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An unassuming American family is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
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Series cast summary:
Adam Rayner ...  Barry Al-Fayeed 32 episodes, 2014-2016
Jennifer Finnigan ...  Molly Al-Fayeed 32 episodes, 2014-2016
Moran Atias ...  Leila Al-Fayeed 32 episodes, 2014-2016
Noah Silver ...  Sammy Al-Fayeed 32 episodes, 2014-2016
Alexander Karim ...  Ihab Rashid 30 episodes, 2014-2016
Cameron Gharaee ...  Ahmed Al-Fayeed 29 episodes, 2014-2016
Ashraf Barhom ...  Jamal Al-Fayeed 25 episodes, 2014-2016
Alice Krige ...  Amira Al-Fayeed 20 episodes, 2014-2015
Melia Kreiling ...  Daliyah Al-Yazbek 20 episodes, 2015-2016
Sibylla Deen ...  Nusrat Al-Fayeed 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Fares Fares ...  Fauzi Nadal 19 episodes, 2014-2016
Olivia Popica ...  Halima 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Anne Winters ...  Emma Al-Fayeed 18 episodes, 2014-2016
Raad Rawi ...  General Tariq Al-Fayeed 14 episodes, 2014-2015
Adam El Hagar ...  Siddiq 14 episodes, 2015-2016


Barry Al-Fayeed has been living in the United States for twenty years, during which time he got married to Molly Olson, and had two children (Sammy and Emma), with both Molly and he working as physicians, Barry as a pediatrician, in Pasadena. This life belies the fact that at age sixteen, he, under his given name Bassam, escaped his family life in the middle eastern country of Abuddin, where the Al-Fayeeds have been the dictatorial rulers for generations, normally of violent and repressive regimes which he could not morally tolerate. He has not been back to Abuddin since. On the urging of his mother, Barry decides to go back to Abuddin with Molly and family in tow. He may find that leaving Abuddin this second time around is more difficult as he gets ensconced in the troubles the Al-Fayeeds are facing in general in continuing to rule the country as a repressive dictatorship. The longer Barry stays, the more it in turn affects the only life of democratic freedom Molly, Sammy and Emma ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

24 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hirmuvalitseja See more »

Filming Locations:

Marrakech, Morocco See more »

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16:9 HD
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Dialog in season 2 suggests that Abuddin borders Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. In other words, it seems to exist where Israel does in the real world. See more »


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Performed by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
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An Excellent Show About the Tightrope of Power
25 June 2014 | by dabirdmanSee all my reviews

With a stunning and fascinating portrayal of a middle-eastern power structure, FX has outdone themselves yet again.

What does it mean to have true power, and can you ignore power when you are born into it? The central conflict of this show thrusts it's main characters back into the fray of just such a situation. It portrays power as both freedom and a prison. The Al-Fayeed family, rulers of a fictional middle-eastern country are no different from any other modern Monarchy except that it is still in defacto power and uses brutal tactics to stay there.

Assad, Khadaffi, Saddam, Bush...

These names conjure Dynasty's and dictatorships, and for thousands of years the power struggles within their individual kingdoms were largely ignored by western powers, or swept quietly under a convenient media rug. But for Barry Al-Fayeed, the violence and politics of his family have been left behind. He has no desire to rule anything then his pediatric practice.

As the younger son of a brutal dictator, Barry took advantage of his families wealth to leave the country behind, and hasn't seen home in twenty years. His wife and children are somewhat ignorant of their husbands and fathers old world, knowing only that they are 'sort of' royalty and that grandad is rich. Their ignorance is typical of the average American family, not stupid, but simply devoid of the truth of the day to day in tyrannical regimes in many parts of the world. When his brothers son is due to be married, Barry is called home, and the cycle begins again.

But the truth is, Barry's legacy is one of bullets and blood, of violence and ruthlessness, of intimidation and manipulation. What makes a tyrant? This show promises to show just how far one man will go to secure his family, his country, and his power.

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