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Claire Danes plays a deeply empathetic, deeply flawed mess of a human being. Damien Lewis is a picture-perfect war hero turned on its head. And Mandy Patinkin as a hardened CIA careerist caught between professional duties and personal loyalties.

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At the end of the Cold War, the spy story receded into the background; this type of plot reemerged following 9/11, but often heading in a very different direction—less subtle, less personal, less credible. At its reductionist worst, I think a bad espionage drama is my very least favorite type of storytelling, jingoist and cynical and opportunistic. But at its best, it’s my favorite: that’s Season 1 of Homeland. — Chris Pavone, bestselling author of four international thrillers including The Expats and Paris Diversion. Read More

From Matthew Gilbert at Boston Globe:

Of all the drama pilots I watched, this is my favorite. Full Review

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