General Information

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First Air Date: June 24th, 2014
Last Air Date: September 7th, 2016
Created By: Gideon Raff
Star Casts: Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Moran Atias, Ashraf Barhom, Noah Silver, Anne Winters, Sibylla Deen, Waleed Elgadi, Caroline Boulton
Aired On: FX
Episode Runtime: 60 minutes
Total Seasons: 3 Seasons
Total Episodes: 32 Episodes
Type: Scripted
Status: Canceled
Homepage: FX - Tyrant

Last Updated: Fri, 12 Nov 2021 22:30:35 +0000

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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.

Seasons and Episodes

Season 1 (10 Episodes)

1: Pilot - Aired: 2014-06-24

Barry Al-Fayeed is a California pediatrician who also happens to be the second son of a Middle Eastern dictator. Barry reluctantly agrees to return home with his American family for his nephew's wedding. Events thrust him into the complex and turbulent growing pains of a nation straining to break free from dictatorial rule.

2: State of Emergency - Aired: 2014-07-01

When Barry's older brother, Jamal, the newly appointed President of Abbudin, is incapacitated, Barry must put his plans to return to America on hold. His life is further complicated, when his nephew's new bride is kidnapped by terrorists.

3: My Brother's Keeper - Aired: 2014-07-08

While Barry’s decision to stay in Abbudin is met with mixed emotion, the discovery of new evidence connected to the attempted murder of Jamal threatens to drive a wedge between the two brothers.

4: Sins of the Father - Aired: 2014-07-15

Tensions boil as the 20th anniversary of the chemical attack ordered by Barry's father, President Khaled Al-Fayeed looms. Barry’s plan to defuse the situation runs into heavy resistance. Meanwhile, Jamal struggles to regain confidence in the bedroom.

5: Hail Mary - Aired: 2014-07-22

As Jamal prepares to throw down the gauntlet on the thousands of citizens gathered in the Plaza to protest his reign, Barry scrambles to put together a summit in the hopes of avoiding violence and bloodshed.

6: What the World Needs Now - Aired: 2014-07-29

Barry convinces Jamal to meet with exiled opposition leader Sheik Rashid. But when the meeting takes a turn for the worse, Jamal is forced to make a difficult decision that will impact the lives of his family and his country forever.

7: Preventative Medicine - Aired: 2014-08-05

Jamal is terrified to discover that Sheik Rashid may actually survive Jamal's brutal attack, while Amira's disclosure of a twenty year old secret leads Barry to question everything he's ever believed about his father.

8: Meet the New Boss - Aired: 2014-08-12

Fed up with Jamal's unpredictable and violent nature, Barry conspires to start a coup and remove his brother from office; while at the same time Jamal is so moved by Barry's willingness to do the unthinkable and hasten Sheik Rashid's demise, that he stops at nothing to prove his worth to his brother.

9: Gaslight - Aired: 2014-08-19

As the plans for the coup continue to take shape, Jamal proves how far he will go to punish those who oppose him, and Barry's relationship with Molly is pushed to the limit after she learns of the repercussions that await their family.

10: Gone Fishing - Aired: 2014-08-26

On the verge of betraying and displacing Jamal, Barry receives troublesome news that threatens to destroy everything he's worked so hard for. Meanwhile, Jamal's rising suspicions lead him to question the loyalty of those closest to him.

Season 2 (12 Episodes)

1: Mark of Cain - Aired: 2015-06-16

Barry waits to find out what his punishment will be for a failed coup, Jamal agonizes over the decision whether to execute him.

2: Enter the Fates - Aired: 2015-06-23

Molly returns to the U.S., but struggles to adjust to life without Barry. Meanwhile, Jamal deals with the loss of a close relative.

3: Faith - Aired: 2015-06-30

Barry ends up being taken in by a Bedouin family. Jamal is upset over Tariq's drastic military action.

4: A House Built on Sand - Aired: 2015-07-07

Barry attempts to adjust to his new identity. A highly decorated war hero is introduced to Jamal.

