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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Political thriller mixes sex with violence and murky ethics.

TV ABC Drama 2012
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age 15+

Based on 11 parent reviews

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Good show

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (21):

Although Scandal is a work of fiction, it's hard to ignore the thinly veiled parallels between the show's plot lines and some of the real-life scandals that have rocked the United States' political elite throughout the country's history. Because Scandal focuses on attempts to hide these incidents rather than judging or absolving people for them, the events' ethical implications are often overlooked.

Scandal is well written, but some viewers may find the content exploitative of some of the worst stereotypes about politicians and other leaders. Those looking for a character with a strong moral compass won't find it here, either. But others may simply enjoy the show as a guilty pleasure. Regardless, it's a series best left for mature audiences.

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