2015 TV-14 3 seasons


2015 TV-14 3 seasons
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Lucious Lyon has ruled the hip-hop universe for years, first as an artist and then as a savvy businessman and the head of Empire Entertainment. But Lucious's life priorities are overturned in an instant when he learns he has a crippling disease.
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Malik Yoba, Kaitlin Doubleday, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Gabourey Sidibe, Serayah McNeill, Bre-Z, Morocco Omari, Xzibit, Nicole Ari Parker
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (2015) - 4 discs

Hip-hop titan Lucious Lyon has made his way up from the streets to become the wealthy CEO of Empire Entertainment. But when he learns that he has a disease that will leave him crippled, Lucious must decide which son should succeed him.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Empire centers on the dysfunctional family of a successful music mogul who's preparing for one of his sons to take over the business. His middle son is gay and in a steady, loving relationship, and his sexuality -- and his father's problem with it -- is a major story line, so you'll hear homophobic slurs such as "faggot" and "sissy" along with other audible language such as "ass," "bitch," and so on. Several characters drink and use drugs, and some have sold drugs in the past. Violent content includes beatings and shootings with some blood, although it isn't gratuitous, while sex is implied but with nothing more than making out shown on-screen.

Sexual Content

Characters kiss and make out, and sex is suggested but not shown; some shots of lingerie and other skimpy clothing; one of the main characters is gay and in a healthy relationship but struggles to gain acceptance from his father.


Beatings, shootings, with some blood; more is suggested than shown.


Audible words include "damn," "ass," and "bitch," plus some homophobic slurs such as "faggot" and "sissy."

Social Behavior

Although the overarching themes include fame, corruption, and revenge, there's a sense of balance in the other themes explored -- for example, looking at both homophobia and acceptance, ambition and cooperation, and deceit and honesty.


Sponsorship/promotional tie-ins with Pepsi, Lincoln, and other brands.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking with some cigarette smoking; secondary characters use drugs, and several main characters sold drugs in the past; visible drug paraphernalia.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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