Watch: Tyrant (Season 1, Episode 1 - Pilot)
The Plot: An unassuming American family is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Stars: Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom
Director: Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Craig Wright
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. 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. 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. 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. Jamal gets ready to throw down the gauntlet on the thousands of citizens gathered in the Plaza to protest his reign. Barry attempts to put together a summit in the hopes of avoiding any violence. 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. 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. Now that he has made the decision that Jamal leading Abuddin will never lead to peace while killing Sheik Rashid for Jamal in the process, Barry approaches Tucker for US support on the matter. Tucker's official line is that the US is not in the business of regime change, but unofficially does provide that support in the form of "coup planner" Lea Exley, who informs Barry that a coup needs to happen quickly before the secrets get out. Barry learns how easily those secrets do escape. He also finds that the most difficult obstacles in the plan are those that are closest ... Barry still expects the coup to be bloodless, Jamal and Leila who will still live in luxury in exile after all is said and done. The first step still remains to remove Tariq from his position, which Tucker tells Barry he has three days to accomplish by making Jamal believe Tariq is the mastermind behind the coup. Tucker also arms Barry with a tool to accomplish this task. With all the possible problems in this mission, the biggest obstacles may be Leila, who is generally more astute and questioning than Jamal, and Molly, who may not be able to look Jamal and Leila in ... 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. Barry awaits punishment for a failed coup and Jamal agonizes over whether or not to execute him. Barry scours the desert for salvation; Jamal grapples with the loss of his brother. Barry is taken in by a Bedouin family; Jamal is distraught over Tariq's drastic military action. Barry adapts to his new identity; Amira introduces a highly decorated war hero to Jamal. Barry worries that his identity will be revealed when the Army of the Caliphate arrives. Jamal wants military support from the Chinese; Barry stays in Abuddin. 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. 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. Increasingly suspicious of those close to him, Jamal believes Khalil is the only person he can trust. Deciding he should no longer hide the truth, Barry reveals to Molly that he's alive. Hoping to lift Nusrat's depression, Ahmed asks Nusrat to run away with him. Skeptical of Khalil's tactical luck, Ihab zeroes in on a traitor in the Caliphate. Jamal's leadership is in question. Meanwhile Barry and Sammie prepare for the caliphate. To save Barry from certain slaughter, Molly decides to tell Jamal that the man known as Khalil is really Barry. The question becomes whether Jamal will believe her and if he does what he will do about it. As Leila was unable to go through with murdering Jamal, Molly may have an ally in her in her own want for what is best for the rest of her family's future. Even if Molly's message about Rami and his troops not coming makes it to Barry, it may be too late for Barry and the Red Hands. One of their remaining hopes may be to play off the internal struggles of Ihab, who ... The government army and the Red Hand brigade have taken back Ma'an from the Caliphate, with Abu Omar having escaped probably out of Abuddin and Ihab Rashid captured. This situation leads to a new reality for all involved compared to before the Ma'an conflict with the Caliphate. Barry, Molly and Sammy, reunited as a family, are all different people, with Barry having to make a difficult goodbye to Daliyah. Although they plan to head back to the US soon, they all now have an emotionally greater stake in the future of Abuddin. Despite Jamal's triumphant official ...