Homeland ( is an American political thriller television series. Homeland was based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War which was created by Gideon Raff, He also serves as an executive producer on Homeland. Danes has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice (from five nominations). Lewis has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series once (from two nominations). The Show Was Warned About Hiring Mandy Patinkin Because He Went AWOL On Criminal Minds To prepare for her role in the series, Claire Danes met with CIA officers.