Staff Picks: News 12's Caroline Flynn lets you know why Homeland is her favorite
By News 12 reporter Caroline Flynn
Homeland is my favorite show of all time — no questions!
I discovered it during the fifth season. My brother had recommended that my parents give it a try, and I remember sitting down with them as they watched an episode from season one. I was drawn in immediately and ran upstairs to catch up to them. The show is incredibly well done. Everything from the superb performance from the actors to the plot, which brings out a lot of different emotions in the viewers!
The show follows a CIA agent named Carrie Mathison. In the very first episode of the very first season, Carrie gets intelligence information from one of her assets; she is told that there is an American Prisoner of War who has been turned. Carrie is determined to figure out who it is and to turn them in, but there’s a problem. Carrie is bipolar and tends to get herself in to compromising positions quite often. No one believes her so it’s up to her alone to prove it true or not.
And that is just season one! Throughout the eight seasons we watch as Carrie and her fellow agents work to take down terrorists and protect the American people. An interesting fact, the creators of the show often met with the CIA as they prepared to write each season. They had a goal to keep the plot relative to what was happening in the United States. Often, I found myself questioning whether I was watching the news or not!
Here’s a piece of advice. Remember how I said my brother was the one who recommended the show? He stopped watching at season three. A few of my friends said they did too. They all thought that season dragged on. I certainly did not feel that way, but if you do I encourage you to keep going! The best season of the show, I thought, was season four. Each season after that is equally thrilling and entertaining.
The series ended in April 2020. You are in luck that you can stream it all now — I had to wait two years for some seasons to start up! You can stream it on both Showtime and Hulu.
If you give it a go, I hope you enjoy it!