Kerry Washington’s new show Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes, just might be the first television show on a major network both created by and starring a black woman (if you can think of another one let us know!). That fact alone made many of us tune in to see if the show has hopes for becoming a solid part of ABC’s Thursday lineup. Critics seem split on the effectiveness of the show. Matt Zoller Seitz at NY Mag trashed the show and likened it to a bag of potato chips. Maureen Ryan at Huffington Post called it an “efficient” effort following the Shonda Rhimes formula but promised to give it more of a chance. Meanwhile, Tambay Obensen atthe black film site Shadow and Act wrote that the show was engaging and he’d like to see more. Do you see a bit of a pattern here?

The reality of it is, Kerry Washington is a black lead and that will always effect reviews and viewership. It’s great to read every and any opinion on the show that’s out there, but I’ve already noticed a difference between what black viewers are saying about Scandal and what the mainstream media is saying. I thought it was sharp and I look forward to watching more, and it seems that many others agree, but will it be enough to keep this show on the air?

If you didn’t catch Scandal, both last week’s episode and the one scheduled for this Thursday are on Hulu.com.
Did you watch Scandal? Do we love it?

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  • Beautiful Mic

    People on IMDB were giving the shows poor rating BEFORE it even started airing. Pathetic.

    I absolutely love this show. I have always thought Kerry Washington was a fantastic actress. I love this image she portrays – very strong and human. It first glance, you think you’re looking at the stereotypical ‘sapphire image’, or the ‘perfect’, highly educated, always right, flawless type, but she’s full of flaws, which a readily revealed.

  • My wife and I have watched the show for two
    weeks now and, frankly, neither of us feels
    much of a connection with it. The rapid-fire
    machine gun speaking is a significant turnoff for
    both of us. (I don’t like Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy either.)
    Any show that sets up its protagonist as an infallible
    person is ultimately going to be in trouble over time,
    in my opinion. Kerry Washington is effective as Olivia
    Pope, even if the character is a latter day version of
    Perry Mason in a different setting.

  • I found it somewhat over the top. Not believable at all!
    Hopefully, the writers will come up with some better scripts

  • michael corleone

    The show is not good at all and that darby stanchfield is dragging everyone further down. She needs to go.