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Madam Secretary: Season 1 (2014-2015)

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Critic Consensus: Bolstered by Tea Leoni's strong central performance, Madam Secretary is a solid but unspectacular political drama.

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Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni), a brilliant CIA analyst-turned-college professor, receives a job offer she can't refuse when she returns to Washington, D.C., as a favor to President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine), whom she considers a friend. As the new secretary of state, Elizabeth finds her principles tested as she scores some major victories and a few defeats. While the president values Elizabeth's frankness and how she confidently handles foreign policy on her own terms, those qualities aren't always appreciated, especially by other members of the White House staff. Time and again proving herself capable of pulling off tricky feats of international diplomacy, perhaps the greatest difficulty faced by Elizabeth in Season 1 is getting to the bottom of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of her predecessor. Elizabeth also deals with domestic challenges as she and her loving husband, theology scholar Henry McCord (Tim Daly), help their three children adjust to mom's demanding career. Rounding out the cast are Bebe Neuwirth and Željko Ivanek as Elizabeth's and the president's respective chiefs of staff.

Cast

Téa Leoni
as Elizabeth McCord
Tim Daly
as Henry McCord
Bebe Neuwirth
as Nadine Tolliver
Zeljko Ivanek
as Russell Jackson
Patina Miller
as Daisy, Daisy Grant
Erich Bergen
as Blake Moran
Geoffrey Arend
as Matt Mahoney
Katherine Herzer
as Alison McCord
Evan Roe
as Jason McCord
Keith Carradine
as President Conrad Dalton
Wallis Currie-Wood
as Stephanie "Stevie" McCord
Sebastian Arcelus
as Jay Whitman
Marin Hinkle
as Isabelle
Patrick Breen
as Andrew Munsey
Dion Graham
as Diplomatic Security Head Agent Fred Cole
Johanna Day
as Adm. Ellen Hill
Kevin Rahm
as Michael "Mike B" Barnow
Josh Hamilton
as Arthur Gilroy
Mike Pniewski
as Gordon Becker
Kevin Kilner
as Robert Cole
Anna Wood
as Sarah Eckhart
Usman Ally
as Zahed Javani
Ato Essandoh
as King Nungunde
Tony Plana
as Adm. Ed Parker
David Wohl
as Israeli Ambassador Lior Dori
John Bedford Lloyd
as Everard Burke
Ronald Guttman
as Klaus Von Muhlberg
Yorgo Constantine
as Russian Foreign Minister Anton Gorev
Francis Jue
as Chinese Foreign Minister Chen
Wayne Duvall
as FBI Director Neil Hendricks
Paolo Montalban
as Military Tech
Alexis Suarez
as Security Guard
Corey Cott
as Scott Welland
Sam Daly
as Win Barrington
Patricia Kalember
as Senator Kate Fletcher
Louis Gossett Jr
as Father Laurent Vasseur
John Finn
as Allen Bollings
Tom Skerritt
as Patrick McCord
Michael Aronov
as Anton Durchenko
Sakina Jaffrey
as Foreign Minister Chondita Samant
J. Smith-Cameron
as Alice Millevoi
Houshang Touzie
as President Najid Shiraz
Robert Klein
as Canadian Ambassador Lester Clark
Luis Antonio Ramos
as Venezuelan President Francisco Suarez
Marin Ireland
as Gina Fisher
Robert Klein
as Canadian Ambassador Lester Clark
John Shea
as Ted Graham
Brian Stokes Mitchell
as Vincent Marsh
Audrey Esparza
as Deputy Assistant Laura Vargas
Hill Harper
as Aiden Humphrey
