Israeli-adapted 'Homeland' Dazzles U.S. TV Critics

The Showtime thriller, which stars Claire Danes as a CIA operations officer who follows a U.S. Marine suspected of spying for al-Qaida, has earned near-unanimous praise.

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.

Claire Danes - AP - October 2011
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U.S. Weekly called the series premier masterful, saying that the drama makes 24 look like childs play, while the Wall Street Journal warned that after the first episode, its 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.