Fox Presents EMPIRE - Intertitle


Musical drama


Lee Daniels
Danny Strong


Terrence Howard
Bryshere Y. Gray
Jussie Smollett
Trai Byers
Taraji P. Henson


Eil Fisher (score), Timbaland, Jim Beanz, etc.

No. of seasons


No. of episodes


First aired

January 7, 2015



Empire is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong which debuted on Fox on January 7, 2015. The show takes place in New York and centers around a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of the company. The show stars Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, and Taraji P. Henson.

The show is currently in it's third season which premiered on September 21, 2016.


The show followed former drug dealer turned hip-hop mogul named Lucious Lyon, who learns that he has been diagonsed with ALS and only has three years left to live. He then decided to start grooming his three sons Andre, Jamal, and Hakeem as he will choose who will run his company, Empire Entertainment. But around the time of doing so, his ex-wife and the mother of all three of his sons, Cookie Lyon returned home after serving a 17-year prison sentence for drug dealing.

In Season 3, the drama continues as Lucious keeps trying to pursue his musical legacy with his streaming service while being investigated by his half-brother/federal agent Tariq. Cookie tries to start over by trying to distance herself from Lucious so she can find her true happiness while some flashbacks during each episodes reveals slowly how Lucious and Cookie got together when they were teenagers. Meanwhile, Jamal is still recovering from the events of Season 2 as he still isn't performing or making any new music and is dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, Hakeem is in a beef with Tiana and her new rapper boyfriend "Gram" while also trying to be a father to his and Anika's daughter, and Andre is trying to recover from Rhonda's death but he starts seeing hallucinations of her, while starting a relationship with Nessa.


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