Madam Secretary (TV series)

Madam Secretary
Genre Political drama
Created by Barbara Hall
Opening theme Theme to Madam Secretary
Ending theme Theme to Madam Secretary
Composer(s) Transcenders
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 53 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Running time 42-46 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21) – present
External links

Madam Secretary is an American political drama television series created by Barbara Hall and executive produced by Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman. It stars Téa Leoni as Dr. Elizabeth McCord. The series primarily describes main character Dr. Elizabeth McCord's fight to balance her family and her work as the US Secretary of State.

The series premiered on September 21, 2014. On October 27, 2014, CBS placed a full season order consisting of 22 episodes for the first season.[1]

On March 25, 2016, Madam Secretary was renewed for a third season, which premiered on October 2, 2016.[2][3]


Madam Secretary explores Secretary Elizabeth McCord's life as the shrewd, calculating, and determined newly appointed United States Secretary of State. McCord drives international diplomacy, battles office politics, and circumvents and ignores protocol as she negotiates worldwide issues. The show also focuses on the personal lives of the characters. McCord is also a college professor and a former CIA analyst who left the agency for ethical and personal reasons. The President values her apolitical leanings, deep knowledge of the Middle East, flair for languages, and ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even know there is a box.[4][5][6]

Cast and characters

Main cast


Guest stars

Dalton Cabinet

The Dalton Cabinet
Office Name Term
President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine)2013
Vice President Mark Delgado (Alex Fernandez)20132017
Secretary of State Vincent Marsh (Brian Stokes Mitchell)20132014
Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni)2014
Secretary of Treasury Max Quinn (Michael Cumpsty)20132014
Secretary of Defense Gordon Becker (Mike Pniewski)2013
Attorney General Mary Campbell (Anna Deavere Smith)20132015
Louise Cronenberg (Leslie Hendrix)2015
Chief of Staff Russell Jackson (Željko Ivanek)2013
National Security Advisor Darren Kahn (Cotter Smith)20132015
Craig Sterling (Julian Acosta)20152015
Ellen Hill (Johanna Day)2016
Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff
Adm. Ellen Hill, USN (Johanna Day)20132015
Gen. Kelsey Reeves, US Army (Ralph Byers)2015
Director of National Intelligence Ephraim Ware (Clifton Davis)2013
Director of the
Central Intelligence Agency
Andrew Munsey (Patrick Breen)20132015
Sean Williams (Larry Pine)20152015
Dennis Ellerman (John Doman)20152016

Other officials

Office Name Term
Chief Justice of the United States Frawley (Morgan Freeman) 2013–


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21)May 3, 2015 (2015-05-03)
223October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)May 8, 2016 (2016-05-08)
3TBAOctober 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)TBA


In Canada, the series airs on Global at the same time as the original broadcast.[8] In Finland, it premiered 1. January, 2014 on MTV3.[9] The series has been popular in Finland: 11% Finnish people watched the first episode.[10] In Australia, it premiered on October 2, 2014 on Network Ten.[11] On October 23, 2014, it was announced that it will air on Sky Living in the United Kingdom, along with new formats to air TV3 in Ireland, and other international channels.[12] The series launched in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2015.[13] In the Philippines, it premiered on 2nd Avenue on April 28.



Season Episodes Timeslot (ET) Original airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Season premiere Season finale TV season
1 22 Sunday 8:00 pm September 21, 2014 May 3, 2015 2014–15 No. 10 14.17[14]
2 23 October 4, 2015 May 8, 2016 2015–16 No. 14 12.39[15]
3 Sunday 9:00 pm October 2, 2016[3] 2016–17

Critical reception

Madam Secretary has been met with generally positive reviews from TV critics. On Metacritic, the show has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16] On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a rating of 66%, based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site's consensus reads, "Bolstered by Tea Leoni's strong central performance, Madam Secretary is a solid but unspectacular political drama."[17]


Three women have served as Secretary of State to date: Madeleine Albright from 1997 to 2001 under Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice from 2005 to 2009 under George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2013 under Barack Obama. Shortly after the series' debut, Fox News asked if the show therefore served as a campaign ad supporting Hillary Clinton, but quoted the Los Angeles Times saying the lead character was 'no Hillary knockoff' and a New York publicist calling the casting of a woman 'simple business and smart on CBS' behalf.' Conservative activist organization Culture and Media Institute, however, said the connection was clear, citing the women's blond hair and pantsuits.[18]


Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 TV Guide Award [19] Favorite New Show Madam Secretary Nominated
2015 American Cinema Editors Awards 2015[20] Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television Elena Maganini and Michael D. Ornstein Nominated
41st People's Choice Awards[21] Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Téa Leoni Nominated
Favorite New TV Drama Madam Secretary Nominated
Publicists Guild of America[22] The Maxwell Weinberg Publicists Showmanship Television Award CBS Television Studio/Madam Secretary Nominated
2016 CBS MVP Awards[23] Best Motivational Speech Téa Leoni Nominated


  1. CBS Gives Full Season Orders to 'Scorpion', 'Madam Secretary', 'NCIS: New Orleans' & 'Stalker'
  2. Ausiello, Michael (May 11, 2015). "CBS Renews Person of Interest, NCIS, Five-0, Good Wife and 11 More Shows". TVLine. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  3. 1 2 Andreeva, Nellie (June 21, 2016). "CBS Sets Fall 2016 Premiere Dates, Slates JonBenet Ramsey Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  4. Goldberg, Lesley (March 17, 2014). "'Smash's' Katharine McPhee to Star in CBS Genius Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
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  7. Andreeva, Nellie (21 May 2014). "Željko Ivanek Upped To Regular On New CBS Drama Series Madam Secretary". Retrieved 26 August 2014. Emmy-winning character actor Željko Ivanek (Damages) has joined the cast of CBS' new drama series Madam Secretary as a regular after guest starring in the pilot.
  8. Wilford, Denette (June 4, 2014). "Global TV Lineup Fall 2014-15: Shaw Media Making Bold Moves". The HuffingtonPost. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  9. "MTV3 - Rouva Ministeri" [Mrs. Minister]. (in Finnish). Retrieved 2016-06-21.
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  11. Knox, David (September 28, 2014). "Madam Secretary". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  12. The Deadline Team (October 23, 2014). "'Madam Secretary' Coming To U.K. On Sky Living; NBCUniversal International Television Production Pacts With TV3 Group Ireland: Global Briefs". Deadline. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  13. "Sky Living Sets UK Premiere Date Madam Secretary". TVWise. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  14. de Moraes, Lisa (May 22, 2015). "Full 2014-15 Series Rankings". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  15. "Full 2015–16 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline Hollywood. May 26, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  16. "Madam Secretary : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  17. "Madam Secretary: Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  18. "'Madam Secretary' a campaign ad for Hillary Clinton 2016?". FoxNews.Com. 22 September 2014.
  19. "TV Guide Awards (2014)". Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  20. Adam Chitwood (January 2, 2015). "Nightcrawler, Gone Girl, and Boyhood Land ACE Editing Awards Nominations". Collider. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  21. "41st People's Choice Awards nominees". People's Choice Awards. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  22. "Publicists Guild of America (2015)". Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  23. "Super Bowl 2016 –". CBS. Retrieved 2016-01-31.

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