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Empire

Empire

FOX 2015

Lucious Lyon is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes, when he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years. The clock is ticking, and he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Empire

Empire - S6E18

#1 - Home is on the Way

7.32

Season 6 - Episode 18

In the midst of the Bossyfest launch and the fight to regain control of Empire, Cookie reflects on her life and the woman she has become. Lucious finds it impossible to deny his feelings for Cookie, while continuing to support Yana and her rise to stardom. When the Lyons face their biggest threat yet, Lucious prepares for the battle of his life and realizes that in the end, family is what matters the most.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Empire from 117 votes.

Empire - S6E16

#2 - We Got Us

7.33

Season 6 - Episode 16

After witnessing Andre's breakdown, Cookie and Lucious have him committed to the same treatment facility as Leah and the guilt Cookie feels from Andre's situation causes her to wonder how different life would be if she had not gone to prison. Meanwhile, Becky struggles with balancing her personal and professional relationships and Hakeem and Maya find themselves in a less-than-ideal situation after a drunken night in Vegas.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Empire from 116 votes.

Empire - S6E17

#3 - Over Everything

7.48

Season 6 - Episode 17

Lucious continues to run Empire and discovers some of Andre's business missteps by way of Kelly Patel (guest star Pej Vahdat). Meanwhile, Cookie tries to relaunch BossyFest but is met with major obstacles from the ASAs. Also, Hakeem and Maya's unlikely partnership proves to be beneficial and Becky celebrates her birthday.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Empire from 115 votes.

Empire - S6E14

#4 - I Am Who I Am

7.48

Season 6 - Episode 14

While on a road trip, Cookie, Candace and Carol take a painful trip down memory lane, shedding light on their childhood and exposing heartbreaking secrets from the past. Lucious uses something special from the past to help give Yana her big break. Meanwhile, Maya hatches a scheme to generate more buzz for the "Birth of an Empire" movie and Teri becomes increasingly more fearful of Andre.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Empire from 117 votes.

Empire - S2E5

#5 - Be True

7.57

Season 2 - Episode 5

Over at Lyon Dynasty, Cookie and Anika work together with Laz to throw “Cookie Lyon’s Block Party,” a big event to launch their company, showcase their artists and premiere a signature Dynasty anthem written by Hakeem. Meanwhile, 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.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Empire from 960 votes.

Empire - S6E6

#6 - Heart of Stone

7.58

Season 6 - Episode 6

Candace and Carol take Cookie on a girls' trip to Miami to have some fun and take her mind off Lucious. After an unsettling visit with Leah, Lucious is left to deal with some inward self-reflection. Meanwhile, Andre makes a bold decision regarding Treasure's upcoming album and Giselle goes behind Becky's back to find Tiana a new audience.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Empire from 158 votes.

Empire - S6E3

#7 - You Broke Love

7.58

Season 6 - Episode 3

While Lucious' plan to escape from the Feds finally comes to a head, Cookie finds herself in a dangerous situation with Damon. Andre is haunted by a ghost from his past that he can't seem to shake and Tiana receives backlash from fans over a social media post. Meanwhile, Becky tries her new artist on track and is surprised by an unexpected visit from family.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Empire from 223 votes.

Empire - S6E8

#8 - Do You Remember Me

7.62

Season 6 - Episode 8

Upon taking her first steps back into music, Cookie discovers an artist with raw talent when Lucious dismissed years ago. Meanwhile, Lucious spends a day in the city with Yana and is surprised to discover they have much more in common than he thought. Also, Andre pulls out all the stops in order to convince a reluctant artist to sign with Empire, Tracy finds evidence that incriminates Lucious and Giselle runs into an old friend who could help Bossy Media with its financial trouble.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Empire from 151 votes.

