Empire's 15 Biggest Season 1 Shockers

Season 1 of Empire has certainly earned its TV-OMGWTF rating (for mature situations, adult language, Cookie realness, steamy sex scenes, rampant gunplay and Maury Povich moments).

As we head into tonight’s two-hour finale (8/7c on Fox) — which is almost guaranteed to leave jaws drip-droppin’ to the floor — we thought it prudent to count down the 15 biggest shockers from the hip-hopera’s first 10 episodes.

Cookie givin’ us bawww-day? Andre “lobbying” Deputy Mayor Alvarez? Hakeem learning about new uses for brooms? They’ve all made the countdown!

Click through the gallery below to see which moments we chose — and how we ranked ’em — then hit the comments and tell us where we got it right, where we misfired and which scenes you think we snubbed.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Bartimeus says:

    Just a comment on the joke about the rating (which was pretty funny BTW), am I the only one who thinks this show sorta pushes it’s TV-14 rating? Not in a bad way, but there’s been some language used that kind of surprised me and that I haven’t heard on broadcast before. I wish FOX would move it back an hour and let it be TV-MA, or at least a few episodes. This is a world where The Walking Dead is the highest rated show on television. I highly doubt it would hurt them significantly. Might even help if it raises some controversy. Anyway, love this show, glad I waited until this past week to watch the whole season, the wait between episodes would have killed me.

  2. Pia says:

    Can we call it Russian Roulette when nothing is spinning? Not that it would even work without a revolver.

  3. PGP says:

    The finale is jam packed with awesome and shocking moments….oh and some great lines…like “Ride those pearls!”