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Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary

CBS 2014

Former CIA agent Elizabeth Faulkner McCord is suddenly thrust into the position of US Secretary of State where she must quickly learn to drive international diplomacy, wrangle office politics and balance a complex family life.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary - S1E19

#1 - Spartan Figures


Season 1 - Episode 19

Elizabeth and President Dalton work together to solve the Greek debt crisis, but not everyone at home is happy with the agreement. Meanwhile, Henry mulls over a new job offer, and Stevie reconnects with her childhood friend, the President’s son.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 592 votes.

Madam Secretary - S1E18

#2 - The Time Is at Hand


Season 1 - Episode 18

While Elizabeth seeks a diplomatic solution to a doomsday cult in Bolivia, a congressman attempting to negotiate with its leader is taken hostage. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Henry meet Stevie’s much older boyfriend.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 605 votes.

Madam Secretary - S4E14

#3 - Refuge


Season 4 - Episode 14

Jay and Kat devise a way to help persecuted foreign LGBTQ citizens escape their country while their U.S. homeland security applications are processed. However, when the country closes its borders, Jay and Kat are forced to change that plan quickly, as it could now threaten their relationship with neighboring allies.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 685 votes.

Madam Secretary - S2E13

#4 - Invasive Species


Season 2 - Episode 13

After his father’s death, Henry’s family uncovers shocking secrets that open old wounds for them, including his grieving sister Maureen, who blames Henry for not spending enough time at home. Also, Russell keeps important information from Elizabeth’s team at the State department.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 743 votes.

Madam Secretary - S1E12

#5 - Standoff


Season 1 - Episode 12

When a Texas state trooper is killed by a Mexican cartel smuggler, Elizabeth arranges an extradition deal before going on vacation to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary in New York City. However, when political issues arise around the case, she is forced to cut their trip short. Also, Elizabeth’s son injures himself while Blake is watching him.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 500 votes.

Madam Secretary - S1E21

#6 - The Kill List


Season 1 - Episode 21

As Elizabeth prepares for the arrival of Iranian President Shiraz to sign a nuclear treaty, she uncovers a top secret plot to assassinate him on United States soil. At the same time, she must deal with a massive protest by the Human Rights Campaign in response to Iran’s plans to stone a gay citizen to death. Also, Elizabeth sees a therapist (Marsha Mason) to deal with her PTSD.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 607 votes.

Madam Secretary - S5E17

#7 - The Common Defense


Season 5 - Episode 17

While Elizabeth is away on a retreat thinking about her presidential campaign, her staff tries to secure an international agreement to protect citizens who have been displaced due to global warming. Also, the staff works to contain a measles outbreak that threatens the life of Daisy’s daughter, Joanna.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 485 votes.

Madam Secretary - S2E3

#8 - The Rusalka


Season 2 - Episode 3

Elizabeth and President Dalton’s administration are met with hostility while trying to deal with the Russian government. Also, Dmitri is kidnapped and interrogated about being a Russian spy.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 713 votes.

Madam Secretary - S2E20

#9 - Ghost Detainee


Season 2 - Episode 20

After Elizabeth delivers her first speech to the United Nations General Assembly formally condemning the terrorist group Hizb-al Shahid, she discusses forming a coalition against them with the Russian Foreign Minister. However, the talks create a conflict of interest between Elizabeth and Henry, who is searching for a way to save Dmitri’s ill sister, Talia Petrov, from the Russian government.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 899 votes.

Madam Secretary - S2E4

#10 - Waiting for Taleju


Season 2 - Episode 4

Elizabeth finds herself pushed out of the President's inner circle after she disagrees with his response to the growing tension with Russia. Also, when incriminating photos of Stevie and Harrison surface, Elizabeth and Henry must deal with the aftermath and try to protect their daughter from the media.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 706 votes.

Madam Secretary - S1E20
#11 - The Necessary Art
Season 1 - Episode 20

While Henry is in Russia giving a lecture on fundamentalism, Elizabeth must navigate tricky political waters when a Russian nuclear submarine vanishes in American waters. Also, Stevie breaks up with her older boyfriend.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 593 votes.

Madam Secretary - S2E6
#12 - Catch and Release
Season 2 - Episode 6

After an American aid worker is killed in Syria by the first known American ISIS leader, Elizabeth recalls all aid workers stationed there, including her brother, and makes it her mission to get justice for the victim. Henry is conflicted when Dmitri asks for help saving Ivan, who has been called back to Moscow.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 708 votes.

Madam Secretary - S4E6
#13 - Loophole
Season 4 - Episode 6

Henry disagrees with the President and Elizabeth when they refuse to negotiate with terrorists for the release of an American CIA agent who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Also, Elizabeth tries to be supportive of Stevie who is going through a difficult time.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 854 votes.

Madam Secretary - S1E7
#14 - Passage
Season 1 - Episode 7

When Elizabeth takes Alison with her to India on her first state department trip abroad, she’s thrown into crisis mode when a massive earthquake hits that causes an explosion at an American-owned factory, and she’s separated from Alison during the chaos.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 657 votes.

Madam Secretary - S2E16
#15 - Hijriyyah
Season 2 - Episode 16

After an Italian warship answers a distress call from a ship carrying Libyan refugees, Elizabeth is given 20 minutes to decide whether to question a passenger who claims to know the whereabouts of Jibral Disah, the most-wanted terrorist in the world. Also, Stevie brings her boyfriend Jareth home to meet her parents.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 781 votes.

