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An unassuming American family is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
 Barry Al-Fayeed (32 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Molly Al-Fayeed (32 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Leila Al-Fayeed (32 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Sammy Al-Fayeed (32 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Ihab Rashid (30 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Ahmed Al-Fayeed (29 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Jamal Al-Fayeed (25 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Amira Al-Fayeed (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Daliyah Al-Yazbek (20 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Nusrat Al-Fayeed (20 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Fauzi Nadal (19 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Halima (19 episodes, 2015-2016)
 Emma Al-Fayeed (18 episodes, 2014-2016)
 General Tariq Al-Fayeed (14 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Siddiq (14 episodes, 2015-2016)


Barry Al-Fayeed has been living in the United States for twenty years, during which time he got married to Molly Olson, and had two children (Sammy and Emma), with both Molly and he working as physicians, Barry as a pediatrician, in Pasadena. This life belies the fact that at age sixteen, he, under his given name Bassam, escaped his family life in the middle eastern country of Abuddin, where the Al-Fayeeds have been the dictatorial rulers for generations, normally of violent and repressive regimes which he could not morally tolerate. He has not been back to Abuddin since. On the urging of his mother, Barry decides to go back to Abuddin with Molly and family in tow. He may find that leaving Abuddin this second time around is more difficult as he gets ensconced in the troubles the Al-Fayeeds are facing in general in continuing to rule the country as a repressive dictatorship. The longer Barry stays, the more it in turn affects the only life of democratic freedom Molly, Sammy and Emma ... Written by Huggo

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Action | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

24 June 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tirano: Poder Sem Limites  »

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16:9 HD
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Dialogue in season 2 suggests that Abbudin is fictionally located between Syria and Lebanon. See more »


Tyrant Main Title Theme
Performed by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
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Wrong comparison with Libya
22 November 2014 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

Just want to comment on the part with Ghadafi comparison...because it is totally not correct comparison. It is true that Libya did not have elections, but Ghadafi spent so much state money on Libyans that it could not be called an Dictatorship. This may come as surprise to western people, but that is because you were lied by your governments... In Libya you had free petrol (you poor full tank and leave small change less than 1 USD....this is almost free), free education, free health care, free education and health care abroad if you are talented of can not be treated domestically. You get free house/flat when you get married, you get avg. salary when you become university student, you get a free farm from state if you want to grow plants or keep animals...

By my opinion, this is not dictatorship, and even if it is, then I would like to live in that one, no problem.

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