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''Empire'' is an American musical drama television series which debuted on Creator/{{FOX}} on January 7, 2015. It's produced by Lee Daniels and features music composed by Timbaland. Pitched as ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'' at a record label.

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''Empire'' is an American musical drama television series which debuted series. Debuting on Creator/{{FOX}} on January 7, 2015. It's 2015, it's produced by Lee Daniels and features music composed by Timbaland. Pitched as ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'' at a record label.


On January 17, it was renewed for a second season after only two episodes aired. The ratings, which had already been strong in those first two episodes, have only further justified this seemingly early decision, as ''Empire'' has continued to grow every week and is the biggest breakout hit on any broadcast network in several years.


** In 2009, there was a rumor floating around that Creator/RavenSymone was pregnant and had given birth to a child conceived with her long time friend Jussie Smolett.[[note]]Ironically, both would later come out as gay.[[/note]] Cue her guest appearance as Jamal's ex-wife and the mother of a 5 year old girl whom her character claims he's sired.

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** In 2009, there was a rumor floating around that Creator/RavenSymone was pregnant and had given birth to a child conceived with her long time friend Jussie Smolett.Smollett.[[note]]Ironically, both would later come out as gay.[[/note]] Cue her guest appearance as Jamal's ex-wife and the mother of a 5 year old girl whom her character claims he's sired.

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* CastingGag:
** In 2009, there was a rumor floating around that Creator/RavenSymone was pregnant and had given birth to a child conceived with her long time friend Jussie Smolett.[[note]]Ironically, both would later come out as gay.[[/note]] Cue her guest appearance as Jamal's ex-wife and the mother of a 5 year old girl whom her character claims he's sired.
** This isn't the first time that Raven-Symoné has played a character [[Series/TheCosbyShow named Olivia]].
** This isn't the first time that Annie Ilonzeh has played a character named "[[Series/PersonOfInterest Harper]]."
** Not Creator/EkaDarville's first outing [[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand as a gay character]].
** "Without A Country": The intense scenes between Terrence Howard and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges would give most fans [[Film/HustleAndFlow that nostalgic feeling.]]
** This wouldn't be the first time [[Film/HustleAndFlow Officer McKnight (Ludacris) got pistol whipped.]]
** Lucius' cellmate is played by Max Beesley, who costarred with Terrence Howard in ''Film/{{Glitter}}''. Doubly ironic, because in that movie, Howard's character is also a murderous music impresario, and Beesley played his murder victim.


* LoveFatherLoveSon: After ending her engagement with Lucious (due to his affair with Cookie), Anika sleeps with his son Hakeem to spite him [[spoiler: which results in her getting pregnant with Hakeem's child]].
** After Jamal and Olivia's marriage ended and she had his child Lola, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Lucious actually slept with Olivia before she and Jamal divorced, making Lola his half-sister instead of his daughter.]] [[spoiler: Then its revealed she's not actually related at all.]]
* LoveTriangle: A lot of them in the show.
** Anika/Lucious/Cookie
** Lucious/Anika/Hakeem
** Tiana/Hakeem/Anika
** Valentina/Hakeem/Tiana
** Hakeem/Tiana/India
* MalignedMixedMarriage: {{Subverted}}. Initially, it seemed as though Lucious didn't have problem with it, while Cookie thought Andre was an idiot for marrying a white girl. Jamal and Hakeem are fine with it, they just don't like them because they're both {{jerkass}}es. It turns out that this is reversed in terms of how Lucious and Cookie truly felt about the situation. While Cookie busted Andre's balls about marrying a white girl, she ultimately has no real problem with Rhonda. Lucious, on the other hand, despises her for this very reason.

