Scandal: Season 5 (2015 - 2016)



Critic Consensus: Increased pressure on a key couple brings heightened stakes and more exciting twists to Scandal's action-packed, consistently gripping fifth season.


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Air date: Sep 24, 2015
Air date: Oct 1, 2015
Air date: Oct 8, 2015
Air date: Oct 15, 2015
Air date: Oct 22, 2015
Air date: Oct 29, 2015
Air date: Nov 5, 2015
Air date: Nov 12, 2015
Air date: Nov 19, 2015
Air date: Feb 11, 2016
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As the fifth season of this political drama unfolds, Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) have reunited romantically, and Mellie (Bellamy Young) eventually signs Fitz's divorce papers. However, Olivia grows increasingly uncomfortable when she's saddled with the type of tasks that are normally assigned to a First Lady. Meanwhile, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) proves to Olivia that she's fully capable of working in the White House, but she's displeased with duties that make her feel like Fitz's work wife. As the women keep taking on new roles, Mellie decides to tackle yet another one and runs for president of the United States.


Kerry Washington
as Olivia Pope
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
Joshua Malina
as David Rosen
Scott Foley
as Jacob "Jake" Ballard
Portia de Rossi
as Elizabeth North
Joe Morton
as Eli Pope
Gregg Henry
as Hollis Doyle
Norm Lewis
as Edison Davis
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Critic Reviews for Scandal Season 5

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

Sally Langston's talk show continues to be one of the best parts of the show. Best quote: "He's inviting us to skip with him down the road to Sodom and Gomorrah."

Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…

FINALLY, Scandal is back. So wrap yourself in that wine cardigan and make yourself a big bowl of popcorn. It's handled.

Sep 25, 2015 | Full Review…
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Mellie has gone toe to toe with Fitz many times in the past, and I never get tired of watching it.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I appreciated how the episode gave fans those loving, intimate moments before diving into some notable, but relatively measured conflict between the two {Olitz].

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

I think blood actually ran to my head.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Thankfully on the Scandal Season 5 finale, the show stuck to what it does best and focused on the twisted path of backroom politics on steroids. There were enough surprises to keep me guessing until the very end.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

It feels like early Scandal episodes in the best way.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

There are a lot of questions up in the air that need answered, but if this hour was any indication, Scandal is on its sweet merry way back to being the show we love.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

I was shocked.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Scandal is a political thriller at its core, so the election cycle breathes new life into the story, capitalizing on Mellie's presidential ambitions and exploring the nuances of her professional relationship with Olivia, her former romantic rival.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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