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The Best Episodes of Madam Secretary

Every episode of Madam Secretary ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Madam Secretary!

After years away from the CIA, Elizabeth McCord is pulled back into the political arena. The newly appointed Secretary of State is tough, fair, and smart, driving international diplomacy, wrangling office politics, and circumventing protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.

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The best episode of "Madam Secretary" is "Carpe Diem", rated 9.1/10 from 334 user votes. It was directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá and written by David Grae. "Carpe Diem" aired on 12/1/2019 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Leaving the Station".

  • Carpe Diem
    9.1/10 334 votes

    #1 - Carpe Diem

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-12-01

    Elizabeth faces a national security crisis when a military conflict in international waters spirals to the brink of nuclear confrontation. Also, with the imminent threat of impeachment looming over the McCord administration, Elizabeth and Henry make a wish-list of things to do while she’s still in office.

    Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá

    Writer: David Grae

  • Leaving the Station
    8.7/10 420 votes

    #2 - Leaving the Station

    Season 6 Episode 10 - Aired 2019-12-08

    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. Also, the McCords overcome last-minute obstacles to pull off a spectacular family celebration.

    Director: Eric Stoltz

    Writer: Barbara Hall

  • Night Watch
    8.4/10 368 votes

    #3 - Night Watch

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 2018-05-20

    Elizabeth and cabinet members brace for the fallout at home and abroad as President Dalton prepares for a retaliatory nuclear attack on a country that has reportedly just launched missiles bound for the U.S.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Tamerlane
    8.3/10 554 votes

    #4 - Tamerlane

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2015-03-15

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Better Angels
    8.2/10 283 votes

    #5 - Better Angels

    Season 5 Episode 20 - Aired 2019-04-21

    As Elizabeth prepares to leave the state department and announce her run for president, terrorists attack the United Nations delegation in Geneva that is there to sign the climate migration treaty.

    Director: John Murray

    Writer: Matt Ward

  • The Show Must Go On
    8.1/10 522 votes

    #6 - The Show Must Go On

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-10-04

    The President’s plane is declared missing and Elizabeth is thrust into a situation of power she never imagined possible. Also, Henry butts heads with his new Defense Intelligence Agency handler, Jane Fellows, when he’s asked to recruit one of his Russian students for the NSA.

    Director: Morgan Freeman

    Writer: Barbara Hall

  • Lights Out
    8.1/10 434 votes

    #7 - Lights Out

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-11-22

    As tensions rise with Russia, Elizabeth, Russell and Mike B. hatch a plan to oust National Security Advisor Craig Sterling without tarnishing President Dalton with a scandal. Director of National Intelligence Ephraim Ware identifies who hacked Air Force One.

    Director: Dennie Gordon

    Writer: N/A

  • The Greater Good
    8.1/10 441 votes

    #8 - The Greater Good

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-12-13

    After they uncover a secret that could ruin Maria Ostrov’s reputation, Elizabeth and President Dalton head to Switzerland to meet with her and use the information as leverage to find a peaceful solution to the escalated conflict with Russia. Also, Dmitri requests to be released from his duties as a spy.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Vartius
    8.1/10 382 votes

    #9 - Vartius

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2016-05-08

    When Elizabeth receives shocking news about an important political operative, she navigates a tricky political situation with President Dalton, who she learns may be considering replacing her as Secretary of State. Also, Stevie and Jareth get engaged.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Things We Get to Say
    8.1/10 266 votes

    #10 - The Things We Get to Say

    Season 4 Episode 20 - Aired 2018-05-06

    Elizabeth must watch what she says and does when she deals with a refugee situation while being shadowed by Neal Shin, a newspaper reporter who may use his access to write a tell-all book.

    Director: Sunu Gonera

    Writer: Joy Gregory

  • Family Separation (2)
    8.1/10 347 votes

    #11 - Family Separation (2)

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2019-01-06

    Elizabeth goes head to head with a U.S. governor over the state's new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children. Also, she and Henry plan to renew their wedding vows.

    Director: Martha Mitchell

    Writer: David Grae, Barbara Hall

  • Carrying the Gold
    8.1/10 243 votes

    #12 - Carrying the Gold

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 2019-04-14

    As Elizabeth prepares to officially declare her candidacy for president, she must deal with fallout from a news article alleging she had an affair with President Dalton during her CIA days. Also, Mike B. and Jay adjust to the growing pains in their expanded roles as campaign staffers, and Elizabeth calls for a UN criminal tribunal against Myanmar military leaders over their treatment of the Rohingya.

