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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent Middle Eastern drama misses the chance to educate.

TV FX Drama 2014
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age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Do not listen to commonsense media 2 star

This is very good tv show and as a 19 year old ireccommend it for only people over 17....its very violent blood and sometimes gor brutal war images and sexual violence which is already too much for most adults even....but i love it...i watched season 1 in a week ....the political theme of dictatorship is interesting to watch...of course its not education... its a drama.... and rating it two stars and its target audience is adults is absurd

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Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+


I Think This Director Gordon is at it again,just like 24 and Homeland is started killing and eliminating good characters. He should stop taking out good characters and instead forge some excuse to like being confined or injured and make them recurrence characters rather than eliminating them. Now no one knows the fete of President Jamal Al Fayeed and I'll will not be surprised to see the character of Jamal dead. Now what! Have to start dealing with another unpredictable character who cannot fit the first character's shoe.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3):
Kids say: Not yet rated

As a series, Tyrant carries a tumultuous history that includes winning -- and losing -- A-list director Ang Lee, who was ultimately replaced by Harry Potter director David Yates, among other production issues. Not as tumultuous, of course, as the history of the region it attempts to portray on-screen but tumultuous enough to leave visible scars, resulting in an intriguing yet ultimately flawed final product that, for most critics at least, plays like a very expensive mistake.

Tyrant does get points for trying to do what few other television shows have done before: take a politically complex story involving mostly Arab characters and make it appealing to mainstream America. But key decisions to set the series in the fictional Abbudin -- an overgeneralized amalgam of Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Libya, and Syria -- and have the actors speak in accented English, not to mention casting a non-Arab actor in the leading role, have undercut it's credibility considerably.

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