Homeland: Season 1 (2011)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 30


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1108
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Air date: Oct 2, 2011
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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.


Claire Danes
as Carrie Mathison
Damian Lewis
as Nicholas Brody
Mandy Patinkin
as Saul Berenson
Morena Baccarin
as Jessica Brody
David Harewood
as David Estes
Diego Klattenhoff
as Capt. Mike Faber
Morgan Saylor
as Dana Brody
Jackson Pace
as Chris Brody
Chris Chalk
as Tom Walker
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Critic Reviews for Homeland Season 1

All Critics (30) | 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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Homeland: Season 1

  • Jun 17, 2019
    only seen 2-3 seasons
  • Mar 13, 2019
    Traumatic adrenaline perfomance.
  • Feb 05, 2019
    Exceptional start to a series. Great writing, unexpected twists and turns. Fantastic performances by Damien Lewis, Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin & Chris Chalk.
  • Feb 27, 2018
    Homeland S1-S5 is one of the best tv series ever.
  • Jun 06, 2017
    Having been recommended Homeland to watch from my poll in the summer, I began watching the hit US TV show..and I was not disappointed. The season begins in thrilling style when US Marine Nicholas Brody, a prisoner of war in the Middle East for the past 8 years, is rescued in a military operation. His first words on screen draw an intake of breath from those watching the video footage of his rescue: “I’m an American.” But his words have an effect altogether different for CIA Analyst for the Counterterrorism Centre Carrie Mathisen, whose Middle East informer several months earlier spoke of an American POW that had been turned. This information sets the scene for an intense game of cat-and-mouse which produces edge-of-the-seat action as well as gut-wrenching emotional confrontations. Carrie’s suspicions, aroused by Brody’s appearance coinciding with her informant’s information, are heightened by Brody’s unusual behaviour which she monitors on cameras she has installed in Brody’s family home. As events progress, the voyeuristic qualities that are prominent in the season, help to create an addictive espionage thriller that has its viewers squirming and thinking constantly about the true identity of Nicholas Brody. Homeland is a stylish and well paced thriller, with a politically resonant premise that is steeped in current realities in the post-9/11 era. The premise is backed by compelling characters that have viewers constantly guessing about their motives as a web of intrigue is built up around them. The combination of relevant premise and fascinating characters makes every episode unpredictable. Provocative television at its best. Season Two to be reviewed shortly… https://rwh92.wordpress.com/
  • Apr 06, 2017
    Well written and well acted. Attuned to telling a good story from multiple sides than being politically correct. Strong feminine lead. Well drawn characters.
  • Mar 13, 2017
    Well done and gripping. Kept at the edge of my seat (or, more accurately, kept me at the edge of doing dishes)
  • Feb 25, 2017
    There are some (I would go so far as to say many) TV shows that start off in a meandering sort of format. Because of renewal constraints or time schedules, the show producers just don't quite get into a groove until late in the first season or even beyond. Likely due to its existence on pay cable (Showtime), however, "Homeland" starts off with a bang and doesn't waver a bit for all twelve episodes of this first season. For a basic plot summary, "Homeland" begins with government agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) investigating criminals of war in the Middle East. One one specific occasion, Carrie is told that an American POW has been "turned", or converted into a sleeper agent for Al Queda. At about the same time, U.S. soldier Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis) is rescued after eight years of captivity. Is he the "turned" agent? As we (the viewers) are given closer looks at the lives of both Carrie and Nicholas, the mystery begins to unravel in tantalizing bits and pieces. The hallmark of this show is easily the fact that the storytelling is paced so well. The show producers (much of the same team that contributed to "24", I believe) divulge everything so perfectly. Relationships are nurtured along (not rushed or prolonged), key plot points are parceled out bit by bit, and the characters grow a little bit with each situation. Only perhaps the very early season of "LOST" rival "Homeland" in terms of dramatic storytelling. The acting is also top-of-the-line. Besides the two leads, great supporting performances are also turned in by Morena Baccarin, Mandy Patinkin, & Morgan Saylor, to name just a few. Each character has a specific purpose within the show, and all the actors realize that purpose and know how to use it to great dramatic effect. Also, if (like me) you are a sucker for politically-themed dramas, then this will quickly rise up near the top of your "favorite shows of all-time" list. It manages to speak to many different political issues and events without taking sides or getting preachy, which is always refreshing. Overall, I watched all twelve of these episodes in the span of days, not weeks. Even in such a short time frame (relatively speaking compared to season-long broadcast shows), so much happens that you'll feel as if you've watched twice the amount of actual fare. Suffice it to say that you'll be chomping at the bit for season two!
  • Feb 16, 2017
    Truly an underrated TV series. Homeland:Season 1 is simply amazing. Well-thought story about political thriller, amazing characters, and of course, superb writing and good performances.
  • Feb 12, 2017
    This show is deranged it is frightening and is one of the ebst shows on TV

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