Homeland : Season 3

  • Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 361 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 361

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  1. Dec 15, 2013
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have been watching the show from the very beginning. It had way too many unnecessary fillers i.e. the daughter, the son and now a new baby, please. Why wasn't abortion or contraception discussed when Kerry became pregnant. So the CIA gives its "heroes" any weapon or technology it needs but they don't have a few rubbers for them. Its time to tie a knot in the show and properly dispose of it.
    Thank you.
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  2. Dec 17, 2013
    5
    What a shame this show has become a victim to the network overlords. The third series was clearly never planned for.

    The first half of the series we have to watch episodes full of the leftover Brody family, they have absolutely 0 to do with the show now, but are stuck there and being used as episode filler. And when we finally get an interesting final 2 episodes, we see absolutely
    What a shame this show has become a victim to the network overlords. The third series was clearly never planned for.

    The first half of the series we have to watch episodes full of the leftover Brody family, they have absolutely 0 to do with the show now, but are stuck there and being used as episode filler. And when we finally get an interesting final 2 episodes, we see absolutely nothing of the Brody family, whats there reaction to what there father/husband is doing/whats happening to him?

    And as if the third season clearly wasnt planned, the ending proves there was 0 intention of a 4th season which is being forced through.
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  3. Nov 4, 2013
    4
    The major story development and the performances of the cast didn't help this season's confusing new direction which could makes this season so inferior to its previous seasons.
  4. Nov 21, 2013
    6
    I truly believe the team behind Homeland is brilliant. They know how to tell a compelling story. It's always a joy to watch Claire Danes at her best. Although, this season seems to be more difficult to watch than the first two seasons. I have a feeling it is going to have a climatic closer for the final four episodes. If not, than this season has really taken a downward turn from the previous.
  5. Aug 16, 2014
    5
    Given the people at Homeland really didn't seem confident or have a concrete plan for season 3, they still crafted a pretty good season. It's the worst of the 3, but that doesn't mean it wasn't compelling or uneventful. Claire Daines and Mandy Patinkin once again knock it out of the park with their acting and the rest of the assemble delivered too. The story was still very compelling andGiven the people at Homeland really didn't seem confident or have a concrete plan for season 3, they still crafted a pretty good season. It's the worst of the 3, but that doesn't mean it wasn't compelling or uneventful. Claire Daines and Mandy Patinkin once again knock it out of the park with their acting and the rest of the assemble delivered too. The story was still very compelling and the pace got better as the season went along. Thankfully, the Mrs and Dana Brody story wasn't that bad compared to season 2. They weren't as important this season and they were used a lot better. It wasn't dragged out like season 2. Finally after 3 seasons, Brody has finally died and he died in peace. They should have killed him off in season 2, but he was not in that many episodes this season. At the very end of the season, it looks like the show has a new beginning. It starts fresh next season and hopefully we can get the beauty like we did in season 1 and in parts of 2. Expand
  6. Oct 1, 2013
    4
    Homeland could have taken the Breaking Bad route or the Dexter route. Seems like they have chosen the latter and the first episode is a disappointing confirmation of this. The quality the show had in its pilot season is, sadly, lost. It insults the intelligence of the average viewer, stretching credulity and trying patience. Hopefully this first episode is a minor distraction and thingsHomeland could have taken the Breaking Bad route or the Dexter route. Seems like they have chosen the latter and the first episode is a disappointing confirmation of this. The quality the show had in its pilot season is, sadly, lost. It insults the intelligence of the average viewer, stretching credulity and trying patience. Hopefully this first episode is a minor distraction and things will improve in the coming weeks. Expand
  7. Oct 8, 2013
    4
    Huge fan of seasons 1 and 2. Season 3: Carrie is crazier than ever, Saul is a bad guy??, Dana has taken
    her teenage angst and petulance to an annoying place!!!!! AND...where is Brody??? are you trying to kill
    the show?
  8. Jan 26, 2014
    5
    Just started out waaaay to slow. They used the whole season to set up one event. I mean i like the long con and all, but come on. It seems like they had one good idea for the season and threw a bunch of crap in ther to fill time. I give it a 5 because in the end it really picked up, but i mean really in the END.
  9. Mar 22, 2016
    6
    Third season begins seeking to right itself after the second's maddening narrative turns

    Few programs have experienced the explosive trajectory of “Homeland,” an Emmy winner for its first season before vaulting headlong into its second, wildly veering off course and, almost literally, blowing the whole thing up in the season finale. The third flight thus finds the series back on
    Third season begins seeking to right itself after the second's maddening narrative turns

    Few programs have experienced the explosive trajectory of “Homeland,” an Emmy winner for its first season before vaulting headlong into its second, wildly veering off course and, almost literally, blowing the whole thing up in the season finale. The third flight thus finds the series back on somewhat more sober terrain in addressing the fallout from those events, while suffering from big absences initially. Smart, watchable and extremely well cast, “Homeland’s” creative roller-coaster ride ultimately illustrates the gap between a popcorn show like “24” — not a bad option, but more limited — and the tougher-to-execute hairpin turns of a “Breaking Bad.”

    For those who haven’t caught up (and spoilers will only apply to them), the explosion at the CIA has left the world assuming former POW Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis, absent from these initial episodes) is dead, while the CIA agent who hunted and bedded him, Carrie (Claire Danes), must deal with the fallout, including congressional scrutiny regarding how this mess could have happened.

    Carrie’s mentor, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), is also trying to steer an agency decimated and devastated by the blast — eager for both answers and, perhaps less helpfully, revenge.

    Showrunners Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, who adapted the original Israeli series and gave it an electric turbo-boost that made even President Obama a fan, have demonstrated this is a world where very bad things might happen, which is helpful in keeping the audience off balance.

    It’s also a place where alliances and friendships are fungible and moral clarity remains elusive. Although “Homeland” doesn’t traffic in moral equivalency necessarily, it does pointedly drive home the notion that the threat of terrorism has a way of leading those charged with thwarting it into questionable thickets, which generally come with unpalatable tradeoffs and distasteful choices.

    At the same time, the show hasn’t escaped some of the dead ends that arose and became groan-inducing during last year’s uneven ride, most notably the ongoing mini-drama surrounding Brody’s teenage daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor), whose plotline continues to command far more screentime than it merits.

    Danes, by contrast, has made the most of a character whose paranoia is often justified, and Patinkin’s beefed-up presence to start season three (with F. Murray Abraham also hanging around) adds welcome edge and gravitas to the antiterrorism crusade.

    “Homeland” has forged a strong enough bond with most of its audience — and built up enough prestige as Showtime’s first best-series Emmy recipient — that it can probably punch its own ticket, but what initially appeared like one of TV’s finest hours slipped several rungs as it aggressively (and to its credit, fearlessly) chewed through life-and-death scenarios.

    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.
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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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.