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Empire

Empire

FOX 2015

A powerful family drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.

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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 #1 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 #2 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 #3 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 #4 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 #5 Worst episode of Empire from 256 votes.

Last updated: may 02, 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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