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

CARRIE: The only way to bring down Dar is by prosecuting the breach in the Berlin station under the Espionage Act.
SAUL: The breach itself was me. I was in the middle of it. I was the one involved with a Russian spy. […] Everything I’ve done. My entire career will be wiped out. All anyone will remember is that.
CARRIE: Keane is not ungrateful; she promised you a pardon.
SAUL: What about the Agency?
CARRIE: The Agency has survived worse.
SAUL: Not when the president wants it gone, which Keane does. You’re aware of that, right?
CARRIE: Maybe you shouldn’t have been fucking a Russian mole.
SAUL: Well, coming from someone who fucked a guy in a suicide vest, that means a lot.

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