The Looming Tower

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Season 1 episodes (16)

1 Now it Begins...
The chief of the FBI’s counter-terrorism unit, John O’Neill, invites rookie Muslim-American agent, Ali Soufan, onto his squad.
2 Losing My Religion
Following the simultaneous embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the FBI begins its investigation on the ground while the CIA starts working on a retaliation plan.
3 Mistakes Were Made
The FBI finds one of the surviving terrorists and discovers a game changing lead in Nairobi, while the CIA’s retaliation plan is approved.
4 Mercury
Continuing to keep information from the FBI, Schmidt is fired from Alec Station. Diane makes an important discovery about the owner of the phone number Owhali gave Chesney.
5 Y2K
The CIA and FBI are on high alert as threats surrounding the new millennium abound. O’Neill and Soufan raid an AQ cell in Brooklyn. The CIA continues to hide vital information from the FBI.
6 Boys at War
Vince continues asking for permission to share Mihdhar’s visa with the FBI. O’Neill loses his briefcase and an investigation into his handling of classified materials begins.
7 The General
O’Neill and Soufan travel to Yemen to begin the investigation into the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The FBI becomes aware of a meeting in Malaysia and of Khallad.
8 A Very Special Relationship
Everyone adjusts to a new president and, with it, a shift in threat priority. The terrorists in the US, Hazmi, Mihdhar and Atta, are lost by their U.S. handler.
9 Tuesday
The CIA becomes aware that Hazmi and Mihdhar are gone and must relay that to the FBI. O’Neill accepts a job as head of security at the World Trade Center. Soufan is sent back to Yemen.
10 9/11
September 11, 2001 and no one can get a hold of O’Neill. Soufan’s evacuation from Yemen stops short as the CIA Station Chief gives him all the answers he has been asking for.
101 Trailer
Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Looming Tower traces the 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.
102 A First Look
Acclaimed producers and cast of The Looming Tower describe how season 1 of the series will be an untold story of the long road to 9/11.
103 Divided We Fail
THE LOOMING TOWER author Lawrence Wright, Former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan, Executive Producers Dan Futterman and Alex Gibney, and the cast explore the complicated relationship between the FBI and CIA in the years leading up to 9/11.
104 Ali Soufan: In His Own Words
Former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan reveals his personal American story and shares memories of his mentor John O'Neill.
105 Across Three Continents: Creating The Looming Tower
From New York to Morocco to Johannesburg, THE LOOMING TOWER production team went to great lengths to recreate and film the series as accurately as possible.
106 The Complexities of Character
The cast of THE LOOMING TOWER reveal their motivations and approach to playing their complicated roles.

About this show

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 new drama series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book by Lawrence Wright.

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12 reviews
Linda Greenwood
December 15, 2020
There are many great performances in this series. Among the most powerful, and haunting, are Tahar Rahim, as FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan and Mohamad Ashraf as Walla, a young boy radicalized after his family is killed. And, Michael Stuhlbarg as Richard Clarke. All three, just brilliant. I will never forget where I was on 9/11. This series reminded me that I don't ever want to forget 9/11.
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*JinxedLupiePrincess* M_H_F (Chelle)
July 25, 2022
Love this show! I think I've Watched it every year. 👍🏼💯👍🏼
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deborah elliott
April 23, 2019
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