16 of 16Homeland
How would Showtime's multiple Emmy-winning drama live up to the hype of its freshman season? By subverting and exploding the viewers' expectations at every turn. Relying on the great lead performances of Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, the producers decided against drawing out Carrie and Brody's mind games and instead used Brody's secrets to force him into working alongside the CIA to take down his former terrorist ties. By underscoring the tense and deadly twists and turns with Carrie's lingering feelings for Brody, the show was still able to tap into the "whose side is Brody on" paranoia from Season 1. We may never truly know, but we're certainly happy to keep watching to find out.
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