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State of Affairs: Season 1 (2014-2015)



Critic Consensus: State of Affairs benefits from Alfre Woodard's talent, but this overly serious show is dragged down by Katherine Heigl's unsympathetic character and a surfeit of unintentional laughs.


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Season 1 of this political drama centers around CIA analyst Charleston "Charlie" Whitney Tucker (Katherine Heigl), who assembles and presents the President's Daily Briefing about the most vital security issues facing the country. The series begins one year after the death of the president's son, who was also Tucker's fiancé. While preparing the PDB, her team becomes aware that an American doctor has been abducted. While all fingers point to terrorist Omar Abdul Fatah, they cannot confirm and Tucker leaves him off the PDB, which puts her in conflict with her CIA director and causes President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard) to intervene. Despite their efforts, Fatah remains at large and is a continuous threat throughout the season. Also, Tucker encounters a Russian sub hacking into U.S. undersea cables in the Bering Sea, a terrorist group kidnapping 20 girls after a soccer match and a young member of Anonymous infiltrating the White House.


Katherine Heigl
as Charleston Tucker
Alfre Woodard
as President Constance Payton
Adam Kaufman
as Lucas Newsom
Cliff Chamberlain
as Kurt Tannen
Sheila Vand
as Maureen James
Tommy Savas
as Dashiell Greer
David Harbour
as David Patrick
Leslie Odom Jr.
as Mitchell Manning
Nestor Carbonell
as Ray Navarro
Melinda McGraw
as Sen. Green
Derek Ray
as Jack Dawkins
Yousuf Azami
as Sheikh Hakam
Rex Linn
as Sen. Burke
Gracie Dzienny
as Stacy Dover
Tzi Ma
as Chinese President
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State of Affairs still falters by comparison to the shows that inspired it, including Homeland and The West Wing. To be blunt, it's just not nearly as smart as either, and tries to disguise that with false intensity and hyperactive production values.

November 17, 2014 | Full Review…

What you wind up with here is a kind of half-baked version of everything the show is trying to be: it's a half-baked spy show and a half-baked character study and a half-baked political drama.

November 17, 2014 | Full Review…
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It may be a couple of weeks before we decide whether these lead characters and their ensemble will be able to mix the soap and the political intrigue into a story that makes us care enough to keep coming back.

November 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

State of Affairs is a poor fit for one and all. Telltale sign: A total of nine executive producers, including Heigl and her mother, Nancy. That's too many cooks for what turns out to be a half-baked hour of ridiculosity.

November 14, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Heigl is not bad here -- that's the headline -- but the pilot is a mess.

November 14, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

[It] is packed with all manner of government conspiracy hoo-ha: People are always answering phones very loudly, bearded jihadists yell angrily into cameras, handguns are stored near bottles of scotch. This change makes [it] a sillier, more formulaic show.

September 17, 2014 | Full Review…

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