Last Sunday as I was watching the Emmys, I was actually screaming at the screen when Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm lost “Best Actor” to Damian Lewis (Homeland). But once I saw that Homeland won “Best Actor”, “Best Actress”, and “Best Drama”, I decided to drop my Breaking Bad and Mad Men pride and give the show a shot.
Thank god I did.
Homeland is one of the best shows I’ve seen in years. It’s on par with The Sopranos and Breaking Bad, and even better than Mad Men. The plot of the show in the most basic terms possible (it’s VERY complicated), is that Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) returns home after being a prisoner of war in Iraq for eight years, and Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is a CIA agent who believes he was turned and is plotting an attack on America. The show sets Brody and Carrie up as the two heroes of the show, and you are constantly wondering whom you should be rooting for. You see Brody with his children and his wife (who started an affair with his best friend while he was presumed dead), and then you see him praying in Arabic in his garage. You aren’t sure whether Brody is brainwashed or suffering from PTSD, but most of all you aren’t sure whether Brody is a good guy or a bad guy. Carrie also suffers from schizophrenia, so you are constantly wondering whether her paranoia about Brody is warranted or just a result of her mental illness. I could go on about this show for hours, but instead you should all just stop reading right now, get the first season, and start watching.
Just make sure you block out 13 hours of your day, because you will want to watch the entire season in one sitting.