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Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'The West Wing'?

Who among us doesn’t want to escape the non-stop dread of our current news cycle by spending some quality time with the best fictional politicians on the small screen? Governments big and small, brilliant leaders and careless idiots, streaming services have got it all—but which political TV show reigns supreme? In our second round we've got talented, powerful women and some annoying men who keep getting in the way of their superior plot lines. Which show is better: ”Scandal” or “The West Wing”?

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Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'The West Wing'?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamScandal
#TeamWestWing
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Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'The West Wing'?
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Are you an expert TV binger? Don't forget to vote for the rest of your favorite shows in our Best Political TV Show bracket!

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#TeamScandal

If you don't know at least part of the plot of "Scandal" I don't know where you've been living for the last six years, but I sure would like to go there! The show started as a saucy political thriller starring Olivia Pope, master coat-wearer and D.C. fixer. A senator's idiot son accidentally killed someone in a frat hazing ritual? Call Olivia! Found a manilla envelope of photos of yourself getting a little late night briefing from someone who isn't your spouse? Call Olivia! Also, she was boning the married President of the United States!

But then we had to add subplots about Olivia's super spy parents and Scott Foley played a sort of bad guy and the writers thought B6-13 was more fun than just watching Kerry Washington wear coats, which it is not. Ugh, B6-13! I cannot muster the energy to care! Papa Pope can miss me with those dumbass speeches!

Oh well, if we have learned anything from years of watching "Grey's Anatomy," it's that nothing in Shondaland lasts except for horrible toxic relationships between incredibly competent, inspirational women and egomaniacal, overprotective men. 

#TeamScandal

I wish Whoopie Goldberg's character from "Ghost" could pop in and tell Olivia to drop Fitz, a.k.a. Patrick Swayze's horrible friend who gets him murdered, like he's hot. Which he's not. 

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#TeamWestWing

"The West Wing" is a classic Aaron Sorkin show but with slightly less of Sorkin's... Sorkin-ness. Women mostly understand how to use technology, asshole grandstanding only happens once every three episodes, and the speeches are delivered by such charming actors you almost don't realize their just reading Aaron Sorkin op-eds. And very few people are so rich they could take xx location and turn it into their ping pong room.

It's hard to overstate the impact of "The West Wing" on society. Young people who grew up on the show actually went into politics based on the Bartlett administration's steely-eyed optimism. The Obama administration actually had a Big Block of Cheese Day. I, personally, cried when I saw this video!

Basically, every political TV show gets compared to "The West Wing." Just you try to have a walk-and-talk without Sorkin getting brought up. 

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And for my money, it's also got one of the funniest scenes in all of television history.

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'The West Wing'?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamScandal
#TeamWestWing