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An unassuming American family is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
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3   2   1  
2016   2015   2014  
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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Action | Drama | Thriller

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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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During a November 2016 New York Times showrunner roundtable focused on TV's depiction of Muslim characters, Howard Gordon expressed regret for the fact that many of the Arab characters in "Tyrant," including the lead, were not played by actors of Arab descent: "I did a show called 'Tyrant,' one I was not running, but kind of wound up running. The lead was sort of the Arab Godfather, except the family business happened to be the military dictatorship of this country. So, right away, the tone of the show is up for grabs. It was at some level ambitious but ill-conceived, and we wound up casting, in the end, a Brit, who had not a drop of [Arab descent]....A white guy....Why we didn't find someone [else], I don't know why. I will call it my inattention, and somehow this happened, and I knew, at some visceral level, this is going to be, among the many challenges, perhaps the greatest challenge." See more »


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Wrong comparison with Libya
22 November 2014 | by rgoran73See all my reviews

Just want to comment on the part with Ghadafi comparison...because it is totally not correct comparison. It is true that Libya did not have elections, but Ghadafi spent so much state money on Libyans that it could not be called an Dictatorship. This may come as surprise to western people, but that is because you were lied by your governments... In Libya you had free petrol (you poor full tank and leave small change less than 1 USD....this is almost free), free education, free health care, free education and health care abroad if you are talented of can not be treated domestically. You get free house/flat when you get married, you get avg. salary when you become university student, you get a free farm from state if you want to grow plants or keep animals...

By my opinion, this is not dictatorship, and even if it is, then I would like to live in that one, no problem.


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