The BEST Episodes of How to Become a Tyrant

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: Netflix

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.

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Rule Forever

#1 - Rule Forever

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.79
70 votes
Create a New Society

#2 - Create a New Society

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.68
82 votes
Control the Truth

#3 - Control the Truth

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 9, 2021

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

star 7.66
89 votes
Crush Your Rivals

#4 - Crush Your Rivals

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.58
104 votes
Seize Power

#5 - Seize Power

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.50
118 votes
Reign Through Terror

#6 - Reign Through Terror

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.38
94 votes