Empire - Season 2, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Devils Are Here



Critic Consensus: A power shift and an ape suit help "The Devils Are Here" meet the high expectations of an Empire season premiere.

Episode Info

Season 2 picks up three months after the arrest and incarceration of Lucious, who is trying to run Empire Entertainment from inside federal lockup. Elsewhere, a headline-grabbing state prosecutor hangs her political ambitions on bringing Lucious down; and Cookie stages a star-studded concert in support of her ex, while at the same time she's plotting with Andre, Hakeem, Anika and Mimi Whiteman to finalize the hostile takeover of his company.


Terrence Howard
as Lucious Lyon
Taraji P. Henson
as Cookie Lyon
Malik Yoba
as Vernon Turner
Jussie Smollett
as Jamal Lyon
Bryshere Y. Gray
as Hakeem Lyon
Trai Byers
as Andre Lyon
Grace Byers
as Anika Calhoun
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Rhonda Lyon
Rafael De La Fuente
as Michael Sanchez
as Tiana
Marisa Tomei
as Mimi Whiteman
Chris Rock
as Frank Gathers
Kelly Rowland
as Leah Walker
Don Lemon
as Himself
Al Sharpton
as Himself
Swiss Beatz
as Himself
Tyra Ferrell
as Roxanne Ford
Petey Pablo
as Himself
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Critic reviews for The Devils Are Here

Packing enough twists and reversals into a single episode that more timid shows might take half a year to accomplish, Empire is dizzying, dazzling and lovably deranged...

September 23, 2015 | Full Review…

There's one thing I can't deny about Empire: this show is simply a delight to watch.

September 24, 2015 | Full Review…

Overall, the first episode met my high expectations, and more than likely will meet the fans' ones as well.

September 24, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It says something about the power of this show that it can spend its opening 15 minutes focused on a topic that news programs of the same network can't seem to address.

September 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ask Cookie, though, and she'll only insist that she's doing this for the good of the children. What a coincidence! That's our motive for watching this show, too.

September 24, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

If there was any concern that creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong couldn't follow up their fantastic first season, this single hour of television laid them to rest.

September 24, 2015 | Full Review…

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