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Scandal 5 Seasons 2012

Season 1
4.8 out of 5 stars (1,164) IMDb 7.9/10

Everyone has a secret... and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation's elite and keeping those secrets under wraps.

Starring:
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick
Original air date:
May 17, 2012

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1. Sweet Baby

A young lawyer starts a new job at a crisis management firm.

CC TV-14 April 5, 2012 45 minutes
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2. Dirty Little Secrets

Olivia must protect a new client who is under investigation.

CC TV-14 April 5, 2012 44 minutes
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3. Hell Hath No Fury

The team tries to help a millionaire's son who has been accused of rape.

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4. Enemy of the State

Olivia and Cyrus get into a heated argument about the Amanda Tanner case.

CC TV-14 April 26, 2012 44 minutes
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5. Crash and Burn

Olivia and her team help defend the pilot of a plane that crashed.

CC TV-14 May 3, 2012 43 minutes
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6. The Trail

As Gideon looks into Amanda's past Olivia and Fitz's campaign is revisited.

CC TV-14 May 10, 2012 44 minutes
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7. Grant: For the People

Olivia and the team rally when Quinn finds herself in a tragic situation.

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"Scandal" is one of those shows that I debated whether I really wanted to watch or not. From the previews, it seemed like it might have potential but, most importantly, it looked to be a bit different from other programs on network TV. I don't know about you, but I am so sick of the dozens and dozens of by-the-book crime procedurals on the air. Created by Shonda Rhimes of "Grey's Anatomy" fame, the show promised political machinations and juicy plotting in that den of inequity called Washington D.C. (where scandals are a way of life)! While I gave up "Grey's" a few seasons ago and never connected with "Private Practice," I will concede that Rhimes has a knack for putting together an interesting cast. And, ultimately, that's why I decided to give the show a try (and the fact that at seven episodes, it wasn't a huge commitment). Truthfully, I had a pretty open mind--but, in every way, the show exceeded my expectations. It certainly isn't perfect (many of the supporting characters have yet to be integrated effectively or developed in any tangible way), but it's got a number of elements that really make it stand out.

The show is centered (and I do mean centered) around Kerry Washington as perhaps the most powerful woman in D.C. She and her staff work as professional "fixers" helping to extricate high profile clients from potentially scandalous or criminal situations. In truth, none of the individual cases are particularly revelatory as they follow a certain ripped-from-the-headlines format, but the show can be quite fun and engaging as the team race the clock to solve the weekly mysteries. Yes, in that way, some of the show is the dreaded procedural that I just complained about.
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I stopped watching network TV years ago it was a wasteland of reality shows that were not worth my time. Scandal is a game changer and goes to show once again that a good story, well written and skillfully preformed always finds its audience.

At first glance this finely crafted series appears to be a standard issue who done it with the expected ups and down and cliff hangers that all get neatly tied up at the end of each episode. But look deeper. The words matter and so much more is being communicated. This show shoots past you at break neck speed which successfully conveys the urgency of the high stakes situations Pope and Associates is hired to fix. In counterpoint the relationship between the President, his administration and Olivia Pope unfolds over the seven episodes. Not all is as it seems. The more you get the know each of the characters the more you start to speculate about their actions. What is clever is how the writers sew the seeds for the next episode in the one preceding it and you get several "ah ha" moments as the story unfolds.

I cannot say enough about the fine ensemble of actors hired to bring this series to life. Much has been written about the dynamic between Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. These two actors deserve every accolade they are receiving in their portrayals of Olivia and Fitz. With a touch, a glance, even in how this couple stands in silent proximity to each other these two skilled actors convey the fire of a forbidden love, briefly consummated and now lost. Our lovers are separated by circumstances, duty and by those closest to them each of whom have their own agendas. Like other fans of this new series I am looking forward to watching Washington and Goldwyn next season negotiate the emotional minefield they find themselves in.
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Shonda Rhimes does it again. I think this is the best show on tv. The writing is good, the characters are rich and there is surprises that keeps you intrigued and not disappointed. I hope this series continues and I will definitely buy this for my collection.
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Thank you for this show, Shonda Rhimes! I have watched Grey's for most of the run, coming into it around Season 3 - I caught up on DVD once I was hooked into the plotlines. Private Practice has been in and out of favor for me in recent seasons. I was excited to watch this new show from, set in DC (I still miss The West Wing) and chock-full of incredible actors. Kerry Washington is a revelation as Olivia Pope, in a take no prisoners powerhouse role of a lifetime. Tony Goldwyn can flex his acting muscles with his layered role of the President. And the rest of the cast - brilliant stage and screen actors abound. I can't wait to delve into their stories. When I realized I would watch the episodes more than once before the next Thursday night airing, I crossed my fingers that it would be renewed. There's a lot of substance mixed in with the over the top drama and fast pace. It's a treat to have actors with such great chemistry on screen - I haven't seen anything that fun since the early days of Derek and Meredith on Grey's. I plan to add this to my collection as soon as it becomes available.
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Decided to buy the 1st season after seeing the 1st show. This is gonna be a long run, because its that good. Makes me love "regular" tv again and Thursday nights!..cant wait to see what happens next.
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