Homeland: Season 1 (2011)


Season 1

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Homeland is an addictive, politically resonant spy thriller and compelling character study that benefits from superb performances.



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Air date: Oct 2, 2011

In the opener of this "Manchurian Candidate"-like political thriller, a marine (Damian Lewis) rescued after eight years as a POW in Afghanistan returns home a war hero. But a CIA operative (Claire Danes) suspects he may actually be an enemy agent with a connection to Al Qaeda and part of a plan to commit a terrorist act on U.S. soil.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2011

An undercover agent with connections to a Saudi prince who may be funding terrorist activities provides Carrie with a revealing bit of electronic evidence. Meanwhile, Carrie studies surveillance footage of life in Brody's home, where he appears troubled by traumatic memories and resists Pentagon and media pressure to be hyped as an American war hero.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2011

An exclusive television interview will thrust the Brody family into the national spotlight, unless Dana pulls off her plan to sidetrack the whole bogus process. Elsewhere, Carrie and the team sniff out an Al Qaeda attack on American soil; and Carrie's embedded operative in Prince Farid's camp gets trapped in a chilling situation.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2011

Political powers make big plans to promote Brody as a national hero, but erratic behavior on his part threatens his media image. Elsewhere, a desperate Carrie searches for evidence to link Brody with Abu Nazir, while Saul enjoins her to follow the terrorist financier's money trail.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2011

Carrie believes her suspicions about Brody may be proven correct when he confronts the sole survivor of the insurgents who held him hostage. But the reunion ultimately raises more questions. Meanwhile, the agency zeros in on Aileen and Faisel, the lovers who used funds from the stolen jewelry to purchase the house near the airport.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2011

Having lost a number of essential personnel to Nazir's terrorist plot against the U.S., the CIA issue polygraph tests on everyone who had contact with them. This includes Brody, which Carrie hopes will reveal the truth about him.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2011

Carrie and Brody spend a weekend in the countryside, which ends up complicating their relationship further. Elsewhere, Jessica and Mike catch flak about the truth behind their relationship, while Saul catches Aileen hightailing it to Mexico.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2011

While Carrie and Saul are left reeling by the news that Walker is alive, the intelligence organizations squabble over how to capture him. The FBI leans toward using the public's help, but Carrie thinks they should use his family to draw him out. Elsewhere, Brody sets out to find a mysterious man who has surprising info about his years as a captive.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2011

Brody's efforts to sever ties with Abu Nazir triggers flashbacks to his time as a captive. Meanwhile, the mosque shooting results in a public-relations nightmare for Carrie.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2011

Walker's Washington contact is identified by Carrie and Saul, but the target is protected via diplomatic immunity. Meanwhile, political bigwigs approach Brody about running for a disgraced congressman's seat.

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Self-destructive CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) begins to suspect that veteran U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), a celebrated war hero who was once held as a prisoner by al-Qaeda, may in fact be a terrorist sleeper agent in the critically-acclaimed television drama "Homeland". Series one of "Homeland" begins with Agent Mathison investigating suspicions that Sergeant Brody was turned against his own government by the notorious terrorist faction, and investigating an alleged extremist plot with ties to prominent al-Qaeda member Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban). Later, a mosque shooting plunges Carrie's investigation into chaos, Brody considers a run at politics, and Carrie's skeptical boss Saul (Mandy Patinkin) starts to suspect that her case has merit.

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Critic Reviews for Homeland Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (17)

Homeland juggles a number of subplots and minidramas, which fortunately don't turn out to be either intimidating or confusing because they're introduced smoothly and painlessly.

Oct 2, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Am I hooked? Big time. Of all the drama pilots I watched, this was my favorite.

Oct 2, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

It's compelling, enthralling and steeped in current realities.

Oct 2, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Showtime lets them [the producers] take their time to spin serpentine story lines, gradually pulling us deep into one very sticky, scary web of intrigue.

Oct 2, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's no lie to say you don't get this sort of stylish and challenging stuff very frequently on TV, adult subject matter treated maturely in a series that makes you squirm and think.

Oct 2, 2011 | Full Review…

Clearly, the greatest thing on TV right now is... Homeland...

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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Homeland fills the void on television for good spy drama that's been empty since the early days of Alias.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

The amount of information packed into this pilot episode, which still managed to sustain an urgent dramatic pace while creating a shivery sense of foreboding, is a testament to the quality of the writing and performances...

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

With impressive talent on both sides of the camera, Homeland succeeds as both a compelling thriller and an engaging character drama.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a compellingly tragic end-stop in the life of a shrewdly plotted, breathlessly entertaining and occasionally remarkable series.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

It is here that the thriller reveals within its awesome illogic a second, truer story: that of a talented, intelligent woman with bipolar disorder making her way in a world that doesn't much want her.

Apr 20, 2018 | Full Review…

This is must-see TV in every possible way.

Oct 2, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Homeland: Season 1

  • Aug 14, 2020
    Usual US american heroe propaganda "We kill civilians abroad but that's ok cos we are the good guys but anyone who retaliates is evil especially if they have brown skin and are muslims"
  • Jul 03, 2020
    Once you get past the constant reminder that she's crazy, it's a good watch. We get it though, you don't have to keep going into the crazy story line, it's not all that interesting.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    Certainly involving and dramatic but - a little like "24" - it sometimes felt that the story was being filled or fleshed out just to make up the run time. Added to that, some of the story twists stretched credibility or were just left hanging. However, the performances are genuinely exactly and Clare Danes was sensational
  • May 06, 2020
    This season was full of continuity problems that distracted from the story
  • May 05, 2020
    Homeland is one of those shows that makes people think about everything that goes on around the world, related not only to CIA, GRU, ISI, but most importantly it teaches you to put things into perspective and not judge people directly. Everyone has their reasons and their causes for behaving in certain ways, but the most important thing is being able to realize that people think differently for many reasons. It is not the worst, it's what makes us human in the first place. This show is about putting yourself in someone else's shoes. It sounds cliché, but it might save the day, the month, the year or the world! Regarding the show, the actors are amazing. Don't stop watching after season 3.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    typical series about cia/fbi stuff between us vs m.e.
  • Mar 04, 2020
    One of the best series I've ever watched
  • Feb 26, 2020
    It's a very nice Tv show, BUT PEOPLE LEBANON DOES NOT LOOK LIKET THAT FOR GODS SAKE!!!! they keep describing Lebanon in a very ugly way. Be professional ffs and describe it as it is.
  • Feb 11, 2020
    Every episode keeps you guessing what's coming next. Every guess, though, is not enough and you're left with a good kind of puzzle to solve in the succeeding episodes. This is the kind of action-packed, mystery-filled show that I love.
  • Oct 23, 2019
    Starts awesome and getting worse after season 1 episode 7. I have stopped watching at episode 11

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