Madam Secretary - S1E6
#16 - The Call
Season 1 - Episode 6

Elizabeth faces unexpected consequences when she makes a plea to the President to help with a dire situation in Western Africa.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 671 votes.

Madam Secretary - S4E19
#17 - Thin Ice
Season 4 - Episode 19

Elizabeth is attending a summit in Montreal to resolve territorial claims of the North Pole when an activist group detonates a bomb and she can’t locate Jason and Piper. Also, things take a turn for the worse when Elizabeth learns that Russia was involved in the bombing, and Henry helps one of his students work through a difficult decision.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 613 votes.

Madam Secretary - S1E4
#18 - Just Another Normal Day
Season 1 - Episode 4

While Elizabeth works to successfully broker a peace treaty between China and Japan, a Chinese student seeking political asylum threatens the deal. Tensions rise at home between Alison and Stevie during Alison's sleepover party.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 706 votes.

Madam Secretary - S3E12
#19 - The Detour
Season 3 - Episode 12

When Elizabeth and her staff fly to Africa to offer development aid to the continent, they are caught by surprise when the Chinese arrive there first, ready to outmaneuver the U.S. with competing offers of aid. Also, when turbulence on their plane ride to Africa leaves Daisy unnerved, she and Susan Thompson go on a welcome tour of Africa, admiring the beauty of the continent. And, the FBI asks Henry to help investigate a Christian cult member who may have helped build the bomb used in the Illinois coffee shop attack.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 1162 votes.

Madam Secretary - S1E10
#20 - Collateral Damage
Season 1 - Episode 10

When the State Department goes on lockdown due to a deranged gunman outside the building, Elizabeth is confined with a delegation from Iraq whose translator threatens to reveal damaging information about her actions while in the CIA. Meanwhile, when Matt is stuck in an office with Daisy’s fiancé, Win, he spills information that he shouldn’t have.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Madam Secretary from 631 votes.

Last updated: apr 21, 2021



This show absolutely brilliant. Not only do we get to see the difficult decisions an secretary of state has to make, we can understand and sympathize on an emotional level that not many tv shows have the choices that Elizabeth McCord (played by a phenomenal Téa Leoni) has to make between doing what is the best thing for her country, and what is the right thing to do.... I especially like the fact that this is not just a tv show about the secretary of state, even though Téa Leoni is without a doubt the star that makes this tv show better by a factor of 10. No, its the supporting cast around her that makes this one of the better political drama tv shows i have seen in years. I can definitely see some love chemistry between Téa Leoni and Tim Daly (the husband Henry McCord). And the characters of the staff of from secretary are definitely being more developed over each episode. This is absolutely one of those shows you need to keep an eye on. It has an intelligent script, an awesome cast, and a subject that is very interesting seeing that there is always something going on in the world, and the USA is always poking its nose where it (more often than not) does not belong....


So I really liked it at first. Like the story, the acting, everything. But then the kids... Not just their acting, it was the lines they had to say. Way to cliché... But what made me stop was the husband. He usually screws things up or acts like a 5 year old and yells nonsense. Being the good wife, she fixes it and all are happy again and the world is saved. If she gets a divorce and files a restraining order against the kids I would watch it again :)


I love this show too, more and more. It's smart, intelligent and even though it isn't a rollercoaster like Scandal or HTGAWM it's still briliant. I'm really happy to see how more and more series are putting strong women in the forefront and this show does it in the best way in my opinion. There's no back and forth about whether to choose a family life or to have a high-powered political career, she does both, except the husband now has to pitch in more at home. But lo and behold, he doesn't need to give up his career either. ;-) I don't care much about the Hilary Clinton comparison, this is a tv show afterall and I'm taking it as such. In my opinion all the actors are doing a great job in portraying their respective characters (some better than others), but Tea Leoni is amazing. I rarely see her in dramatic roles and it's a shame, because she is great at it. I hope this show continues for a couple of more seasons and that they will keep this pace or get even better at it.


i just watched season 1. if it were less propaganda it would be a cool show. for now all i see is that other countries have sometimes good people and america sometimes bad. get it?


I don't like the acting, the story is compelling. Tea Leoni slurs her lines a lot i have noticed and it just takes me out of the story. The kid actors are not terrible but still pretty bad and not believable. I would recommend this show because of the story, but i would warn whom ever i recommend this to about the acting. It's so compelling to see this story fold out i'm enjoying it so far :) 6.5/10


I was so bored and really disappointed. .the characters were walking clichés and even the plot was kinda bland


This show started off with a bang, the content was great and the acting was good (in my view). I think for me the politics killed any desire to continue following this show halfway through the second season. I think writers actively alienate their viewers when they attempt to push their own political or religious agenda, especially in a time period when opinions are so polarized.


Why on earth is Eric Stolz playing her YOUNGER brother when he's 4, and looks about 10, years OLDER than Téa Leoni??


Been watching this for some time, it has had some good episodes giving a perspective of behind the doors going's on and the wheeling and dealing that is everyday politics. Some of the close to home family stuff was a bit mushy, but on the whole the series for me watchable if not to everyone's taste. I think they have a small problem coming up which in the context of the title of the series and without saying to much what is on the horizon could in fact bring the series to an end and the dawning of another ....


I've only seen season 1 so far. If I should keep watching, then only because of Téa Leoni. The plot is far too simple if you are somewhat interested in rl diplomacy and politics in general.

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