Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'The West Wing'? | The Tylt
Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'The West Wing'?
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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.
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.
"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.