6 April 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Warning: The following review of Scandal, which debuted last night on ABC, contains pretty much nothing but spoilers. How crazy is Scandal? So crazy that I didn't want to review it in advance because the thought of treading lightly around its deliriously stupid/brilliant plot twists was depressing. You don't watch a show like this because it's a delicately imagined drama whose ins-and-outs need to be protected; you watch it because it's so enthusiastically crappy that it circles 'round the bend and somehow becomes audacious. It's the new Revenge, but so much goofier and more shameless that it makes Revenge look comparatively measured.Created by Shonda Rhimes (Gray's Anatomy), this drama about a high-powered Washington PR wiz named Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is mainly concerned with topping itself from scene to scene. It's a singularly loopy watercooler series, the kind that makes you sort of half-skip toward whoever you know »

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