FX's 'Tyrant' is fascinating despite its flaws

June 23, 2014 10:04 PM

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FX's 'Tyrant' is fascinating despite its flaws

In essence, Tyrant is a ruling-family variant on The Godfather, shifted from Italy and America to the Middle East. But don't dismiss the shift out of hand: That move is precisely what makes Tyrant (FX, Tuesday, 10 ET/PT; * * * out of four) so intriguing — and so troubling.

Created by the Israeli writer behind Homeland, Gideon Raff — who has since left the series — and run by Homeland's Howard Gordon, Tyrant is set in a make-believe land called Abbudin. The country is economically prosperous but politically oppressed, thanks to the iron-fisted rule of its dictator Khal...

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