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Empire Season 1 Episodes

12 Episodes 2015 - 2015

In the first season of this drama, music mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is informed he only has three years to live after being diagnosed with ALS. This just after he announces plans to take Empire Entertainment, a world-famous record company he runs with his family, public. Acting as a hip-hop King Lear, the patriarch realizes he must cede the keys to his kingdom to a worthy successor, and so he pits his three sons against one another in a battle for control of his multi-million dollar throne. The Lyon boys couldn't be more different: There's college-educated, business-minded executive Andre (Trai Byers); the talented and sensitive singer-songwriter Jamal (Jussie Smollett); and brash rapper Hakeem (Bryshere Gray). But they aren't the only ones vying for the dynasty when Lucious' ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) is released from prison after having served a 17-year sentence for hustling drugs, the profits from which were used by Lucious to start Empire.

Episode 1

Pilot

Wed, Jan 7, 2015 60 mins

A music mogul plans for the future of his empire after learning he has a disease in the series premiere of this drama, which follows his struggle to choose an heir as his three sons and his ex-wife battle each other to take over the hip-hop throne.

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Episode 2

The Outspoken King

Wed, Jan 14, 2015 60 mins

Lucious goes into damage control when controversy arises around the involvement of one of his artists in a shooting ahead of Empire's IPO launch; and Cookie proves to be invaluable by helping turn a crisis into a triumph. However, Lucious's plan to stage a huge performance for Hakeem, but not Jamal, doesn't sit well with his ex. Meanwhile, the police begin to investigate Bunkie's murder.

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Episode 3

The Devil Quotes Scripture

Wed, Jan 21, 2015 60 mins

The Lyons visit Philadelphia and get a taste of what their lives could have been like if Lucious never became a giant success in the music biz; and tensions rise when another woman tries to catch Hakeem's eye; at the same time, Lucious is trying to promote Hakeem's relationship with hip-hop star Tianna.

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Episode 4

False Imposition

Wed, Jan 28, 2015 60 mins

Lucious makes an attempt to steal a hot artist who's topping the charts from his rival at Safe House Records. Meanwhile, Jamal struggles with writer's block; and Cookie tries to mend her broken relationship with Hakeem.

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Episode 5

Dangerous Bonds

Wed, Feb 4, 2015 60 mins

An anonymous gift from a secret admirer is received with trepidation from Cookie, who suspects it's a veiled threat from a person from her prison past. Meanwhile, Lucious takes charge of Hakeem's first video shoot.

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Episode 6

Out, Damned Spot

Wed, Feb 11, 2015 60 mins

Lucious asks Cookie to manage a star who hasn't produced an album in years; and hires a new head of security at Empire Entertainment. Meanwhile, Vernon finds himself caught in a very sticky situation; Jamal's newfound ambition threatens to stir up trouble in his relationships; and a mystery woman from the family's past shows up with a big, not particularly welcome surprise.

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Episode 7

Our Dancing Days

Wed, Feb 18, 2015 60 mins

Lucious tries to brand Empire Entertainment as a tight-knit, family-run business which, ironically, complicates the already tense relationship between Hakeem and Jamal. Meanwhile, Cookie and Anika don't hold anything back when it comes to taking over the company.

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Episode 8

The Lyon's Roar

Wed, Feb 25, 2015 60 mins

It's time for the Lyon family to come together to record a legacy album with Lucious, Hakeem and Jamal, who steps into the spotlight with news that surprises everyone. Meanwhile, Cookie and Camilla finally come face-to-face; and Andre struggles with some inner demons.

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Episode 9

Unto the Breach

Wed, Mar 4, 2015 59 mins

Cookie declares war on Anika after discovering the big, backstabbing secret that her ex-husband's girlfriend has been keeping; at the same time, Lucious comes face-to-face with a longtime rival; and Jamal cozies up to a famous artist when he and his brothers take drastic measures to save Empire Entertainment.

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Episode 10

Sins of the Father

Wed, Mar 11, 2015 59 mins

Andre enters into a musical relationship with Michelle; and a woman from Lucious' past reenters the picture. Meanwhile, Hakeem, under the influence of Camilla, hopes to show his father that he's a true artist and a good businessman at a family gathering.

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Episode 11

Die But Once

Wed, Mar 18, 2015 60 mins

In Part 1 of the two-part Season 1 finale, Lucious has a secret that's about to change everything as he and Jamal seem on their way to forming a music-centered relationship. Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy; at the same time, he's trying to figure out what's the best move for his career; and Cookie cooks up a plan to get herself back on top.

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Episode 12

Who I Am

Wed, Mar 18, 2015 60 mins

In the conclusion of the two-part Season 1 finale, Lucious has a secret that's about to change everything as he and Jamal seem on their way to forming a music-centered relationship. Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy; at the same time, he's trying to figure out what's the best move for his career; and Cookie cooks up a plan to get herself back on top.

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