Scandal: Season 1 (2012)



Critic Consensus: Scandal is a soapy show about work and love that's over the top but never boring.


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Air date: Apr 5, 2012
Air date: Apr 12, 2012
Air date: Apr 19, 2012
Air date: Apr 26, 2012
Air date: May 3, 2012
Air date: May 10, 2012
Air date: May 17, 2012

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In the first series of this political drama, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), the owner of a successful Washington, D.C., crisis-management firm, adds Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes), a young attorney with a mysterious past, to her staff. Quinn's first assignment involves Amanda Tanner (Liza Weil), a somewhat reluctant client who claims she's been having an affair with the president of the Unites States (Tony Goldwyn). Olivia's unsure if Amanda's telling the truth, but she takes the case, and she knows that the married president does indeed have a mistress, because that mistress is none other than herself.


Kerry Washington
as Olivia Pope
Henry Ian Cusick
as Stephen Finch
Columbus Short
as Harrison Wright
Darby Stanchfield
as Abby Whelan
Katie Lowes
as Quinn Perkins
Tony Goldwyn
as President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Grant
Jeff Perry
as Cyrus Beene
Bellamy Young
as Mellie Grant
Matt Letscher
as Billy Chambers
Liza Weil
as Amanda Tanner
Brendan Hines
as Gideon Wallace
Brendan P. Hines
as Gideon Wallace
Kate Burton
as Vice President Sally Langston
JoBeth Williams
as Sandra Harding
Mimi Kennedy
as Sharon Marquette
Wes Brown
as Sully St. James
Graham Beckel
as Hank Tanner
John Getz
as Patrick Keating
Megan Gallagher
as Claire Keating
Michael Cassidy
as Travis Harding
José Zúñiga
as Gen. Florez
Troy Winbush
as Morris Elcott
Ellen Woglom
as Helen Fisher
Darren Pettie
as Andrew Mackleson
Lenora May
as Phyllis
Scott Foley
as Jacob "Jake" Ballard
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Critic Reviews for Scandal Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (20)

It's regularly preachy and far-fetched, with the key characters tending to speed-talk as though they're all in a Go-Kart race.

Apr 5, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Scandal, on the other hand, shows potential in spite of a rather dreary pilot.

Apr 5, 2012 | Full Review…

Scandal could become a habit worth forming.

Apr 5, 2012 | Full Review…

Maybe Rhimes should bring in a fixer to deal with the scripts.

Apr 5, 2012 | Full Review…

Clear away the soap bubbles, and you'll find ... more soap bubbles. But you won't be bored.

Apr 5, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a satisfying, fast-paced, well-acted hour with flashes of humor.

Apr 5, 2012 | Full Review…

Instead it mixes zippy plotting and colourful characters with a whiff of covert-ops murk and hints of hi-tech science fiction.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

ABC's newest Shonda Rhimes hit, Scandal, is set in Washington, D.C., an area rife with scandals both fictional and factual, which gives this show enough reality to hook people who love it when strangers' lives are on the verge of unraveling.

Apr 5, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It doesn't come off as a show that exists in reality - it's a middle-of-the-road drama with a fakey-fake TV gloss on a real-world profession - but it is fun in its energy.

Apr 5, 2012 | Full Review…

The show's set in Washington, where the crises that need managing are unending, so there's bound to be material, some of it all too familiar.

Apr 5, 2012 | Full Review…

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