Homeland: Season 1 (2011)



Critic Consensus: 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
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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…
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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…

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



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Super Reviewer

The Showtime political thriller Homeland is a high-quality and provocative series that exemplifies what serial television can do. Season 1 follows the return Stg. Nickolas Brody, a U.S. Marine who was held prisoner by al-Qaeda for 8 years in Iraq, as he struggles to reacclimate to life back home with his family; meanwhile the CIA secretly investigates Brody as a possible double agent after receiving a tip that an American POW had been turned by al-Qaeda. The material is especially rich, and quickly evolves into a complex and compelling story. The casting is also especially good; as Claire Danes and Damian Lewis are incredible, and really give dynamic performances. And the supporting cast members, such as Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin, are equally as strong. Full of intrigue and suspense, Homeland delivers an extraordinary first season.


Super Reviewer

Seasons 1 and 2 are superb. 3 and 4, while a bit plot-thin, are good


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