Madam Secretary: Season 1 (2014 - 2015)


Season 1
Madam Secretary

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



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Air date: Sep 21, 2014

Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord is caught up in a maelstrom of complex political challenges, including an international hostage situation, shortly after taking office. She also has serious second thoughts about accepting the job as her two kids struggle to adjust to their new schools in the series premiere of this drama.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2014

Elizabeth has her hands full with a crisis in Yemen, plus there's trouble on the home front when her oldest daughter Stevie makes headlines for protesting a new policy at her university.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2014

A hostile reporter confronts Elizabeth, threatening to publish confidential documents that were leaked from inside the State Department. Meanwhile, Henry ends up in the middle of an international negotiation when his wife uses his job as leverage to broker a deal with Pakistan.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2014

Elizabeth is working to successfully broker a peace treaty between China and Japan when a Chinese student seeking political asylum threatens the deal. At home, tensions break out between Alison and Stevie during Alison's sleepover party.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2014

Elizabeth faces the daunting task of negotiating with Iran over their escalating nuclear program. Determined to deal with the situation in a peaceful manner, she has to get creative when the president seems determined to take military action. Meanwhile, Jason's respect for Henry grows as he interviews him for a school report.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2014

Elizabeth tries to sway the president to help with a dire situation in West Africa, but her request has unexpected consequences.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2014

Things get scary when Elizabeth brings Alison with her to India on government business and the two are separated from one another during the mayhem of an earthquake.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2014

Henry is reactivated by the president into the NSA, but he chooses to keep his continued involvement in the spy game well under wraps from Elizabeth. Meanwhile, the antagonism between Matt and Daisy begins to take its toll on the entire office.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2014

Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle launch their own investigation into the plane crash that killed former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh. Meanwhile, Nadine reenters the dating scene after agreeing to go out with a NASA scientist.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2014

The State Department goes on lockdown due to a deranged gunman outside of the building; and Elizabeth ends up confined with a delegation from Iraq, including a translator who threatens to reveal damaging information about her actions while in the CIA. Meanwhile, Matt finds himself stuck in an office, and in an awkward situation, with Daisy's fiancé, Win.

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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 ?eljko Ivanek as Elizabeth's and the president's respective chiefs of staff.


