The Looming Tower

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  • TV-MA
  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (17,407)

The Looming Tower is an American political drama television series that premiered on Hulu in 2018. The show is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name written by Lawrence Wright, which explores the events leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The series follows the complex and often strained relationship between the FBI and CIA in the late 1990s, during which time they were tracking the rise of Osama bin Laden and his terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda. The show takes a deep dive into the internal struggles and power struggles between the two agencies, with a focus on the characters involved on both sides.

The lead character is John O'Neill, played by Jeff Daniels, who is the head of the FBI's New York City counter-terrorism unit. O'Neill is depicted as a charismatic and driven agent who is determined to catch bin Laden and prevent a terrorist attack on American soil. He is frequently at odds with his superior, Martin Schmidt (Peter Sarsgaard), who is an ambitious and bureaucratic CIA officer. Schmidt is focused on collecting intelligence on Al-Qaeda, rather than taking direct action against them, which often puts him at odds with O'Neill.

Another key character is Ali Soufan, played by Tahar Rahim. Soufan is a Lebanese-American FBI agent who is fluent in Arabic and an expert in Middle Eastern affairs. He is initially brought into the investigation to help translate terrorist communications, but he quickly becomes a key player in the investigation due to his expertise and dedication to the case. Ali is depicted as a deeply ethical and empathetic character, who struggles with the often brutal tactics used by both the FBI and CIA in their war against terror.

The supporting cast includes Wrenn Schmidt as Diane Marsh, a CIA analyst who works closely with Schmidt and is his most trusted advisor. Bill Camp plays Robert Chesney, the chief of the FBI's International Terrorism Operations Section. Louis Cancelmi plays Vince Stuart, an FBI agent who becomes close with John O'Neill. Virginia Kull plays Kathy Shaughnessy, a journalist who has a close working relationship with O'Neill. Ella Rae Peck plays Heather, a young CIA officer who assists Schmidt in his work. Sullivan Jones plays Floyd Bennet, Soufan's FBI partner who is also fluent in Arabic. Michael Stuhlbarg plays Richard Clarke, a top White House official who advises President Clinton on counter-terrorism.

The Looming Tower is a well-crafted and gripping series, with excellent production values and strong performances from its cast. The show does an excellent job of exploring the complex issues surrounding the 9/11 attacks, including the failures of the intelligence community to work together effectively, the ethical dilemmas faced by agents working in counter-terrorism, and the human toll of terrorism on both victims and perpetrators. The show also includes many real-life characters and events, giving viewers a sense of the history and context of the events leading up to 9/11.

Overall, The Looming Tower is a must-watch for fans of political dramas and anyone interested in the history of terrorism and the intelligence community in the United States. The show is a sobering reminder of the reality of terrorism and the sacrifices made by those who work to prevent it.

The Looming Tower is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on February 28, 2018.

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10. 9/11
April 18, 2018
September 11, 2001 and no one can get a hold of O'Neill. Soufan's evacuation from Yemen stops short as the CIA Station Chief gives him all the answers he has been asking for. Schmidt is reinstated into Alec Station. Soufan finally interrogates Abu Jandal.
9. Tuesday
April 11, 2018
The CIA becomes aware that Hazmi and Mihdhar are gone and must relay that to the FBI. O'Neill accepts a job as head of security at the World Trade Center. Soufan is sent back to Yemen. Hazmi, Mihdhar and Atta head to Vegas for a final indulgence.
A Very Special Relationship
8. A Very Special Relationship
April 4, 2018
Everyone adjusts to a new president and, with it, a shift in threat priority. Soufan learns the importance of UBL's bodyguard. O'Neill is denied re-entry into Yemen and forced to resign. The terrorists in the US are lost by their U.S. handler.
The General
7. The General
March 28, 2018
O'Neill and Soufan travel to Yemen to begin the investigation into the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The FBI becomes aware of a meeting in Malaysia and of Khallad, without knowing the CIA has been aware of both of those things for months.
Boys at War
6. Boys at War
March 21, 2018
Vince continues asking for permission to share Mihdhar's visa with the FBI. O'Neill faces an investigation into his handling of classified materials. A boy, radicalized after the CIA's retaliation attack, starts his own martyrdom journey.
5. Y2K
March 14, 2018
The CIA and FBI are on high alert as threats surrounding the new millennium abound. O’Neill and Soufan raid an AQ cell in Brooklyn. The CIA continues to hide vital information from the FBI while...
4. Mercury
March 7, 2018
Continuing to keep information from the FBI, Schmidt is fired from Alec Station. Diane makes an important discovery regarding the phone number Owhali gave Chesney. O'Neill searches for solace as his personal and professional lives crumble before him.
Mistakes Were Made
3. Mistakes Were Made
February 28, 2018
The FBI finds one of the surviving terrorists and discovers a game changing lead in Nairobi, while the CIA’s retaliation plan is approved.
Losing My Religion
2. Losing My Religion
February 28, 2018
Following the simultaneous embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the FBI begins its investigation on the ground while the CIA starts working on a retaliation plan.
Now It Begins...
1. Now It Begins...
February 28, 2018
The chief of the FBI’s counter-terrorism unit, John O’Neill, invites rookie Muslim-American agent, Ali Soufan, onto his squad. Fighting to get information from the CIA, they soon realize their work is just beginning… as two American embassies are bombed.
Where to Watch The Looming Tower
The Looming Tower is available for streaming on the Hulu website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Looming Tower on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 28, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (17,407)