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An unassuming American family is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Adam Rayner ...  Barry Al-Fayeed 32 episodes, 2014-2016
Jennifer Finnigan ...  Molly Al-Fayeed 32 episodes, 2014-2016
Moran Atias ...  Leila Al-Fayeed 32 episodes, 2014-2016
Noah Silver ...  Sammy Al-Fayeed 32 episodes, 2014-2016
Alexander Karim ...  Ihab Rashid 30 episodes, 2014-2016
Cameron Gharaee ...  Ahmed Al-Fayeed 29 episodes, 2014-2016
Ashraf Barhom ...  Jamal Al-Fayeed 25 episodes, 2014-2016
Alice Krige ...  Amira Al-Fayeed 20 episodes, 2014-2015
Melia Kreiling ...  Daliyah Al-Yazbek 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Sibylla Deen ...  Nusrat Al-Fayeed 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Fares Fares ...  Fauzi Nadal 19 episodes, 2014-2016
Olivia Popica ...  Halima 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Anne Winters ...  Emma Al-Fayeed 18 episodes, 2014-2016
Raad Rawi ...  General Tariq Al-Fayeed 14 episodes, 2014-2015
Adam El Hagar ...  Siddiq 14 episodes, 2015-2016
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Barry Al-Fayeed has been living in the United States for twenty years, during which time he got married to Molly Olson, and had two children (Sammy and Emma), with both Molly and he working as physicians, Barry as a pediatrician, in Pasadena. This life belies the fact that at age sixteen, he, under his given name Bassam, escaped his family life in the middle eastern country of Abuddin, where the Al-Fayeeds have been the dictatorial rulers for generations, normally of violent and repressive regimes which he could not morally tolerate. He has not been back to Abuddin since. On the urging of his mother, Barry decides to go back to Abuddin with Molly and family in tow. He may find that leaving Abuddin this second time around is more difficult as he gets ensconced in the troubles the Al-Fayeeds are facing in general in continuing to rule the country as a repressive dictatorship. The longer Barry stays, the more it in turn affects the only life of democratic freedom Molly, Sammy and Emma ... Written by Huggo

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USA

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English

Release Date:

24 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hirmuvalitseja See more »

Filming Locations:

Marrakech, Morocco See more »

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16:9 HD
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Whenever interactions between characters takes place in the Palace Halls or conference rooms the ambience is almost picture perfect, shining and symbolising the persona that one carries in the outside world. But whenever these interactions shift to their personal rooms (except Jamal's) the walls are dull, gloomy and the paint is symbolic of their inner worlds - weathered by rough seasons. See more »


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Tyrant Main Title Theme
Performed by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
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The new "must see TV" show for the summer has arrived.
10 July 2014 | by blink28-1See all my reviews

I watch a unhealthy amount of television. Thus the summer is a time of incredible pain. This show can finally help ease this. After diving into the first 3 episodes I can safely say that this show is on the right track. Some plots, and characters can be somewhat 2 dimensional (Barry's son, wife and daughter come to mind) BUT can every character involved in every figment of a story be dynamic as the leads ? The plot is original for once, and the acting has thus far been superb. The sets are gorgeous and very true to the geographical locations as well. The realism and barbarity of a dictatorship/police state is also well portrayed. Give this show a full season and watch where it goes. I beg FX to let this series fly and play out.

9/10 thus far.


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