8.0/10
8,046
73 user 21 critic

The Looming Tower 

Trailer
2:01 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Prime Video

A look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan.
Reviews
Popularity
602 ( 58)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2018  
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Summer of Rockets (TV Mini-Series 2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Cold war drama following a Russian Jewish inventor and his family living in Britain.

Stars: Toby Stephens, Keeley Hawes, Lily Sacofsky
McMafia (TV Series 2018)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian mafia exiles, has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of their past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his ... See full summary »

Stars: James Norton, Merab Ninidze, Kirill Pirogov
Waco (2018)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The FBI and ATF seize religious leader David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas in the spring of 1993.

Stars: Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Andrea Riseborough
Catch-22 (TV Mini-Series 2019)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Limited series adaptation of the classic Joseph Heller novel. Follows Captain John Yossarian and airmen in World War II.

Stars: Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Daniel David Stewart
The Virtues (2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Joseph falls into despair when his nine-year-old son leaves for Australia with his ex. Sufffering the hangover from hell, he walks away from his present life and boards a boat bound for Ireland to confront memories from his childhood.

Stars: Stephen Graham, Niamh Algar, Helen Behan
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Seven-part limited series about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. It focuses on the past decade which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party's de facto leader, and the sexual harassment accusations that brought his career to an end.

Stars: Russell Crowe, Sienna Miller, Seth MacFarlane
Dark Mon£y (TV Mini-Series 2019)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The family of an abused child accepts hush money from a famous filmmaker to remain silent.

Stars: Babou Ceesay, Jill Halfpenny, Susan Wokoma
Chimerica (TV Series 2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A photojournalist travels to China with the hopes of finding out who the mysterious man was who was photographed standing defiantly in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square twenty years ago.

Stars: Alessandro Nivola, Cherry Jones, Terry Chen
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An employee at a prison in upstate New York becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates and helps them escape.

Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano
Homecoming (TV Series 2018)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Heidi works at Homecoming, a facility helping soldiers transition to civilian life. Years later when the Department of Defense questions why she left, Heidi realizes there's a whole other story behind the one she's been telling herself.

Stars: Stephan James, Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale
Years and Years (TV Series 2019)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Follows a busy family from Manchester with their lives converging on one crucial night in 2019.

Stars: Rory Kinnear, T'Nia Miller, Anne Reid
The Widow (TV Series 2019)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman's search to uncover the mysterious disappearance of her husband leads her to the Congo, where she's forced to seek the truth about what happened to the man she loved.

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Charles Dance, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Jeff Daniels ...  John O'Neill 10 episodes, 2018
Tahar Rahim ...  Ali Soufan 10 episodes, 2018
Wrenn Schmidt ...  Diane Marsh 10 episodes, 2018
Bill Camp ...  Robert Chesney 10 episodes, 2018
Louis Cancelmi ...  Vince Stuart 10 episodes, 2018
Virginia Kull ...  Kathy Shaughnessy 10 episodes, 2018
Ella Rae Peck ...  Heather 10 episodes, 2018
Sullivan Jones ...  Floyd Bennet 10 episodes, 2018
Michael Stuhlbarg ...  Richard Clarke 10 episodes, 2018
Peter Sarsgaard ...  Martin Schmidt 10 episodes, 2018
Annie Parisse ...  Liz 8 episodes, 2018
Jamie Neumann ...  Toni-Ann Marino 7 episodes, 2018
Jenny Paul ...  Maureen 7 episodes, 2018
Sharon Washington ...  Judith 7 episodes, 2018
Erica Cho ...  Leigh 7 episodes, 2018
Alec Baldwin ...  George Tenet 6 episodes, 2018
Katie Flahive ...  Amy 6 episodes, 2018
Tawfeek Barhom ...  Khalid al-Mihdhar 6 episodes, 2018
Jordan Lage ...  Commissioner 1 6 episodes, 2018
Kimberly S. Fairbanks Kimberly S. Fairbanks ...  Commissioner 2 6 episodes, 2018
Yul Vazquez ...  Jason Sanchez 5 episodes, 2018
Nasser Faris ...  Ayman al-Zawahiri 5 episodes, 2018
Nebras Jamali Nebras Jamali ...  Nawaf al-Hazmi 5 episodes, 2018
Samer Bisharat Samer Bisharat ...  Khallad 5 episodes, 2018
July Namir ...  Hoda Hada 5 episodes, 2018
Craig Wroe ...  Leonard Bliss 5 episodes, 2018
Michael Quinlan ...  General O'Keefe 5 episodes, 2018
Ken Arnold ...  General Stetson 5 episodes, 2018
Edit

Storyline

The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal - trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil. Written by ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Hulu | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Albanian | French | Turkish

Release Date:

28 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Looming Tower See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Legendary Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The german dubbing of the pilot received poor reactions following the release on March 9 because of the substandard quality. German distributor amazon prime withdraw the german dubbing track on March 15 and promised a new and better dubbing. See more »

Connections

Featured in Conan: Jeff Daniels/Lauren Ash (2018) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Thoughtful Take on the Rise of Jihadism
18 March 2018 | by pseawrigSee all my reviews

I started watching this show because Jeff Daniels always delivers. He continues to do so here.

The miniseries presents a thought provoking picture of how the CIA and the FBI had conflicting ideas about how best to oppose Al Qaeda in the late 1990s and 2000. It suggests that these agencies' inability to work together created opportunities for Jihadism to fester and grow. This part of the series is powerful and well realized.

Less interesting are its forays into the private lives of its main characters. I'm 4 episodes in and still don't get the point of these subplots. I see how these interludes show the softer and messier sides of these characters lives, but they don't seem to have anything at all to do with the larger story of Al Qaeda's rise. As a result, these parts feel like filler in what would otherwise be a very tight, well focused political drama.

That said, this show does a fine job of assessing where our country's intelligence agencies, media, and citizenry succeeded and where we failed when it came to Al Qaeda. It's a sobering and fascinating story. As I watch, I keep thinking, "How did our world manage to get so very screwed up!"


39 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 73 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed