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Is the CIA drama 'Homeland' as realistic as critics claim?

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Claire Danes stars in "Homeland."

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Last night, fans of the hit Showtime drama "Homeland" tuned in for the latest chapter in the ongoing saga about a CIA officer named Carrie, played by Claire Danes, and a POW turned terrorist played by Damian Lewis.

The show is in its second season and won an Emmy this year for Best Drama. Critics have raved about the psychologically complex characters and the show's realistic portrayal of the war on terror.

But is it actually realistic? We decided to turn our fact checking away from the campaign for a moment and truth squad the show.

Here to help us is Washington Post political reporter, Ned Martel.