October 1, 2011 10:15 PM

Aaron Barnhart | Showtime’s spy thriller ‘Homeland’ is off to a promising start

“Homeland” is a spare and oftentimes bleak drama about strange, lonely people who prove to be unlikely central players in a plot to attack the United States. So far it sounds like what might happen if a Sundance director made “24,” but it’s actually one of the best new shows of the season, thanks to grade-A performances by its three stars.

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