Téa Leoni
as Elizabeth McCord
Tim Daly
as Henry McCord
Bebe Neuwirth
as Nadine Tolliver
Zeljko Ivanek
as Russell Jackson
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
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
Jason Ralph (III)
as Harrison Dalton
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
Michael Aronov
as Anton Durchenko
John Finn
as Allen Bollings
Tom Skerritt
as Patrick McCord
Sakina Jaffrey
as Foreign Minister Chondita Samant
J. Smith-Cameron
as Alice Millevoi
Houshang Touzie
as President Najid Shiraz
Danni Wang
as Fu Xinpei
Robert Klein
as Canadian Ambassador Lester Clark
Luis Antonio Ramos
as Venezuelan President Francisco Suarez
Michael Cumpsty
as Max Quinn
Hill Harper
as Aiden Humphrey
Marin Ireland
as Gina Fisher
Robert Klein
as Canadian Ambassador Lester Clark
John Shea
as Ted Graham
Aasif Mandvi
as Prince Yousif Obaid
Audrey Esparza
as Deputy Assistant Laura Vargas
Davis Hall
as French Foreign Minister Jean-Claude Dubois
Peter Cambor
as John Castellano
Ramón Fernández
as Col. Lionel Fuentes
Chuck Cooper
as Gen. Mitch Sarno
Victor Slezak
as Prime Minister Vlad Diacov
Paige Brady
as Susie Wellington
Owiso Odera
as Amabassador Odilon Bokassa
Kevin O'Rourke
as Chip Harding
Mirabelle Lee
as Lily Humphrey
Mozhan Marnò
as Roxanne Majidi
Cotter Smith
as Darren Hahn
Ned Eisenberg
as Dan Pasternak
Opal Alladin
as Principal Winston
Megan Byrne
as Jessica Wellington
Daniel Oreskes
as General Kolba
Peter Gerety
as Governor Caleb Lockwood
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Gary Coomer
Ramsey Faragallah
as Iraqi Prime Minister Arif
Sherman Howard
as Prime Minister Spiros Georgiou
Joshua Windley
as Miles Humphrey
James Saito
as Japanese Foreign Minister Shimbakura
Thomas Keegan
as Kevin Boyd
Jordan Baker
as Susan Cole
Tim Guinee
as Paul Wellington
Alok Tewari
as Iraqi Defense Minister Hasan
Teddy Canez
as Mexican Ambassador Rafael Lopez
Ali Farahnakian
as Bilal Hassani
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
Kate Jennings Grant
as FBI Agent Teresa Pagani
Cathy Haase
as Austrian Ambassador Gabriela Reinhart
Tyler McGee
as Uniformed Man
Richard Bekins
as Senator Raymond Caruthers
Anthony Azizi
as Iraqi Oil Minister Barakat
William Allen Young
as Deputy Secretary of State Steven Cushing
Yolande Bavan
as Kemala Shihab
Elia Monte-Brown
as Phoebe Roberts
Anna Deavere Smith
as Attorney General Mary Perlowski
Ben Lark
as James Montgomery
Matt Meinsen
as D.S. Official
Andrew Durand
as Kyle Feeney
Becky Ann Baker
as Chancellor Frieda Schulz
Tammy Blanchard
as Claire Ionesco
Gary Perez
as Ambassador Jose Calderon
Marsha Mason
as Dr. Kinsey Sherman
Maceo Oliver
as Deputy Assistant Bruce
Brennan Brown
as Congressman Larry Ames
Olek Krupa
as President Pavel Ostrov Guard
Zarif Kabier
as Safeer Al-Jamil
Jennifer Mudge
as Kelly Banks
Jeff Hephner
as Isaac Bishop
Ruben Ortiz
as Bank Manager
Berto Colon
as Officer Freeman
Peter Ashton Wise
as Marine Colonel Patrick Delaney
Tom Kemp
as Major Hicks
Stephen O'Reilly
as Roy Schaeffer
Stephen Sable
as Agent Napier
Michelle Beck
as Paramedic
B.D. Wong
as Brent Rosen
Mary Bacon
as Deputy Assistant Neda
Sawyer Nunes
as Sam Banks
Kelly Aucoin
as Greg Taylor
McKinley Belcher III
as Officer Wilson
Aiden Eyrick
as Abdol Javani
Selenis Leyva
as Bolivian Ambassador Mariana Dominguez
Marlie Hall
as Reporter
Leah Wagner
as Anne-Marie
Herman Chaves
as Carlos Ochoa
Stan Demidoff
as Executive Officer Andrei
Brian O'Neill
as Navy Admiral
Brian O'Neill
as Navy Admiral
Christopher Innvar
as DOJ Ivestigator Carter Hems
Jaiya C Chetram
as Katan Javani
Glenn Fitzgerald
as Rev. Wesley Finch
Sean T. Krishnan
as Pakistani Interrogator
Shirine Babb
as Assistant
Andre B. Blake
as Secret Service Agent
Herman Chavez
as Carlos Ochoa
Elizabeth Ward Land
as Policy Expert
Leslie Silva
as Ms. Hardwick
Romell Witherspoon
as Hotel Porter
Chantal Thuy
as Nhung Chuang
Debra Monk
as Mary Lou Boris
Tom Day
as Navy Captain
Gayle Samuels
as Attorney
Behzad Dabiri Panah
as Iranian Delegate
Denia Brache
as Elderly Woman
Ryiah Suazo
as Haven Costello
Tommy Schrider
as Brian Curtwell
Frank C. Williams
as DS Agent John Kendall
Max Gordon Moore
as Owen Walton
Stacey Yen
as Georgia
Philip Baker Hall
as Ezra Helsinger
Alfredo Narciso
as NTSB Chairman Humphrey Nelson
Deshawn Harold Mitchell
as Special Ops Soldier
Tanya Perez
as Union Rep
Stephen Eckelmann
as German Staffer #1
Eddie Lopez
as FBI Agent #1
Bernard White
as Pakistani Ambassador Ahmad Hesbani
Cara Loften
as Waitress
Nathan Hinton
as FBI Agent 1
Sharon Gee
as Fu Xinwan
Priscilla Shanks
as Translator
Mariand Torres
as Young Widow
Joe Lanza
as Militia Leader
Leila Buck
as Al-Huran News Anchor
Carter Redwood
as MPD Officer
Gene Gillette
as FBI Agent #2
Andy Hassell
as German Staffer #2
David Garelik
as Russian Crewman #1
Jack Gilpin
as Elliot Klein
Jack Walker-Pearson
as Lance Corporal Mark Ferguson
Young-H. Lee
as Policeman
Soraya Broukhim
as Translator
Juan-Pablo Veza
as Smuggler #1
Clark Jackson
as Polygrapher
Ahmed Lucan
as Iranian Guard
Luis Moreno
as Seal Commander
John Keabler
as Trooper #1
Libby Woodbridge
as Christine Coomer
Iraj Anvar
as King Naheed Obaid
Erick Avari
as Turkish Foreign Minister Ozan Canoglu
Nasser Faris
as Jafar Alinejad
Sean Kleier
as Tyler Cole
Pasha Pellosie
as Russian Crewman #2
Scott Lindley
as Ethan Cole
Eric Engleman
as Roger Banks
Pooya Mohseni
as Samila Mahdavi
Regi Huc
as Navy Seal #2
Luke Vexler
as Reporter
Sorab Wadia
as Iranian Foreign Minister Rahimi
Rachid Sabitri
as Attendant
Michael Torpey
as Late Night Host
James Henry Doan
as Translator
Joseph Kamal
as Ambassador Firas Kateb
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 (52) | Top Critics (24)

