‘Madam Secretary’ & 6 Other Shows That Got Political With Guest Stars

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Saturday Night Live

The sketch comedy show has made fun of their fair share of politicians, but it’s a non-negotiable tradition that these figures appear on the show during election season. Of course, it also depends on how good their humor is. Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton are just a few of the big names that have popped up on the show. And who could forget Sarah Palin meeting Tina Fey’s version of her?

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Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope’s (Amy Poehler) obsession with Joe Biden, and the show’s overall political tone, made it a hotbed for such figures as Michelle Obama, John McCain, and Biden himself.


Gilmore Girls

Rory’s (Alexis Bledel) aspirations to become a political journalist made her the perfect candidate for one crazy dream featuring Madeleine Albright.


30 Rock

Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) came face-to-face with former Vice President Al Gore while attempting to make their network more green. As an environmentalist, Gore’s guest spot fit perfectly with this episode, which also featured David Schwimmer.


Madam Secretary

As previously mentioned, Madam Secretary‘s group of cameos in the Season 5 premiere is certainly fitting as star Tea Leoni plays the Secretary of State and Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, and Colin Powell held that same role in real-life.

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Billy on the Street

In this pop culture game show, host and star Billy Eichner recruited Michelle Obama for a segment that included games around her healthy eating and lifestyle initiative.



Beloved TV scientists Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman were put to the test in one of their episodes by the president himself. Obama enlisted the duo’s help to test Archimedes Solar Ray Myth once more — as it had been busted two times before.

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It appears that CBS’s Madam Secretary is packing quite the political punch for its Season 5 premiere, lining up three big-name guest stars.

Former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, and General Colin Powell will all appear in the October 7 episode alongside star and fictional secretary of state Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni).

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But this isn’t the first time politicians have guest-starred on series — from Parks and Recreation to Saturday Night Live, we’ve had plenty of moments where TV got political. Click through the gallery above for seven more shows!

Madam Secretary, Season 5 Premiere, Sunday, October 7, 10/9c, CBS