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Homeland: Season 3 (2013)

Homeland: Season 1
Homeland: Season 1
Sep 29, 2013
Homeland: Season 2
Homeland: Season 2
Sep 29, 2013



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 6

As the stakes get higher, Homeland remains a roller coaster ride of tension, and Claire Danes is riveting in one of the best written thrillers on television.


Average Rating: 9.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

As the stakes get higher, Homeland remains a roller coaster ride of tension, and Claire Danes is riveting in one of the best written thrillers on television.



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Season Info

Following the deadly Langley bombing that is blamed on disgraced congressman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and having helped him escape the U.S., Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is desperate to solve the case and clear Brody's name as the third season of the conspiracy thriller begins. But Carrie's efforts are threatened when she becomes the focus of a hostile Senate investigation led by Sen. Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) who believes the CIA is covering up the truth about the attack. Saul

Network: Showtime

Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013




Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Tin Man Is Down

Season 3 begins with Brody remaining at large, while Carrie is called to testify before a senate committee investigating the terrorist bombing in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Saul takes command at the CIA; and the Brody family deal with a tragic occurrence.

Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Uh... Oh... Ah...

HD Version. Season 3. Saul recruits an unlikely expert to follow the money trail. Quinn tries to take matters into his own hands. Carrie learns who is really on her side. The Brody family turns to therapy to mend their broken household.

Air date: Oct 13, 2013

Tower of David

HD Version. Season 3. As Brody finds himself in increasingly desperate straits, he returns to his faith for guidance in an unexpected way. Carrie struggles to connect with Saul when a mysterious man offers to help her, but at a great cost.

Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Game On

Season 3. Carrie learns that even in its crippled state, the CIA can still exercise power when needed. Dana goes AWOL, forcing Jessica to call the police. Saul and Fara follow the money trail to an unexpected location and Carrie has a meeting.

Air date: Oct 27, 2013

The Yoga Play

Carrie puts her mission on the line. Saul rubs elbows with his adversary. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 1/7

Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Still Positive

As Carrie turns the tables Saul tries to keep an intrusive Senator at bay. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 1/7

Air date: Nov 10, 2013


With his old adversary in custody, Saul makes the gamble of his career. Meanwhile, Carrie and Quinn scramble to contain a local police investigation; and Mira comes to a crossroad in her marriage.

Air date: Nov 17, 2013

A Red Wheel Barrow

Carrie and Quinn pursue a key suspect in the Langley bombing; Saul faces political backlash; Fara discovers the high toll that an intelligence job can take; the Brody family receive startling news.

Air date: Nov 24, 2013

One Last Time

Carrie reunites with Brody, but the circumstances are more difficult than either of them imagined. Meanwhile, Saul gets a win from an unlikely source; and Dana struggles with her new life away from home.

Air date: Dec 1, 2013

Good Night

HD Version. Season 3. Brody embarks on a high stakes mission, but his fragile condition threatens the entire operation. Quinn makes an uncomfortable discovery about Carrie, while a sudden crisis forces Fara to rejoin the team. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 1/7

Air date: Dec 8, 2013

Big Man in Tehran

HD Version. Brody's loyalty to the mission wavers as Lockhart's confirmation looms. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 7/1

Air date: Dec 15, 2013

The Star

Season 3 ends with security forces closing in on Carrie and Brody, and Brody struggling to find redemption. Meanwhile, Saul plans a last-ditch rescue mission.

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (6)

There are one or two questionable developments along the way, but the second half of the season offers a surprising return to form. Plus, the performances and Saul's beard remain as compelling as ever.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

With a major storyline now resolved, there's definitely hope for and curiosity about the future.

