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FX 2014

Bassam Al-Fayeed or Barry, as he is known to his wife Molly and two children Sammy and Emma,has been living a self imposed exile from his Middle Eastern country called Abbudin for 20 years. Although he is the second son of the ruling president, Bassam has no desire to go back home.

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    Really enjoyed it. Funny how the State Dept likes to shaft its allies!! (as you may guess Im not a Yank)


    First seasons were better. Cast is still really bad. But still if you have nothing to watch, you are spending your 50 mins very nicely


    terrible bunch of actors, cheap series


    Political soap opera that takes place in a (non existing) Middle East Muslim country. It is an intriguing premise as it tries to show how the different facets oppressed Arabic people take when they are forced to the wall and an intriguing "damned if you do and damned if you don't" approach to some of the political issues. Some of the supporting characters had little to do (other than to get killed) but solid stuff.


    I honestly don't understand why people say it's a 'terrible cast'. Is it because the actors aren't populair? I find Jamal and Laila for example quite intimidating.


    Sad to see this series decline. First season was good but after [spoiler]Jamal's death[/spoiler] all went down very quickly. Season 3 should have been the last, finishing with [spoiler]Bassam as a tyrant and taken down, just like his brother[/spoiler]. Instead they keep making it worse and worse. Probably not gonna watch the next season. The last scene of season 3 should have been around episode 8 with [spoiler]Barry's picture side by side with his tyrant brother and father, being just another tyrant Al-fayeed in the wall.[/spoiler].


    The idea that this would get cancelled after 3 seasons I believe speaks to the feeble conceptions we've adopted about what counts and where in a television series. While the casting left something to be desired, the vast scope and care the series gave to a whole host of issues you don't ever see in media anymore. It's the backdrop that lends itself to what shows like The Wire showed us what television could be. The biggest problem with the show isn't so much lackluster writing or stiff performances, it's that it has to pack so much quality subject matter and potentially interesting characters into a "regular" TV format. The plot lines move on quickly. For a show that may not see more seasons, I appreciate that they were able to get in as much as they did, but can still feel the sense of longing for what more could be. The Americans nails pacing and silence, you feel the deaths and they can haunt you like they haunt the characters. While Tyrant pulled out it's "wtf no!" moments related to important deaths, the show stopping harrowing moments cannot be so pronounced because there's so much more to explore. That doesn't mean they didn't hit, but it means we didn't get to be as intimately attached as we may have been to even minor players in then series given more time. I understand why, if you're just a fan of a few shows or binge what's recently popular, this might not exactly click with you. But as someone who devours TV, it was nice to get lost in a foreign, yet familiar, world where the characters aren't offering canned conversation and things feel marginally resolved after each episode. This is such a contribution. It's a thoughtful show. It's deliberate in its goals and agenda. The mess of whatever happens in the background of production is what would provoke you to dislike it, not the story itself. And at the end of the day, isn't that what tends to count the most? Isn't that what separates American Horror Story seasons and why, even when I heard and lamented Nashville was getting cancelled I empathized with the idea there wasn't much left to tell about that world? This should be a 10 season show where more focus can be given to who's left and who you can discover you're rooting for. This is culturally relevant unwinding psychology. It's brilliant in enough ways for me to kick and scream here for someone to recognize and support the same things I do.


    Fairly genuine storyline but rubbish acting and really bad studio setup. Stick with it, season 3 is better.


    Anyone know why there's a listing for a S2E13 when E12 was the season finale?


    One of my favorite tv shows so original story. I hope FX wants to go for a third season

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