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Sundays, 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

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A taut psychological thriller about a volatile CIA officer (Emmy® winner Claire Danes) who becomes convinced that a recently rescued American POW may be connected to an al Qaeda plot to be carried out on U.S. soil. Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis also star.
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by Lucy
Jun 4, 2016 11:26AM EDT
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Everyone should watch this show if only for Claire Danes extraordinary acting ability, which covers the whole range of human emotion in such heartbreaking form, what a talent. Season 4 is definitely a game changer for Carrie and the CIA. I definitely appreciate the clever plot twists and beautifully written tension in the show. The research the producers/writers put in is evident and I for one would love to see more of this kind of smart, character driven tv peppered with ‘grey’ characters and stunning acting.

The premise at the start of season 4 is for Carrie to keep being a solid station chief in Kabul and to move on from Brody’s death. The death of station chief Sandi in Pakistan is the catalyst for a series of events to move her away from job security and back into the field as station chief in Islamabad/undercover operative to find out what happened to Sandi and to stop terrorist Haqqani’s growing regime.

The focus back on Carrie and the CIA against terrorists is a good move by the show and really gets back into the heart of what made Homeland so good in the first season: Carrie doing her job unconventionally and brilliantly against many outside pressures. Lots of great Carrie and Peter Quinn interactions this season, and their relationship is developed well over the course of the season, with both of them battling each other and their own beliefs to do what is right and what would protect each other.

Quinn has always had a more intuitive moral compass compared to Carrie, and his ethical questioning of missions really gets to the heart of matters in the show, even making Carrie think twice on occasion. Peter has really opened up emotionally this season, though he still has his moments of being a ruthless black ops trained stealth assassin CIA superstar bomb maker spy master, which are very intriguing too!

Carrie and Saul’s relationship goes up and down this season, trusting and not trusting each other, lying to each other, work seamlessly together, saving each other and even betraying each other as the season draws to a close. Their relationship is so crucial to American intelligence and the season as a whole, it was interesting to see them get past the old student/mentor relationship into over-dependent co-workers and thrust them both into terrifying and tense situations. Brilliant acting all round with these two.

I was very pleased to see Max the technician get more a prominent role this season, as well as the welcome return of Fara as another great female CIA officer. The introduction of the US ambassador was great, she was a sensible political powerhouse that the series desperately needed, as Lockhart heading the CIA in the US doesn’t do a great job in his political role…. Although this season did show us more of the struggles Lockhart faces and how impossible the situations involving terrorism are, which did make me warm to him more by the end of the season (as well as the infamous lasagne scene, which really helped humanise his character).

I enjoyed all the action in Pakistan and the group of CIA workers/Pakistani government officials and terrorists we followed during the season. It showed corruption in both the USA and Pakistan and also good souls in both camps, trying hard to find the best deal for everyone. The story of Aayan and his part in the terrorist network was a very grey story that showed how networks work and that the most normal of people can inadvertently get caught up in terrorism.

I also enjoyed Carrie’s family struggles; her breaking relationship with her sister, reconnecting with her absent mother and her new found struggles with motherhood. Carrie’s worries about her mood disorder and her depression over Brody prevent her from bonding with her child and it’s heartbreaking to see her not want anything to do with her baby :( It was also heartbreaking to see Carrie’s despair at her fathers death, he was such a great character (although the actor playing him died) it would be great to see more of him in flashbacks or something in the future.

There have been some phenomenal episodes this season, but 13 hours in Islamabad deserves a special mention as one of the most brilliantly written, acted and directed television episodes I’ve ever watched. The stakes were high, the pacing was spot on and it was beyond tense all the way through, with all characters having roles to play and no one guaranteed to survive (RIP Fara). After that episode, the remainder of the season mainly tied up loose ends and set up shop for the next season, which was a teeny bit of a let down, but overall I feel that season 4 has been a triumphant return to form for Homeland, feeling incredible realistic and bringing to our screens the true horrors and battles the CIA faces on a daily basis.

I hope the series continues to expand on this realistic, ‘happening right now’ storytelling when season 5 takes us to Germany (though I am very worried about what might happen to Quinn on his latest black ops mission) Bring me some excellent Quinn, Saul and Carrie character development and I shall be happy!

Everyone should watch this show if only for Claire Danes extraordinary acting ability, which covers the whole range of human emotion in such heartbreaking form, what a talent. Season 4 is definitely a game changer for Carrie and the CIA. I definitely appreciate the clever plot twists and beautifully written tension in the show. The research the producers/writers put in is evident and I for one would love to see more of this kind of smart, character driven tv peppered with ‘grey’ characters and stunning acting.

The premise at the start of season 4 is for Carrie to keep being a solid station chief in Kabul and to move on from Brody’s death. The death of station chief Sandi in Pakistan is the catalyst for a series of events to move her away from job security and back into the field as station chief in Islamabad/undercover operative to find out what happened to Sandi and to stop terrorist Haqqani’s growing regime.

The focus back on Carrie and the CIA against terrorists is a good move by the show and really gets back into the heart of what made Homeland so good in the first season: Carrie doing her job unconventionally and brilliantly against many outside pressures. Lots of great Carrie and Peter Quinn interactions this season, and their relationship is developed well over the course of the season, with both of them battling each other and their own beliefs to do what is right and what would protect each other.

Quinn has always had a more intuitive moral compass compared to Carrie, and his ethical questioning of missions really gets to the heart of matters in the show, even making Carrie think twice on occasion. Peter has really opened up emotionally this season, though he still has his moments of being a ruthless black ops trained stealth assassin CIA superstar bomb maker spy master, which are very intriguing too!

