Scandal : Season 3

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 5, 2012
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 58
  2. Negative: 11 out of 58

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  1. Oct 27, 2013
    10
    Well done Joe Morton. Amazing the work of Olivia's dad since the first episode. Last season we didn't see enogh of Rowan/Eli Pope but this season is for Joe. I hope an Emmy nomination next year.
    Operation Remington is a solid storyline for the first part of season 3. Kerry Washington will win a Satellite, People's Choice, SAG, Globe, TCA, Critics Choice and Emmy by the end of the season.
    Well done Joe Morton. Amazing the work of Olivia's dad since the first episode. Last season we didn't see enogh of Rowan/Eli Pope but this season is for Joe. I hope an Emmy nomination next year.
    Operation Remington is a solid storyline for the first part of season 3. Kerry Washington will win a Satellite, People's Choice, SAG, Globe, TCA, Critics Choice and Emmy by the end of the season. It's her time. It was time for the Emmys (2013), but Danes stole her.
    Bellamy Young and Jeff Perry will deserve awards for their excellent works in the supporting role. Of course the eyes of the people will be in Lisa Kudrow's guest appearance, and Shonda Rhimes without a doubt is writting a good character for her. Fisrt episode brilliant. The season has started better than the first ones, and the first ones were so good.
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  2. Nov 17, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I think the show is suffering from the same problem that Showtime's "Homeland" is facing. People can't deal with any less suspense than its second season. After the assassination story line, I guess it is hard to come back with more. But for me, Shonda Rhimes has done it again. Conspiracy can be self-damaging if not handled wisely. It's getting better with the latest surprise where the unexpected secret was revealed: Olivia's mom is still alive! Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2017
    9
    Scandal finally puts all of it's focus on where it should have been from the start. No longer is this a case a week style show. Season 3 ditches all of that in favor of pushing the political intrigue to the forefront, giving it all of the attention. The show is all the better because of it.

    It also helps that there are real stakes this time around. Scandal is no longer afraid to kill
    Scandal finally puts all of it's focus on where it should have been from the start. No longer is this a case a week style show. Season 3 ditches all of that in favor of pushing the political intrigue to the forefront, giving it all of the attention. The show is all the better because of it.

    It also helps that there are real stakes this time around. Scandal is no longer afraid to kill people off and dive deeper into the dark sides of politics and human nature. All the while characters are still experiencing relationship, family, and other personal dramas.

    Joe Morton is the real success of the season. His menacing and manipulative performance is incredible. Something only amplified by his relationship to the main character Olivia Pope. I also cannot praise Bellamy Young enough. Her character has always been the real scene stealer of the show for me in no small part thanks to Young's outstanding work. As her character is is given even more layers and reasons to sympathize with, Young makes it all believable onscreen.

    There's one problem I have with season 3 (aside from Abby still being around). It's really unbelievable that the show's president "Fitz" can be the center of so many scandals and the people still keep him in the White House. It requires some serious suspension of disbelief. Other than that Season 3 is the best so far and a standout political drama. It's actually worth it for newcomers to catch up with the previous seasons just to see what's going on here. Scandal has finally found it's stable ground.
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  4. Jan 2, 2014
    9
    Shonda Rhimes definitely knows what fans want to see. Brilliant plot lines, shocking twists, and a romance that will break twitter for the 100th time. I would give this season a 10 if it wasn't for that winter finale. The winter finale should've been the 9th episode "YOLO". It would be better if the mysteries were left unanswered.
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Henry Goldblatt
    Sep 27, 2013
    91
    The final moments [of the premiere episode] set up a new mystery that could propel Shonda Rhimes' Sodom-on-the-Potomac creation through the rest of the fall. [4 Oct 2013, p.59]