Scandal: Season 5 (2015 - 2016)

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Season 5
Scandal

Critics Consensus

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

95%

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Critic Ratings: 20

76%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 126
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 24, 2015
2
Yes
Air date: Oct 1, 2015
3
Air date: Oct 8, 2015
4
Air date: Oct 15, 2015
5
Air date: Oct 22, 2015
6
Air date: Oct 29, 2015
7
Air date: Nov 5, 2015
8
Air date: Nov 12, 2015
9
Air date: Nov 19, 2015
10
Air date: Feb 11, 2016
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Tv Season Info

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.

Cast

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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News & Interviews for Scandal: Season 5

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

It feels like early Scandal episodes in the best way.

Jun 26, 2018 | 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…

Scandal is a hyperreal night-time soap that plays out with almost cosmic efficiency.

Dec 6, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If tonight's action-packed season premiere is any indication, we're in for some heavy-duty - and most welcome - gladiating in the weeks to come.

Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scandal: Season 5

  • Aug 25, 2019
    The show is decent but absurd. I don't mind scandals and all the drama and sex. The characters are all great, well except for one. And sadly thats the main one, Olivia Pope. She is an awful character that is insanely spoiled and out of touch with reality. Yeah they all belong in jail at some point, but Olivia belongs there and needs to answer for her sins more than anyone. I hate when shows make the main character always right and have the character be absolved of their crimes. She has no "white hat" and it's terrible when the writers act like she does. So it's sad that the main character ruined this show.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Excelente es muy excelente
  • May 15, 2017
    THIS SHOW SUCKS NOW. ALL THE CHARACTERS HAS NO MIND AT ALL. THERE IS NO REAL STORY OR CONFLICT. OLIVIA IS THE WORST CHARACTER IVE EVER WATCHED. CAN NOT BELIEVE THEY CONTINUED AFTER THIS SEASON. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME THE WRITERS RUINED THIS BEYOND REPAIR. NO STORY LINE NO REALNESS IN CHARACTERS AT ALL.
  • May 01, 2017
    Scandal is just running out of time and keeps reusing tropes and previous storylines.
  • Sep 18, 2016
    A show that did not disappoint. Shonda Rhimes really tells a story around a bonfire of millions of people about the nation that she's building. Outstanding performance for Kerry and my all time favorite character - Huck.
  • Aug 21, 2016
    Needs to go back to Basics. OPA was basically Non-Existent. To much focus on the White House, and Presidential Campaigns
  • May 28, 2016
    Didn't like this season it was a bit much and they kept flip-flopping the entire season :/
  • May 21, 2016
    Thank you, Scandal, for being brave enough to dump Olitz and return to your 'gladiating' roots and turn it up into ruthless kingmaking.
  • Nov 27, 2015
    I do believe I'm over scandal..it has become redundant and so freaking stupid!!! I am going to have to pull the plug..I mean wow..
  • Oct 23, 2015
    complete crap, compared to prior seasons. Needs to end.

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