The difference between the series can be summed up, superficially but accurately, by saying that “Prisoners of War” is about soldiers, while “Homeland” is about Claire Danes. The American show has focused on Ms. Danes’s high-wire performance as a troubled C.I.A. officer, and has emphasized detection and suspense over everyday events.
The Israeli show has political-thriller elements, but it’s really an ensemble drama in which the cloak-and-dagger side is secondary to a naturalistic study of the effects of torture, absence and return on ordinary men and their families.
The production is in Hebrew (English subtitles: Hulu), so that may shorten the duration of the marathon sessions. Still, I'm sure we'll get caught up within a month.