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"Tyrant" review by Suzanne
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm on FX

I wasn't sure if I would like this show, when I first heard about it, but as usual, FX has made me a believer. They only have the best dramas on their channel. This one is done very well. It's about an American family that goes to this fictional Muslim country, Abuddin, because the father, Barry, a pediatrician, grew up there. We soon learn that his father is the ruthless ruler of this country, and he hasn't been home in many years. He's going home to see his nephew get married, but he's a bit reluctant because he and his father don't get along.   Lots of stunning and shocking events occur that cause the family to stay in this country with its uncertain political future.

Barry clearly has issues, but he gets caught up in the ongoing events. His brother, Jamal, is pretty awful, but we're also supposed to feel sympathy for him because he stayed in the country all of these years and was screwed up by the father.  The wife, Molly, is frustrated because Barry hasn't told her much over the years about his family. She thinks he should confront his father. The teenaged son, Sammy, is happy to go home since their family is royalty and rich, but he has a secret that can't come out. The teenaged daughter, Emma, is more modern and doesn't want to go at all.

If you like good drama that keeps you guessing, and fabulous acting, then you should enjoy the show as I do. There are a few things that you might have trouble with, in the story, if you are the type that likes to be picky and take things apart. We don't learn, at least for the first 4 episodes, why he felt that he had to go home now.  The country is fictional, but it's sort of a combination of countries like Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Then one of the major characters dies, so we sort of lose part of the conflict. Yet, there is always more.

The characters are interesting, but I've definitely read reviews where some of the viewers think that they are too one-dimensional (I don't think that's true). So it appears to be one of those love-it-or-hate-it kind of shows. Find out for yourself which camp you're in!

There was some controversy before the show started because Adam Rayner, who plays Barry, is British-American and not Muslim or arab. I can see why they might have wanted to cast him. For one thing, he is very handsome and has stunning blue eyes. His character is supposed to be half-Muslim.  It might have been difficult for them to find an Arab actor that is so good looking (in a western way) and also such a fine actor. The actor who plays Jamal, for instance, is very handsome but looks far more Arab. You need to have that contrast between the two. Rayner certainly has some features that make him look vaguely-middle-eastern, particularly to American audiences. The show has a huge cast, and I'm sure they're employing many middle-Eastern actors of all types. Although Barry is the focal point of the show, it's a big ensemble cast and he's just one character. Get over it and enjoy the show for what it is.

The interesting parts of this show are the push-and-pull between the two brothers, between the old tyrannical way of doing things and a new, more civilized way of doing things, and the title "Tyrant" is not just about the father, but about the brothers as well, and whether they will be able to rule in a more humane way than their father did.

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Video Clips

Tyrant – Deserted

Description: Gaining power, surrendering control. Tyrant's rule begins this Summer.

Link: http://youtu.be/G2Fab8y_yKA

Tyrant – Sandstorm

Description: What will remain after the dust settles? Tyrant takes power this June on FX.

Link: http://youtu.be/oUfW24dlY8c

Tyrant – Barry

Description: A country. A family. On the brink of revolution. Tyrant rules Tuesday, June 24th on FX.

Link: http://youtu.be/yBfjA-oU7KE

 

Tyrant – Running

Description: Can he run from his past? Tyrant, a new FX original series, begins Tuesday, June 24th.

Link: http://youtu.be/0xMrTJe-sFY

Tyrant - First Look

Description: Enter the seductive and perilous world of FX's new series. Discover how tyranny reigns over a family and a country.  Tyrant premieres Tuesday, June 24.

Link: http://youtu.be/7jMhJW7-HUs

Tyrant – Colossus

Description: Duty. Family. He stands between two worlds.  Enter the realm of Tyrant. Tuesday, June 24 on FX.

Link: http://youtu.be/ou3Y2iEH994

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Tyrant

Up first for FX this summer is the premiere of the new drama series Tyrant on Tuesday, June 24 at 10 PM ET/PT. From Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning Executive Producer/Showunner Howard Gordon (24Homeland), Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland, accompanied by his American wife and children, for his nephew’s wedding.  Barry’s reluctant homecoming leads to a dramatic clash of cultures as he is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth. The cast includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Noah Silver, Anne Winters, Fares Fares, Salim Daw, Justin Kirk, Jordana Spiro, Mehdi Dehbi, and Alice Krige. Howard Gordon, Craig Wright, Glenn Gordon Caron, Gideon Raff, David Yates, Michael Lehmann, Peter Noah, and Avi Nir are Executive Producers. Tyrant was created by Gideon Raff and it is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions. FX has ordered 10 episodes of Tyrant for its first season which will air Tuesday nights at 10 PM ET/PT.


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