• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 302 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 302

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. Oct 27, 2013
    3
    So boring this 3th season. I am watching the 4th ep and stay angry with the romance of the daughter and his boyfriend. Mayba is the death of the Homeland!
  5. 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!
  6. Feb 12, 2014
    3
    This show has gone off the rails so badly it no longer remembers what rails are. It's become a joke, having steadily declined episode by episode since the end of season 1. I wish I hadn't bothered.
  7. 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.
  8. Sep 30, 2013
    2
    I watched the season opener for Homeland last night. If anything, it's gotten less engaging as time has gone on. I dropped out of watching it last season because Carrie Mathison was a completely unsympathetic and unbelievable character to have that position in the CIA. It hasn't gotten any better. You know a show is bad when you root for the protagonist to get machine-gunned.
  9. Oct 9, 2013
    2
    The much anticipated season 3 of Homeland opens with a disappointment. The beginning two episodes lack the thrill, nail biting mystery and edge of the seats moments that made it popular at the first place.

    The characters too add to the audience misery with Carrie's unbearable acts, which have become too monotonous with no dimensions to her. The supposed to be unpredictable Carrie has
    The much anticipated season 3 of Homeland opens with a disappointment. The beginning two episodes lack the thrill, nail biting mystery and edge of the seats moments that made it popular at the first place.

    The characters too add to the audience misery with Carrie's unbearable acts, which have become too monotonous with no dimensions to her. The supposed to be unpredictable Carrie has ironically become the most predictable character in the show and sadly irritating too. Add Dana's soapy over the top drama and the show has made a seamless transformation from the mystery thriller to a soap in the background of terrorism & CIA.
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  10. Dec 20, 2013
    0
    worst season ever.Carrie's over acting and stupid broedy's daughters psycho love story is really is bitter sweat pill to swallow Writters were badly exposed since they cant copy anymore due to the unavailability of season 3 of Israel TV show.They tried to add twist and turns in scripts by believing viewers that Carrie worked for Iran but its flopped and damaged the reliability of scriptworst season ever.Carrie's over acting and stupid broedy's daughters psycho love story is really is bitter sweat pill to swallow Writters were badly exposed since they cant copy anymore due to the unavailability of season 3 of Israel TV show.They tried to add twist and turns in scripts by believing viewers that Carrie worked for Iran but its flopped and damaged the reliability of script and causing majority if fans do dump the show. Expand
  11. Oct 22, 2013
    0
    wow i don't know what heppened this season but it looks like a mexican novella, this gets me bored..i think the show just can't get through no more....
  12. Oct 7, 2013
    0
    The writers must be in college (freshmen) and have not developed a style yet. I am glad you asked that question because it seems crystal clear there is no maturity in this episode's style.

    Season 3 Episode 2 may cause Homeland to lose the battle of keeping this show alive. Carrie losing her mind again, too much of anything is not good for anybody. Dana's character; Uh Oh it way off
    The writers must be in college (freshmen) and have not developed a style yet. I am glad you asked that question because it seems crystal clear there is no maturity in this episode's style.

    Season 3 Episode 2 may cause Homeland to lose the battle of keeping this show alive. Carrie losing her mind again, too much of anything is not good for anybody. Dana's character; Uh Oh it way off base. She must have some connections with the producers to keep her on screen so long. Sick of it! Brody's son, I feel for him, I would rather see more of him than Dana's character. And certainly more of Jessica! All I can say is go ahead and write this show off as the little Engine that could but didn't.
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  13. 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
    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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  14. Oct 31, 2014
    0
    simply appalling. an incredible decay compared to the previous seasons. little to no thrill. inconsistency in the portrayal of the characters (at the end of the second season dana realized that her father wasn't the author of the attack, and now she has forgotten about her intuition?). inexplicable disappearance of mike (one would expect he'd move in with brodies' family and instead…simply appalling. an incredible decay compared to the previous seasons. little to no thrill. inconsistency in the portrayal of the characters (at the end of the second season dana realized that her father wasn't the author of the attack, and now she has forgotten about her intuition?). inexplicable disappearance of mike (one would expect he'd move in with brodies' family and instead… nothing, just one, useless appearance; also useless the character of brodie's son: can't even remember his name!). the scene where dana tells her mother she wants to move out is ridiculous: first dana's mother is desperate, and one second later she's just like "ok, go, my sweet daughter, just don't forget to take some food". overall, the first part of the season gives the impression that they used dana's boring issues just to fill some space. the second part of is a bit better, but still much below the excellent level of the two seasons. also, the portrayal of iranians is outrageous, it is informed by the worst, ignorant propaganda (tehran's people are not bearded, hysterical terrorist fans!) Expand
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.