One of my favorite things to talk about is all the TV shows I watch.
The list is probably too long, and it has never included a Showtime series. When I’d run through my line up, people would often tell me that “you HAVE to watch Homeland.” They thought I’d like it because I watch almost all of the HBO dramas, and I faithfully watched every episode of 24 when that show was on. People said 24 was like Homeland on speed and Homeland is written better – won a bunch of Emmys + Golden Globes, etc. I resisted for a while because Kevin and I didn’t have Showtime, and I honestly just felt like I couldn’t fit another show into my enormous line up.
Then, Atlanta experienced some nasty weather during Christmas. There wasn’t a whole lot for Kevin and I to do besides eat, drink, and watch movies/ TV. We decided it was time to check out the first season of Homeland and see what everyone was getting so worked up about.
A week later, we’d watched all of seasons 1 and 2 and we bought Showtime. We are ADDICTED. It’s been days since I watched the season 2 finale and it’s still all I can think about.
There are many reasons why I’m obsessed with this show. I am totally into CIA dramas, so it had that going for it already. Here are two other major reasons.
1 – Claire Danes is the (wo)man.
She’s a phenomenal actress. And, she’s a great on-screen crier, which is convenient because the character she plays in Homeland, CIA officer Carrie Mathison, is highly emotional and cries in every. single. scene.
I’m not kidding. There is a Claire Danes Cry Face Project on Pinterest mostly from Homeland episodes.
You can even buy a Claire Danes “Cry Face” Mask.
But the real reason I love Homeland so much is because of…
2 – Saul Berenson’s beard.
Saul is Carrie’s boss at the CIA, and he can grow a beard like no other. Just look at it! Such nice shape – so many colors. I can’t take my eyes away.
After examining Saul’s beard in the first few Homeland episodes, I couldn’t shake something really familiar about him. I felt like I knew him. Like he was part of my childhood or something. So I took to IMDB and did some research.
As it turns out, Saul WAS in fact a part of my childhood. I did know him! Saul – played by Mandy Patinkin – was the great Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride!
Best movie EVER. It’s a fact. I’ve watched that movie more times than I could possibly count and can recite almost every line. This was just the most exciting revelation!
Apparently, he’s excelled in the facial-hair-growing department for quite a while!
Excessive crying and ombre beard aside, Homeland is simply where it’s at folks. You can get seasons 1 and 2 On Demand, and season 3 will air on Showtime later this year.
Get yourself hooked.
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