|Directed by||Daniel Syrkin|
|Country of origin||Israel|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original network||Kan 11|
|Original release||June 22, 2020 –|
Tehran (Hebrew: טהרן) is an Israeli spy thriller television series created by Moshe Zonder for the Israeli public channel Kan 11. Written by Zonder and Omri Shenhar and directed by Daniel Syrkin, the series premiered in Israel on June 22, 2020 and September 25 internationally on Apple TV+.
Featuring dialogue in Hebrew, Persian and English, the series follows a Mossad agent on her first mission in Iran's capital, which also happens to be the place of her birth.
On January 26, 2021, it was announced that the series had been renewed by Apple TV+ for a second season. The second season was released on May 6, 2022.
At the International Emmy Awards ceremony held in November 2021, Tehran received the award for best drama series, becoming the first ever Israeli series to win this award.
Protagonist Tamar Rabinyan, a young Jewish woman born in Iran but raised in Israel, is a Mossad agent and computer hacker on an undercover mission in the Iranian capital to disable a nuclear reactor. Her objective is neutralizing Iranian air defenses so that the Israeli Air Force can bomb a nuclear plant and prevent Iran from obtaining an atomic bomb. When she arrives in Iran she switches identities with Zhila Gorbanifar, a Muslim employee of the local electric company. In Zhila's place she enters the electric company station and connects to the computer network. Then she tries to cut electric power to the Iranian radar system, in order to facilitate an ongoing Israeli Air Force attack. Her mission fails because her boss, who thinks she is Zhila, tries to rape her and is killed in a fight that ensues. After escaping, Tamar has to go into hiding. Being born in Iran and having moved to Israel when she was six, Tamar now discovers her local roots, goes to see her aunt, and befriends Iranian pro-democracy activists. Meanwhile, she is hunted by Faraz Kamali, head of investigations of the Revolutionary Guards.
|First released||Last released|
|1||8||June 22, 2020||July 27, 2020|
|2||8||May 6, 2022||June 16, 2022|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Emergency Landing in Tehran"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||June 22, 2020|
|Tamar Rabinyan, a gifted hacker and a Mossad agent, infiltrates Tehran to disable the Iranian army's radar system. This should allow the Israeli air force to bomb the Iranian nuclear plant.|
|2||2||"Blood on Her Hands"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||June 22, 2020|
|Following the murder the electric company employees, including Tamar, are detained for questioning. Tabrizi, a local Mossad agent, tries to get her out by any means, while security agent Faraz tracks her.|
|3||3||"Yasamin's Girl"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||June 29, 2020|
|Tamar hides at her aunt Arezoo's home. Arezoo stayed in Iran and converted to Islam. Tamar tries to get out of Iran on her own, while Faraz and Tabrizi hunt for her.|
|4||4||"Shakira and Sickboy"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||June 29, 2020|
|Tamar finds refuge at a commune of anti-regime people. Her relations with Milad warms up while he helps her escape. Faraz arrests Tabrizi, while the Mossad plans a rescue mission.|
|5||5||"The Other Iran"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||July 6, 2020|
|Tamar and Milad go with the commune to an underground rave. Tamar is required to prove her loyalty to the resistance. Faraz and Tabrizi's clash comes to a boiling point and they both have to make crucial decisions.|
|6||6||"The Engineer"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||July 13, 2020|
|Tamar and Milad return to Tehran and extort their contact. Kadosh tries to convince Gorev to approve Tamar's plan. Faraz pays the price for Tabrizi's death, but continues to fight for his wife.|
|7||7||"Tamar's Father"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||July 20, 2020|
|The incident at the commune leaves Tamar shattered; Kadosh tries to help her recover so they can set the power plant operation in motion.|
|8||8||"Five Hours Until the Bombing Run"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||July 27, 2020|
|While the Israeli F-15 airplanes are on the way to the nuclear plant, Tamar, Milad and Kadosh start the operation against the Iranian anti-aircraft defenses, to ensure the pilots' safety. Meanwhile, Faraz is on their tracks threatening the operation's success.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|9||1||"13,000"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||May 6, 2022|
|Free of the Mossad and preparing to start a new life in Canada, Tamar is drawn back in by an irresistible offer.|
|10||2||"Change of Plan"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||May 6, 2022|
|A distraught Tamar chooses to stay in Tehran and seek justice, but learns the Mossad has put Marjan Montazemi in charge.|
|11||3||"PTSD"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||May 13, 2022|
|Determined to neutralize Faraz, Marjan makes a risky move. Tamar finds a way to get closer to Mohammadi. Milad begins behaving irresponsibly.|
|12||4||"The Rich Kids"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||May 20, 2022|
|Tamar attends an elite pool party to target Peyman. Marjan reconsiders the orders she's been giving about Faraz.|
|13||5||"Double Fault"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||May 27, 2022|
|When Milad is arrested by Tehran police, Tamar and Faraz each race to reach him. Going against orders, Tamar continues pursuing Mohammadi.|
|14||6||"Faraz's Choice"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||June 3, 2022|
|In a dire situation, Faraz makes a difficult decision. Tamar and Peyman continue getting closer as Milad begins to question her priorities.|
|15||7||"Betty"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||June 10, 2022|
|Peyman tells Tamar about his father's car race, leading the Mossad to devise a plan to take out Mohammadi once and for all.|
|16||8||"Blood Funeral"||Daniel Syrkin||Moshe Zonder & Omri Shenhar||June 17, 2022|
|Tamar doesn't know who to trust. A cat-and-mouse game leads to deadly consequences.|
Production began on October 28, 2019. Some of the actors playing Iranians were born in Iran, and speak the language as their mother tongue. Niv Sultan, who plays Tamar, studied Persian for four months. In addition, she studied the Krav Maga, Israeli self-defence system. The series was shot entirely on location in Athens. Filming for Season 2 began in August 2021.
Originally the series aired on Kan 11 in Israel and is available for streaming on the Kan 11 website in Hebrew. In July 2019, Cineflix acquired exclusive global distribution rights for the series. On June 16, 2020, Apple TV+ bought international rights to the series outside of Israel, and will serve as the exclusive streaming home to the series worldwide.
The show's distributors claim that the series was popular with audiences in India, Japan and Singapore.
In September 2020, it was announced that Moshe Zonder, the series co-creator, had inked a first-look deal with Apple. In October 2020, Niv Sultan signed with WME.
Rumors about a possible second season of Tehran began on September 10, 2020, when it was announced that co-creator Moshe Zonder signed a multi-year "first look" deal to create projects for Apple TV+.
In December 2020, executive producer Julien Leroux said that production had begun on a second season though it had not been officially approved. Almost two months later, on January 26, 2021, Apple TV+ confirmed that the series had been renewed for the second season.
Season 2 was released on May 6, 2022, as per confirmed reports with the first two episodes released that day and later episodes on a weekly basis.
Tehran has received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, season one holds a rating of 94% based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Tehran's expertly plotted twists further elevate a geopolitical thriller deftly balanced between the global and the personal." On Metacritic, the show has a score of 72 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".