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The Looming Tower 

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A look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan.
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jeff Daniels ...  John O'Neill 10 episodes, 2018
Tahar Rahim ...  Ali Soufan 10 episodes, 2018
Wrenn Schmidt ...  Diane Marsh 10 episodes, 2018
Bill Camp ...  Robert Chesney 10 episodes, 2018
Louis Cancelmi ...  Vince Stuart 10 episodes, 2018
Virginia Kull ...  Kathy Shaughnessy 10 episodes, 2018
Ella Rae Peck ...  Heather 10 episodes, 2018
Sullivan Jones ...  Floyd Bennet 10 episodes, 2018
Michael Stuhlbarg ...  Richard Clarke 10 episodes, 2018
Peter Sarsgaard ...  Martin Schmidt 10 episodes, 2018
Annie Parisse ...  Liz 8 episodes, 2018
Jamie Neumann ...  Toni-Ann Marino 7 episodes, 2018
Jenny Paul ...  Maureen 7 episodes, 2018
Sharon Washington ...  Judith 7 episodes, 2018
Erica Cho ...  Leigh 7 episodes, 2018
Alec Baldwin ...  George Tenet 6 episodes, 2018
Katie Flahive ...  Amy 6 episodes, 2018
Tawfeek Barhom ...  Khalid al-Mihdhar 6 episodes, 2018
Jordan Lage ...  Commissioner 1 6 episodes, 2018
Kimberly S. Fairbanks Kimberly S. Fairbanks ...  Commissioner 2 6 episodes, 2018
Yul Vazquez ...  Jason Sanchez 5 episodes, 2018
Nasser Faris ...  Ayman al-Zawahiri 5 episodes, 2018
Nebras Jamali ...  Nawaf al-Hazmi 5 episodes, 2018
Samer Bisharat ...  Khallad 5 episodes, 2018
July Namir ...  Hoda Hada 5 episodes, 2018
Craig Wroe ...  Leonard Bliss 5 episodes, 2018
Michael Quinlan Michael Quinlan ...  General O'Keefe 5 episodes, 2018
Ken Arnold ...  General Stetson 5 episodes, 2018
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The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal - trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil. Written by ahmetkozan

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28 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Legendary Television See more »
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"40 North" was the working title for the series. See more »

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Featured in Conan: Jeff Daniels/Lauren Ash (2018) See more »

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Thoughtful Take on the Rise of Jihadism
18 March 2018 | by pseawrigSee all my reviews

I started watching this show because Jeff Daniels always delivers. He continues to do so here.

The miniseries presents a thought provoking picture of how the CIA and the FBI had conflicting ideas about how best to oppose Al Qaeda in the late 1990s and 2000. It suggests that these agencies' inability to work together created opportunities for Jihadism to fester and grow. This part of the series is powerful and well realized.

Less interesting are its forays into the private lives of its main characters. I'm 4 episodes in and still don't get the point of these subplots. I see how these interludes show the softer and messier sides of these characters lives, but they don't seem to have anything at all to do with the larger story of Al Qaeda's rise. As a result, these parts feel like filler in what would otherwise be a very tight, well focused political drama.

That said, this show does a fine job of assessing where our country's intelligence agencies, media, and citizenry succeeded and where they failed when it came to Al Qaeda. It's a sobering and fascinating story. As I watch, I keep thinking, "How did our world manage to get so very screwed up!"


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