"With today’s expansive TV drama installments typically running an hour (or more), each episode of Homecoming felt like a gift certificate for 30 extra minutes of sweet, unencumbered life," says James Poniewozik. "Thirty more minutes to work, to sleep or — why not? — watch a second episode. "They were no less captivating for being short. They may have even been better. Somewhere in its history, TV formalized the idea that drama is a marathon and comedy a sprint. Network schedules established sitcoms at 30 minutes, with commercials; dramas — with early exceptions like most seasons of The Twilight Zone — settled in at 60." Now Homecoming is part of a welcome trend of half-hour dramas that include Maniac, The OA and Vida. ALSO: To watch a half-hour drama in 2018 is to fling yourself into the unknown.