How to Become a Tyrant

The BEST episodes of How to Become a Tyrant

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

To govern with an iron fist, it is necessary to know very well the game of absolute power, as shown by the infamous dictators presented in this documentary series.

Last Updated: 4/24/2022Network: Netflix
Rule Forever
105 votes

#1 - Rule Forever

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/9/2021

Seizing power is hard, but keeping it is harder. In North Korea, the Kim dynasty unlocked the secret to ruling forever: They declared themselves gods.

Create a New Society
117 votes

#2 - Create a New Society

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/9/2021

Free speech? Right to assembly? Rebel-turned-dictator Muammar Gaddafi realized that civil liberties had to go when reshaping society. But he got soft.

Control the Truth
127 votes

#3 - Control the Truth

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/9/2021

Through public relations spin, revisionist history and censorship, Soviet autocrat Joseph Stalin found a certain flexibility with the truth useful.

Crush Your Rivals
144 votes

#4 - Crush Your Rivals

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/9/2021

You've secured your place at the top, but maintaining power means watching your back. Nobody did that better or more ruthlessly than Saddam Hussein.

Seize Power
158 votes

#5 - Seize Power

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/9/2021

Interested in becoming a tyrant? There are rules, and the playbook for a rise to dictatorship starts with one of history's most brutal: Adolf Hitler.

Reign Through Terror
130 votes

#6 - Reign Through Terror

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/9/2021

When keeping your population under control, is it better to be loved or feared? Idi Amin certainly thought he knew the right answer to that question.