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

Sep 19, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

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

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

Aug 15, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The problem is that Madam Secretary, at least through its first three episodes, is a pretty clunky enterprise.

Sep 19, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

I've seen The West Wing, was a big fan of The West Wing and this is no West Wing. If anything, it is the anti-West Wing or West Wing without the charm.

Sep 19, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This [is a] half-hearted attempt to cash in on the steamy political success of The Good Wife and Scandal.

Sep 18, 2014 | Full Review…

Tea Leoni is terrific and it's great to see her back on TV, but even she can't make some of the clunkier stuff work.

Sep 18, 2014 | Full Review…

A highly predictable, pilot-ending reveal sets up a potential conspiracy that will likely send viewers' eyes rolling.

Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Honestly, CBS' Madam Secretary had me at Téa Leoni.

Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Madam Secretary: Season 1

  • Jul 26, 2020
    if you like your drama easy and characters free of failings and nuance this is the drama for you.
  • Oct 11, 2019
    This is an amazing series so far. I love the family interaction and the secretary's dedication to doing what she feels is right, even when the price is high. Very entertaining, and intelligently written. Often events are brought up that mirror real-world issues, and it's fascinating to see the arguments on both sides. Bravo!
  • Oct 08, 2019
    Very topical and well written/acted
  • Aug 14, 2019
    The show delves into the complexity and inefficiency of government and a glimpse of how reality is. However is is over dramatised and has a political bias. But it is an enjoyable show.
  • Mar 31, 2019
    Last episode was about getting countries to accept "climate migrants". I have had it and will not watch this once great show again. The people invading out southern border are not coming because of climate. They are coming for jobs and free stuff. So madam secretary...go to hell.
  • Mar 10, 2019
    Quite clearly propaganda made for the Hillary Clinton campaign. She lost, in real life Hillary is a criminal that should be in prison. Why is this abomination still a thing?
  • Dec 21, 2018
    My wife and I watch this show together on Netflix and we've thoroughly enjoyed it. While many of the plots seem predictable the cliffhangers are well done. Bess's character is believable and mostly realistic. Her husband Henry is the only character in the series that I have a hard time believing could have a real life counterpart, but even then I enjoy his quips and sidequests. Conrad is the president most of us actually want to lead the country, and Russell is who I picture when I think of the White House chief-of-staff (along with Leo McGarry from the West Wing). If you're looking for a semi-serious, enjoyable, and relate-able show to watch in the evenings this is it.
  • Nov 25, 2018
    Nice balance between political and personal life of the main character. Appreciate the political balance but would like to see a little more to the right of center.
  • Oct 29, 2018
    This is one of the best shows on TV and keeps getting better over time!
  • Oct 13, 2018
    Lock her up, No longer interest6ed in the show,

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