Empire: Season 1

Empire: Season 1

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Lucious Lyon's reign as the head of Empire Entertainment has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes when he learns he has a disease and must choose one of his three sons to take over. Complicating matters is their mother and Lucious' ex-wife, Cookie, who emerges from prison to claim her share.

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Lucious Lyon is the head of a music empire whose... More reign has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes when he learns he has a disease and must choose one of his three sons to take over: Andre, Jamal or Hakeem. Complicating matters is their mother and Lucious’ ex-wife, Cookie, who emerges from prison to claim her share.


The Outspoken King

Lucious has to defend Empire's IPO launch after one of... More his artists is involved in a shooting; Cookie hears about Lucious' plans for a huge performance for Hakeem, but not Jamal; Bunkie's murder is investigated.


The Devil Quotes Scripture

The Lyons head to Philadelphia and get a taste of... More what their life could have been if Lucious hadn't made it big. Lucious promotes Hakeem's new relationship with hip-hop star Tianna, but tensions rise when another woman tries to catch Hakeem's eye.


False Imposition

Lucious attempts to steal a super-hot, chart-topping artist from his... More rival at Safe House Records. Meanwhile, Jamal struggles to compose original music and Cookie tries to forge a relationship with her estranged son, Hakeem.


Dangerous Bonds

Cookie receives an anonymous gift from an admirer that she... More believes might be a veiled threat from a person from her prison past. Meanwhile, Lucious takes charge of Hakeem's first video shoot.


Out, Damned Spot

Vernon is caught in the middle of a very sticky... More situation. Meanwhile, Jamal is rising to stardom, but his newfound drive and ambition might stir up trouble in his relationships. To make matters worse, a mystery woman (guest star Raven Symone) from the family's past shows up with a huge surprise.


Our Dancing Days

Tension mounts between Hakeem and Jamal, as Lucious attempts to... More brand Empire Entertainment as a tight-knit, “family-run” company. Meanwhile, Cookie and Anika don’t hold anything back when it comes to taking over the company.


The Lyon's Roar

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


Unto the Breach

It's an all-out war when Cookie uncovers Anika's big backstabbing... More secret, and Lucious must come face-to-face with his longtime rival, Billy Beretti. As the Lyon family rallies to save Empire Entertainment, all three sons take drastic measures: Jamal gets close with famous artist Delphine, Hakeem works hand-in-hand with Cookie and Andre is pushed way beyond his limits.


Sins of the Father

Andre forms a new musical relationship with Michelle, and a... More woman from Lucious' past, Angie, comes into the picture. Meanwhile, Lucious invites the whole family over to his home. However, everyone arrives with their own agendas. Hakeem, under the influence of Camilla, sets out to show his father that he's a true artist and a good businessman. Then, Cookie prepares to state her own agenda for Empire and for her family, when Olivia arrives.


Die But Once

Jamal and Lucious are on their way to forming a... More music-centered relationship, but once again, Lucious has a secret that's about to change everything.


Who I Am

Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy, while trying to... More figure out what the best move is for his career. Meanwhile, Cookie is cooking up a plan of her own.

Empire: Season 1 | Awards

Award Winner
Golden Globe winner for Best Dramatic Actress (Henson), 2016.

Empire: Season 1 | Release Details

Empire: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Disney+.