THR 'Tyrant': TV Review

The Middle Eastern-set Godfather-like drama has a colorful backstory and lots of potential, but with only the pilot as a guide, who really knows?

It will be interesting to see if FX’s ambitious and much-sought-after new dramatic series Tyrant was worth all the trouble.

As it stands now, the pilot is strong and entertaining but not immediately a knockout punch (the second and third episodes were not available prior to the premiere — a rarity in FX’s historically efficient and critic-friendly world). But that first episode ends in a place that will make viewers want to tune in the following week to see where it goes. And where Tyrant goes will be crucial — because while the storyline seems rather clear, the pilot doesn’t establish a tone and a direction that’s immediately identifiable.

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