    Director: Sunu Gonera

    Writer: Matt Chester

  • So It Goes
    8.0/10 525 votes

    #13 - So It Goes

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-11-16

    Elizabeth, Henry and Isabelle investigate a plane crash that killed former Secretary of State Vincent Marsh. Nadine reenters the dating scene after she agrees to go on a date with a NASA scientist.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Russian Roulette
    8.0/10 420 votes

    #14 - Russian Roulette

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-11-29

    Shortly before Elizabeth is to deliver a speech at the United Nations accusing Russia for the attack on Air Force One, Henry shares information that makes her reconsider her theory.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Family Separation (1)
    8.0/10 406 votes

    #15 - Family Separation (1)

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-12-23

    Elizabeth goes head to head with a U.S. governor over the state’s new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children.

    Director: Rob J. Greenlea

    Writer: David Grae, Barbara Hall

  • Daisy
    8.0/10 219 votes

    #16 - Daisy

    Season 6 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-11-03

    When evidence implicates Daisy in the leak of hacked information during the presidential campaign and threatens to topple Elizabeth’s presidency, Elizabeth must decide what to believe and how far she’s willing to go to uncover the truth. Also, Henry and Elizabeth host former President Dalton at the White House after his interview with Bob Schieffer.

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Alexander Maggio

  • Render Safe
    7.9/10 325 votes

    #17 - Render Safe

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2016-05-01

    The United States debates enacting a “render safe” mission to secure nuclear weapons that belong to the Pakistani government before it collapses, while the Murphy Station pursues the terrorist Jibral Disah.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Sound and Fury
    7.9/10 344 votes

    #18 - Sound and Fury

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-01-14

    After President Dalton hears about a sonic attack at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, he thinks Russia is to blame and uncharacteristically threatens them with military force, leaving his cabinet concerned about his mental status.

    Director: Deborah Reinisch

    Writer: David Grae, Barbara Hall

  • The Magic Rake
    7.9/10 267 votes

    #19 - The Magic Rake

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-10-21

    Elizabeth flies to Fashion Week in Milan to face off against the Chinese Foreign Minister over an anti-sweatshop treaty in the aftermath of a tragedy. Also, Daisy struggles with feelings of fear and pessimism over her baby’s future, under the threat of rising nationalism in the wake of the attack on the White House.

    Director: John Murray

    Writer: Matt Ward

  • Something Better
    7.9/10 220 votes

    #20 - Something Better

    Season 5 Episode 14 - Aired 2019-02-17

    When a group of American missionaries become hostages during a violent uprising abroad, Dalton must confront demons from his past in order to help Elizabeth secure their safe return home. Also, Stevie takes over Russell’s social media presence, and Henry helps his niece, Sarah, mentally prepare for her military deployment.

    Director: Charlotte Brändström

    Writer: Sara Ray

  • The Strike Zone
    7.9/10 241 votes

    #21 - The Strike Zone

    Season 6 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-10-13

    Elizabeth faces mounting protests over rising fuel costs as she prepares to throw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game. Also, Mike B. is questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the investigation into whether the McCord campaign conspired with Iran to steal the election.

    Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá

    Writer: Joy Gregory

  • Valor
    7.9/10 223 votes

    #22 - Valor

    Season 6 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-10-27

    Henry teams up with a Marine veteran to fight for legislation that helps Veterans Affairs provide better mental health care, but he encounters surprising resistance from Vice President Carlos Morejon. Also, Senator Hanson questions Daisy about an arrest in her past.

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Lyla Oliver

  • Accountability
    7.9/10 207 votes

    #23 - Accountability

    Season 6 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-11-17

    When U.S. intelligence locates the mastermind behind a foreign country's hack, Elizabeth must decide whether to risk war by extracting him from the country while she also prepares for the White House correspondents' dinner. Also, Jason faces backlash after he confronts his school newspaper over its coverage of Elizabeth.

    Director: Darnell Martin

    Writer: Leland Jay Anderson

  • Whisper of the Ax
    7.8/10 451 votes

    #24 - Whisper of the Ax

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2015-03-01

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Kill List
    7.8/10 441 votes

    #25 - The Kill List

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2015-04-26

    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 (Marsha Mason) to deal with her PTSD.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A