December 16, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

For all its rough edges, this season of Homeland has made for some compelling television.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

We've been misled quite a few times already, and the payoff was rarely worth the irritation of knowing that Homeland wasn't playing fair with us, much less thinking through the implications of what it was doing.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Vulture

As conspiracy tales go, this one's a whopper...As television, it's even better.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News

There are still irritating elements in Homeland, but now, almost midway through the narrative, the show has a surge of energy and even some reasons to keep watching.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

The very best TV is almost never about the destination. It's about appreciating the perilous journey taken to get there. And that's something worth remembering as Homeland's writers once again attempt to tiptoe across a crater they themselves created.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland

Anything is possible and I'll swallow whatever's served up.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It's sad to report that in this third season, something has gone drastically wrong.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent

For now, it works, bringing back some of the ambiguity. I'm back in.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

It's hard to say yet whether it's back on track. But this opener is certainly intriguing. It builds not just in pace but in intensity and excitement too. Hell, I'm in.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Now that it's done with a season of uninspired housekeeping, Homeland can get back to the business of being interesting again.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

It seems that one needs to enter this third season of Showtime's Homeland fully aware that the series has long since deviated from its (relatively) realistic approach in Season 1.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The first episode of season three lags in some areas, but it manages to cram a whole lot of story, duplicity, and action (mostly offscreen) into a single hour of television, which is good enough for me.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The producers appear to have made a concerted effort to dial down the action and Carrie and Brodie's romance, and refocus on the agent and her mentor.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The return of Homeland that reminded me of the deeper ways in which these fictional series are raising issues and asking questions about Washington that even journalism isn't.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

[Claire Danes] floods "Homeland" with ecstasy; she makes it all personal.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

It's a weird, ungainly piece of television that, nonetheless, possesses moments of real and raw power.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

I'm only being honest when I say that Homeland is wearing a bit thin even while it nobly stays the course.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

The result of that change of focus is a return that's quieter than the tone Homeland set when it left us but just as intense, and -- when Danes is on screen -- just as emotionally wrenching.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Was it the most exciting hour ever? No. What it did, though, was give me confidence that the writers have a better plan for where the main story is going this season.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

Sure, it's all more outlandish than the show was in its more restrained, more believable first season, but it's still the best TV thriller airing today so I'm willing to go along for the ride.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Homeland's third season kicked off with a lot of broken people and a damaged nucleus, but I believe the intrigue and tight storytelling that made the first season such a phenomenon is still in place.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

It's a solid episode - tentative in spots, but in a way that feels appropriate to where all the characters find themselves at this point.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

Even though it's in its third season, a time when a lot of acclaimed series begin to show cracks, 'Homeland' just keeps getting deeper, richer and better.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

The trajectory doesn't exactly shoot upward in the first two episodes of Season 3. But that's almost inevitable. This is the kind of story that almost works best as a one-season proposition.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye

Homeland has its own rebuilding to do, and while some may miss the faster pace of last season, these are dark times, and the show is better for dealing with that reality in uncompromising terms.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The show has lost none of its expert knack for building suspense and tossing surprises.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Homeland now stumbles through familiar territory, and the view the second time around isn't half as compelling.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The return of Homeland would have been excitement enough, even with Damian Lewis' Brody in the wind (and off our screens) for a bit.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Carrie's isolation and frustration at being unable to defend herself or find the real culprits is searing, and the viewer feels as caged as she does.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

It will be good when we get Carrie and Brody back in the lineup. Till then, the game is going just fine.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

I hope the rest of the season lives up to the promise of these episodes, but watching Homeland has made me paranoid.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate

Strong start. (Here's hoping it stays that way.)

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday

What worries me about Homeland is that it seems to have made structural and thematic choices that limit where it can go next and how effectively it can get there.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Not only does Claire Danes reaffirm her Emmy win with a magnificent performance in each episode, Mandy Patinkin continues to deliver some of the best work of his career as Saul and remains, until proved otherwise, the new anchor of this series.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

The personal stakes for almost every character are higher than ever, and tension hums below the surface of each scene.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Smart, watchable and extremely well cast, Homeland's creative roller-coaster ride ultimately illustrates the gap between a popcorn show like 24 and the tougher-to-execute hairpin turns of a Breaking Bad.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety

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