Madam Secretary (2014– )
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When contact with Air Force One has been lost with the president and speaker of the House aboard, the vice president in surgery and the president pro tempore of the Senate incapacitated, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Téa Leoni ... Elizabeth McCord
Tim Daly ... Henry McCord
Keith Carradine ... President Conrad Dalton
Patina Miller ... Daisy Grant
Geoffrey Arend ... Matt Mahoney
Erich Bergen ... Blake Moran
Kathrine Herzer ... Alison McCord
Evan Roe ... Jason McCord
Wallis Currie-Wood ... Stephanie 'Stevie' McCord
Zeljko Ivanek ... Russell Jackson
Bebe Neuwirth ... Nadine Tolliver
Jill Hennessy ... Jane Fellows
Jason Ralph ... Harrison Dalton
Cotter Smith ... Darren Hahn
Francis Jue ... Chinese Foreign Minister Chen


When contact with Air Force One has been lost with the president and speaker of the House aboard, the vice president in surgery and the president pro tempore of the Senate incapacitated, Madam Secretary became Madam acting President. Her daughter was found in a hotel room with the President's son and her husband is being forced to turn one of his Russian students into an American spy. The secretary was supposed to sing a novelty song at the Eastern Trade Conference. Fortunately, she didn't. Written by R.W. George

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terrorism | computer | feminism | See All (3) »




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Release Date:

4 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Téa Leoni was sworn in as acting President in episode 2.1 by Morgan Freeman who appeared as Chief Justice. Both actors had previously worked on movie Deep Impact (1998) where Morgan Freeman was President and Téa Leoni was struggling reporter. See more »


The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 specifies that when a Cabinet officer takes the oath of office as acting president, he or she automatically resigns the Cabinet post, so after the disability of President Dalton and the vice president to serve is removed, Elizabeth would be out of her job as Secretary of State. See more »


Russell Jackson: [Gesturing to a large briefcase] This is the football. It's a remote device that can authorize a nuclear attack in the unlikely event that we are required to do that.
[a Colonel hands Elizabeth a small card]
Russell Jackson: This is the biscuit. It's an authenticator card containing all the launching codes. That stays with you. The football stays with the Colonel who's never far away.
Elizabeth McCord: [Shakes the Colonel's hand] Thank you, Colonel. I hope we never work together.
Colonel Preston: My hope as well, Ma'am.
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The Longest Time
Written by Billy Joel
Performed by Bebe Neuwirth
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Great show!
6 October 2015 | by gmorgan51-158-682165See all my reviews

Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord always keeps me on the edge of my seat. Tea Leoni and the rest of the cast just get better and better; so does the writing. I have loved Keith Carradine for a long time, and am happy to see him cast in a steady and, hopefully, long running series. The same goes for Tim Daly and and Bebe Beuwirth.

Ms. Leoni is proving to be a fine dramatic and comedic actor (I liked Deep Impact - the heck with the ratings; also, the recognition of Spanglish as a movie classic is well deserved. Remember Flying Blind?). This shows compares favorably with any drama being aired any where, including the BBC, and that is one of the highest compliments I can give any drama.

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