The Man in the Basement



Critic Consensus: "The Man in the Basement" boasts grounded performances and political commentary as a setup for a potential epic showdown.

Episode Info

Carrie and Reda fight for their client; Quinn battles against his new life; Saul and Dar suspect Keane has a secret.


Claire Danes
as Carrie Mathison
Mandy Patinkin
as Saul Berenson
Rupert Friend
as Peter Quinn
Laila Robins
as Martha Boyd
Sebastian Koch
as Otto During
Miranda Otto
as Allison Carr
Alexander Fehling
as Jonas Happich
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Basement

Well I'm not some fancy big city lawyer but I do declare that I know when I have been hoodwinked by a big New York City television program and boy howdy was Homeland back up to its old tricks.

Jan 24, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This week's performance continued to build Quinn's new, damaged psyche. Friend isn't chewing up scenery or stretching to create bigger moments on his own... and the results are more affecting because they feel so grounded.

Jan 23, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[Carrie will] be butting heads with Dar Adal again soon, which can only be good for the show. However solid the intel on Iranian nukes turns out to be, it felt like the old Homeland was back this week.

Jan 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Without fanfare it elaborates a portrait of a woman pulled in a million directions. It also launches Homeland's most explicit criticism of the War on Terror to date, as seen, for the first time this season, in the series' ever-evolving title sequence.

Jan 23, 2017 | Rating: 7.6/10 | Full Review…

This week, Homeland hammered successfully on the two plot threads that really worked so well last week.

Jan 23, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

I've thought for a long time that Claire Danes is the best actress on television, and she showed why again here, turning average material into a great performance.

Jan 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Prescient as ever, this season of Homeland echoes the bitter distrust between the president-elect and the intelligence community, charting the tense days during the transition of power between administrations.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

It's reassuring to see the series so quickly move Quinn past his ponderous silent treatment of Carrie and his coffee-cup-flinging tantrums.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

"The Man In The Basement" makes a far stronger case for giving yet another Homeland demi-reboot time to reveal its hand.

Jan 23, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

If they gave awards for Worst TV Houseguest, Peter Quinn would be in the running.

Jan 23, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…