On Empire Season 1 Episode 1, Lucious Lyon gets a medical diagnosis that will change his life. He decides it's time to groom one of his sons to take over the family business, but who will it be?

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Watch Empire Season 1 Episode 1 online to see Lucious Lyon, head of one of the biggest record labels around, challenge his three sons to a competition to see who will take over as head of Empire Entertainment one day. After receiving some terrible news about his health, he's eager to pass the torch but he doesn't forsee the reappearance of his ex-wife Cookie, who's hellbent on getting a piece of the label.

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On Empire Season 1 Episode 1, Lucious Lyon gets a devastating health diagnosis and he looks to one of his sons to step up and run his famous record label.

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Empire Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Cookie's coming home.


I started selling drugs when I was 9 years old in Philadelphia. I did it to feed myself. But it was the music that played in my head that kept me alive when I thought I was going to get shot. And it was the melodies that I dreamt about that keep me warm when I was sleeping in the streets.