Okay. You got me. This piece will be totally biased. But totally biased as it may, I’ll present you some valid points. I’m not a TV scholar, or a TV geek. I haven’t seen every show on America or will claim to be a person of excellent taste when it comes to network or cable programming. What I can tell you is that I’m a lover of entertainment, and deep down inside I believe that all of us want to be entertained. Which brings me to my first point, ‘The Americans’ is more entertaining, than ‘Homeland’.
Yes, I’ve watched all of ‘Homeland’ and I have to tell you, at times, it was boring. Yes, “The Americans” has only showed us the first season, and usually, the first season of every TV show is the best season. But ‘Homeland’ had its best episodes in season 2 particularly the first 3-4 episodes, but it went downhill from there. I could still remember the day I saw those episodes. I was rushing to go on Facebook to talk to my friend who was watching the show. I was telling my friend that “I can’t believe I’m seeing this, this has to be one of the greatest moments for the show”. Since I was so impressed, I ended up asking myself, what could they do to top that? The answer was they couldn’t, they simply ran out of gas.
I am confident to say that all the episodes in ‘The Americans’ was consistent. Others was better, the pilot and the finale, but none of the episodes in between were boring. I won’t bore you too much with the technical stuff. I’ll just say this, times I yawned watching ‘Homeland’ – a lot, times I yawned watching ‘The Americans’ – zero.
‘Homeland’ is also close to my heart. As a fan, I always believed that ‘Homeland’ could be the next big thing, bigger that it has ever become. But with their reckless disregard for fact checking, all of the serious blunders, and the big things they decided to put into the plot that was just so improbable to happen, it let me down. I was disappointed, I was looking for a show to fill that hole in my heart and then I saw ‘The Americans’ and it was the best new show, and the best ever in that season. Take that ‘Homeland’ and your scene where Brody texts the Abu Nazir, and that time when the Vice-President dies from a hacked pace maker, and that time where CIA offices are bombed. I don’t need that anymore, ‘The Americans’ has clocks that can hear everything you say and tiny cameras that can be placed as “evidence”, yes they’re low-tech, but at least they’re plausible.
From the get go, everybody was comparing these two shows. Not me. Yes, they both delved in espionage, but their key plots are so different, both are clever, but very different. So next time someone says that ‘The Americans’ is like ‘Homeland’ tell them that it’s not, because ‘The Americans’ is so much better.