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 2, Ep. 12 : Pax Abuddin Sep 1, 2015

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    Barry encourages Rami to stay and oversee the transition; Leila cooperates with the Arab League, hoping to secure a position for herself and Ahmed in the new world order.

  • Season 2, Ep. 11 : Desert Storm Aug 25, 2015

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    Barry takes advantage of a sandstorm to overrun the Caliphate's military base; Leila re-examines her loyalties and makes a bold play in the palace; Molly uses all the resources at her disposal to try and save Barry's life.

  • Season 2, Ep. 10 : Zanjir Aug 18, 2015

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    Barry prepares to lead a crucial mission; Jamal takes extreme action that has far-reaching ramifications; Leila doubts Jamal's ability to see them through the storm.

  • Season 2, Ep. 9 : Inside Men and Outside Women Aug 11, 2015

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    Jamal believes Khalil is the only person he can trust; Barry reveals to Molly that he's alive; Ahmed asks Nusrat to run away with him; Ihab zeroes in on a traitor in the Caliphate.

  • Season 2, Ep. 8 : Fathers and Sons Aug 4, 2015

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    Barry wrestles with the notion that he needs the palace's support to survive; Jamal questions where Rami's loyalty lies; Sammy plans to give his money to insurgents fighting the Army of the Caliphate.

ratings & reviews

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Based on 33 Critics
Critic Reviews ( 3 )
Fan Reviews ( 0 )
  • 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

  • The cast, and the potential arc of the well-performed lead, will keep audiences interested but this show needs to be more engaging on an episode-to-episode level soon or they’ll move on. 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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