Why the Thought-Provoking 'Madam Secretary' Is Your Next Netflix Binge

NEW YORK - AUGUST 6: "Hail to the Chief" - Elizabeth must fend off a baseless investigation into her past that threatens to derail the first major legislation of her Presidency. Meanwhile, First Gentleman Henry squirms after an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" (with special guest star Stephen Colbert) results in heightened scrutiny of the romance in the First Couple's marriage, on the sixth season premiere of MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, October 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord (Photo by Mark Schafer/CBS via Getty Images)

Sure, it's fun to watch Veep's slashing satire of D.C. and House of Cards' over-the-top take on power. But for a more earnest political show in the vein of The West Wing, check out CBS's thought-provoking Madam Secretary, which is available to stream in its entirety now that Season 6 is on Netflix.

The perfectly cast Téa Leoni (above) plays Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst and college professor who becomes secretary of state and whose skill dealing with her most wily antagonists, Russia and China, to avert international crises is estimable.

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"You don't think outside the box—you don't even know there is a box," her boss, aka the president of the United States (Keith Carradine), tells McCord at one point.

It's that unpredictability and independent streak that makes this Madam so fun to watch.

Madam Secretary, Seasons 1-6, Streaming Now, Netflix

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