Empire - S6E13

#9 - Come Undone

7.63

Season 6 - Episode 13

Cookie continues to keep her secret from her sisters, but Lucious feels she needs to come clean in order to move forward. When Treasure is unable to perform at the upcoming showcase, Becky suggests that Yana take the spot, but Lucious feels she's not ready. Meanwhile, Giselle struggles with keeping her family secret from Julian, Maya sets her sights on her own recording deal and Andre's actions put Quincy in a very bad situation.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Empire from 124 votes.

Empire - S6E1

#10 - What Is Love

7.65

Season 6 - Episode 1

Lucious, who is now a wanted fugitive, is on the run from the Feds. Cookie keeps busy by focusing on her brand outside of Empire, which now includes a daytime talk show and a community center. Andre, currently sitting on the Empire throne, is confronted by several people who now want to get in on the company and Hakeem sets his sights on the lead role in the first EMPIRE movie. Meanwhile, Becky and Giselle search for their first Bossy Media artist.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Empire from 256 votes.

Empire - S1E2
#11 - The Outspoken King
7.65
Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Empire from 1037 votes.

Empire - S3E12
#12 - Strange Bedfellows
7.66
Season 3 - Episode 12

Angelo makes an unsettling discovery and is concerned that Cookie’s past isn’t in the past and will hurt his chances of becoming the Mayor. Anika is faced with a life-changing decision after Tariq reveals what he is really after. Meanwhile, Hakeem’s 21st birthday party takes an unexpected turn.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Empire from 1533 votes.

Empire - S4E2
#13 - Full Circle
7.66
Season 4 - Episode 2

With Leah still insisting that he is a monster, Lucious sneaks away in hopes of finding out what type of person he was before the explosion. Cookie panics that Lucious has gone missing on Claudia’s watch, until she realizes he found his way to Uncle Eddie, a music icon who has since become family to the Lyons. Meanwhile, with Anika still behind bars, Hakeem and Tiana grow more comfortable as a family, and Becky makes a rash decision regarding Jamal’s new song.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Empire from 969 votes.

Empire - S5E11
#14 - In Loving Virtue
7.66
Season 5 - Episode 11

With the reputation of the family business on the line, the Lyons strategize on how to clean up Kingsley’s mess and introduce a new and improved Empire. As Lucious and Cookie hire an old acquaintance to help track down the money Eddie stole, Andre tries to convince Devon’s record label to let him record with Empire. Meanwhile, Treasure and Tiana fight for the female vocalist track on Jamal’s new song.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Empire from 277 votes.

Empire - S4E3
#15 - Evil Manners
7.67
Season 4 - Episode 3

When Cookie is denied a line of credit, she flashes back to her years in prison and compares her past struggles to her life now. Lucious continues to struggle with demons of his own and begs his family to tell him about the ways he’s wronged them, but they are reluctant to tell him the truth. Meanwhile, the NYPD is still on Andre’s case about the events that transpired in Vegas and one officer in particular catches his eye.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Empire from 929 votes.

Empire - S4E4
#16 - Bleeding War
7.67
Season 4 - Episode 4

The race is on when Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire’s 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label’s top artists, giving Jamal a bold idea for his newest song. On the heels of Bella’s first birthday, the family plans a special “Prince and Princesses”-themed birthday party, including a special Prince tribute, but the special day brings back haunting memories for one of the Lyons. Meanwhile, Lucious is at a crossroads, as he tries to put to rest the anger from his past life.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Empire from 870 votes.

Empire - S1E4
#17 - False Imposition
7.67
Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Empire from 936 votes.

Empire - S6E12
#18 - Talk Less
7.67
Season 6 - Episode 12

Lucious hunts for a record deal for Yana, but is met with surprising feedback from the label execs. Meanwhile, Cookie struggles with her inability to shake memories of the secret she's kept for so many years. Also, Lala, feeling neglected by her team at Bossy Media, pulls a dangerous stunt to take promotion into her own hands, and Andre suffers from brownouts and lapses of judgement as Kingsley pushes for more control.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Empire from 123 votes.