Aasif Mandvi
as Prince Yousif Obaid
Danni Wang
as Fu Xinpei
Michael Cumpsty
as Max Quinn
Cotter Smith
as Darren Hahn
Megan Ling Greaves
as Emily Ferber
Victor Slezak
as Prime Minister Vlad Diacov
Kevin O'Rourke
as Chip Harding
Owiso Odera
as Amabassador Odilon Bokassa
Paige Brady
as Susie Wellington
Chuck Cooper
as Gen. Mitch Sarno
Mirabelle Lee
as Lily Humphrey
Mozhan Marnò
as Roxanne Majidi
Davis Hall
as French Foreign Minister Jean-Claude Dubois
Peter Cambor
as John Castellano
Ramón Fernández
as Col. Lionel Fuentes
Joshua Windley
as Miles Humphrey
Joseph J. Parks
as Jed Heller
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Gary Coomer
Daniel Oreskes
as General Kolba
Peter Gerety
as Governor Caleb Lockwood
Sherman Howard
as Prime Minister Spiros Georgiou
Megan Byrne
as Jessica Wellington
Ramsey Faragallah
as Iraqi Prime Minister Arif
Ned Eisenberg
as Dan Pasternak
Opal Alladin
as Principal Winston
Richard Bekins
as Senator Raymond Caruthers
Alok Tewari
as Iraqi Defense Minister Hasan
Teddy Canez
as Mexican Ambassador Rafael Lopez
Jordan Baker
as Susan Cole
Tim Guinee
as Paul Wellington
Rae C. Wright
as French U.N. Ambassador
Tom Degnan
as Jim Ionesco
Nicholas Rodriguez
as Presidential Official
Teddy Canez
as Mexican Ambassador Rafael Lopez
Cathy Haase
as Austrian Ambassador Gabriela Reinhart
Tyler McGee
as Uniformed Man
Thomas Keegan
as Kevin Boyd
Kate Jennings Grant
as FBI Agent Teresa Pagani
James Saito
as Japanese Foreign Minister Shimbakura
Ali Farahnakian
as Bilal Hassani
Marsha Mason
as Dr. Kinsey Sherman
Ben Lark
as James Montgomery
Andrew Durand
as Kyle Feeney
Becky Ann Baker
as Chancellor Frieda Schulz
Gary Perez
as Ambassador Jose Calderon
Matt Meinsen
as D.S. Official
Tammy Blanchard
as Claire Ionesco
Yolande Bavan
as Kemala Shihab
Elia Monte-Brown
as Phoebe Roberts
Anna Deavere Smith
as Attorney General Mary Perlowski
Anthony Azizi
as Iraqi Oil Minister Barakat
William Allen Young
as Deputy Secretary of State Steven Cushing
Zarif Kabier
as Safeer Al-Jamil
Jennifer Mudge
as Kelly Banks
Berto Colon
as Officer Freeman
Olek Krupa
as President Pavel Ostrov Guard
Ruben Ortiz
as Bank Manager
Jeff Hephner
as Isaac Bishop
Peter Ashton Wise
as Marine Colonel Patrick Delaney
Tom Kemp
as Major Hicks
Brennan Brown
as Congressman Larry Ames
Maceo Oliver
as Deputy Assistant Bruce
Mary Bacon
as Deputy Assistant Neda
Kelly Aucoin
as Greg Taylor
B.D. Wong
as Brent Rosen
Sawyer Nunes
as Sam Banks
McKinley Belcher III
as Officer Wilson
Aiden Eyrick
as Abdol Javani
Selenis Leyva
as Bolivian Ambassador Mariana Dominguez
Marlie Hall
as Reporter
Jack Dimich
as Captain
Michelle Beck
as Paramedic
Stephen O'Reilly
as Roy Schaeffer
Stephen Sable
as Agent Napier
Christopher Innvar
as DOJ Ivestigator Carter Hems
Andre B. Blake
as Secret Service Agent
Stan Demidoff
as Executive Officer Andrei
Brian O'Neill
as Navy Admiral
Sean T. Krishnan
as Pakistani Interrogator
Shirine Babb
as Assistant
Elizabeth Ward Land
as Policy Expert
Herman Chavez
as Carlos Ochoa
Leah Wagner
as Anne-Marie
Herman Chaves
as Carlos Ochoa
Jaiya C Chetram
as Katan Javani
Glenn Fitzgerald
as Rev. Wesley Finch
Stevie Steel
as Gillian
Leslie Silva
as Ms. Hardwick
John Douglas Thompson
as General Anders
Kenneth Lee
as Teacher
Behzad Dabiri Panah
as Iranian Delegate
Denia Brache
as Elderly Woman
Frank C. Williams
