5 Kick-Ass TV Shows to Start Watching in 2012 (If You’re Not Already)

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Damien Lewis in Homeland TV Series

HOMELAND (Showtime) – Watch the Pilot Episode

Is he or isn’t he? That’s the question at the start of Showtime’s thrilling drama “Homeland”. Yes, I’m calling this a drama. It’s not really an action series like “24”, even though the show’s crew is heavily “24”-inspired, with the show’s producers/showrunners having previously directed Jack Bauer’s adventures. No, “Homeland” is more of an intense thriller, the kind of show where every episode could potentially blow up in your face with great ramifications for all involved. It features fantastic starring turns from “Band of Brothers'” Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, long removed from “My So Called Life”, playing quite possibly the most mentally unbalanced heroine in all of TV. Hell, that’s the one thing that sets “Homeland” apart from every other show currently on TV — just how broken and damaged its heroes are. How many shows have leading men who may or may not be a terrorist sleeper agent? The show’s Season 1 finale is easily the most intense, armchair-gripping episode in all of cable TV. WARNING! The episode preview below CONTAINS MASSIVE SPOILERS that leads into Season 2:

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