Carrie and Saul’s relationship goes up and down this season, trusting and not trusting each other, lying to each other, work seamlessly together, saving each other and even betraying each other as the season draws to a close. Their relationship is so crucial to American intelligence and the season as a whole, it was interesting to see them get past the old student/mentor relationship into over-dependent co-workers and thrust them both into terrifying and tense situations. Brilliant acting all round with these two.

I was very pleased to see Max the technician get more a prominent role this season, as well as the welcome return of Fara as another great female CIA officer. The introduction of the US ambassador was great, she was a sensible political powerhouse that the series desperately needed, as Lockhart heading the CIA in the US doesn’t do a great job in his political role…. Although this season did show us more of the struggles Lockhart faces and how impossible the situations involving terrorism are, which did make me warm to him more by the end of the season (as well as the infamous lasagne scene, which really helped humanise his character).

I enjoyed all the action in Pakistan and the group of CIA workers/Pakistani government officials and terrorists we followed during the season. It showed corruption in both the USA and Pakistan and also good souls in both camps, trying hard to find the best deal for everyone. The story of Aayan and his part in the terrorist network was a very grey story that showed how networks work and that the most normal of people can inadvertently get caught up in terrorism.

I also enjoyed Carrie’s family struggles; her breaking relationship with her sister, reconnecting with her absent mother and her new found struggles with motherhood. Carrie’s worries about her mood disorder and her depression over Brody prevent her from bonding with her child and it’s heartbreaking to see her not want anything to do with her baby :( It was also heartbreaking to see Carrie’s despair at her fathers death, he was such a great character (although the actor playing him died) it would be great to see more of him in flashbacks or something in the future.

There have been some phenomenal episodes this season, but 13 hours in Islamabad deserves a special mention as one of the most brilliantly written, acted and directed television episodes I’ve ever watched. The stakes were high, the pacing was spot on and it was beyond tense all the way through, with all characters having roles to play and no one guaranteed to survive (RIP Fara). After that episode, the remainder of the season mainly tied up loose ends and set up shop for the next season, which was a teeny bit of a let down, but overall I feel that season 4 has been a triumphant return to form for Homeland, feeling incredible realistic and bringing to our screens the true horrors and battles the CIA faces on a daily basis.

I hope the series continues to expand on this realistic, ‘happening right now’ storytelling when season 5 takes us to Germany (though I am very worried about what might happen to Quinn on his latest black ops mission) Bring me some excellent Quinn, Saul and Carrie character development and I shall be happy!

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Jan 11, 2016 10:22PM EST
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More than real of a tv show.

More than real of a tv show.

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Dec 21, 2015 11:22AM EST
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Love this show! Hope they never end it!!

Love this show! Hope they never end it!!

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Dec 11, 2015 4:00PM EST
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The main character is almost always unlikable yet you can't help to admire the script and acting that goes on. This show has such an amazing cast and great script. The drama and suspense are engaging and thrilling.

The main character is almost always unlikable yet you can't help to admire the script and acting that goes on. This show has such an amazing cast and great script. The drama and suspense are engaging and thrilling.

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Nov 29, 2015 11:36PM EST
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Season 4 and the rest of homeland will be problem for me ... If u can not stand the lead character in a show and truly believe she is the evil one and the terrorist are the good guys u know there is a problem.. I could not stand the character of Carrie and only tolerate her because I sympathized with the character of Brody but this bitch has learned not a damn thing and she makes people with a mental disability have a bad name.

Season 4 and the rest of homeland will be problem for me ... If u can not stand the lead character in a show and truly believe she is the evil one and the terrorist are the good guys u know there is a problem.. I could not stand the character of Carrie and only tolerate her because I sympathized with the character of Brody but this bitch has learned not a damn thing and she makes people with a mental disability have a bad name.

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by tyma38
Nov 22, 2015 5:07PM EST
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Peer pressure made watch this show when it started, I did not get the hype about it. Season 4 changed all of that. It became a lot more realistic in season 4, it had me shouting 'this is what I'm talking about' at every episode.

Peer pressure made watch this show when it started, I did not get the hype about it. Season 4 changed all of that. It became a lot more realistic in season 4, it had me shouting 'this is what I'm talking about' at every episode.

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Nov 19, 2015 5:21PM EST
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Addictive!

Addictive!

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Nov 16, 2015 2:24PM EST
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First season, I was apprehensive to bother with another 24. It was just OK. After S1, I thought it should have wrapped for good. S2 was just so-so, at best. Writing and acting, both. But, the writing has improved in S5. Enough to merit 4 stars and a spot in my busy rotation. Gansa and Gordon are perennially great writers, but the addition of Ted Mann, Bill Bromell, Ben Cavell, and Ron Nyswaner .

First season, I was apprehensive to bother with another 24. It was just OK. After S1, I thought it should have wrapped for good. S2 was just so-so, at best. Writing and acting, both. But, the writing has improved in S5. Enough to merit 4 stars and a spot in my busy rotation. Gansa and Gordon are perennially great writers, but the addition of Ted Mann, Bill Bromell, Ben Cavell, and Ron Nyswaner .

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Nov 14, 2015 3:08AM EST
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First season was awesome, second was ok and then started the downfall that I didn't stay to watch.

First season was awesome, second was ok and then started the downfall that I didn't stay to watch.

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Oct 19, 2015 6:24AM EDT
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Good story and great actors but it feels like they try to milk everything thats possible out of this show!

Good story and great actors but it feels like they try to milk everything thats possible out of this show!