• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 27, 2013
    100
    Imagine 24 devoting a substantial block of time to exploring the repercussions of one of its attacks, without moving on to the next threat, and you get the idea.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 27, 2013
    100
    The gamble is that other characters can hold our interest and move the ball forward while we wait for Carrie and Brody. Mission accomplished.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 26, 2013
    91
    Foremost, getting Brody off-screen turns out to be an inspired move. In his absence, there's a new world order, or disorder, with a lot of people left to assemble the pieces, including Saul, Carrie, and most of all, Dana.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 28, 2013
    90
    As much as I love what Lewis and Patinkin—as well as Baccarin and Saylor—do here, Danes is what makes Homeland remarkable.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Sep 28, 2013
    90
    The show has lost none of its expert knack for building suspense and tossing surprises.
  6. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Sep 28, 2013
    90
    Nowhere in the media has the moral question of such [government-ordered] kills been explored with the texture and depth that Homeland brings to [just] one little scene Sunday.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 25, 2013
    90
    Bringing [Saul and Carrie] to the forefront and giving them a lot of scenes in the first two episodes has strengthened the series. The writing and acting in the first two episodes are exceptional. Let’s hope this continues, because it’s once again thrilling to watch this show.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Oct 3, 2013
    88
    The third-season premiere [of] Homeland delivers a strong episode that repairs much of the damage done last season to this excellent show.
  9. Reviewed by: Matthew Wolfson
    Sep 24, 2013
    88
    Showing us the long-term impact of the attack on the lives of these characters, whose deep-seated motivations and fears have gradually been revealed to us over the last two seasons, allows Homeland to transcend its tendencies toward the hyperbolic and gives us a reason to suspend our disbelief.
  10. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Sep 25, 2013
    83
    Despite what feels like risky storytelling, Homeland is staying true to its characters, following through on its fireworks to examine the ashes as well. It’s hard to tell which way it’s going to go, but for its performances and sheer courage, it’s worth watching.
  11. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sep 27, 2013
    80
    Some viewers may be dismayed to see so much more of Brody's sulky daughter, Dana (Morgan Saylor), or put off by another Carrie meltdown. But those are minor annoyances. Overall, the new Homeland looks to be back on track in marvelous ways.
  12. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Oct 2, 2013
    75
    The business of powerful men demonizing a strong, if suffering, heroic woman makes for layered drama. As usual, Danes throws mind, heart, and jittery chin into making Carrie feel real.... For now, Homeland sans Brody feels too safe, too conventional.
  13. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 27, 2013
    75
    The slooowly-paced first two episodes offer enough action and intrigue to keep me riding a while longer.
  14. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 27, 2013
    75
    The first two episodes of season 3 are reassuringly grounded in believable intrigue. [7 Oct 2013, p.49]
  15. 70
    There's a lot to like in these first two episodes: Dana and Jessica's scenes have greater psychological weight than before, thanks to Brody's absent presence, though they do raise the uncomfortable question of how interested we need to be now that the family isn't directly connected to the show's central institution anymore (the Betty Draper problem on Mad Men). The episodes also give us a clear, at times unnerving sense of how hard it must be for somebody as gifted but volatile as Carrie to work in such a button-down environment, and how easy it must be to write her off as merely unstable or merely crazy.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 27, 2013
    70
    Homeland has its own rebuilding to do, and while some may miss the faster pace of last season, these are dark times, and the show is better for dealing with that reality in uncompromising terms.
  17. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 27, 2013
    70
    At moments, it’s like [Season 3 of] Homeland blew up not just CIA headquarters but season 2 itself. That is, it’s a version of what it might have been like if--as was apparently the original plan--Brody’s explosive vest did go off in that government shelter at the end of season 1. And it works, mostly, at least for the two hours of the season’s beginning.
  18. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    Thankfully the greatest love story no one ever wanted to be a love story is not the focus of the first two episodes, which illustrate the power and punch Homeland can still muster when freed from its more Hallmark-ian tendencies.
  19. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 27, 2013
    60
    Homeland is wearing a bit thin even while it nobly stays the course.
  20. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 26, 2013
    60
    This new season of Homeland.... comes across at times like a newborn foal on wobbly legs.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 19, 2013
    60
    These latest episodes represent a tentative first step toward seeing whether the show can re-ascend to those heights or, conversely, plummet into an abyss of implausibility. Like so much else pertaining to Homeland, at this point, it could go either way.
  22. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 27, 2013
    58
    Homeland now stumbles through familiar territory, and the view the second time around isn’t half as compelling.
  23. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 20, 2013
    40
    The third season doesn’t just stretch credulity, it tries patience.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 213 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 10 out of 33
  1. Oct 9, 2013
    0
    Oh come on. This is more like a (very bad) soap opera set at the CIA than a spy show. In my opinion it has been deteriorating steadily for some time now and has finally become completely unwatchable.

