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Tyrant: Season 1 (2014)




Critic Consensus: Realizing a uniquely vital representation of life in the Middle East, Tyrant mostly thrives as a biting family drama set against immersive scenery.


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The the first season of this drama series centers around Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the youngest son of a Middle-Eastern tyrant, who left his family 20 years prior and is now a pediatrician in the United States with an American wife and two children. However, he reluctantly returns to his home country for his nephew's wedding, and immediately is pulled into a political crisis when his father dies during a revolution. Bassam is subsequently forced to guide the new president, his violent and dangerous older brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom). In harm's way from the outset, he faces terrorism and assassination attempts, but a startling revelation from his mother throws him into a tailspin and forces him to make a decision about his relationship with his family.


Adam Rayner
as Bassam "Barry" Al Fayeed
Fares Fares
as Fauzi Nadal
Salim Dau
as Yussef
Justin Kirk
as John Tucker
Alice Krige
as Amira Al Fayeed
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Critic Reviews for Tyrant: Season 1

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (28)

Given the executive producers' resumes... and the stronger moments of the pilot, Tyrant" is worth a chance.

June 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Much depends on what happens in the second episode, but the premiere suggests that Tyrant will rule.

June 23, 2014 | Full Review…

The cinematography is stunning, the music and atmospherics are immersive. With occasional hiccups the acting is mostly subtle. Suspension of disbelief will be required, but Tyrant is worth the effort.

June 23, 2014 | Full Review…

The more unique part of the show, though, could be its exploration of the Middle East at a depth and with a nuance rarely seen on American television.

June 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Tyrant overcame a shaky start [and] proved that initial impressions can sometimes be -- if not wrong -- premature.

June 20, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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[The] viewers get a family soap opera masquerading as something more; a gritty fairy tale in which the Americanized characters are the most virtuous and figures regularly act in ways that make little sense beyond furthering the story.

June 26, 2014 | Full Review…
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