MADAM SECRETARY: S1E2, This is not ‘The West Wing’

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By Josh Logue

“Madam Secretary” is not a good show.

I had to keep pausing it to watch “The West Wing” clips on Youtube to remind myself that, yes, it is possible to make something like the U.S. State Department feel personal, compelling and human. (Remember Sam tearing up, telling Donna about the people “who gave the last full measure of devotion, of fidelity?” Or Toby Ziegler getting riled up over whatever?)

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