I was expecting a trashy scandal, but instead I got intelligence and wit! Score!
I first saw commercials for this show while watching Revenge* on my ABC app and devoured the entire first season on Netflix in about two days (it is only seven episodes, if that makes me sound less pathetic). Honestly, I first started watching it because the commercials made it look sexy and scandalous. I wanted a brainless, 50 Shades-esque show to watch while I worked away on my other device. What I got, however, was my new favorite show of the year. Scandal is one of the smartest shows on television right now, and I just can't get enough. Luckily, the second season is full-length, not like that paltry seven-episode teaser they called a season last year. It follows Olivia Pope, a high-powered "fixer" in Washington D.C. dealing with all sorts of scandals, who also happens to be a central figure in the biggest scandal of them all ... an affair with the president. Although I do enjoy following the ups and downs of Olivia's "relationship," I like the show more because of each episode's independent scandal storyline, much like the format of my favorite crime shows (e.g. Criminal Minds and No. 3 on this very list).
The minute I saw a commercial for a new show about a serial killer, I knew I had to watch. This show is also very clever—disturbingly so—and has a somewhat scandalous relationship storyline on the side. The only gripe I have about this show is it doesn't follow the semi-independent-episodes format of my other favorite shows. I was expecting each episode to be about a different attack perpetrated by Carroll's following, but lately each episode has just been a continuation of things that have already happened. Is it weird that I want to see some more blood, or at least different victims?...
My love of SVU is no secret. Even after Elliot left two seasons ago, the show continued to impress. I've blogged about this show before, so I won't rehash everything here, but wow.
What are your favorite shows of the moment? And/or, what old shows have you been watching on Netflix lately?
*I must say, the second season of Revenge has been a huge disappointment. I don't care about Emily's love triangle (quadrangle?) anymore—I just want to see her take some people down!