"Homeland" - FYC : While I've spoken with many fans (former fans now) about the show's disappointing third season, I would still argue the Showtime drama outsmarts enough of its peers to deserve contention. Yes, so-and-so's death was a major bummer, but it also delivered on the promise (/expectation) given to us from Season 1. Yes, Carrie seems to be spinning her wheels a bit, but Claire Danes performance hasn't been dampened and she handled the third season solo for most of its run. The real turning point will come in Season 4, as a whole new story needs to be introduced. Can it succeed? Maybe not, but Season 3 didn't make me lose as much hope as the rest of the viewership.