Claire Danes - AP - October 2011
Claire Danes, left, and Damian Lewis, cast members in the Showtime television series "Homeland," take part in a panel discussion in Beverly Hills. Photo by AP
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Homeland, the new Showtime thriller series based on the Israeli hit series “Hatufim,” has been earned glowing reviews from U.S. critics for its highly anticipated October 2 premier.

The series, which stars Claire Danes as a CIA operations officer who follows a U.S. Marine (played by Damien Lewis) whom she suspects has turned into a spy after being held by al-Qaida as a prisoner of war, has been called a “big winner” by The Daily News.

U.S. Weekly called the series premier “masterful,” saying that the drama makes “24 look like child’s play,” while the Wall Street Journal warned that after the first episode, “it’s going to be hard standing the wait for the next.”

While the season premier received almost exclusively positive reviews, not all critics were so taken with the show. Slant magazine called the show “clunky,” while the San Jose Mercury News said the show could be “tighter” and “smarter."

The show has been green lighted for 12 episodes.