Madam Secretary 4×01 “News Cycle”

Moment of the Week

Welcome to our very first installment of the Madam Secretary reviews I’ve been wanting to write for a while now. As most of you who follow this blog now know, the series hasn’t been a stranger on our site, but since my schedule finally permits now, I could write about it weekly. Huzzah. On last night’s spectacular premiere, the series took our Secretary of State through an emotional rollercoaster forcing her to be the victim of what’s actually considered fake news.

And while there were a number of powerful moments throughout the episode, what continues to stand out to me often has to do with the dynamics between characters — dynamics that are so well written, I’m always floored by the series’ means of balance. (These reviews will feature a lot of McCord/office family feels.)

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Spring ’17 Finale Roundup | Week III

| May 14-28 |

We’re almost there, friends — the end of an incredible, jaw-dropping spring season. The last two weeks have displayed partnerships at their finest with Once Upon A TimeChicago P.D., Madam Secretary, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

April 23-29
“Global Relief” | Madam Secretary

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It’s been another great week of television as Once Upon A Time kicked off  with a phenomenal, character driven episode. When Calls the Heart wrapped up its fourth season with a sweet ending. The Americans messed with our emotions. Prison Break reunited the brothers in a tear-jerker scene. Brooklyn Nine Nine gave us the status of the precinct in what should have been a longer episode. Chicago P.D. featured great moments with Voight’s character. Black-ish gave us two back to back incredibly fun episodes. And Superstore made our shipper hearts soar in an unparalleled moment of sincerity between Amy and Jonah. (This was my second choice, by the way.) But once again, Madam Secretary is the show that has delivered a truly exquisite moment.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

April 9-15
“Good Bones” | Madam Secretary

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TV took a mini hiatus this week (or so it seems), but what we did see surprised us with a lot of fantastic moments. Once Upon A Time gave us a glimpse into Gideon’s past. When Calls the Heart delivered a letter we were impatiently waiting for. The Americans broke us with Gabriel’s character. Brooklyn Nine Nine delivered a hysterically fun spring premiere episode. And Prison Break kicked things into motion. But it was Madam Secretary that’s left me in complete and utter awe.

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2016 Year-End Reviews: 16 Little Gems

There are always scenes I’ll find myself replaying — scenes that either broke me or have somehow fixed me. Scenes that may not be thematic masterpieces but rather little moments that set everything in motion. In this final installment of our 2016 Year-End reviews, you’ll find the scenes that have left the biggest impact on me this year. The scenes that I’ve found myself wanting to talk about over and over and over again. The scenes that I considered the loveliest little gems.

And before we part ways until the new year, be sure to check out the incredible choices Nerdy Girl Notes and TV Examined have been writing about.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 41

25 Nearest and Dearest 10/25
The McCord Family (Madam Secretary)

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Infinitely grateful to have Madam Secretary recommended to me by my dear friend Caitlin last winter because it’s the gift that keeps on giving. For those who’ve been keeping up with #100DaysofFanFavorites, it’s clear at this point that I’m the biggest fan of families. And the best, most unexpected part of Madam Secretary is how beautifully the series balances politics with Elizabeth McCord’s life at home. Additionally, so often on television, with the exception of FX’s The Americans teens aren’t written with authenticity today. As opposed to showcasing the reality of what families are like through organic character development, television series often focus more on ridiculous drama . But Madam Secretary is an impeccably well-written series, which reveals the life of the McCord family in intriguing and raw moments making them one of the strongest, most fascinating teams on television.

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Spring ’16 Finale Roundup: Week Two

| April 24 – May 15 |

We’ll be diverting a bit from our usual finale roundup structure to dedicate the entire compilation of categories to CBS’ Madam Secretary — the season finale that has so far been my favorite. “Vartius” dealt with three significantly intricate matters with a kind of grace very few shows have mastered. Often times where there are too many stories told in one episode, it tends to get overwhelming, and that’s especially the case with finales wanting to wrap things up, but “Vartius” reached resolutions that’ll effortlessly and brilliantly bleed into season three.

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