Season One
No. of Episodes 12
Original Run January 8, 2015- March 18, 2015
"Season 2"

The first season of FOX's television series, Empire, first aired on January 7, 2015 after American Idol's fourteenth season's premiere and concluded on March 18, 2015 with a 2 hour season finale.

The epic family battle begins when the powerful new drama EMPIRE debuts. From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels, comes a drama about a family dynasty, set within a world of music, glamour, danger and power. The television show consists of eight main characters, including the stars of the show Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

The show was met with generally positive reviews from critics. The show's premiere ranked as Fox's highest-rated debut in three years. Viewership has increased continuously; Empire is the first series in at least 23 years to have its viewership increase week to week for its first five episodes. The show continues to increase its viewership with further episodes. Episodes of the show have also been heavily watched on Video on Demand and other streaming services. Every episode of Empire has increased in viewership from the previous.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Stars


  • Sway Calloway as himself (1/12)
  • Anthony Hamilton as himself (1/12)
  • Snoop Dogg as himself (1/12)
  • Gladys Knight as herself (1/12)
  • Patti LaBelle as herself (1/12)
  • Charles Hamilton as himself (1/12)
  • Rita Ora as herself (1/12)


  • Jerry MacKinnon as One Stop (4/12)
  • Chris Powell as Li'l Chris (4/12)
  • Tyler Ravelson as Tay-O (4/12)
  • Kris D. Lopton as Kidd Fo-Fo (2/12)
  • Cindy Gold as Dominique Prado (1/12)


Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
10906323 324464444417063 4458763431845572077 n 1. "Pilot" January 7, 2015

Plot:  The episode introduces Lucious Lyon, the CEO of Empire Entertainment, whose three sons, Andre, Jamal, and Hakeem, vie for Lucious's throne. However, many complications arrive as Cookie Lyon is released from jail and wants half of Empire Entertainment and her son Jamal's career.

Singles: "What Is Love" (V Bozeman), "Live In The Moment" (Hakeem and Jamal), "Good Enough" (Jamal), "Right There" (Hakeem), "Armani" (Hakeem)

TheOutspokenKingStill 2. "The Outspoken King" January 14, 2015

Plot:  Lucious must defend Empire's IPO launch after controversies arise around one of his artists being involved in a shooting, and Cookie proves to be invaluable by helping Lucious turn a crisis into a triumph. Competition between Lucious and Cookie heats up when Cookie hears of Lucious's plan to stage a huge performance for Hakeem - but not Jamal. Meanwhile, the police begin to investigate Bunkie's murder.

Singles: "What The DJ Spins" (Lucious), "Adios" (Tiana), "Tell The Truth" (Jamal), "No Apologies" (Hakeem and Jamal)

Tumblr nihj32euqE1u5351mo1 400 3. "The Devil Quotes Scripture" January 21, 2015

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

Singles: "Bad Girl" (Tiana and Veronica), "Up All Night" (Jamal)

Tumblr niv5pp0IuT1sjmqvno9 540 4. "False Imposition" January 28, 2015

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

Singles: "Hustle Hard" (Tiana), "Keep It Movin'" (Hakeem and Tiana)

Empire-season-1-episode-5-jussie-smollett-2015-billboard-650 5. "Dangerous Bonds" February 4, 2015


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

Singles: The Point Of It All (Anthony Hamilton), Drip Drop (Hakeem and Tiana), Keep Your Money (Jamal)

106-010-empire-out-damned-spot 6. "Out, Damned Spot" February 11, 2014


Plot: Vernon is caught in the middle of a very sticky 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 from the family's past shows up with a huge surprise.

Singles: Take Me To The River (Elle), Can't Truss 'Em (Hakeem), I Wanna Love You (Jamal)

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Plot: Tension mounts between Hakeem and Jamal. Meanwhile, Cookie and Anika don't hold anything back when it comes to taking over the company. Anika is sent to Chicago to handle one of the label's star. Lucious attempts to brand Empire Entertainment as a tight-knit, "family-run" company. Jamal warms up to his daughter.

Singles: Walk Out On Me (Elle), Money for Nothing (Hakeem and Jamal), Live In The Moment (107 Edit) (Hakeem and Jamal), You're So Beautiful (90s Version) (Lucious)

5077781 8. "The Lyon's Roar" February 25, 2015


Plot: Cookie and Camilla face off over Hakeem; Jamal reveals news that surprises everyone.

Singles: You're So Beautiful (Lucious), You're So Beautiful (White Party Version) (Jamal), You're So Beautiful (Jamal and Hakeem)

109-010-empire-unto-the-breach 9. "Unto the Breach" March 4, 2015


Plot: Cookie uncovers Anika's secret; Lucious must face his rival; the Lyon sons take drastic measures.

Singles: All of the Above (Jamal), Black & Blue (Veronika), Conqueror (Delphine and Jamal), You're So Beautiful (Full Cast Version) (Delphine, Lucious, Jamal, Hakeem and Tiana)

Empire-lucious-sons 10. "Sins of the Father" March 11, 2015


Plot:  Andre starts a musical relationship with Michelle; a woman from Lucious' past comes back into the picture; Hakeem wants to show his father he's an artist and a businessman; Cookie gets ready to state her own agenda.

Singles: Shake Down (Angie and Lucious), Nothing But A Number (Hakeem and Camilla), Lola (Jamal), Remember The Music (Michelle)

Cookiesuffslucs 11. "Die But Once" March 18, 2015


Plot: Andre's bond with Michelle becomes stronger. Jamal and Lucious form a stronger relationship centered on their music. Hakeem decides to get revenge on Lucious, while trying to figure out what the best move is for his career.

Singles: Power of the Empire (Hakeem Lyon), Peaches N Cream (Snoop Dogg), Nothing To Lose (Lucious Lyon and Jamal Lyon), For My God (Michelle White)

File 550d2d4ee3673 12. "Who I Am" March 18, 2015


Plot: Lucious reveals good news that surprises his family; Everybody is working together to stop Lucious once and for all.

Singles: NY Raining (Rita Ora and Charles Hamilton), What the DJ Says (Jamal Lyon and Hakeem Lyon), Come Away With Me (Jamal Lyon), Whatever Makes You Happy (Michelle White and Juicy J), Nothing To Lose (Jamal Lyon and Patti LaBelle)


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