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
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.
Description: Gaining power, surrendering control.
Tyrant's rule begins this
Description: What will remain after the dust settles?
Tyrant takes power this June on
Description: A country. A family. On the brink of
revolution. Tyrant rules
Tuesday, June 24th on FX.
Description: Can he run from his past?
Tyrant, a new FX original series, begins Tuesday,
- 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.
Description: Duty. Family. He stands between two worlds.
Enter the realm of Tyrant.
Tuesday, June 24 on FX.
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 (24, Homeland), 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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