On Nov 4, 1979, Iranian student activists stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking over 60 Americans hostage. What was planned as a 48-hour sit-in to protest American imperialism, ballooned into an international crisis and 24/7 media event that would last 444 days.
S1 E1: Part One: The Peacock Throne
In the 1970s, the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the explosion of the Iranian Revolution frays the deep ties between Iran and the U.S.
S1 E2: Part Two: Den Of Spies
With Iran now under Khomeini's rule, a 48-hour sit-in at the American embassy in Tehran snowballs into an international crisis.
S1 E3: Part Three: The Sand Storm
As pressure mounts to resolve the crisis, the Carter administration launches an ill-fated military rescue mission.
S1 E4: Part Four: The Transaction
A year into the siege, the entrenched stalemate in Iran looms over the 1980 presidential election.