TYRANT is must-watch TV and here are 4 reasons why
Tyrant premiered last Tuesday on FX and after only one episode I can safely say that it is one of the best TV shows on the air this summer, and perhaps this year (with the exception of Fargo).
Created by Gideon Raff, produced by Howard Gordon, Tyrant stars 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.
Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), 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.
It has all of the elements of a must-watch TV show, and here are four reasons why.
The show has some amazingly beautiful locations. Historic locations, Check. Opulent Palaces, Check. Enough sand to turn Lake Michigan into a beach, Check. The show is hot on location in Tunisia, Morocco, and Israel, which give it authenticity.
Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon
Gordon is the executive producer of the show. He produces Homeland, which is one of my favorite cable shows on TV. He also produced 24, The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Gordon and Raff are adept at creating drama’s with intense scenes that will make you hate commercials even more and wish you could teleport yourself to next week so you could watch the next episode. Despite having only one episode, my wife and I are hooked.
Tyrant’s plot is like a maze. The first episode left me feeling like I had been sucked up by a wave and thrown around by the undercurrent. Mainly because there were so many storylines that the first episode was a bit difficult to take in. This is to be expected with the first episode of a series. The best has to be the tumultuous relationship between Barry and his brother Jamal – scratch that, Barry’s relationship with everyone.
Barry is the center of attention in the story, but the supporting characters are equally intriguing. His son Sammy, played by Noah Silver, is secretly gay. It will be interesting to see how his character develops in an environment where the LGBTQ community is highly frowned upon.
Much like Game of Thrones, Tyrant has a wonderful mix of characters. These characters would not pack as much punch as they do without the impressive cast. The show is comprised of relatively unknown actors. I am particularly impressed with Rayner, a lesser-known British actor who has a powerful on-screen presence. His brother Jamal is played by Ashraf Barhom who is proving to be the character we will love to hate. I am sure there will be a number of other standouts as the season goes on.
Here’s the trailer: