Television’s great movie-star migration is old news ― until now. “Homecoming,” the twisty series that dropped last week on Amazon, doesn’t have some plain ol’ A-lister clawing at the boob tube’s door. We’re talking about the one and only Julia Roberts, the woman who defined a generation of Hollywood and endured the “America’s sweetheart” branding that makes her latest role all the more fascinating. Streaming shows come and go, but Julia is forever.
“Homecoming” has been buzzy right out the gate, partly because of its lead actress and partly because it’s an addictive mystery whose half-hour installments adhere perfectly to the tenets of bingeability. Adapted from Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg’s fiction podcast of the same name, the series revolves around Heidi Bergman (Roberts), a social worker employed at a shadowy facility that claims to rehabilitate discharged soldiers. Over 10 episodes that fixate largely on her relationship with one key patient (Stephan James), we learn that Heidi’s work isn’t as straightforward or noble as it might seem.