Admin of Skincare Terbaik not only takes care of her skin, she also watches the telly and right now she watches Madam Secretary on Netflix. Why Madam Secretary? Because it features an intelligent and strong woman leader, who’s also a loving, caring and loyal wife and mother.
Strong Female Character
Elizabeth McCord (played by Tea Leoni) tom-boyishness is charming and her sense of humour is also fun to watch. I love strong female characters because although Madam Secretary is fictional, I know that in reality there are many strong ladies in this world. It’s inspiring, too. It’s not a myth like Hercules, Superman, and such. Not that I don’t love watching Hercules, etc…
Madam Secretary is a fictional political tv drama about an ex-CIA analyst who was a professor of political science at a university when she was called upon by the President to serve as the Secretary of State. She’s happily married to a professor of ethics and religion (I think that’s what it’s called) and they have 3 wonderful kids. Have a look at the trailer below:
Isn’t she adorable and sweetly funny? I would love to have a professor like that!
As you can see in the above video, she was happily mucking out the stables when the President (her ex-CIA boss) himself came to her home and insisted that she accepted the post. Being a strong and patriotic woman, and with the support of her family, she accepted the post, of course.
In my opinion, the first 2 series were slow, but the series gathered momentum afterwards. I actually watched it a few months earlier, but it didn’t clicked with me then. Afterwards, I rewatched it, and grew attached to the show.
Besides the dashing Tim Daly, the casts include Keith Carradine, Patina Miller, Erich Ergen, Zeljko Ivanek, Bebe Neuwirth, and many more. I love seeing soft-voiced Eric Stoltz as his brother (starred in Some Kind of Wonderful, Mask, Caprica) and I enjoy seeing the sweet banters between the parents and the kids.
They are all very good actors though their characterization may be a bit unusual – people are uniquely different, so I don’t mind. The kids are way too smart, in my opinion, especially Jason McCord, which I also don’t mind. But it astounded me that a 13 or 14 year old knows so much about anarchy and other political philosophies at such a young age (while also playing video games) – it’s either surreal or he’s a political prodigy of sorts. Yup, it’s fiction!
Critics are not bad people. They are honest people who don’t mind inflicting their views on others. We are all critics of something. It’s a natural, humanistic tendency.
Anyway, before you jump into the show, consider this – most people either love or hate the show. Those on the middle-ground are scarce. So, before I am blamed for wasting your time, here are some issues that you need to consider:
- The Secretary is always able to accomplish positive results to complex global issues at the end of each episode – which is completely absurd in real life. The world always has one never-ending crises after another, and there are no solution, only respite for short breathing space. So, you would either hate the simplicity of the show or be nonchalant about it (like me). I choose to learn from it.
- Some viewers were offended by storylines that may be too close to the truth (though modified a bit) for comfort such as the story about the Philippines President or about a leader of a nation who takes bribes because his wife likes to splurge on expensive items. Well, nobody’s perfect, right?
- You closely follow world politics and any deviation from the true political scenario makes you furious. You will most probably think the show offensive, full of lies, laughable, etc. If that’s you, avoid Madam Secretary like the plague – I will not be responsible for the negative vibes you suffer due to it.
To me, it offers different perspectives on things, in a lighter way. It’s not too serious, it has happy-endings – it’s light-tv that’s meant for relaxation. A few parts may be too close to home, it’s a well-scripted fiction which offers hints of true incidents, which are (intentionally) badly camouflaged. It repeatedly emphasizes about China’s global economic expansion like a Cassandra’s incantation of doom. But it also allows us to dream of a leader who, though not perfect, tries her utmost to pick the best options available to her at that time. It’s idealistic – with leaders doing the ethically right thing instead of the politically right thing. It’s almost a fairy-tale. And I like fairy-tales.
Another thing I like about the show is, it’s family-friendly. Safe to watch even with the kids around. No gratuitous violence or unnecessary indecencies. It’s very ‘U’. And I get to learn lots of new political-ideological words/phrases (for me) such as ‘conscientious objector status‘ , political expediency, engagement (not the wedding kind), etc.
If you watch this, you’ll notice that they drink lots of coffee, it’s like their feel-good pill or energy-bar. It’s almost an advertisement for coffee – it’s as though they are saying, “the world leaders and their assistants are all coffee drinkers, you should too, if you want to be smart and effective!”
Other Political TV Dramas
Among other political tv dramas that you can watch on Netflix are The House of Cards, Scandal and another favourite of mine, ‘The Designated Survivor’ starring Keifer Suterland. I was hooked since the first episode.
Honestly, I am a sucker for soft-spoken, humble and honest men. And if he is also a loving and loyal husband and father – he is simply irresistible! Here’s the trailer:
Among the similarities between the two shows are the depiction of a strong family foundation, universal ethics, loyalty, love and responsibility. In this very challenging times, it is truly difficult for any man or woman to remain loving and loyal to their spouses – so, don’t ever take relationships for granted. It’s fragile but priceless.
The 4th Season of Madam Secretary is already out but not yet available on Netflix. Probably will be available this month, hopefully. Fyi, House of Cards is not bad, just too disturbing for me. Scandal is also a great show – but not family-friendly.
What’s your favourite political drama, care to share?