Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Scandal is a mature, Washington, D.C.-themed drama with stories drawn from real-life political scandals, including the relationship between former President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Topics like infidelity, prostitution, and sexual behavior are frequently discussed, and there are frequently violent images of murder victims and bloody wounds (including close-ups of bullet holes). Strong words are occasionally audible ("bitch," "damn," "ass") and social drinking (cocktails, wine, hard liquor) is regular. Characters aren't always driven to follow the law or engage in behavior that's morally acceptable.
Infidelity is a theme of the show. There are references to prostitution, sex acts, promiscuity, STDs, and former President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Words like "whore" are used. Kissing between both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
Kidnappings, murders, and other violent events are frequent. Guns, dead bodies (sometimes riddled with bullet holes), and bloody wounds are often visible. One episode features an extensive torture scene.
Words like "bitch," "piss," "damn," and "ass" are all audible.
The ethics demonstrated on Scandal are murky. Pope and her team work hard to protect their clients and do a thorough job, but that often involves breaking the law or covering up crimes or embarrassing acts. There's also the implication that politicians are a corrupt group of people.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Drinking (cocktails, wine, hard liquor) is visible during meetings, at bars, and at social functions.