Empire - S2E6
#19 - A High Hope For a Low Heaven
7.67
Season 2 - Episode 6

Lucious and Cookie must put aside their differences and work together as parents to protect their family and keep them out of danger. Jamal does his best to get back in the studio and break away from being defined solely as a gay artist, while Hakeem struggles with how to feel and act like a man. Meanwhile, Andre works to shut down a division at Empire, until he discovers a disciple in the midst of Lucious’ Gutter Life records.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Empire from 938 votes.

Empire - S6E4
#20 - Tell the Truth
7.68
Season 6 - Episode 4

A happy family occasion brings the Lyon family back together, but it becomes apparent that no one seems to see eye-to-eye. Lucious, unhappy with how Empire and the Empire movie are progressing, springs into action and comes face-to-face with demons from his past. Meanwhile, Cookie reaches her breaking point and considers seeking help and Andre encourages Tiana to smooth over the controversy she created for the company.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Empire from 208 votes.

Last updated: feb 04, 2021

Comments

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I feel like this a low rent Nashville that makes black people look terrible. The music is mediocre, the story generally lazy and hacky. It's like a show that were it given the attention of an HBO or Showtime might make you feel immersed in, but you're left with seeing how much Terrance Howard and Taraji can carry the series. (edit: Nov 2016 I recently finished watching Power which is a glimpse at what Empire might've been like on a different network) Extra points for making me hate Cookie so much, that's powerful acting or character development. The relationships are soap opera like, the writing fairly blah and redundant. What could be compelling story lines are wrapped up quickly or ignored all together. It feels like the show can't pick a direction. I don't understand why it's so hyped, it certainly can't be from the song quality, and the superficial glance at the scatter-brained roles each character is supposed to play doesn't endear me to any character in particular. There's way too much TV to compare this to for this to stick out for any other reason than Black-ish does. It caricatures black people and requires zero effort to follow. (Black-ish has laid off the accelerator...a bit)

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Very enjoyable. While I wouldn't buy any of the music, it's worked into the story well. Not exactly deep, but when trash is done well, it's fun to watch :-)

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BEST. DRAMA. ON. TV. watch!

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To be honest, the show has way too many gay scenes for me to continue to watch. No, I'm not a homophobe. I just don't want to see that in every single episode.

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This show does JUST enough to keep me watching from week to week. They keep adding new big names (Chris Rock was a Cannibal who killed many people?!?!) to draw a big crowd, and credit to them, that has worked rather well. The show is way over-hyped. The plot is great, and the story could be deep and powerful if the writers would have taken it in a different direction. As it is, I'm not sure they have a solid grasp on the direction. My other big problem with the show is how they make it into a trashy, modern day soap-opera. You cannot watch an episode without feeling like it cut to Young and the Restless from the music at key points in the episodes. The way they add the music to scenes is completely cheesy and gives it the feel of an early 90's show. Similar to when fox added those laugh tracks to the short lived Red and Meth show. It really makes you feel like it was produced by amateurs that are looking for a big break. So, why do I still watch it? Well, the first season, I thought the music was great in the first half. Watching it on a surround sound gave it some nice bump, and I really saw the potential. I was into the controversy with the gay son and power struggle between the brothers. But the production of the show JUST KILLS IT. Toward the end of the first season, they show a murder that looks like me and a buddy recorded it with our cell phone in the back yard. I was literally laughing. That's when they lost me, but by that point I had all the characters down and kept thinking they would take it in a better direction. Boy....was I wrong!

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Lost interest this season - I'm done.

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Drops out of Ironman 2 due to money reasons. Stars in low budget TV show... You sure showed them...

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One of the worst things to ever exist and that is fact!

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it was pretty good. but now the storyline is just getting ridiculous

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This show started with promise! Great Cast, Great Music, but unfortunately the plot seem to have no defined route, and as such has gotten lost such a shame, good, no Great idea but !!!!!!!!!

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