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Tyrant

Series Summary
Bassam "Barry" al-Fayeed, who has fully assimilated to living in America, is the son of a Middle Eastern dictator. Barry is a pediatrician in Los Angeles, but he and his family return to his native country, Baladi, for his nephew's wedding. It's his first visit in 20 years, but things don't go as planned. When his father dies suddenly, Barry and his family are embroiled in political upheaval and forced to stay in the country. A clash of cultures ensues as Barry is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth, which he had escaped by self-imposed exile.

Air Dates: 2014 - Present

Genres: Drama

Network: FX

  • Season 1, Ep. 10 : Gone Fishing Aug 26, 2014

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    Barry receives troublesome news that threatens to destroy everything he's worked so hard for; Jamal's rising suspicions lead him to question the loyalty of those closest to him.

  • Season 1, Ep. 9 : Gaslight Aug 19, 2014

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    When Molly learns of the consequences awaiting her family, her relationship with Barry is forced to its limit; Jamal shows his dedication in punishing those that cross him; plans for the coup take form.

  • Season 1, Ep. 8 : Meet the New Boss Aug 12, 2014

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    Barry conspires to start a coup and remove his brother from office; Jamal stops at nothing to prove his worth to his brother.

  • Season 1, Ep. 7 : Preventative Medicine Aug 5, 2014

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    Jamal is terrified to discover that Sheik Rashid may actually survive Jamal's brutal attack; Amira's disclosure of a twenty year old secret leads Barry to question everything he's ever believed about his father.

  • Season 1, Ep. 6 : What the World Needs Now Jul 29, 2014

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    Barry convinces Jamal to meet with exiled opposition leader Sheik Rashid; Jamal is forced to make a difficult decision that will impact the lives of his family and his country forever.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • Some ambitious but flawed dramas get better the more you watch. Tyrant is not one of them. The plotting is obvious, the characters broadly and shallowly drawn, and authenticity evaporates the moment you realize everyone in this land is speaking in clipped Faux-rabian British accents like out of some '40s melodrama. show more

  • The cinematography is stunning, the music and atmospherics are immersive. With occasional hiccups the acting is mostly subtle. Suspension of disbelief will be required (how else can Bassam/Barry slip out of his father's palace in the middle of the night to rendez-vous with an old journalist buddy?) But Tyrant is worth the effort. show more

  • It's just a good story, cleverly told. It's not going to resolve the troubles in the Middle East, but then again, neither has anything else. show more

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