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. She's a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), enjoys mentoring writers, wine, and passionately discussing the nuances of television. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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Homeland Quotes

KEANE: I am the next president of the United States. 60 million people voted for me. Who the hell voted for you?
DAR: Nobody. But I have a constituency, too.
KEANE: What’s that supposed to mean?
DAR: It means, don’t go to war with your own national security establishment.
KEANE: Are you threatening me now?
DAR: I’m telling you, it’s a war you won’t win.

Carrie: I missed something once before. I won't, I can't let that happen again.
Saul: It was ten years ago. Everyone missed something that day.
Carrie: Everyone's not me.