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Genre Psychological thriller
Format Serial drama
Based on Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff
Developed by Howard Gordon
F. Murray Abraham
Opening theme "Terminal 7" by Tomasz Stańko Quintet
Composer(s) Sean Callery
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Location(s) Charlotte, North Carolina
Running time 50–65 minutes
Production company(s) Teakwood Lane Productions
Keshet Media Group
Cherry Pie Productions
Original channel Showtime
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run October 2, 2011 – present
Homeland is an American drama-thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim (English title: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff.
The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder, and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper. Mathison has come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was "turned" by the enemy and now threatens the United States.
The series is broadcast in the U.S. on the cable channel Showtime, and is produced by Fox 21. It premiered on October 2, 2011. The first episode was made available online, more than two weeks before television broadcast, with viewers having to complete game tasks to gain access. The series has been renewed for a third season of 12 episodes, which premiered on September 29, 2013.
The series has received critical acclaim, and has won several awards, including the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, and the 2011 and 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, as well as the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes respectively.
2.1 Main cast
2.2 Recurring cast
3.1 Development history
5.1 Critical response
5.3 Awards and nominations
6 International broadcasting
8 External links
Main article: List of Homeland episodes
The series follows Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer who, after conducting an unauthorized operation in Iraq, is put on probation and reassigned to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center in Langley, Virginia. In Iraq, Carrie was warned by an asset that an American prisoner of war had been turned by al-Qaeda.
Carrie's job grows complicated when her boss, Director of the Counterterrorism Center David Estes, calls Carrie and her colleagues in for an emergency briefing. Carrie learns that Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Sergeant who had been reported as missing in action since 2003, has been rescued during a Delta Force raid on a compound belonging to terrorist Abu Nazir. Carrie comes to believe that Brody is the American prisoner of war whom her asset in Iraq was talking about. However, the federal government and her superiors at the CIA consider Brody a war hero.
Realizing it would be nearly impossible to convince her boss to place Brody under surveillance, Carrie approaches the only other person she can trust, her mentor Saul Berenson. The two must now work…