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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Summary: Season four picks up about six months after season three with Carrie working in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 3, 2014
    Homeland's fourth season feels as fresh, important and relevant as yesterday's news--or tomorrow's news. A bracing, intelligent start.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 3, 2014
    The rebooted Homeland promises to be an engaging, streamlined CIA thriller with a few big ideas about America and the war on terrorism.
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Hughes
    Oct 6, 2014
    We're getting the character we knew she was capable of being, with the added layer of new motherhood.... Admittedly, it's too early to declare definitively that Homeland is back, but I will say it's back to being a show I'm looking forward to watching, rather than one that made me angry as it lost its credibility mostly and lost its way completely.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Oct 3, 2014
    By episode 3, Homeland starts connecting. A murder mystery becomes intriguing, key franchise assets (including Mandy Patinkin's Saul) are plugged directly into the main narrative, and a new agent (Michael O'Keefe) provides a welcome spark.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 3, 2014
    The show feels new again, but that doesn’t mean it feels fully refreshed, nor is it immune to painting itself into the same sort of corners it got stuck in before.
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 3, 2014
    You'll still need to suspend disbelief to accept her as someone the CIA could trust again, much less as anonymous enough for clandestine work. But if you can make the leap, it looks as if the post-Brody world still has stories worth telling.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 2, 2014
    There is a flatness to the supporting characters--Saul's wife and Carrie's sister are now garden-variety Prestige Cable nags--and a measured predictability to the overall story that drains too much tension from even the sight of a wig-free Corey Stoll. Yet Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham are still fantastic, the show still employs top-notch directors and Homeland can still rustle up an atmosphere of tense isolation when it needs to. All in all, many of the tin-eared elements would more or less tolerable if I were still intrigued by Carrie Mathison.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    I am really happy about the direction Homeland is going. I always felt after season 2 that the Brody storyline was getting a bit stretched. Now that he's gone, Homeland can be what it shoul've been all about giant plots on terrorism and events of national interest. Not myopic and short storylines Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2014
    What an amazing start for season 4. I really liked everything about the season 4 premiere. This was exactly what Homeland needed after season 3. Good job! Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    A great start to season 4 and so much better than season 3. This is what we wanted season 3 to be. Having no Brody finally gives the show some freedom to explore a better story. Expand
  4. Oct 7, 2014
    Season 4 is off to a brilliant start. After a very dissapointing Season 3 Homeland is back on track. Very interesting new characters and always welcome Quinn playing a bigger role. It is very interesting again. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2014
    After the first two episodes, I think we're off to a very good start. The show seems fresh and suspenseful
    and looking forward to the next
    few episodes. Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2014
    “The Drone Queen” was the best television episode since the season finales of GTO and The Americans. The scene where Carrie is in the back seat as Quinn drives away from “the predicament” they were up to Carrie (blood on face mirror scene) shows why Homeland is still one of the best shows on TV and why it can still be better than Season 1 (aka the peak of American television). Not only is the scene visually break taking but acting and the inner drama it just unlike anything anywhere on television.
    The only problem with Homeland, and has been a problem since the beginning is that political plots that are not based on actual or historical events (The Americans) must be airtight. Plot holes are all over television, but in political/military drama they are far more glaring because although it’s only fiction, it seems, to the viewer, like much is at stake.
    “Trylon and Perisphere” was one of the worst, if not the worst in the series. The shameful part is that the scenes with Carrie and her baby were very effective, very good. It showed just how much of a monster Carrie is become. She was always a little off, but now she is turning into a cold-blood killer (contrast this Carrie with the Carrie that was heartbroken after losing one of her agents in the early part of season 1).
    However, the plot in which they used to get Carrie and her daughter together was absolutely stupid. The inner drama of the characters is there. It is smart. The other drama is sloppy, unbelievable. So here’s where we are. Homeland must, must downside its political scale if it wants to return to and surpass its form.
    8/10 because Carrie single handing saves this show, along with the pure beauty of the picture, and hides the plot hoes, but I am not sure she can “Carrie” the show through an entire season.
  7. Oct 27, 2014
    I am happy to see appreciation on user review but instead i have different view, as can see the depiction of drama portraying Islamabad in canvas is totally different from reality. Character doesn't speak proper Urdu as if they are American but don't know how to speak English.
    They are not handling properly local's characters for example avoiding prayers for sex etc etc. Their are big loopholes in this season. It seems the producers are in desperate to have any script to record and play.
    Since it is a spy show tiny little information are also matters to refine the story & be closer to reality.

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