Tyrant (11 p.m. FX) gets off to a very strong start tonight. I've seen most of the pilots for the new shows on the broadcast networks this fall, and this is better than any I've seen.
This is sort of "Dallas" crossed with "Homeland." A family drama mixed with a Middle Eastern political drama.
"Tyrant" centers on Bassam "Barry" Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the younger son of a Middle East dictator. Barry left for the United States 20 years ago and has never been back home, instead building a life as a peditrician/husband/father in California.
As the series begins, he is reluctantly headed back to his (fictional) homeland of Abbudin for his nephew's wedding, along with his American wife, Molly (Jennifer Finnigan), and their two teenagers.