A sorozat főszereplője Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a hip-hop koronázatlan királyá. A korábban drogdílerkedésből élő, ám de tehetséges művész az utcáról küzdötte fel magát az Empire Entertainment nevű lemezkiadó élére, amit azóta is biztos kézzel irányít. De mindez megváltozik, amikor megtudja, hogy súlyos betegsége miatt három éven belül képtelen lesz ellátni feladatait. Luciousnak ki kell választania cégbirodalmának örökösét három fia közül anélkül, hogy még jobban tönkretenné amúgy is széthúzó családját. Terveit azonban fenekestül felforgatja volt felesége Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), aki közel két évtized után szabadul a börtönből, ahol azért ült, mert vállalata a büntetést a drogkereskedelem miatt, amelyből férje karrierjének kezdetét finanszírozták. Ennél fogva most ő is igényt tart a cégre. Ahogy a Lyon család egymásnak esik, érzelmi sakkjátszma kezdődik, amely a család felemelkedéséhez vagy bukásához egyaránt vezethet.
Futó sorozat 2015.01 - 2019.11 | 60 perc @FOX, US
Taraji P. Henson (Cookie Lyon), Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon), Trai Byers (Andre Lyon), Bryshere Y. Gray (Hakeem Lyon), Gabourey Sidibe (Becky Williams), És a többiek Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon), Ta'Rhonda Jones (Porsha Taylor), Serayah (Tiana Brown), Grace Gealey (Anika Calhoun), Andre Royo (Thurston "Thirsty" Rawlings), Kaitlin Doubleday (Rhonda Lyon), Xzibit (Shyne Johnson), Nicole Ari Parker (Giselle Simms-Barker), Rhyon Nicole Brown (Maya), Bre-Z (Freda Gatz), Chet Hanks (Blake Sterling), Rumer Willis (Tory Ash), A.Z. Kelsey (Jeff Kingsley), Meta Golding (Teri), Morocco Omari (Tariq), Vivica A. Fox (Candace), Wood Harris (Damon Cross), Mario (DeVon), Katlynn Simone (Treasure), Malik Yoba (Vernon Turner), Terrell Carter (Warren Hall),
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.
While Lucious is still on the run, Cookie confronts Damon about why he lied to her. Andre, who is dealing with his own personal trauma, is suddenly forced to grapple with an unforeseen family complication. Meanwhile, Becky and Giselle try to get the star power they need out of their first Bossy Media artist and Tiana tries to help Devon find his sound.
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.
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.
Lucious, still obsessed with his past, tries to make amends for his wrongdoings with an old friend. Cookie vies to take control of the house, putting the whole family in the middle. Andre and Lucious go head-to-head in a competition to figure out the direction Empire should be heading in. Meanwhile, Becky and Giselle are at odds over the future of Bossy music.
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 (guest star Leslie Uggams), 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.
After realizing that music is her real first love, Cookie makes moves to get back into the music world and offers to throw an event to gain exposure for Bossy Media. Meanwhile, Lucious tries to regain control of Empire by attempting to sabotage Andre's vision for the company. Also, Hakeem feels threatened by DeVon's strong bond with Prince and Bella.
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.