Madam Secretary : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: Former CIA analyst Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) is appointed as Secretary of State after the death of her predecessor. She is assisted by Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth), speechwriter Matt Mahoney (Geoffrey Arend), press coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) and herFormer CIA analyst Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) is appointed as Secretary of State after the death of her predecessor. She is assisted by Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth), speechwriter Matt Mahoney (Geoffrey Arend), press coordinator Daisy Grant (Patina Miller) and her assistant, Blake Moran (Erich Bergen). Her husband, Henry (Tim Daly), helps out at home with their two children. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 19, 2014
    91
    A particularly taut and well-structured pilot episode lays out McCord’s essential struggles, while Leoni delivers a calm, cool and wry performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 22, 2014
    80
    Costars like Daly, Ivanek and Neuwirth promise great things, but Madam Secretary belongs, obviously, to Leoni, who conjures a gratifying mix of brains and heart, humor and flintiness without, and this is important, any sign of mental illness.
  3. Reviewed by: Cody Ray Shafer
    Sep 24, 2014
    75
    A smart and enthralling D.C. drama that resurrects its predecessor's outlook, but still takes on a life of its own.
  4. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Sep 19, 2014
    70
    Likable work.... though it's very soon clear that this high-minded enterprise could use a good jolt of acid, and at least a modicum of granite authority in the character of the new secretary of state.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 22, 2014
    63
    The premiere episode of Madam Secretary, for the time being, suggests that the show is very much the little sister [to The Good Wife].... But Madam Secretary, in which Téa Leoni plays the newly appointed secretary of state, deserves to hang around long enough to formulate and declare itself.
  6. 60
    In the not great but likable and intelligent Madam Secretary, Téa Leoni’s talent gets a deserving showcase.
  7. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 16, 2014
    20
    Madam Secretary is just really, really dull, as if someone tried to make a counterweight to Scandal with only the boring parts--plus one shamelessly ripped-off conspiracy theory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 62
  2. Negative: 17 out of 62
  1. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    This show is a keeper! The cast is great -- love Tea Leoni! The dialogue is quick; does not drag along! Loved West Wing, so I hope CBS keeps this!
  2. Apr 14, 2015
    10
    Fantastic show that goes from strength to strength. Great characters I wish Leoni was the real Secretary of State! The world might be a saferFantastic show that goes from strength to strength. Great characters I wish Leoni was the real Secretary of State! The world might be a safer place! :) Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2014
    9
    Tea Leoni Surprised me! The whole show surprised !! I expected a cheesy exploitation of Hillary Clinton, and maybe some ham-handed actingTea Leoni Surprised me! The whole show surprised !! I expected a cheesy exploitation of Hillary Clinton, and maybe some ham-handed acting and plots. But this series so far has surprised me with some intelligence and a lot of promise. I wish Aaron Sorkin was in there with the writing... there is lots of room for the exploration of both the critical role of diplomacy and the inherent hypocrisy. I really enjoy Leoni's interpretation of the role so far. I have my fingers crossed for an evolving series that might fill in some of the gap left by the loss of West Wing. I'm a little apprehensive about the lurking sinister insider plot.. I hope they move more into a exploration of different cultures and both the rich and the treacherous path that is involved in mediating the world's nations. Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2014
    6
    I like the premise, but don't care for the family angle. It is not needed nor does it expand the story line. The kids are cute, but not partI like the premise, but don't care for the family angle. It is not needed nor does it expand the story line. The kids are cute, but not part of the story as I see it. We need more of the office politics on this show. It's interesting to see the behind the scenes, but it could use more tension. Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2015
    5
    My husband and I WERE avid followers of this show- until the latest episode vilified Texas, portrayed conservative politicians as backwoodsMy husband and I WERE avid followers of this show- until the latest episode vilified Texas, portrayed conservative politicians as backwoods rabble rousers with neither sense nor manners, and rather obviously glorified the present administration. We had hoped that it would continue to be a political drama without an obvious agenda, but not anymore. A crudely written, tactless political manifesto that I am highly unlikely to watch again. Very disappointed- could've been a great show. Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2014
    3
    I like tea leoni but I wonder about cbs creating a show about the Secretary of State just prior to an election I would like to think thatI like tea leoni but I wonder about cbs creating a show about the Secretary of State just prior to an election I would like to think that entertainment shows are just that and not trying to subtly implement a political agenda. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2014
    0
    I tried so hard to like this show (through episode 9). It tries to ride off the coattails of "The Good Wife", but results in being yet anotherI tried so hard to like this show (through episode 9). It tries to ride off the coattails of "The Good Wife", but results in being yet another weekly procedural drama with the same formula as all other 1 hour procedural drama's. Sure it has a continuing story arch composed of conspiracy theories etc, but the whole show falls flat, and Téa Leoni solves the worlds problems in 45 minutes with time to go home and eat dinner with her family.

    I have no problem with strong women characters (check out my review for "The Good Wife"), but this show tries to beat you over the head with "I am woman hear me roar", the same way that "Scorpion" keeps pushing the line "My IQ is 197"...i am better than all of you normals.

    The writing is horrible, which i do not blame "Téa Leoni", but it leaves her with very little to work with. As a result, I have lost a lot of respect for "Téa Leoni" as an actress for even taking on this show. Despite showing her abilities as a great actress in other projects, her talents cannot fix the horrible writing and plot lines, which she seemingly fully and unconvincingly buys into.

    Tim Daly (Téa Leoni's husband) plays the most convincing and interesting character in the show, the rest of the characters seem to almost be reading from cue cards under the camera. The conspiracy theory is a simple ploy to try to keep the viewers interested in next week's show but only after Téa Leoni has finished saving the world. Hopefully this show will be on the chopping block.
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