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Homeland - S01E03

Thriller . Mystery . Drama

Brody prepares to enter the spotlight; Carrie closes in on an al-Qaeda plot.

Episode Title: Clean Skin
Airs: 2011-10-16 at 09:00 pm
  • Jonathan Storm

    It's no lie to say you don't get this sort of stylish and challenging stuff very frequently on TV, adult subject matter treated maturely in a series that makes you squirm and think.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    [Homeland] sounds as though it could have been pitched as "The Manchurian Candidate: The Series." But set that aside, if you can, and look at what's on-screen, because it'll reward your attention.

    Salon Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    I can't recommend the series highly enough, particularly for the phenomenal performances by Lewis and Danes.

    Time Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    Once you watch the first episode, it's going to be hard standing the wait for the next.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Showtime's edgy, edge-of-your-seat series, is, bar none, the best thriller on American TV.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    [A] taut, ingenious spy series. [10 Oct 2011, p.44]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    There are a couple of bush-league moments in the show....[But]those are minor quibbles, made even more insignificant by the extraordinary performances of Danes, Lewis, Patinkin and Baccarin.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Danes and Lewis are near-flawless, keeping you off-balance and absorbed.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Homeland also manages to be both an addictive espionage thriller and a compelling character study, as well as a well-constructed exploration of the difficulties and ambiguities of fighting terrorism a decade after Sept. 11. Without a doubt, it is one of the finest new shows of the year.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's the first telling of a post-9/11 story that is all the things it should be: politically resonant, emotionally wrenching and plain old thrilling to watch.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Showtime lets them take their time to spin serpentine story lines, gradually pulling us deep into one very sticky, scary web of intrigue.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Shows like Homeland have a way of keeping us deliciously off balance. Can't think of a place I'd rather be or a show I'd more highly recommend.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It's compelling, enthralling and steeped in current realities.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Of all the drama pilots I watched, this was my favorite.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Homeland functions terrifically as both a thriller and a commentary on our post-post-9/11 world, where the War on Terror and the concept of being constantly under surveillance are both facts of life.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    It's the fall season's most intriguing, tense puzzler.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    What makes Homeland rise above other post-9/11 dramas is Danes's stellar performance as Carrie--easily this season's strongest female character, who is also hiding some personal secrets of her own. The latter half of the first episode is exhilarating. I'm hooked.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Homeland is an absolutely riveting immersion in the paranoia and burnout of America after a decade of the war on terrorism.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Viewers hungering for a twisty-turny, who's-right-who's-wrong thriller will find it in Showtime's domestic terrorism drama Homeland.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Carrie is hard to like, but Homeland is almost impossible to resist.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sophie Gilbert

    For now, at least, Homeland is back with a surprising show of force.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Michael Landweber

    Unlike their previous show [24], Homeland takes its time: it doesn't make clear right away who's trustworthy and who's a traitor. Based on the first episode's strong script and performances, it looks as though the reveal will be worth the wait.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Liz Kelly Nelson

    We're looking forward to the rest of the season to watch this finely drawn mystery unravel.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Despite living on pay-cable, Homeland also doesn't feel obliged to create explicit moments just because it can. But it's also possible it's just keeping something in reserve--a lot like its compelling characters.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    [There's] a level of ambiguity executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa might not have gotten away with when they were writing for Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer on "24," but it's part of what makes Homeland, adapted from an Israeli series created by Gideon Raff, one of the season's most intriguing dramas.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Like "Manchurian Candidate," Homeland does some of its best work via flashbacks to Brody's time in captivity, sprinkling additional tidbits with each glimpse into the past.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    What seems like a straightforward question--Is Nick a traitor to his country?--might be the most devilishly complicated thing to answer, and definitely worth pursuing in this complex show.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Aaron Riccio

    When it gets past such clunkiness, Homeland is eerily effective.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Homeland has a chance to be a much tighter--and smarter--endeavor with more nuance than "24" ever had. But if a cougar suddenly appears, and/or if someone comes back from the dead, all bets are off.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
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