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Original run September 21, 2014 – May 3, 2015
No. of Episodes 22
Nielsen rating 18-49 rating:
Viewers (million):
12.54 (average of 13 episodes)
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DVD release
Region 1 September 1, 2015
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Season 1 of Madam Secretary premiered on September 21, 2014.

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Elizabeth McCord is brought in as the Secretary of State after the untimely death of the previous Secretary, Vincent Marsh. Shortly after accepting the job, Elizabeth's friend and former CIA operative and analyst, George Peters, dies in a car accident, under suspicious circumstances. Elizabeth spends her time juggling matters of state, all while looking into the suspicious deaths of former Secretary Marsh and George Peters.

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Picture Title Number Season Number Production Code Original Airdate U.S. viewers
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 1.jpg "Pilot" 1 1 September 21, 2014 14.75
After the death of death of Vincent Marsh, Conrad Dalton, the 45th President of the United States, decides to appoint Elizabeth McCord to the position, his long-time friend and who used to one of his favorites in the CIA during his time as CIA director and Elizabeth's time as a CIA analyst. Elizabeth is originally shocked when Dalton offers her the position and takes some convincing to accept it. After her confirmation, Elizabeth is immediately presented with a maelstrom of complex foreign policy issues, the most pressing of the moment, a situation with Syria, where two American citizens are being held hostage. CIA director Munsey and Elizabeth McCord plot an operation to liberate the kids, only for Munsey to proceed with the operation 2 hours early without consulting Elizabeth. The operation is classified as a failure as the kids were not found, and it is discovered that the Syrians gave the US disinformation to gain leverage in the hostage negotiations. When Russell Jackson and Elizabeth debate over how to proceed, President Dalton ultimately sides with Russell Jackson, irritating Elizabeth and making her question whether she will be able to serve as an effective Secretary of State. Elizabeth ultimately disobeys Dalton's order and meets with a contact in the Russian embassy to negotiate the hostage's release. Elizabeth goes directly to Dalton to confess her actions, but he allows for her to proceed with them as long as they don't harm the administration and the hostages are returned safely U.S. hostages.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 2.jpg "Another Benghazi" 2 1 September 28, 2014 12.72
While in the process of dealing with a crisis in Yemen, Elizabeth faces a challenge at home when her oldest daughter makes headlines for protesting her university’s new policy.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 3.jpg "The Operative" 3 1 October 5, 2014 12.18
Elizabeth is confronted by a hostile reporter who threatens to publish confidential documents that were leaked from inside the State Department. Meanwhile, Henry is dragged into an international negotiation when his wife uses his job as leverage to broker a deal with Pakistan.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 4.jpg "Just Another Normal Day" 4 1 October 12, 2014 11.45
While Elizabeth works to successfully broker a peace treaty between China and Japan, a Chinese student seeking political asylum threatens the deal. Meanwhile, tensions rise at home between Alison and Stevie during Alison's sleepover party.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 5.jpg "Blame Canada" 5 1 October 19, 2014 12.28
When Elizabeth faces the daunting task of negotiating with Iran over their escalating nuclear program, she is determined to deal with the situation in a peaceful manner, despite the President’s position of using military action. Meanwhile, Jason has new admiration for his father when he interviews him for a school report.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 6.jpg "The Call" 6 1 October 26, 2014 11.71
Elizabeth faces unexpected consequences when she makes a plea to the President to help with a dire situation in Western Africa.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 7.jpg "Passage" 7 1 November 2, 2014 13.21
When Elizabeth brings 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.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 8.jpg "Need to Know" 8 1 November 9, 2014 12.54
When the President approves Henry’s reactivation into the NSA, he lies to Elizabeth about his continued involvement in the spy game. Meanwhile, Matt and Daisy’s antagonism toward one another begins to affect the entire office.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 9.jpg "So It Goes" 9 1 November 16, 2014 12.77
Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle launch their own investigation into the plane crash that killed former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh. Also, Nadine takes a step back into the dating pool when she agrees to go on a date with a NASA scientist.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 10.jpg "Collateral Damage" 10 1 November 23, 2014 12.41
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.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 11.jpg "Game On" 11 1 November 30, 2014 13.24
Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle work together to find former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh’s secret bank account, but soon uncover that one of Elizabeth’s staff members already has access to it.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 12.jpg "Standoff" 12 1 January 4, 2015 11.69
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.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 13.jpg "Chains of Command" 13 1 January 11, 2015 12.13
Elizabeth pushes for the prosecution of a diplomat after he is caught holding a maid hostage in his home. Also, Henry's father comes to visit.
150px "Whisper of the Ax" 14 1 March 1, 2015 11.64
Elizabeth is humiliated at a public budget hearing when her staff fails to find the corruption that exists in her microloan program. Also, the investigation into Marsh's death continues.
150px "The Ninth Circle" 15 1 March 8, 2015 10.82
Elizabeth heads to Turkey to mend political relations after the Turkish government releases a video that could be damaging to the CIA. Also, Jason is threatened with expulsion after punching a bully at school.
150px "Tamerlane" 16 1 March 15, 2015 11.26
Elizabeth secretly travels to Iran in an attempt to prevent a coup that could impact President Dalton's administration. Also, she brings her staff up to speed on the investigation into Marsh's death.
150px "Face the Nation" 17 1 March 22, 2015 10.79
As Elizabeth attempts to hold herself together, she tries to prevent an ecological disaster and prepares for an appearance on "Face the Nation"; Henry and Elizabeth disagree on the level of protection Jason should have at school.
150px "The Time is at Hand" 18 1 March 29, 2015 11.47
While Elizabeth looks for a diplomatic way to handle a cult in Bolivia, the organization takes a congressman hostage; Stevie introduces her boyfriend to Elizabeth and Henry.
150px "Spartan Figures" 19 1 April 5, 2015 9.27
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 Harrison Dalton, the President's son.
150px "The Necessary Art" 20 1 April 12, 2015 11.39
A Russian nuclear submarine disappears in American waters, putting Elizabeth in a tricky situation.
150px "The Kill List" 21 1 April 26, 2015 10.46
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 to deal with her PTSD.
Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 22.jpg "There But for the Grace of God" 22 1 May 3, 2015 9.67
When Elizabeth confronts her former friend Juliet, she flashes back to when then-CIA Director Dalton offered her a job that would have changed the course of her life. Also, Stevie and President Dalton's son, Harrison (Jason Ralph), begin a relationship that will have consequences. Martin Bashir guest stars.

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Madam Secretary Season 1 DVD front cover.jpg Madam Secretary: Season 1 DVD 6 September 1, 2015

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Madam Secretary Season 1 (20142015)

101. "Pilot"
102. "Another Benghazi"
103. "The Operative"
104. "Just Another Normal Day"
105. "Blame Canada"
106. "The Call"
107. "Passage"
108. "Need to Know"

109. "So It Goes"
110. "Collateral Damage"
111. "Game On"
112. "Standoff"
113. "Chains of Command"
114. "Whisper of the Ax"
115. "The Ninth Circle"
116. "Tamerlane"

117. "Face the Nation"
118. "The Time is at Hand"
119. "Spartan Figures"
120. "The Necessary Art"
121. "The Kill List"
122. "There But for the Grace of God"

See also: S1S2S3S4S5S6
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