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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • 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

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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 45
  2. Negative: 9 out of 45
  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 24, 2014
    10
    Wow, did not expect this to be a must watch for me. Watching Barry/Bassam trying to stay on the honorable path, while there is such evilWow, did not expect this to be a must watch for me. Watching Barry/Bassam trying to stay on the honorable path, while there is such evil underneath is fascinating. 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. Jul 1, 2014
    9
    I thoroughly agree with Lisa24. The trailers looked so good for this program and when I read the reviews I delayed watching the pilot. When II thoroughly agree with Lisa24. The trailers looked so good for this program and when I read the reviews I delayed watching the pilot. When I decided to give it a go, I was so pleasantly surprised. There certainly were some cliches, but I think we have been so accustomed to the anti hero in the past decade that critics won't accept anything but that archetype. The Onion AV Club criticized Tyrant because the "evil" brother didn't make evil look fun! I am excited to see where this goes! 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.
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  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. Apr 2, 2015
    0
    Glad i held off on reviewing right away. Had I based my review upon the pilot, I would have foolishly fallen in the 8-9 range, but 7 episodesGlad i held off on reviewing right away. Had I based my review upon the pilot, I would have foolishly fallen in the 8-9 range, but 7 episodes in, the two leads, the brothers, have proven to be incredibly awful characters, as well as actors. The American doctor is just awful, maybe it's the dreadful writing and not him, but his character, probably the most interesting at the show's start, has hit rock bottom. The stereotypes that were employed to depict the Tyrant brother were obvious from the start, but the character has grown tired and laughable. And really, the wife of the American doctor, who also happens to be a doctor, is plain ridiculous. They've built up the ruling dictator, the father, to be the equivalent of Sadaam Hussein and she thinks it would be just swell to visit and even better to take the kids along and stay for an indefinite amount of time! Did she not watch CNN or google the Evil Dictator father prior to going there? What mother would want to place her children in such danger? What a joke....completely insulting to it's viewing audience. Maybe they can right some wrongs and make Tyrant interesting, but it seems an impossible task from this vantage point. I've honestly never seen a show start with as much promise get this bad, this quickly. For those looking for an interesting Middle Eastern drama Sundance's "An Honorable Women" looks to be the real deal, something the creators of Tyrant seem incapable of accomplishing Expand

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