By Matt Springer,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Intense political thriller with major mature content.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While there are some significant moral gray areas explored in the series, there are also very clear indications of who is right and wrong, and what it means to fight for what one believes even in the face of great adversity.
Positive Role Models
While the lines between good and evil are clearly defined, most every lead character demonstrates flaws, including lying, manipulation, and sexual promiscuity.
Violence & Scariness
The series is set in the CIA and among covert operations teams, so there is a great deal of military and hand-to-hand physical violence. The physical violence can be extremely graphic and bloody as well as emotionally intense.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional full sex scenes featuring both female frontal nudity and male nudity from behind. Sexual relationships are built into the fabric of the show as a key source of drama and suspense, for example two characters concerned that their affair will be revealed to a third party.
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Frequent use of language including "f--k" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent social drinking. Teens occasionally smoke marijuana as an example of rebellion. An anti-psychotic drug is involved in a key plot point for one of the main characters. Frequent cigarette smoking in some seasons/episodes by some characters (including stars).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Homeland is a tense political thriller that has lots of adult language ("f--k" "s--t"), sexual nudity, mature themes, substance use (including alcohol, drugs, and smoking), and heavy, bloody violence. But none of the adult content is gratuitous, and it's mostly germane to the story being told and the characters depicted. The show also depicts a complicated and morally questionable vision of government and the military that will only be understood by older, mature teens and adults.
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What's the Story?
HOMELAND follows the intertwining paths of two main characters. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is a CIA operations officer who has been exiled to a desk after a controversial operation in Iraq. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) is an American prisoner of war who has been rescued after being held captive in Iraq since 2003. As Carrie begins to suspect that Brody is actually a double agent for an Iraqi terror cell, her credibility and sanity begin to fray, even as forces move into place that suggest an impending terrorist attack on American soil.
Is It Any Good?
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks shows that utilize the seminal event as a plot point or character motivator have proliferated. It can often seem pandering or heavy-handed, but Homeland manages to sidestep any cheap exploitation, using the latent paranoia persistent in American culture to fuel a dark, intense political thriller that pits a fraying CIA agent against a POW who has been converted to terrorism.
Homeland is perhaps most reminiscent of 24, another series that utilized post-9/11 paranoia to fuel its season-to-season stories of evil forces at work on American soil. Howard Gordon served as an executive producer on 24 and is also producing Homeland; he brings a similar sensibility to the series. There's a constant suspense and forward motion to the plotting that effortlessly weaves in character detail and emotional conflict alongside the intelligence machinations and political posturing. That focus on constantly moving forward, propelling these characters toward their inevitable collisions with one another, makes Homeland a pulse-pounding hour of television.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the show's sexual content. Do the nudity and graphic sex help to advance the plot or reveal characters? Why is it included?
Are any of the characters in this series role models? Do characters have to be perfect to be considered role models or can they have flaws?
Do you think the series offers an accurate impression of how the CIA and covert operations are run? How would you find out?
- Premiere date: October 2, 2011
- Cast: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin
- Network: Showtime
- Genre: Action
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Awards: Emmy, Golden Globe
- Last updated: April 5, 2023
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