Tyrant 1 Season 2014

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Season 1
(267) IMDb 8.5/10
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1. Pilot TV-MA CC

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.

Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan
58 minutes
Original air date:
June 24, 2014

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Season 1

Customer Reviews

The story line and acting are very well done.
Elaine Stephens
Suspenseful, gripping, intense, and most of all, very realistic.
Book Monster
My family looks forward to watch every episode!!
James L. Rogers, jr.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Deacon on July 16, 2014
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This is an excellent show that explores difficult political and cultural topics and the nature of power.

The show is set in a fictional country in the Middle East ruled by the family of a brutal dictator. There are two brothers, one who left for the United States 20 years earlier and one who remained behind and is now transitioning to become the new ruler. The one who left returned with his wife and children to attend a wedding but has now decided to remain a while to help his brother. Their interpersonal history and dynamics are intertwined with the legacy of their family's rule of the country and its current political conflicts.

The show does a good job of exploring two sets of conflicts: cultural differences between the West and the Middle East, and political conflict between those who still believe in the necessity of autocratic rule versus those who seek a more populist and egalitarian form of government. The families of the two brothers serve as much of the focus for the cultural divide, while the brewing conflict between the ruling government and a growing rebel faction are the focus of the political issues.

The part of the story that rings the most true to me is the tale of two brothers that is at its core. They each represent a different reaction to the legacy of their father's rule. The one that left for the United States did so because of deep personal guilt for his father's brutal reign and his own participation in it. The one who remained behind is accustomed to the trappings of power and has become partially corrupted by it, but yet even he shows some personal scars from having been raised by his father.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2014
Most Americans fell in love with the mole terrorist thriller "Homeland". What most of them do not realize is that this series was originally created for Israeli tv by Gideon Raff and called "Hatufim" (Prisoners of War) and then adapted to American tv as "Homeland". Raff is obviously a very talented guy and he now is debuting a third show, "Tyrant", on FX channel.

This time he has set the show in the Middle East, not America, but the central character is an American doctor who is the son of the tyrant who runs the country. This forces everyone into speaking English which will please those who hate reading subtitles.

I can tell this is Raff's work as there is a lot of similarity among his series. In this one, a tyrant in an Arabian country gets his son to return because his nephew is getting married. However, the son does not want to be there as his father, as an oppressor, is against everything in which he believes. He ran away when he was 16 years old and is now an American doctor, a pediatrician.

The only "off" part is his extremely annoying American family, his wife and two teenagers, who are with him. They are complete stereotypes of Americans as is the American ambassador. I frankly wonder if Raff's planning to kill some or all of them off since he has made them so annoying.

Raff's strength in this series is in portraying the people of the Middle East, not Americans. The doctor's brother is the heir to taking over the country. He embodies all of the worst characteristics of everyone in the family. He is as bad a tyrant as his father but he has no strength of character and doesn't think things through. The father does not have these faults. The brother acts before he thinks and it is always the wrong move.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 24, 2014
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The arrival of the FX drama "Tyrant," depicting a modern day (but fictional) Middle Eastern state, was met with a fair share of controversy. The show received the expected criticism about perpetuating stereotypes and garnered many middle of the road reviews in the mainstream media. So truthfully, I didn't have particularly high expectations for "Tyrant." But when I tuned in for the first of these ten episodes, I did feel that the show was particularly well made and had a decidedly different flavor than anything else on TV. Sure, there are hot button issues as you correlate events and characters in the show to real life counterparts, but "Tyrant" succeeds primarily as a family drama as opposed to a topical critique. As a wayward Americanized son is drawn back into his royal lineage, "Tyrant" unfolds like a variation of "The Godfather" set in a tumultuous political climate. And as the season progresses, that man must make difficult decisions for the fate of his family and for the country that he'd left behind. But with power comes corruption. Can you change the system from within without it changing you first? That's one of the central conflicts of "Tyrant."

Adam Rayner plays Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed who is the second son of Khaled Al-Fayeed, the long term dictator of the fictional Abbudin. Barry has been making nice in America as a successful Pasadena pediatrician with a beautiful family and supportive wife (Jennifer Finnigan). Barry reluctantly agrees to return to his homeland for the marriage of his nephew, but his short lived stay is thwarted by family tragedy.
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