cookie is denied a line of credit, she flashes back to her years in prison and compares her past struggles to her life now. Lucious continues to struggle with demons of his own and begs his family to tell him about the ways he's wronged them, but they are reluctant to tell him the truth. Meanwhile, the NYPD is still on Andre's case about the events that transpired in Vegas and one officer in particular catches his eye.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2017

Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire's 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label's top artists, which gives Jamal a bold idea for his newest song. On the heels of Bella's first birthday, the family plans a special "Prince and Princesses" themed birthday party, including a special Prince tribute, but the special day brings back haunting memories for one of the Lyons. Meanwhile, Lucious is at a crossroads, as he tries to put to rest the anger from his past life.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2017

When the secret about Lucious' memory is exposed, Cookie attempts to convince the board that he is fine by inviting the press to watch him produce the first 20 for 20 album. Eddie Barker jumps in to help Lucious get back in his groove and make music. Just as Andre's feelings for Detective Pamela Rose intensify, she reveals information that's been uncovered regarding the explosion. Meanwhile, Hakeem worries about his involvement with the DuBois clan and Claudia helps Lucious with a breakthrough.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2017

The Lyon family stands together as Anika and Hakeem begin a custody battle for Bella. Although they're confident in Hakeem's ability as a father, no one is prepared for the revelations her team brings to the trial. Meanwhile, Claudia grows more possessive over Lucious, who has unlocked a new way to understand music through his paintings. Also, Jamal introduces Warren to Lucious; Andre begins seeing a new therapist; and one of Becky's old flames returns.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2017

Production comes to a halt on Empire's 20-For-20 when Calvin and Portia, feeling overworked by their new producer, Eddie Barker, call for a strike, leaving Cookie to find a solution to the issue. In an attempt to prove that he can still be the man he was before the explosion, Lucious arranges a deal on Hakeem's behalf. Meanwhile, Jamal and Andre express their feelings for their significant others.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2017

Cookie and Lucious take matters into their own hands as they watch Diana DuBois' master scheme unfold. Meanwhile, Andre begins to spiral out of control, wondering what she could have in store for him. Also, Jamal's sobriety is put to the test; and Shine gives Hakeem advice on how to maintain a balance between his work and personal life.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2017

Cookie and Lucious devise an elaborate plan to take down Diana Dubois and her family once and for all; Andre recovers from his mental breakdown in the hospital; Shine tries desperately to protect his secret; and Eddie Barker is concluding his tenure at Empire. And, amidst the chaos, someone's life hangs in the balance.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2018

Nurse Claudia takes her job to a new level when she kidnaps Lucious. To rescue him, Cookie must race against time and use the skills she learned in prison. Meanwhile, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem pick up the pieces from their battle with the Dubois family.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Empire Season 4

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

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…

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…

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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