The following is a list of episodes of the FOX series, Empire. Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the show 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.

Season 1

Series Overview

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
  1 12 January 7, 2015 March 18, 2015
  2 18 September 23,2015 May 18, 2016


Season 1

No. Ep. Title Original air date U.S. viewers (millions)
1 1 "Pilot" January 7, 2015 9.90
Lucious Lyon, told he has a terminal illness, needs one of his family members to step up and take over his company. Meanwhile his ex-wife, recently released from prison, has plans of her own.
2 2 "The Outspoken King" January 14, 2015 10.32
Lucious has to defend Empire's IPO launch after one of his artists is involved in a shooting.
3 3 "The Devil Quotes Scripture" January 21, 2015 11.07
The Lyons go to Philadelphia; another woman causes tension between Hakeem and hip-hop star Tianna.
4 4 "False Imposition" January 28, 2015 11.36
Lucious tries to steal a major artist from his rival; Jamal works on composing original music.
5 5 "Dangerous Bonds" February 4, 2015 11.47
Cookie receives an anonymous gift she suspects may be a veiled threat from a person from her past.
6 6 "Out, Damned Spot" February 11, 2015 11.96
Vernon finds himself in a sticky situation; Jamal's ambition causes trouble in his relationships.
7 7 "Our Dancing Days" February 18, 2015 13.02
Lucious tries to brand Empire Entertainment as a family-run company.
8 8 "The Lyon's Roar" February 25, 2015 13.90
Cookie and Camilla face off over Hakeem; Jamal reveals news that surprises everyone.
9 9 "Unto the Breach" March 4, 2015 14.33
After discovering that Anika is hiding a secret, Cookie declares war. Lucious comes face to face with an old rival. In a way to save Empire, Jamal cozies up to a famous artist.
10 10 "Sins of the Father" March 11, 2015 14.90
Andre and Michelle begin a musical relationship as a woman from Lucious' past comes back. Hakeem is influenced by Camilla at a family gathering.
11 11 "Die But Once" March 18, 2015 15.82
Jamal and Lucious work toward a music-centered relationship, but Lucious has a game-changing secret.
12 12 "Who I Am" March 18, 2015 17.62
Jamal and Lucious work toward a music-centered relationship, but Lucious has a game-changing secret.

Season 2

No. Ep. Title Original air date U.S. viewers (millions)
1 1 "The Devils Are Here" September 23, 2015 16.18
Three months after his arrest, Lucious tries to run Empire Entertainment while in federal lockup; Cookie stages a star-studded concert in support of Lucious while Andre, Hakeem, Anika and Mimi Whiteman attempt a hostile takeover.
2 2 "Without a Country" September 30, 2015 13.74
Cookie, Andre, Hakeem and Anika decide to start their own small record label named Lyon Dynasty, but it's off to a bumpy start as everyone has different visions for the new label.
3 3 "Fires of Heaven" October 7, 2015 13.10
Anika secretly work together behind Lucious' back to pull off a surprise performance that catches the eye of Pitbull. Also, Andre and Rhonda hope their baby-on-the-way will be the key that unlocks Luciou's cold heart and opens the door for Andre to return to the Empire fold.
4 4 "Poor Yorick" October 14, 2015 12.22
Despite their feud, the Lyons decide to collaborate on a project that will benefit both companies; Lucious wants to make Vernon disappear.
5 5 "Be True" October 21, 2015 12.28
Jamal gets busy working on his music with Ne-Yo. Also, Hakeem begins a tender romance with the lead singer of his girl group, and Andre takes steps to rid his soul of past sins.
6 6 "A High Hope for a Low Heaven" November 4, 2015 11.68
Lucious and Cookie must put aside their differences and work together as parents to protect their family and keep them out of danger.
7 7 "True Love Never" November 11, 2015 11.28
Lucious begins to strategize the ascension of Empire from record label into global music monolith, so he looks into starting a partnership with Jago.