Empire is an American television series centered around a hip hop music company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founding family for its control.
Empire's main character Lucious Lyon, starred by Terrence Howard, is a former drug dealer who turned hip hop mogul and founded Empire Entertainment, a New York based music entertainment company. After being diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lucious' life begins to cave in around him after the comeback of his past sins.
Lucious Lyon then looks to groom one of his three sons, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem, to take control of Empire Entertainment, but his efforts result in pitting them against each other, fighting among themselves for the control of the company.
Andre Lyon, starred by Trai Byers, is Lucious Lyon's eldest son. Married to Rhonda, he serves as Empire Entertainment's CFO after having received education at Wharton University.
Jamal Lyon, starred by Jussie Smollett, is the middle son of the Lyon family. In the series, Jamal is a songwriter and singer who refuses the business aspect of the music industry. Jamal is estranged from Lucious, who considers the son as the black sheep in the family.
The youngest and Lucious's favourite son is Hakeem Lyon, starred by Bryshere Y. Gray (also known with his stage name Yazz the Greatest or Yazz).
Taraji P. Henson portrays Loretha "Cookie" Lyon, Lucious' ex-wife and mother of his three sons, who is released from prison after serving a 17-years sentence for the drug dealing business that financed the early rise of Empire Entertainment.
Empire - Season 1 premiered on January 7, 2015 and last aired on March 18, 2015 after 12 episodes.
Empire - Season 2 was first aired on September 23, 2015. The eighteenth and last episode of the season aired on March 18, 2015.
Empire was further renewed for a third season which premiered on September 21, 2016.
Empire and its cast received several nomination and won various awards. Among the others Empire won Choice TV Show: Drama at 2015 Teen Choice Awards, while Taraji P. Henson won 2016 Golden Globe as Best Actress for Television Series Drama and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series prize at 2016 NAACP Image Awards.