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10/16/2012 02:23 pm ET Updated Oct 16, 2012

'Homeland' TV Series Offers Critique On Real-Life Terrorism And What Constitutes Patriotism (VIDEO)

If you're not a fan of "Homeland," you may want to consider tuning in Sunday nights. The Showtime series that cleaned up at the Emmys earlier this year offers a cultural critique on America's war on terrorism and the nation's reliance on drone warfare.

Discussing how "Homeland" portrays terrorism, HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin questioned "Homeland" Episode Director David Semel and others about what constitutes patriotism and whether America is fighting terrorism with terrorism.

Semel assured viewers that Michael Cuesta, the producing director of the show, tries to make sure the show is as "grounded as much in reality as possible."

"There is actually tremendous attention paid toward authenticity," Semel said.

However, a recent article in the Guardian questioned the "crude" portrayal of Muslims in the show.

Maysoon Zayid, a Palestinian-American actress, comedian and producer, agreed that "Homeland" shows a biased representation of the Islam community, but thinks that's not the only type of people that are misrepresented on the show.

"The Guardian article addresses how the show is portraying both the Islam community and Arab alikes, and that its a very skewed portrayal," Cory Lopez, Staff Editor at CelebBuzz, said. "I do agree with that, I do see that. But at the same time I also think there is a skewed portrayal of American politicians, for example."

Marc Climaco, a new media content specialist at Human Rights First, compared "Homeland" to TV series "24," which surrounded the daily life of Jack Bauer, director of a counter-terrorism unit, saying it's quite a shift away from the FOX series that ran from 2001 to 2010.

"The gray line of the story line of the show really makes it very interesting," Climaco said during the segment. "What we have right now in Homeland is really kind of this great focus on the consequences that we have to face with the mistakes that we make."

The HuffPost Live segment also featured HuffPost Executive Editor of Arts and Entertainment Michael Hogan, Lopez and Journalist Danyel Smith, a former editor at Billboard magazine.

Watch the full segment, or see a clip in the video above.

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