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Empire 

TV-14 | | Drama, Music | TV Series (2015– )
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A hip-hop mogul must choose a successor among his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is hers.
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Taraji P. Henson reigns as Cookie Lyon in "Empire." Check out other roles she's played on TV and in the movies.

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 Lucious Lyon (51 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Hakeem Lyon (51 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Jamal Lyon (51 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Andre Lyon (51 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Anika Calhoun (51 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Cookie Lyon (51 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Porsha (48 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Becky (47 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Tiana Brown (45 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Rhonda Lyon (36 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Chicken (32 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Freda Gatz / ... (30 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Thirsty Rawlings (27 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Employee / ... (25 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Shyne Johnson / ... (22 episodes, 2016-2017)
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 Tariq (22 episodes, 2016-2017)
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Lucious, the founder and CEO of a successful record label has been diagnosed with ALS. He must choose one of his three sons to take over the company when he dies. Meanwhile, his ex wife and co-founder, Cookie, has been released from prison and wants to reclaim her rightful place in the company. Written by Jennifer Holmes

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Their reign. Their rules. (Season 3) See more »

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Quincy Brown was originally cast in the role of Hakeem, but turned it down after contract negotiations failed. See more »

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Referenced in The Carmichael Show: Kale (2015) See more »

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Slap in the Face
12 January 2015 | by (DC) – See all my reviews

You have powerhouse actors like Terrence and Tajiri, and this is what you do with them? You have them portray over-stereotyped, dull, insipid buffoons who lack depth, character or intelligence? This is what Fox gives us as an interesting story involving Black America? When you think about the wit, creativity, artistry, hard work and brain power that goes into the business of Hip Hop, this show is a slap in the face. The characters are uninspired, poorly written, predictable and hackneyed. I expected far more. This was a MAJOR let down.

The problem is that Fox mis-represented the show. The show is clearly aimed at teenage or young adult audiences. However, it was presented as a serious show for more mature audiences. Among a younger audience this might be somewhat interesting. For anyone who was expecting the next "Scandal", keep looking. Just so sad to see such talented actors get such a juvenile script. Sigh.


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