At the end of Season Four, the Lyons lost Empire. However, Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson) finally found their way to each other and said their "I do"s. In Season Five, two years have passed, and the Lyons have yet to reclaim Empire. The family has experienced unimagined tragedies and now must join forces to rebuild from scratch. As their plans begin to take shape, they will be forced to learn - once - again that fame and fortune come with a hefty price tag.
"The show is a pleasure in another way, too: since it's set in a largely African-American industry, it has an easy, organic platform on which to play out stories about race and class, ones that rarely show up on network TV." - Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker
"Empire soars highest when probing the conflicts and contradictions of the black family, making high drama out of the dysfunction lying just beneath the surface." - Eric Deggans, NPR
"Empire is notable for doing something different, in a landscape populated by dramas of an entirely different stripe." - Sonia Saraiya, salon.com
"A classic story, jazzed up with a Timbaland beat."- Molly Eichel, A/V Club
"The more Empire keeps it real, the more it will sing." - Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly