Posted by Jo Robertson Jan 29 2015, 11:58 pm in binge-reading and watching, books, Jo Robertson, Madame Secretary, Television
Thank you, CBS!
Okay, it’s not about the absolutely adorable actor Tim Daly, who plays Madame Secretary’s husband Henry McCord on the ABC drama that debuted this year. Nor the equally delightful Téa Leone, whose acting and low husky voice I’ve always enjoyed (uh, imagine Dr. Big hanging over my shoulder as I write, saying “Yeah, man!”). Nor is it the we’re-going-to-finish-this-story-in-forty-four-minutes attitude the drama takes, although I’m eternally grateful for shows whose story-lines are actually concluded in the one-hour time limit.
For me, it’s about the universal drama, angst, love, and politicking of family. Yes, family. CBS has taken the family to a level where there’s more pressure than a certain unnamed Asian dictator threatening free enterprise with a finger on the “send” button.
I like that Téa Leone, playing Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, is as calm and collected in her home life as she is in conducting the state business of the country. She’s a woman who knows how to mediate in both arenas. Seriously, don’t we all think that a cool and thoughtful attitude towards the affairs of international politics is as important a tool in the country and world as it is in the family?
We’re always hearing the phrase, “If women ruled the world … ” but I don’t think we believe it in our collective consciousness.
If women ruled the world, there’d be no more wars.
If women ruled the world, aggression and bullying would disappear.
If women ruled the world, they’d exchange recipes.
Oops, didn’t mean that, but I’m sure lots of folks do.
So what I really like about the show is that Elizabeth (Beth) has a normal home life, with a husband a lot like mine, to whom compromise and intelligent conversation are not dirty words. Where a man or woman isn’t afraid to say, “Oops, sorry, I was wrong” or “I didn’t mean that.” Where teenagers are brats sometimes and angels other times. Where even high-level political leaders struggle to solve the problems in their own homes while juggling terrorist attacks on the free world.
I know, I know, the television show is a fantasy. But I like my fantasy grounded in reality and knowing I’ll have a solution of some sort to very complicated issues – just like the issues in the home, country, and world.
Right now I’m binge-watching “Friends,” and enjoying how and why the show is so iconic and relevant. Except for those portable phones. They’re a hoot!
What about you, readers? Have you watched “Madame Secretary?” Do you like it? Do you enjoy your film and television realistic or doused with a hefty dose of make-believe? What’s your favorite binge-television watch? Or binge-book read?