Tyrant

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Tyrant is the story of the son of a Middle Eastern ruler who returns home after a self-imposed 20-year exile to face the reality of the country he left behind.
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English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    June 23, 2014
    55min
    TV-MA
    Audio languages
    English
    Barry Al-Fayeed is a California pediatrician who also happens to be the second son of a Middle Eastern dictator. Barry reluctantly agrees to return home with his American family for his nephew's wedding.
  2. 2. State of Emergency
    June 30, 2014
    46min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Barry's older brother, Jamal, the newly appointed President of Abbudin, is incapacitated, Barry must put his plans to return to America on hold.
  3. 3. My Brother's Keeper
    July 7, 2014
    41min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    While Barry's decision to stay in Abbudin is met with mixed emotion, the discovery of new evidence connected to the attempted murder of Jamal threatens to drive a wedge between the two brothers.
  4. 4. Sins of the Father
    July 14, 2014
    44min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Tensions boil as the 20th anniversary of the chemical attack ordered by Barry's father, President Khaled Al-Fayeed looms. Barry's plan to defuse the situation runs into heavy resistance. Meanwhile, Jamal struggles to regain confidence in the bedroom.
  5. 5. Hail Mary
    July 21, 2014
    42min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As Jamal prepares to throw down the gauntlet on the thousands of citizens gathered in the Plaza to protest his reign, Barry scrambles to put together a summit in the hopes of avoiding violence and bloodshed.
  6. 6. What the World Needs Now
    July 28, 2014
    54min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Barry convinces Jamal to meet with exiled opposition leader Sheik Rashid.
  7. 7. Preventative Medicine
    August 4, 2014
    47min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jamal is terrified to discover that Sheik Rashid may actually survive Jamal's brutal attack, while Amira's disclosure of a twenty year old secret leads Barry to question everything he's ever believed about his father.
  8. 8. Meet the New Boss
    August 11, 2014
    45min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Fed up with Jamal's unpredictable and violent nature, Barry conspires to start a coup and remove his brother from office.
  9. 9. Gaslight
    August 18, 2014
    50min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As the plans for the coup continue to take shape, Jamal proves how far he will go to punish those who oppose him, and Barry's relationship with Molly is pushed to the limit after she learns of the repercussions that await their family.
  10. 10. Gone Fishing
    August 25, 2014
    50min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    On the verge of betraying and displacing Jamal, Barry receives troublesome news that threatens to destroy everything he's worked so hard for.

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Directors
Gwyneth Horder-PaytonMichael LehmannPeter WellerAlex ZakrzewskiDavid PetrarcaTucker GatesJeremy PodeswaMarcos SiegaCharlotte SielingDavid Yates
Season year
2014
Network
FX
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4.6 out of 5 stars

567 global ratings

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  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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K. D. TalleyReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
ONE OF THE BEST
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RIVITING!!! Wonderful acting, very very interesting plot, excellent photography. After living in the Middle East for many, many years, how real it sounded in every respect. If it were any better we would be looking for Abudeen on a map, while clutching our American diplomatic passports close to our chests as we raced for the airport so that we could view this series from afar! Definitely a 5. and particularly kudos for Ashraf Barhom/"Jamal" who surely deserves an Emmy for his simply extraordinary and compelling performance throughout! Oh my gosh! We hung on the edge of our seats throughout the whole season....and are now doing so through Season 2 with equal passion.....as we await the beginning of Season 3. DEFINITELY SEE THIS!
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EIB fanReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific drama, with some Sopranos similarities
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Realistic drama about a modern day (fictional) Middle Eastern country ruled by tyrant. It reminds me a bit of the Sopranos, with Tony being a bad man doing the usual Mafia dirty deeds, yet having tinges of guilt, doubts & occasionally embracing a decent thought or action. Dialogue was better in Sopranos, but story line in Tyrant is realistic and fast moving. A similarly conflicted character like Tony exists in this series, as the elder brother, the Tyrant, must deal with moral & modern advice from his westernized younger brother. I rushed through the 10 episodes of Season 1 so I could be real time with the Season 2 episodes now showing on FX. Like the Sopranos, not for viewing with young children.
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L. MaynardReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Whoa!
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The pilot of this series was so action packed and well written. Usually the pilot of a series takes a while to introduce everyone and by the end of the episode, you still aren't really vested in any of the characters. This series used every second to make sure you instantly loved some characters, while hating others. You got a clear idea of some of the dynamics between the characters, and none of this interfered with the almost non-stop action. It's going to be a challenge for the writers to top the pilot every week. I am very excited for the next episode.
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candace gossettReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
What will Barry do?
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I just love this show it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. You wonder what will be his role if he'll end up becoming the person he left to avoid becoming or if he will use what he learned the last 20 years to help his country become better and everyone get along. Instead of people either loving his family or wanting them dead. Also you wonder if he will ever tell his wife and kids why he really left and what all he witnessed or did before he decided to runaway to America because he just lets them know that his doesn't like being there and why he doesn't want them doing certain things because he doesn't what them to have to do what he did. Also at the beginning when he asked his wife to possible that they would come back home and they end up having to stay then he goes and says no you have to take the kids back and I'm staying here because he wanted them to be safe while he knew he was going to start trouble. You also saw that the father did change before he died but then he was like it should have been you meaning that he should be the one that takes over and everything because he brother was just kind of liking the power but good on the inside wanting his father to approve of him in something because Barry was the one that actually took action to do things his self and he had learned to work with people so they would trust him and he could make the country better and bring them together as one.
Mark A. MorganReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
So much potential... (From a viewer who is only 7 episodes in)
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Great premise. So much potential. But a few actors are so obviously trying to find their characters still, at least by episode 7 where I am. And the writers room needed a good purge or coup to give the characters some dimension. Terribly flat writing. Simplistic and transparent plot lines. I'll give it more time to see what they did, because it's such a cool premise. Something must get better since it did get renewed.
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My Fake NameReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good series
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Jennifer Finnigan is not really convincing as Adam Rayner's wife, but other than that, it is a good series. Actually his real life wife Lucy Brown would have been perfect for the role. She kind of looks like a younger version of the lady (Alice Krige) playing Rayner's mother. Too bad they cannot recast it.
The story, it is good and gives us a sympathetic view of how some of these dictators live and that they are real people, too. It also reminds us that things are not always as they seem.
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EmilyReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
MUST SEE!!!
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This series hooks you from the beginning. It is for adult viewers only. The subject matter can be grim, but the scenery is breathtaking and the storyline pulls at the heartstrings. It is fascinating to learn of the gender roles and government roles (though fictional) in the middle east. I feel emotionally invested and could watch the episodes over and over and see something new each time. MUST WATCH! The main character's acting has been judged harshly as overly stoic, but I think it fits his role and the seriousness of his situation.
PeanutReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Story
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I watched this based on a recommendation from a friend. Wouldn't have given it a try otherwise. I like the story line, script, etc with exception of one character (I find the way Barry's wife responding/reacting to things unrealistic, not typical, very naïve, and uncharacteristic of a woman with a medical practice in America). I can tolerate it and hope that her character develops throughout the rest of the season.
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