• Network:
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2014
  • Season #: 1
Tyrant Image
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: Justin Kirk, Jennifer Finnigan, Alice Krige
  • Summary: Dr. Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) and his family travel from California to his homeland in the Middle East for his nephew's wedding, where he must confront his dictator father and the issues he left behind 20 years ago.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
  • Creator: Gideon Raff
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jun 24, 2014
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
  • More Details and Credits »
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 24, 2014
    91
    Tyrant is the most engrossing new show of the summer.... Gordon’s razor-sharp timing, a skill honed on “24,” serves Tyrant well.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 23, 2014
    75
    Both "The Godfather" and Tyrant are, at heart, about family dynamics. As the Al-Fayeed story evolves beyond Tuesday's pilot, that fact becomes clearer.
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jun 23, 2014
    70
    The cinematography is stunning, the music and atmospherics are immersive. With occasional hiccups the acting is mostly subtle. Suspension of disbelief will be required (how else can Bassam/Barry slip out of his father's palace in the middle of the night to rendez-vous with an old journalist buddy?) But Tyrant is worth the effort.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 19, 2014
    60
    The pilot is strong and closes with a cliffhanger element that should bring back a sizeable chunk of the tune-in audience.... but having no other episodes to find out in what direction the series wants to go--not just with Barry/Bassam, but where the core of its stories will come from (family or politics), means it’s too early to give a definitive endorsement to Tyrant, despite its potential.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jun 24, 2014
    50
    For all of Tyrant’s big themes, it can feel oddly small.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Romano
    Jun 25, 2014
    40
    The case [ordon and Raff] make on Tyrant isn't particularly convincing, or even all that entertaining. The details are too generic. The conflicts are too simplistic. Abbudin is too unreal.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jun 24, 2014
    0
    It's surprising to me that this ever got past the development stage, because nothing about Tyrant truly works. It's a halting, strained hodgepodge that ends up being an awkward mixture of bland and offensive.

