Friends, The Office and the 25 best shows to binge watch on Netflix

E364703 04: Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow star in Friends during year 6. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)
E364703 04: Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow star in Friends during year 6. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 19: Kerry Washington arrives to the Scandal live stage reading of series finale to Benefit The Actors Fund held at El Capitan Theatre on April 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 19: Kerry Washington arrives to the Scandal live stage reading of series finale to Benefit The Actors Fund held at El Capitan Theatre on April 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images) /

18. Scandal

Seasons: 7

Starring: Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Portia de Rossi, Cornelius Smith Jr., Joe Morton, George Newbern

Never underestimate the power of ABC’s TGIT lineup. The three-hour programming block was born when three Shonda Rhimes series — Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away with Murder — occupied Thursday night and started a fan movement. It was a weekly event, and while it still exists with different series, nothing will top its first iteration. Being so, the complete series of Scandal streams on Netflix for your nostalgic TGIT viewing pleasure.

Scandal stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, who runs a crisis management firm in Washington D.C. and puts out various political fires. Olivia’s life and job become more complicated when she begins having an affair with the president, and she’s suddenly in the mix of a scandal she’s accustomed to squashing. Of course, the series adds many more layers over the course of its seven seasons, but it never once loses its energy.

For her lead role as Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington earned two consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and also picked up a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination. Although it ran for seven seasons and 124 episodes, Scandal’s time as a dominant water cooler force felt like it went by in the blink of an eye. If you’re already in need of a hearty dose of political drama, dive back into one of TV’s most talked about dramas.