The Next 9 Shows That Homeland Fans Should See
Including Homeland: The Animated Series and Homeland: The Television Series
Homeland’s Claire Danes
After eight seasons of good guys hunting bad guys, good guys sometimes becoming bad guys, and us wondering who the good guys were, Homeland will come to an end on Showtime in 2020. The show ended exactly how it should have, with a resolution that leaves the door open for a possible revival if Showtime so chooses (we can only hope). However, for the show’s most ardent supporters, eight thrilling seasons was probably insufficient.
Well, I’m happy to report that! Even if you’re not a fan of Homeland, there are plenty of other shows to satisfy your craving for reckless love, scream matches between CIA agents, and complex depictions of foreign cultures. Without Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, fans of Homeland may be worried about what to watch now that the show has ended. But don’t be.
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Due to Homeland’s strong Israeli connections (it’s an adaptation of the next show on the list), watching Fauda, the international smash hit, will help you get a similar sense of conflict, espionage, and drama. Doron (Lior Raz) is an Israeli soldier who returns to combat after learning that a terrorist believed to be dead is still alive and plotting more attacks against Israel. It puts his friends and family at risk when Doron goes undercover to infiltrate the terrorists’ group. However, just like Carrie, Doron is powerless to stop his mission until it’s completed. Those who admire his unbiased approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict point to his rare humanization of the Palestinians, which only serves to heighten the tension in the film. You can see it on Netflix.
2. Prisoners of War
The award-winning Israeli drama series Prisoners of War, which ran for two seasons before being adapted into Homeland’s eight seasons, would not exist without Homeland. When Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, along with show creator Gideon Raff, were developing Homeland, they were inspired by Prisoners of War and decided to create a show about prisoners of war who have returned home after years of captivity and are trying to readjust to civilian life while their families have moved on without them. POWs return to Israel to find a world they can barely recognize in Prisoners of War… and officials discover that they may be hiding their own secrets, just like Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) did. Rather than serving as Homeland’s inspiration, Prisoners of War serves as a companion piece. It’s also a better show because it’s more about family drama than CIA operations against terrorists. It’s aimed at Homeland fans from the first few seasons. You can see it on Hulu.
3. Sleeper Cell
A drama with as many Nicholas Brodys as possible would be interesting, wouldn’t it? It was one of the first shows on television to deal directly with the 9/11 attacks and the new world order that arose as a result of them, and it ran for two seasons on Showtime. According to the storyline, an undercover Muslim FBI agent (played by Michael Ealy) infiltrated an al-Qaeda sleeper cell made up of terrorists from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds who all had differing views on Islam and the mission of the cell. When it came to issues that divided the Muslim community, Sleeper Cell excelled at bringing up radicals’ violent methods and instilling fear that anyone, regardless of skin color, could be a terrorist agent. [Check out Hulu or Showtime to see this]
4. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
It only takes John Krasinski a few minutes to shed his Jim Halpert image and become the new American Jack Ryan thanks to his natural charisma and a few extra hours spent working out at the gym. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan tells the story of how CIA agent Jack Ryan rose from being a desk jockey to one of the agency’s most valuable assets. When it came to getting on-location shots all over the world like Homeland, Jack Ryan also spent a lot of money. Thanks to Jeff Bezos, the show has the best-looking spy thriller on TV. Despite the fact that it isn’t a character study in the same way that Homeland is – particularly in Season 1– it is a faithful adaptation of the books that made Tom Clancy a household name among dads everywhere. You can see it on Amazon.
5. The Americans
It’s a red flag if you claim to enjoy spy fare but also admit, “I haven’t seen The Americans yet.” As a matter of fact, the FX drama is one of the best shows ever made on television, period. With their two American-born children who don’t know that their parents are spies, the film’s stars, Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, give career-best performances as a pair of Russian spies in the 1980s masquerading as ordinary Americans. Even though you’ll be enamored with the era’s low-tech spy games and political intrigue, the real action in The Americans takes place within the American family and their nosy CIA agent neighbor who thinks something’s wrong. Do it now; you’ll thank me when you hear the first Fleetwood Mac song. You can see it on Amazon.
6. London Spy
The complicated love story between Carrie and Brody was one of the show’s most endearing aspects in its first few seasons. She was a CIA operative, while he was a POW who had been secretly enlisted to spy on the United States by his captors. London Spy, a BBC drama starring Ben Whishaw as a man who discovers his deceased boyfriend was a spy after his death, brings love and spyjinx together once more. While it has elements of romance and excitement, the emphasis is clearly on the thrills (he’s dead, after all). And, with only five episodes to watch, you’ll be done in a day. You can see it on Netflix.
Check out Bodyguard if you enjoyed Homeland’s thrilling cat-and-mouse spy and counter-spy sequences, which were followed by thunderous explosions and uncontrollable mayhem. Intense BBC miniseries will add years to your life, but it’s worth it because creator Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty) throws everything at viewers in describing a military veteran’s move to become the bodyguard of an embattled British politician. A forbidden love story and mental issues may be present in this show, but the series’ trademark ability to keep viewers riveted is what sets it apart from others in the genre. In addition, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones’ Robb Stark) stars as the film’s titular bodyguard, who says “ma’am” in the cutest possible way. You can see it on Netflix.
8. The Bureau
The Bureau, one of France’s most lauded television series, will scratch that spy itch after Homeland says au revoir, as you might say in French. As the country’s CIA, France’s Directorate-General for External Security (DGES) has agents who specialize in long-term undercover missions in key regions like the Middle East and Northern Africa. This show follows those agents. After six years in Syria, the main character is called home to Paris, where he must now reconcile with his family after spending time with a new lover who has secrets of her own and with whom he can’t help but stay in contact. Insane attention to detail and an intricate plot await those who are willing to put in the time.