See all 33 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 9 out of 37
  1. Sep 11, 2014
    10
    I really hope there is a season two of this show. I've never written a review before but I didn't wanna leave this one to bored housewivesI really hope there is a season two of this show. I've never written a review before but I didn't wanna leave this one to bored housewives and feminine stick figure guys to trash. This show simply is not for you. Tyrant is the middle eastern Sopranos equivalent. It has the potential to be much more. It shows that sometimes you may not get to choose between right and wrong. Sometimes you must choose a lesser evil. Even choosing to do nothing may be the cruelest decision to make. What do I know? Firefly was cancelled on me and even family guy at one point. Bravo tyrant, bravo Expand
  2. Aug 29, 2014
    10
    Many viewers may take the show as an interesting political satire of U.S.'s foreign policies in the Middle East. The first few episodes mayMany viewers may take the show as an interesting political satire of U.S.'s foreign policies in the Middle East. The first few episodes may have received criticism for appearing shallow: Bassam Al-Fayeed the prodigal son of the country's ruler, returns home from his self-exile in the U.S., waving the freedom flag, and things more or less move in his favor. The perceived shallowness there may have been intended, to mirror Bassam's own biased perception of his home country. As the first season closes, the show starts to reveal the flaws in Bassam's naivete and self-righteousness; and that things are much more complex than he had originally anticipated. Definitely recommend sticking around for at least the whole first season. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm glad I did not listen to the negative reviews. Many of them seem to have a preconceived notion of what Tyrant should be like based on how they themselves would have written for a fictional show about the Middle East. Please, be my guest - write it. I'll be happy to check it out. But don't punish Tyrant. Yes it is violent, but unfortunately so is GofT, Fargo, 24, Homeland and most of the other top program s. Do not single out this one show and complain about its violence. Yes there is rape. Rape is horrific and should never be treated lightly in programming. But the rape scenes in GofT and Tyrant seem to get more outrage than real rape cases. Please put some of that outrage into getting justice for real life victims and their families (Steubenville). Stereotypes also are everywhere in movies and tv. Look at Sons of Anarchy. Anyone think that a real biker group would get away with the things SAMCRO does? What about the stereotyping and violence in True Detective? Look at the way Southerners are portrayed (FNL) or Italians (the Sopranos) or the countless shows that stereotype black America. It is television! Tyrant is a entertaining show. Because it is a show about the Middle East we need to walk on eggshells? It has to be politically correct? Personally I find it nice to have a break from all the law/medical drams and "reality" shows. I cannot wait to see how this series unfolds. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2014
    9
    Initially, I wasn’t at all sure whether or not I liked this show. It takes place in a Middle Eastern country run by a dictator. It had aInitially, I wasn’t at all sure whether or not I liked this show. It takes place in a Middle Eastern country run by a dictator. It had a little reference to Syria’s history with the younger son, a physician, returning to run the country upon the older sibling’s death. I stuck with it and I have been rewarded. I don’t have a real feel for what living in a country like this might be. I doubt that many of us in our comfortable protected environments do. My impression of the show is that it is well written and generally well acted. The story line is intriguing and, maybe best of all, there is not one police detective in sight. I certainly find myself at odds with and confused by many of the professional critics comments as well as the negative critics by the public reviewers. If you put any stock at all into this type of individual review, I would urge you to track this show down and stick with it. You will be rewarded. Expand
  5. Jul 3, 2014
    8
    This tv show is underrated without any reason.
    I am very pleased since I watched the first two episodes.
    I expect a little more political
    This tv show is underrated without any reason.
    I am very pleased since I watched the first two episodes.
    I expect a little more political machinations, mixed with Middle Eastern tyranny.
    It will be interesting to see how it will develop relationships between brothers Al Fayeed.
    The acting is quite good, although I expected a little more from Adam Rayner in the role Bassam. That is a very good impression left Ashraf Barhom as Jamal.
    American families Bassam Al Fayeed led by Jennifer Finnigan as Molly and their two teenage children are very faint in their roles.My compliments go and Moran Atias as Leila Al Fayeed and Justin Kirk as John Tucker: The U.S. diplomat to Abbudin, as well as places where the TV show was recorded.
    Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2014
    7
    Although the plot is fairly preposterous, just the right blend of gritty, convincing character drama makes the show compelling enough toAlthough the plot is fairly preposterous, just the right blend of gritty, convincing character drama makes the show compelling enough to intrigue. The show is wisely set in a fictional country, but the writers do not wash their hands of the consequences of how the setting and characters are portrayed. Despite politically polarized viewers' inevitable assertions of insensitivity, characters of all walks of life--Muslim, American, wealthy, poor, gay, straight, terrorist, or tyrant--are variously heroic and flawed. Politics, not Islam, is the motivator behind the violence of the characters, and the religion itself is portrayed like any other--at times beautiful and spiritual, at times a tool in service of ignoble motivations. In fact, the most cynical character may be an American ambassador. If it offends, it offends. But at its heart, Tyrant is a story about characters caught up in a classic struggle between freedom and oppression--not East vs West. Expand
  7. Jun 28, 2014
    0
    How could the Dr.'s family be so ignorant about the middle east? Do they not watch the news or read a paper, or for heaven's sake get theirHow could the Dr.'s family be so ignorant about the middle east? Do they not watch the news or read a paper, or for heaven's sake get their news on line. I won't be watching! Expand

See all 37 User Reviews

Related Articles

  1. Second Opinions: TV Critics Re-Evaluate the Summer Shows

    Second Opinions: TV Critics Re-Evaluate the Summer Shows Image
    Published: September 17, 2014
    With the summer TV season winding down, it's time to re-evaluate the summer shows. Find out why critics now love shows like FX's You're the Worst and The Bridge, read what they thought of BoJack Horseman, The Leftovers and Halt and Catch Fire, and see if The Strain and Masters of Sex are heading downhill.