21 Patriotic TV Shows: When Stars & Stripes Meet the Small Screen

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Independence Day. 

It's a time for barbeque, fireworks and thoughts about what it means to live in a free country. 

How does television fit into this celebration? Aside from offering up various marathons every year on the holiday?

The small screen has never suffered from a shortage of patriotic endeavors and themes, airing programs that take viewers inside the CIA, the White House and other levels of government.

So wipe the barbeque sauce off your finger tips, put down your corn on the cob and flip through some of the best television America has to offer on the subject of loving this great country...

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Homeland Quotes

What I need to believe is that you're protecting Franny. OK? Because that's what I asked you to do when I left here this morning, that's what I told everybody here. I shouldn't have left you alone here with her, and I'm so sorry. But I, I had such a good feeling seeing the two of you together, really, it was, it was the best feeling I'd had in a really long time. So, it's my fault, OK?

Carrie

Carrie: You're a runner now, huh?
Saul: Yeah.
Carrie: Since when?
Saul: Since Mira filed for divorce.