5: A Viper in the Palace - Aired: 2015-07-14

The Army of the Caliphate arrives and Barry fears his identity will be revealed. Jamal and Tariq's conflict over military action reaches a tipping point. Molly and Sammy travel to Abuddin.

6: The Other Brother - Aired: 2015-07-21

Barry opts to stay in Abbudin and take a stand against the Caliphate. Jamal leans on the Chinese diplomat to promise military support. Sammy is shocked to learn that Abdul has been kidnapped by the Caliphate.

7: The Awful Grace of God - Aired: 2015-07-28

Jamal feels his country is spiraling out of control and is desperate for a military victory - no matter the cost. Barry's attempt to rescue Daliyah has unintended consequences. Seeing he's on shaky ground, Rami consults with Amira on how to navigate Jamal's erratic behavior.

8: Fathers and Sons - Aired: 2015-08-04

Suffering heavy losses, Barry wrestles with the notion that he needs the palace’s support to survive. As paranoia builds within Jamal, he questions where Rami’s loyalty lies. Stricken by Abdul’s death, Sammy plans to give his money to insurgents fighting the Army of the Caliphate.

9: Inside Men and Outside Women - Aired: 2015-08-11

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10: Zanjir - Aired: 2015-08-18

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11: Desert Storm - Aired: 2015-08-25

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12: Pax Abuddin - Aired: 2015-09-01

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Season 3 (10 Episodes)

1: Spring - Aired: 2016-07-06

With Jamal’s life in danger and Abuddin on the verge of plunging into chaos, Barry steps forward as interim president and sets the stage for democratic elections. Daliyah takes a leading role in the nation, bringing her close to Barry. Swept up in the tides of revenge, army leaders overstep their bounds in securing peace. An American General who shares history with Leila arrives in Abuddin.

2: Cockroach - Aired: 2016-07-13

Barry discovers that his hold over Abuddin is tenuous. Sammy embarks on a risky relationship. Ihab's desire for revenge is given an outlet. Fauzi returns to Abuddin and is thrust into a political role. Molly’s routine visit to a military hospital goes awry, spelling terrible consequences for the future of Abuddin.

3: The Dead and the Living - Aired: 2016-07-20

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4: A Prayer for Our Daughters - Aired: 2016-07-27

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5: Rock and a Hard Place - Aired: 2016-08-03

In the wake of thwarted terrorist attacks, Barry bans open prayer at the University - causing a severe backlash. Al-Qadi speaks out against violence and restriction of religious freedom. Bereft and alone, Barry and Daliyah turn to each other for comfort. Leila’s campaign heats up, alongside her relationship with Cogswell.

6: Truth and Dignity - Aired: 2016-08-10

Barry's tough policies put Daliyah in grave danger. Al-Qadi enacts 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. Leila's relationship with Cogswell creates a wedge between her and her sister.

7: Bedfellows - Aired: 2016-08-17

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8: Ask for the Earth - Aired: 2016-08-24

Molly returns to Abuddin with a hardened resolve to pursue her daughter’s killer. Mahdiya is entrusted with a critical job. Leila and Cogswell relish in a brief escape from the world -- only to find that escape is impossible. Barry is thrown by Molly’s cold determination and haunted by images of the daughter he failed. Stuck between the woman he loves, the woman he loved, and the daughter he lost, Barry takes a hard line with the country.

9: How to Live - Aired: 2016-08-27

Abuddin descends into chaos. Daliyah persuades Fauzi to leave so he can be a voice of dissent, and she takes a public stand against Barry. In an attempt to regain control, Barry gives Maloof authority to shut down Leila’s opposition, and Ahmed joins to pressure his mother to surrender. Cogswell makes a forceful move that puts his career in jeopardy.

10: Two Graves - Aired: 2016-09-07

Barry and Molly are on the brink of waging war on the Caliphate. Leila makes a bold political move and braves the possibility of a close betrayal. Barry and Daliyah face a final reckoning in their relationship. The conflict in Abuddin threatens to turn into a bloody civil war.