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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Air date: Jun 24, 2014
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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.

Critic Reviews for Tyrant Season 1

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (27)

As a creaky, unusually violent and grandiose soap, Tyrant kind of works. But as a piece of revolutionary television, it's a failed state.

Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Jun 24, 2014 | Full Review…

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

Jun 23, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jun 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.

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

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

Jun 20, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

While noting the problems with the pilot, I am intrigued by it. I want to see where it goes, and goddamnit, I trust FX, which hasn't let us down yet in the drama department.

Apr 2, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a show that could start an important dialogue, or it could just be a glossy and opulent family drama. Either way, like Bassam, I feel compelled to stay.

Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

If The Honourable Woman was a crossword without clues, this is more like a shopping list scrawled in felt pen.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Both FX and Howard Gordon have a history of taking big creative swings. In this case, they have a big miss.

Jun 23, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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