The BEST Seasons of Empire

Every season ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: FOX

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.

Season 1

#1 - Season 1

First Aired: Jan 8, 2015

Lucious Lyon's reign as the head of Empire Entertainment has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes when he learns he has a disease and must choose one of his three sons to take over: Andre, Jamal or Hakeem. Complicating matters is their mother and Lucious' ex-wife, Cookie, who emerges from prison to claim her share.

star 8.61
290 votes
Season 2

#2 - Season 2

First Aired: Sep 24, 2015

The second season picks up three months after the shocking arrest and incarceration of Empire Entertainment head Lucious Lyon. Knowing Lucious won’t be held much longer in prison, Cookie and her allies within the Lyon family make a desperate attempt to seize control of the company. But as the Lyons continue to battle each other, a bigger external threat emerges that could force them to unite.

star 8.26
184 votes
Season 3

#3 - Season 3

First Aired: Sep 22, 2016

Lucious pursues his music legacy with his streaming service, while also clashing with his half-brother, Tariq, who is leading a federal task force investigating him. Cookie aims to start over, in pursuit of her own happiness with a new romantic interest. Meanwhile, the Lyon brothers struggle with fame and ambition, and the choices they face will become a battle for the soul of the Lyon family.

star 7.96
78 votes
Season 4

#4 - Season 4

First Aired: Sep 28, 2017

star 7.88
51 votes
Season 5

#5 - Season 5

First Aired: Sep 27, 2018

star 7.63
35 votes
Season 6

#6 - Season 6

First Aired: Sep 25, 2019

star 6.48
27 votes