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* LoveFatherLoveSon: LoveFatherLoveSon:
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After ending her engagement with Lucious (due Lucious, due to his affair with Cookie), Cookie, Anika sleeps with his son Hakeem to spite him [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which results in her getting pregnant with Hakeem's child]].
** After Jamal and Olivia's marriage ended and she had his child Lola, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Lucious [[spoiler:Lucious actually slept with Olivia before she and Jamal divorced, making Lola his half-sister instead of his daughter.]] [[spoiler: Then its daughter. It's later revealed that she's not actually related to the Lyons at all.]]
* LoveTriangle: A lot of them in the show.
LoveTriangle:
** Anika/Lucious/Cookie
Anika/Lucious/Cookie.
** Lucious/Anika/Hakeem
Lucious/Anika/Hakeem.
** Tiana/Hakeem/Anika
Tiana/Hakeem/Anika.
** Valentina/Hakeem/Tiana
Valentina/Hakeem/Tiana.
** Hakeem/Tiana/India
Hakeem/Tiana/India.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: {{Subverted}}.{{Subverted|Trope}}. Initially, it seemed as though Lucious didn't have problem with it, while Cookie thought Andre was an idiot for marrying a white girl. Jamal and Hakeem are fine with it, they just don't like them because they're both {{jerkass}}es. It turns out that this is reversed in terms of how Lucious and Cookie truly felt about the situation. While Cookie busted Andre's balls about marrying a white girl, she ultimately has no real problem with Rhonda. Lucious, on the other hand, despises her for this very reason.

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* LoveFatherLoveSon: After ending her engagement with Lucious (due to his affair with Cookie), Anika sleeps with his son Hakeem to spite him [[spoiler: which results in her getting pregnant with Hakeem's child]].
** After Jamal and Olivia's marriage ended and she had his child Lola, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Lucious actually slept with Olivia before she and Jamal divorced, making Lola his half-sister instead of his daughter.]] [[spoiler: Then its revealed she's not actually related at all.]]
* LoveTriangle: A lot of them in the show.
** Anika/Lucious/Cookie
** Lucious/Anika/Hakeem
** Tiana/Hakeem/Anika
** Valentina/Hakeem/Tiana
** Hakeem/Tiana/India

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* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: The season 5 premiere (picking up two years after the previous season) has Lucious and Cookie struggling to make ends meet and forced to sell off much of their rich belongings.

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* KingmakerPlot: Season 1 is basically this. Cookie wants Jamal to be the successor to Empire, while Lucious wants Hakeem and Vernon wants Andre.


** When Cookie [[spoiler: sleeps with Lucious a second time]], it seems she is oblivious to Lucious's subsequent commitment to Anika. Turns out [[spoiler: she no longer wanted to be with him anyway; it was mainly to show Anika that Lucious [[{{Casanova}} would still sleep around even after promising he wouldn't]] and get Anika to leave him for good]].

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** When Cookie [[spoiler: sleeps with Lucious a second time]], it seems she is oblivious to Lucious's subsequent commitment to Anika. Turns out [[spoiler: she no longer wanted to be with him anyway; it was mainly to show Anika that Lucious [[{{Casanova}} [[TheCasanova would still sleep around even after promising he wouldn't]] and get Anika to leave him for good]].

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Las Vegas Gaming Commissioner Charlotte Frost is implied to be racist, but the comments she makes toward Lucious and Cookie being black are only made in response to ''their'' comments and generalizations on her own background as a Hispanic Mormon.

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* IsThisThingOn: When he proposes to Cookie on air, newly elected mayor Angelo talks to her backstage when she relates how she still has feelings for Lucious and kissed him. Angelo rants on how he broke the law for her, covering up a gun charge and parole violation as well as getting a guy out of jail for her. Angelo's mother bursts in to hiss "hot mic" as Angelo and Cookie realize too late that his mic had been knocked on and everyone in the studio just heard him confess to manipulating his campaign for Cookie.

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Anika goes into labor with Bella [[spoiler:just after Rhonda is killed]].

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* ArmorPiercingSlap: [[spoiler: A non-romantic example happens between Anika and Rhonda. Before their persumed final showdown, Rhonda confronts Anika by slapping her in the face]].

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Freda's facial expression shows this reaction when [[spoiler:she accidentally shoots Jamal instead of Lucious at the ASAs]].


* BigScrewedUpFamily: In public the Lyons seem like the perfect family. In private is when the dysfunction begins.

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: In public public, the Lyons seem like the perfect family. In private is when the dysfunction begins.

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