Homeland

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Intense political thriller with major mature content.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

While there are some significant moral grey 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 & Representations

While the lines between good and evil are clearly defined, most every lead character demonstrates flaws, including lying, manipulation, and sexual promiscuity.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Frequent use of language including "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent social drinking. Occasional teens smoking marijuana as an example of rebellion. An anti-psychotic drug is involved in a key plot point for one of the main characters.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this political thriller takes advantage of its premium cable freedom with adult language ("f--k" "s--t"), sexual nudity, mature themes, and heavy, bloody violence. However, none of the adult content is gratuitous and is 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 would only be understood by older, mature teens and adults.

User Reviews

Parent Written bymoms22rule January 7, 2013

Definitely not suitable for kids - and not for this adult, either.

Whether the sex is gratuitous or not, it is PREVALENT! And GRAPHIC! Definitely R rated if it was in theaters. I don't want to see naked people myself so I... Continue reading
Adult Written bySurf'sUp August 23, 2012

Homeland

First 3 episodes have nudity. The rest don't. Language is fairly constant. Violence isn't constant, but its intense. If your kid wants to watch it I w... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 9, 2012

Excellent

Excellent, exciting, interesting drama.
Teen, 13 years old Written byAlbus Severus March 31, 2012

Great, interesting drama

Good as an alternative to most crime shows. Very intriguing and well made. Some episodes are better than others but hey, if Obama watches it, it must be good!

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?

TV details

For kids who love thrills

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