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Thursday nights have just gotten juicier with the arrival of “Scandal.”  Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, a power player who does damage control for the high and mighty in Washington D.C.  Armed with razor sharp intellect and an equally savvy staff, Olivia Pope and Associates regulates the pulse of the political elite.

Creator Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is giving the American viewing public a welcome alternative to the stereotypical images of black women seen on countless reality shows.  Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope is strong, fierce, and always the  smartest person in the room smart (even when she’s with the President).

Men tend to be resistant to shows helmed by female leads for fear of it being too “soft” but we’ve listed five reasons why “Scandal” should be your new viewing addiction.

5. Women who tweet about “Scandal” are cuter than Basketball Wives fans

Seriously, have you seen the women who tweet about “Scandal” compared to “Basketball Wives”? Take a minute and toss “Basketball Wives” into your Twitter search.

No, I can’t pay for your broken screen, you should have known better than to search images of “Basketball Wives” fans (someone say rachet?).

4. Your Woman Will Be Very Pleased

If you’re married or in a relationship, chances are your significant other is already head over red bottomed heels in love with this show. By getting on board now, all you can do is win points with her and we all know those points can pay off in a major way. Single guys, do you need a new ice breaker? You’re welcome.

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