In her life, Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) has led many roles, as a CIA analyst, a professor, a wife, and a mother… but now, she leads America’s foreign policy as Secretary of State. The sensitive nature of her work creates tension at home when she’s forced to keep secrets from her husband Henry (Tim Daly), recently reactivated as an intelligence asset. As tensions mount with Russia and chaos brews in the Middle East, Elizabeth answers directly to President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine). She tries to steer the world back from the brink of war while navigating the complex agenda of Chief of Staff Russell Jackson (Željko Ivanek). Through it all, she knows she can rely on her brilliant staff, spearheaded by seasoned State Department insider Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth). The political and personal drama intertwine in 23 globe-spanning episodes, accompanied by eye-opening special features.

madamsecs3dvdStudio: ABC Studios
Year: 2017
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Run time: 991 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 6 DVD
Region: A

The show essentially justifies water-boarding, which I find offensive. Perhaps this an effort by the show to establish street cred with Serious People, but it just goes to show that even hindsight doesn’t afford some people twenty-twenty vision. Especially since they have to resort to the mythic “ticking time-bomb” scenario in order to fabricate a leg for the justification to stand on. There were one or two other points where I felt bad behavior was being white-washed to address some nebulous, unexplained “big picture” in which such things ostensibly not only make sense but are ethically justifiable and entirely necessary.

Tea is perfect for Elizabeth McCord. Tim Daly as Henry McCord is OK (more as Georgetown biblical scholar than as NSA asset or War College professor) but I keep thinking a more credible choice could have been made, just perhaps not within budget? Josh Duhamel? Leoni and Daly do have chemistry, however. In the office, Matt (Geoffrey Arend) and Daisy (Patina Miller) are more than a bit junior for their roles. Cillian Murphy and Kirsten Wiig would be more credible. Matt and Daisy could be interns…

Movie Quality: 8/10

Special Features

  • A Day In The Life: Inside Look at Madam Secretary
  • Deleted Scenes

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

The plot lines keep me on the edge of my seat. The writers do an excellent job mixing seriousness with bits of humor. Love, love, love.

Overall Rating: 7/10