as DS Agent John Kendall
Max Gordon Moore
as Owen Walton
Gayle Samuels
as Attorney
Tommy Schrider
as Brian Curtwell
Alfredo Narciso
as NTSB Chairman Humphrey Nelson
Chantal Thuy
as Nhung Chuang
Debra Monk
as Mary Lou Boris
Tom Day
as Navy Captain
Romell Witherspoon
as Hotel Porter
Ryiah Suazo
as Haven Costello
Stacey Yen
as Georgia
Philip Baker Hall
as Ezra Helsinger
Bernard White
as Pakistani Ambassador Ahmad Hesbani
Eddie Lopez
as FBI Agent #1
Sharon Gee
as Fu Xinwan
Stephen Eckelmann
as German Staffer #1
Joe Lanza
as Militia Leader
Priscilla Shanks
as Translator
Mariand Torres
as Young Widow
Deshawn Harold Mitchell
as Special Ops Soldier
Tanya Perez
as Union Rep
Cara Loften
as Waitress
Nathan Hinton
as FBI Agent 1
Leila Buck
as Al-Huran News Anchor
Gene Gillette
as FBI Agent #2
Jack Walker-Pearson
as Lance Corporal Mark Ferguson
Clark Jackson
as Polygrapher
Ahmed Lucan
as Iranian Guard
David Garelik
as Russian Crewman #1
Jack Gilpin
as Elliot Klein
Young-H. Lee
as Policeman
Soraya Broukhim
as Translator
Juan-Pablo Veza
as Smuggler #1
Carter Redwood
as MPD Officer
Andy Hassell
as German Staffer #2
Pasha Pellosie
as Russian Crewman #2
John Keabler
as Trooper #1
Iraj Anvar
as King Naheed Obaid
Erick Avari
as Turkish Foreign Minister Ozan Canoglu
Nasser Faris
as Jafar Alinejad
Sean Kleier
as Tyler Cole
Luis Moreno
as Seal Commander
Libby Woodbridge
as Christine Coomer
Scott Lindley
as Ethan Cole
Eric Engleman
as Roger Banks
Rachid Sabitri
as Attendant
Luke Vexler
as Reporter
Sorab Wadia
as Iranian Foreign Minister Rahimi
Pooya Mohseni
as Samila Mahdavi
Regi Huc
as Navy Seal #2
Michael Torpey
as Late Night Host
Joseph Kamal
as Ambassador Firas Kateb
James Henry Doan
as Translator
De'Adre Aziza
as Janice Dwyer
Nambi E. Kelley
as Mrs. Cole
Patricia Stark
as News Anchor
Nick Wyman
as Pundit
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Critic Reviews for Madam Secretary: Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22)

It's often good at the seemingly little touches, like the patter of sharp dialogue that fills in character, motivation and personality.

September 19, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Instead of feeling pleasantly optimistic, 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.

September 18, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Madam Secretary starts off solidly, with an engaging performance by Téa Leoni. What may draw much of the attention with Sunday's premiere, though, is a jarring intersection between the show's plot and recent real-life events in the Mideast.

September 18, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I actually think TV could use a new West Wing, but so far, it's unclear if this is it. As another Secretary of State once said, it takes a village to raise a child. But it can take a whole lot more than that to make a decent TV show.

September 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Leoni's character is too good to be true..., and if the plot devolves into a soapy whodunit, I will vote it out of office.

September 15, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Its three main ingredients are uninteresting separately and add up to less than the sum of their parts.

August 15, 2014 | Full Review…

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