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Homeland is a psychological, action-adventure thriller that tells the tale of an American P.O.W. who returns to the U.S. and the federal officers investigating his intentions. Based on the Israeli series Prisoner of War, the show currently airs on the United States cable network Showtime. It was developed from the Israeli version by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.

The antagonist in Homeland is CIA agent Carrie Mathison, portrayed by Claire Danes. An unconventional agent who makes an unauthorized visit to one of her informants in an Iraqi prison, Carrie is assigned to the Agency's Counterterrorism Center. It's here that she learns about the rescue of Nicolas Brody (British actor Damian Lewis), a Marine Sergeant who was captured by al-Qaeda and terrorist Abu Nazir eight years before and presumed dead.

In speaking with her mentor, Agent Saul Berenson, portrayed by Mandy Patinkin, Carrie reveals the informant's message to her before she was dragged out of the Iraqi prison - an American P.O.W. has been turned by al-Qaeda and now works for them. Though Saul dismisses Sergeant Brody as the turned P.O.W., Carrie still pursues her own investigation into the Marine's intentions, going so far as to illegally place cameras and microphones in his home without a warrant.

The first season of Homeland deals with Carrie's pursuit of Brody and her interactions with him as well as her investigation in the U.S. and Middle East connections tying back to terrorist Nazir. During this time both characters go through changes. Brody tries to return to normal life after his rescue, but flashbacks reveal he is very disturbed, the murderer of another Marine P.O.W, and, possibly, the person Carrie's informant mentioned. Carrie's emotions begin to fray as the investigation progresses. Through scenes with family members and friends it's revealed that Carrie has bipolar disorder.

What also changes is the relationship between Brody and Carrie. Finding a mutual wartime connection the two hit it off, despite Carrie's continued belief that Brody is an al-Qaeda operative. At one point, after the two drink too much, they end up having sex in Carrie's car and eventually drive off for a weekend getaway. However, after Carrie is caught in a lie concerning her surveillance, the relationship abruptly ends.

By the end of the first season it's learned that Brody did not kill the other Marine P.O.W., Tom Walker. In fact, Walker is in Washington D.C. on an assignment of his own - to kill Vice President Walden. Brody is also assigned to a similar task, but with a suicide vest instead of a sniper rifle. While this takes place, Brody is selected to run for a congressional seat being vacated by a corrupt politician. Meanwhile, after a bomb explosion causes a concussion, Carrie has a manic episode and nervous breakdown, resulting in her residency in a mental hospital and firing from the CIA.

Season two of Homeland is set about six months after the events of the first season finale with Brody a newly-minted Congressman for Virginia and Carrie, now an ESL teacher, working with the CIA in Lebanon. As the season progresses, Brody's true intentions are revealed to Carrie, resulting in his full confession. However, rather than go to jail, Brody decides to work with the CIA to capture Nazir. The end of the season reveals a large number of crossroads for the characters who survived.

Homeland, produced by Teakwood Lane Productions and Fox 21 in association with Showtime networks, premiered on the cable channel on October 2, 2011 and is now seen in 25 countries, including places like Israel and Iran. The show has won numerous awards since its premiere. In addition to Peabody and Golden Globe awards, Homeland swept the dramatic categories at the 2012 Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actor and Actress awards for Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, and an Outstanding Writing Award for the show's pilot episode.

Homeland has been renewed for a third season of 12 episodes. As of this writing there has been no news of a premiere date.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on Showtime
6 Seasons, 73 Episodes
October 2, 2011
Drama
8.4/10
Cast: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham
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Homeland Full Episode Guide

  • In the season finale, things begin to fall into place.

  • Carrie and Quinn find out something while Keane makes a choice and Max finds trouble.

  • Dar plays his hand. Quinn revisits his past.

  • Carrie catches a break. Keane makes a plan. Max goes undercover.

  • Carrie and Saul submit evidence to Keane. Quinn trails a mark.

  • Carrie receives bad news. Saul comes up with a plan. Quinn accepts his circumstance.

  • Carrie pursues a lead. Saul catches up with an old friend. Keane takes a stance.

  • Keane gets sidelined. Carrie's work follows her home.

  • Carrie manages her client. Saul's journey takes a turn. Quinn examines.

  • Saul visits Abu Dhabi. Carrie delivers bad news. Quinn senses something.

  • Carrie and Reda battle for their client while Quinn resists his new life. Saul and Dar think Keane has a secret.

  • Carrie comes back to the US. Quinn deals with issues in this season opener.

  • Carrie follows a lead.

  • Now Carrie finally starts the search for nine days missing Quinn, the Jihadists post a video of his Sarin nerve-gas test-execution, with an ultimatum for the UN to recognize ISIS or a European city will be targeted. The CIA and hastily informed German counterpart BND realize it must be Berlin and do an amazing job analyzing the video and racing against time. They find Peter alive after the terrorists have left on their mission to a major train station, and the corpse of innocent Faisal Marwan, whom the deputy emir's cousin Zaheer executed, set-up for the 'sabotage' in stead of kinsman Qasim. Dar waves Saul's objection to Allison being allowed, instead of immediate deportation to Langley, to help with the search, while her 'prime asset' Ivan seems to spill the beans on NSB secrets.

  • The CIA and BND make a play, while Quinn reaches a terrifying discovery.

  • Carrie requires Allison's assistance; Quinn designs adjustments.

  • Carrie reopens old friendships; Saul concedes to Allison.

  • Saul commands a sweep at the station. Carrie turns to During for backup.

  • The hacktivists rebel; Quinn defends Carrie; Dar and Allison evaluate the loss.

  • Answers escape Carrie; Laura turns to Jonas for assistance; Saul and Allison carry out an operation.

  • Jonas and Carrie return to her past. Quin stalks his victim.

  • Carrie attempts to make a new life for herself in Berlin, but a petition from her boss places her back into the life she left behind.

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Here's Your 'Homeland' Season 4 Trailer

Four seasons in, it's still the same ol' Carrie. The first-look trailer for "Homeland" season 4 is out, and it's definitely intense. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) looks to have already given birth to her baby, but exactly where the baby is, we're not sure...because she sure as heck isn't going with Carrie to Pakistan. Most of the action of the trailer follows Carrie around Pakistan, a departure from her plan to set up shop in Istanbul as the CIA station chief there.

Homeland - State of Independence Season 2 Episode 3 Recap

This episode of Homeland opens with Saul trying to get back to the United States with the sensitive information he uncovered at the end of last episode. The episode was another action packed eepisode adding more twists to the already pretzel shaped plot.

'Homeland' Season 2: Watch the 'Social Network'-Esque Trailer

The new trailer for "Homeland" season two is out, and it seems awfully similar to the trailer for "The Social Network." That's because it features the same choir that did that awesome cover of "Creep."

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