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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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


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.


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.


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

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).

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 bylive4tea November 18, 2012

Didn't watch an entire episode

Award-winning drama & friends watching, so I watched the first episode of Season 1. I pulled the plug after 20 minutes. I watch Covert Affairs with my t... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byElmira January 20, 2017
Teen, 14 years old Written byKhuzy January 25, 2015

Wonderful show for mature 14 year olds.

Hello I am 14, I love this show one of my favourites. It deals with a soldier who was beaten up and brought back to USA. Carey Matherson is a cia officer suspec... Continue reading

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?

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