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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 170 Ratings

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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: 31 out of 78
  2. Negative: 28 out of 78
  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. Feb 3, 2017
    10
    I love this show - it's just good fun. Leoni and Daly have great chemistry, and the family interaction adds a nice balance to the politicalI love this show - it's just good fun. Leoni and Daly have great chemistry, and the family interaction adds a nice balance to the political drama. It's also nice to see people trying to act ethically in the complicated world of politics. Yes, it's a little campy, but it's a lot of fun to watch! Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2014
    9
    What an outstanding departure from the typical network TV fare of late. The characters are three-dimensional, the lead is human, her husbandWhat an outstanding departure from the typical network TV fare of late. The characters are three-dimensional, the lead is human, her husband isn't an idiot, and they discuss and work through their problems like adults. Whether or not you agree with the themes in the political backdrop, it's a fine representation of people dealing with the issues and stresses in their work and home lives like reasonable, responsible adults. I want to watch many more episodes of this standout drama; I just hope that it doesn't fall victim to low ratings, since it distinguishes itself so far afield of the typical lewd & crude, dopey & dumbed down fare that the networks are wont to produce. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2014
    6
    The pilot was very good. The cast is also very good. The plot is much less focused on backstabbing than Scandal, which is also very good.The pilot was very good. The cast is also very good. The plot is much less focused on backstabbing than Scandal, which is also very good.

    So why only a "6"? The time slot is horrible, given that the NFL cannot get their games to end on time and the start of this show is bumped. If the start of any of the next few shows is bumped to a later time by late-running NFL games, I'll probably just defer watching this show until the summer reruns make the rounds.
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  5. Dec 1, 2015
    4
    I am watchig this show from far away, France, Europe. I am pleased to watch a well written and well acted and executed show. With the timeI am watchig this show from far away, France, Europe. I am pleased to watch a well written and well acted and executed show. With the time passing by, I am realizing, and the feeling is strong and disturbing, that under"the entertainment aspect", this show is actually a huge piece of propaganda and whoever is really interested in the politics, in the very day to day politics, cannot but agree with me. I was particularly "amazed" by the episode of the USA President forcing his way to the EU summit, to prevent the German chancellor from "throwing" Greece out from the EU. I really do wonder to which extent the last episode - showing the dangerous double game of the Ukrainian Prime Minister - shows the White House today's concern about this country and relations with Russia in the real world. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2014
    1
    I first reviewed this show a few weeks ago saying, "I liked the pilot, but now that I've seen more of the show I think it is slipping intoI first reviewed this show a few weeks ago saying, "I liked the pilot, but now that I've seen more of the show I think it is slipping into mediocrity pretty quickly. This ain't no "West Wing". If the government ever appoints this character as Secretary of State, I am finally moving to Canada. Their government ain't all that much either but at least it manages to do less harm."

    Have seen a couple of more episodes and I am changing my rating from a 6 to a 1. It's a pretty awful show. Completely unbelievable and, frankly, a bit of an insult to both Ms. Clinton and Ms. Albright. I see Tea Leoni as completely miscast here. Liberal, fair, soft, an all-around "good person" qualifies her for a job in diplomacy in Toyland, not in the real world. As I see it, she plays the character too softly and the writers are constantly taking her in ridiculous directions. ump that family! I can hear Ms. Albright laughing from Georgetown to here.
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  7. Dec 5, 2014
    0
    Tea Loeni is awful on this show! Half asleep and a voice that sounds like she needs an oxygen tank. Stories are so hokey, and acting bottomTea Loeni is awful on this show! Half asleep and a voice that sounds like she needs an oxygen tank. Stories are so hokey, and acting bottom of the barrel. And the Chief of Staff looks like he's half dead. He must weigh 78 pounds. Expand

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