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Viewers should be fully aware of where The Looming Tower leads — the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — but Hulu’s 10-episode miniseries explains the heroic, horrifying and troubling story of the events that led us there …

Tower also portrays well-known national security figures, such as Richard Clarke (Michael Stuhlbarg) and George Tenet (Alec Baldwin), and those fighting in the trenches, including FBI agent Ali Soufan (Tahar Rahim), one of just eight Arabic speakers in the agency at the time …

“Nobody is more devoted to his adopted country than” Soufan, a series consultant, Futterman says. “The chance to portray an immigrant from Lebanon, a Muslim-American hero, was exciting to me, particularly in this climate …”