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Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary

Photo Credit:  Craig Blankenhorn / CBS
  • Premiered: 
    September 21, 2014
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Barbara Hall 
  • Subject Matter: Political
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Plot Synopsis

This one-hour drama series explores the personal and professional life of maverick female Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Elizabeth is married to Henry, a professor of medieval religious history, and they have three children: teenager Jason, a budding anarchist; his popular sister, Alison; and oldest daughter Stevie, who has returned home after dropping out of college. Elizabeth's staff, helmed by Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver, includes: Blake, a young and loyal assistant, who is the only person on staff Elizabeth actually hired; speechwriter Matt; and press coordinator Daisy. Morgan Freeman is an executive producer of MADAM SECRETARY. This series premiered on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 8:30pm ET/8pm PT.

MADAM SECRETARY returned for its second season on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "The Show Must Go On," Elizabeth must take the oath of office when the President's plane disappears over the Pacific Ocean. Also, Henry is asked to recruit one of his Russian students to work for the U.S. government by Jane Fellows, his new Defense Intelligence Agency handler. Executive Producer Morgan Freeman directed the episode and guest stars as Chief Justice Frawley.

Season 3 of MADAM SECRETARY premiered on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on CBS. Executive Producer Morgan Freeman directs the season premiere and guest stars as Chief Justice Wilbourne, while CBS News' Jane Pauley returns to guest star as herself. In the season opener, "Sea Change," when a storm destroys a naval base in Bahrain, Elizabeth urges President Dalton to reexamine his approach to climate change and his overall foreign policy, something that could jeopardize his re-election campaign. Also, Jose Campos tries to bring Henry back into the DIA fold, and the McCords worry that their family is being stalked when they discover Jason's laptop may have been hacked.

The fourth season of MADAM SECRETARY premiered on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS, with Morgan Freeman returning as Chief Justice Wilbourne. In the season opener, "News Cycle," when the assistant vice minister of Timor-Leste suddenly dies during a meeting with Elizabeth on the first day of the U.N General Assembly, she becomes suspicious after the president of Timor-Leste ships the body back without a proper investigation. Also, a "fake news" story surfaces claiming Elizabeth is responsible for the minister's death, and Dmitri returns to work with Henry.

On Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the fifth season of MADAM SECRETARY. In the season opener, "E Pluribus Unum," in the aftermath of a deadly attack on the White House, Elizabeth tries to keep a major nuclear disarmament deal from falling apart while a manhunt for the attackers brings D.C. to a halt. For advice, Elizabeth turns to former secretaries of state (guest starring as themselves) Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell.

The sixth and final season of MADAM SECRETARY premieres Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "Hail to the Chief," Elizabeth must fend off a baseless investigation into her past that threatens to derail the first major legislation of her presidency. Also, First Gentleman Henry squirms after his appearance on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT (with guest star Stephen Colbert) results in heightened scrutiny of the romance in the First Couple's marriage. Wentworth Miller guest stars as Senator Mark Hanson, a canny political operator. Additional guest stars: Tonya Pinkins (Susan Thompson), Jordan Lage (Lt. General Kohl), Linda Powell (FBI Director Amelia Banks), Michael Patrick Thornton (Evan Moore), Guy Boyd (Senator Beauregard Miller), David Adkins (Senator Chet Wagner), Gita Reddy (Senator Robin Langston), Georgia Warner (Taylor), David Christopher Wells (Sam), Kenya Brome (Keira Peters), Bruce Sabath (Frank), David Denowitz (Male Anchor), Chagmion Antoine (Young Female Anchor), Marlie Hall (News Anchor), Kyle Selig (Travis), Garrett Turner (Sergeant At Arms # 1), Guillermo Arribas (Sergeant At Arms # 2), and Patricia R. Floyd (Patricia).
On Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 10:30pm ET/10pm PT, CBS premiered "Carpe Diem," the series finale of MADAM SECRETARY. (Note that the start time in the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones may by later, depending on the duration of the NFL football game that airs immediately before 60 MINUTES.) President Elizabeth McCord kicks off a new landmark political initiative with help from members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women's Soccer team (guest starring as themselves), while Flo Avery (guest star Cicely Tyson), who was born the day women were granted the right to vote, looks on. Opposing the initiative is Senator Amy Ross (guest star Tyne Daly) from Ohio. Also, the McCords overcome last-minute obstacles to pull off a spectacular family celebration with a reunion of familiar faces, that includes a performance by Peter Frampton (guest starring as himself). Guest cast: Tyne Daly (Senator Amy Ross); Cicely Tyson (Flo Avery); Peter Frampton as Himself; World Cup Champion U.S. Women's Soccer Team Members Ali Kreiger, Allie Long, Ashlyn Harris & Crystal Dunn as themselves; Keith Carradine (Conrad Dalton); Sebastian Arcelus (Jay Whitman); Geoffrey Arend (Matt Mahoney); Kathrine Herzer (Alison McCord); Linda Emond (Carol Jackson); Sabina Zuniga Varela (Angela Lopez); Tracee Chimo Pallero (Nina Cummings); Masha King (Talia Petrov); Will Harrison (Zach Barnow); Jose Zuniga (Carlos Morejon); Roe Hartrampf (Trevor Kingston); Sam Breslin Wright (Dylan Larsen); Mark Puchinsky (Vlad); Emiliano Diez (General Julio Diaz); Beth Dixon (Maggie); Chris Petrovski (Dmitri Petrov); Melissa Denise Lopez (Secret Service Agent); Bruce Sabath (Frank Corlent); Marilyn Sterner (ASL Interpreter); and Emelyn Daly (Sarah McCord).


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by CBS Television Studios
  • In association with Revelations Entertainment


  • - Washington DC USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • March 22, 2015: Andrew Munsey dies