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  • 2014
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.9  (15,977)

Tyrant is a political drama that premiered on the FX network in 2014. Created by Gideon Raff, the show follows the story of Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed, a pediatrician who has been living in the United States for the past twenty years. Barry is married to an American woman named Molly and has two teenage children, Sammy and Emma.

Despite being a successful doctor, Barry has a complicated history. He is the son of Khaled Al-Fayeed, the dictatorial ruler of the fictional Middle Eastern country of Abuddin. Barry left Abuddin two decades ago and has not returned since. However, when his nephew's wedding takes place in Abuddin, Barry decides to take his family back to his home country for the first time in twenty years.

Once in Abuddin, Barry is faced with a different reality than the one he left behind. Khaled is still in power and the country is in an ongoing state of turmoil. Barry's brother, Jamal, is Khaled's heir and is tasked with running the country until Khaled dies or abdicates the throne. As a result of his time away, Barry does not have the trust or respect of his family. Jamal is especially suspicious of him and sees him as a traitor for leaving the country behind.

As the show progresses, Barry attempts to reconcile with his family and find a path forward in Abuddin. He becomes more involved in the politics of the country and attempts to institute democratic reforms. However, his efforts are continuously thwarted by the power-hungry Jamal and his army of loyalists. Barry also finds himself drawn to a woman named Daliyah, a schoolteacher who is also a fierce opponent of Jamal's regime.

Throughout the series, Barry is forced to grapple with the realities of the country he left behind. He must navigate a complex web of family loyalty, political intrigue, and personal relationships. Additionally, he must confront difficult moral questions and make decisions that will have far-reaching consequences for himself and those he loves.

The cast of Tyrant is led by Adam Rayner, who plays the show's central character, Barry. Rayner is a British actor who has appeared in several other television shows and films. He is joined by Jennifer Finnigan, who plays Barry's wife, Molly. Finnigan is a Canadian actress who has starred in a number of television series over the years. Other key members of the cast include Ashraf Barhom, Fares Fares, Moran Atias, Anne Winters, Alice Krige, Justin Kirk, and Chris Noth.

Tyrant is known for its intense and thought-provoking storytelling. The show has been praised for its ability to tackle complex political issues in a nuanced and engaging way. It also features strong performances from the cast, particularly Rayner, who is able to convey the turmoil and conflict within his character with subtlety and depth.

The show's creators have been open about their desire to explore issues surrounding power and the nature of leadership. They have noted that the show is not meant to be a documentary about a particular Middle Eastern country, but rather an exploration of the complex and sometimes difficult issues that arise in any country where power is centralized in the hands of a few.

Tyrant ran for three seasons on FX between 2014 and 2016. Despite critical acclaim, the show struggled in the ratings and was ultimately cancelled due to low viewership. However, many fans and critics have continued to praise the show's storytelling and performances, and it remains a notable entry in the political drama genre.

Tyrant is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (32 episodes). The series first aired on June 24, 2014.

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Two Graves
10. Two Graves
September 7, 2016
Barry and Molly are ready to wage war on the Caliphate. Leila makes a bold political move, and braces herself for a betrayal. Barry and Daliyah face a final reckoning in their relationship.
How to Live
9. How to Live
August 31, 2016
Abuddin plummets into chaos. Daliyah convinces Fauzi to leave so he can be a voice of dissent, and she takes a public stand opposing Barry. In an attempt to regain control, Barry gives Maloof authority to deny Leila's opposition.
Ask for the Earth
8. Ask for the Earth
August 24, 2016
Molly returns to Abuddin determined more than ever to find her daughter's killer. Mahdiya is entrusted with a critical job. Leila and Cogswell enjoy a brief escape from the world - only to find that escape is impossible.
7. Bedfellows
August 17, 2016
Haunted by Emma's death and his failure to kill Ihab, Barry isolates himself from his closest allies. Leila leaves the government in protest and forms an unlikely partnership.
Truth and Dignity
6. Truth and Dignity
August 10, 2016
Barry's demanding policies threaten Daliyah. Al-Qadi sets into motion a risky plan to broach peace. Fauzi puts his feelings on the line, leaving Daliyah conflicted. As the elections reel out of control, Barry cracks down on the political process.
Rock and a Hard Place
5. Rock and a Hard Place
August 3, 2016
Following thwarted terrorist attacks, Barry bans open prayer at the University - which has major repercussions. Al-Qadi speaks out against violence and restriction of religious freedom.
A Prayer For Our Daughters
4. A Prayer For Our Daughters
July 27, 2016
Barry and Molly have vastly different reactions to the catastrophe that threatens to throw the country off course. Violent protests break out in Abuddin.
The Dead and the Living
3. The Dead and the Living
July 20, 2016
Barry and Molly take all precautions to prevent a personal tragedy. Fauzi and Daliyah make a connection, emboldening Fauzi to hope for a romantic future.
2. Cockroach
July 13, 2016
Barry discovers that his hold over Abuddin is weak. Sammy engages in a risky relationship. Ihab's desire for revenge is alleviated. Fauzi returns to Abuddin and is thrown into a political role.
1. Spring
July 6, 2016
In the third season premiere, Barry becomes interim president, Jamal is on the brink of death and Abuddin is on the verge of disaster.
Where to Watch Tyrant
Tyrant is available for streaming on the FX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tyrant on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 24, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (15,977)