Review of Tyrant

60 minutes

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.
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Jul 31, 2015 5:50AM EDT

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I know of a lot of people who gave up on this show. Yes its contrived and at times portrays incredibly stereo-typed characters, but there are moments when it really hits home. I can understand a lot of people being angered by it, but believe that Season 2 has started to look more into the characters and their motivations and think it is starting to show promise. That said, some people may well find many of the characters to be offensive, and can understand why some reviews both here and on other sites are very angry... as an average white person I suppose I have no real perspective.


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