State of Affairs: Season 1 (2014 - 2015)


Season 1
State of Affairs

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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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Critic Ratings: 43

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Air date: Nov 17, 2014

Charlie (Katherine Heigl) reflects on the one-year anniversary of her fiancé's death at the hands of a terrorist in the series premiere of this political drama centering on a top CIA analyst who assembles the President's daily briefing. Alfre Woodard also stars.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2014

The team scrambles against the Russians over a stranded submarine that houses U.S. secrets. Elsewhere, President Payton appoints a formidable new CIA director.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2014

Charlie has flashbacks of Midnight City, where she first met Nick. In other developments, Charlie springs into action when militants kidnap 21 Nigerian girls, and President Payton has trade talks with the Chinese president.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2014

A threatening text is sent to Charlie and Nick. Meanwhile, Charlie has flashbacks of her first interactions with Fatah; Payton's rival reveals information about a report on a senatorial convoy attack; the team tries to contain a smallpox contamination in Panama.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2014

President Payton has many questions for Nick Vera in the wake of a leak of a convoy-attack report. Meanwhile, Charlie flashes back to the convoy attack, revealing she's been hiding a secret from Payton, and a reporter is granted an exclusive interview.

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Air date: Dec 22, 2014

Charlie heads to Qatar with Maureen and President Payton for a diplomatic mission, but the standard trip turns disastrous. Meanwhile, a direct link to Omar Fatah is tracked; a masked man interrogates Nick; and Charlie desperately tries to remember details about the convoy attack.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2015

Numerous photos of national landmarks featuring an Arabic symbol surface. Meanwhile, Charlie is in Yemen to make contact with her asset; Nick's masked captor leads him to his next mission; Lucas oversees an interrogation at Langley; and President Payton must make a difficult decision.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2015

Jack Dawkins is kidnapped from a Panamanian prison and held for ransom. Meanwhile, Charlie returns to Langley to coordinate an operation; the D.C. bomb squad removes a suspicious backpack in front of the Washington Monument; and Nick is put through a number of tests.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2015

A high-stakes investigation puts the focus on proving a sorority girl is in fact a member of a terrorist cell. Meanwhile, Charlie faces a possible betrayal, and Nick Vera inches closer to contacting Omar Fattah.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2015

The team races to find a terrorist cell's missing bombs, and Charlie enlists the aid of a former adversary in the effort. Meanwhile, domestic fear and suspicion escalate as President Payton faces a new political threat, and an operation is jeopardized.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for State of Affairs Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (21)

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.

Nov 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.

Nov 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.

Nov 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.

Nov 14, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Heigl is not bad here -- that's the headline -- but the pilot is a mess.

Nov 14, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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[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.

Sep 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Once intros are out of the way and the plot takes hold... State of Affairs becomes a drama I could like, though that just might be my well-chronicled blind love for anything D.C.-related speaking.

Aug 1, 2016 | Full Review…

They got the wonderful Alfre Woodard to play the president, then surrounded her Oval Office with something awful.

Sep 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Complicated D.C. drama has a fierce but flawed heroine.

Nov 18, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The cast is good, the material is decent, and with a little bit of hard work and some luck, State of Affairs might easily take The Blacklist's place as NBC's Monday night anchor.

Nov 17, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

This may be the saddest case of Homeland envy I've yet encountered, as we observe Heigl desperately seizing the opportunity to go full Carrie Mathison/Claire Danes in the central role of the unfortunately named Charleston (call her "Charlie") Tucker.

Nov 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, State of Affairs is no Homeland. It's not even Homeland on its bad days.

Nov 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for State of Affairs: Season 1

  • Apr 22, 2017
    Great show! Don't know why it wasn't better received.
  • Jul 20, 2015
    State of Affairs feels like a network version of the TV Show Homeland...it does have it's differences but there are some similarities.The show focuses on Charleston Tucker (Catherine Heigl) Charleston is a CIA Analyst who does briefings for the President about what is the top threat to our nation. Charleston Tucker was engaged to the President's son until he was killed by terrorists after an ambush. Charleston is passionate about her work driven by the trauma of losing her fiance, and she clashes with Nick (Chris McKenna) that shares a secret with her about something in her past. Charleston's focus is one terrorist she has been after for years that she risks creating an asset off the books that wreaks havoc on her ability to conduct other investigations without sacrificing her asset. Twists & turns with suspenseful moment make this very watchable. The Season finale was a great twist.
  • May 07, 2015
    I enjoyed the series a lot. Even though many critics saying Heigl was not as good as could be and that Woodard have been the best actor in the series I'd rather disagree as Woodard just tends to annoy me - where as the plot and the story it self is different enough for it to stand out from other series of its like. It would be a shame if the show was cancelled, but then again, as the US audience not always appreciate the same as the European (or asian for that matter) I'm affraid it will go.
  • May 05, 2015
    The trouble with this is it is both unbelievable and boring. The last two episodes are the best - if you can last that long.
  • Mar 22, 2015
    This pastiche of Homeland, Madam Secretary, that thing with Piper Perabo and a wink and a nod to Spooks, NCIS and Hawaii 50 is unwatchable. Heigle should stick to stills. Talking, walking and acting convincingly all at the same time are challenging it would seem. And no amount of soft-focus mesh-lensed close ups are going to fix it. It's worse attributes however lie in the writing and plotting. It's a 'penny dreadful' telling of what unimaginative writers would have us believe goes on in Washington. My two-word review: Sub-standard.
  • Mar 22, 2015
    Wanna be Scadal with a white bitch
  • Mar 22, 2015
    This series exposes Katherine Heigle's hubris.
  • Mar 20, 2015
    amazing show!!! oh and guess what? i am entitled to my opinions and people should too, I do not read the thrash by this alleged critics.
  • Mar 18, 2015
    Great show, strong plot. Let's see how long it lasts.
  • Mar 15, 2015
    Great show too bad NBC are idiots and thinking about taking off the only good show they have worth watching on their network. If they takeoff I guess no more NBC. Every time they get something worth watching they take it off. I guess that why they aren't my main channel. I hope State of Affairs stays on the air despite critics. What do they know anyway.

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