    Specifics: let's start with Carrie Mathison. The WORST candidate for a CIA agent in the history of fiction. Her behavior would get her thrown out of a Starbucks let alone a senior role at the CIA. I can't understand how this is supposed to be a sympathetic character. She is a goddamned nightmare. A loud, aggressive, annoying, drama queen idiot. Probably one of the least likeable characters I have ever seen. I also can't understand why Claire Danes has received so many accolades for her performance. She just contorts her face, sobs, looks confused and yells a lot.

    Not that she's on screen all that much since the show now seems to be more focused on the love life of the teenage daughter of the terrorist from the previous show, and her gormless mother. My suggestions is watch this in a format you can fast forward unless you are interested in a teen romance/ coming of age drama in which case why are you watching a show about the CIA and terrorism? Go and rent Romeo and Juliet.

    The only likeable characters are Saul and Peter Quinn, who actually do some spy stuff sometimes in between crises of conscience, usually about Carrie. Quinn is a bad-ass stone cold killer. Or was. Now he wants to quit the CIA because of the way they treat people or something. Saul is an insightful troubled man with the weight of the world (or at least the protection of the USA) on his shoulders. I was pleased to see he didn't chicken out of green lighting the only bit of action on the show so far (I thought he would). However Saul regularly puts his obligations to the country second to being nice to Carrie (who causes more harm to the country/ CIA than Brodie does), giving her lots of "one more chance" opportunities and apologizing to her for perfectly reasonable things (to which she always shouts her catch phrase "f**k you Saul!").

    The plot itself has gotten so contorted I have no idea what is going on. Since last season the plot has alternated between everyone thinking Brody is a terrorist except Carrie who thinks he's innocent and her boyfriend, and everyone thinking he's innocent apart from Carrie who thinks he's a terrorist and stalks him. Brodie himself is apparently not sure and might have accidentally bombed the CIA. Currently it's the everyone says he is/ Carrie says he isn't/ stalker set up and Brodie himself is on holiday in Canada.

    Writers of Homeland, here's what I think ought to happen from here: Saul gets demoted because he let Carrie ruin the CIA/show. He is ordered to shut Carrie up once and for all. Being thoroughly fed up with her bullsh*t Saul orders Peter Quinn to kill her. Quinn goes to warn her because he has a conscience now, but she is so goddamned annoying he ends up shooting her in the head and remembers how to be bad ass. Brodie is upset at Carrie's death and vows to bomb the CIA on purpose this time and the rest of the show is about actual spying where Saul (trying to revive his career) and Peter Quinn (bad ass again) try to stop Brodie (who has finally made up his mind that he is a terrorist after all). In order to do so they kidnap Brodie's daughter and put her somewhere very, very far away from the cameras where she cannot communicate with her boyfriend. Out of kindness they let her mother go with her.
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  2. Oct 7, 2013
    2
    Bring back brody already, I'm sick of seeing Carrie and Dana over and over again. The best part of the series was Brody; Dana is by far the most uninteresting and now she is getting the most screen time which is just ridiculous. Full Review »
  3. Oct 6, 2013
    3
    Season three is like watching a balloon slowly deflate. Where's the eminent danger? This season has turned an exciting story line into a melodrama train wreck. How many more Carrie meltdowns are we suppose to endure? Hey writers it's time to catch some bad guys. Get on with it! Full Review »