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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Air date: Nov 17, 2014
Air date: Nov 24, 2014
Air date: Dec 1, 2014
Air date: Dec 8, 2014
Air date: Dec 15, 2014
Air date: Dec 22, 2014
Air date: Jan 5, 2015
Air date: Jan 12, 2015
Air date: Jan 19, 2015
Air date: Jan 26, 2015
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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…

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