OK, we admit it: Going into September and #TGIT without a new season of Scandal to look forward to feels weird, and we might be over here shedding a nostalgic tear or three for one of our Shondaland faves. So what’s one to do when that OPA jones hits? Drown your sorrows in another binge watch, of course.
Here are five shows (all conveniently available on Netflix) to help curb your Scandal cravings this fall:
1. Madame Secretary (4 Seasons … and Counting)
Fans of Olivia Pope and badass woman alike will love CBS’s Madame Secretary.”Téa Leoni leads the charge as secretary of state, saving the republic and making sure she keeps her personal life in order. The drama offers up a sneak peek into the private lives of those keeping the citizens of America safe.
2. The West Wing (7 Seasons)
Scandal favorite Joshua Malina plays a fairly pivotal role on The West Wing... not that we’re biased or anything! While you won’t get to the Malina bits until a rainstorm and a local congressional race in season 4, you’re sure to love the many episodes of Aaron Sorkin-penned political banter and democratic idealism that come before it. This political drama from the early aughts is well loved in our office — especially by Shonda herself!
3. White Collar (6 Seasons)
Once upon a time Matt Bomer complimented me in an elevator and I did not thank him, or even look him in the eye, because he is such a beautiful creature that he must be a faerie, and I’m not trying to get turned to iron or whisked away to the Unseelie Court.
But it is safe to look at him through a TV, so if you would like to do that (and if you are also finding yourself missing your weekly dose of OPA banter and government scheming), then White Collar is for you.
4. Queen of the South (3 Seasons … With More to Come)
This. Show. Is. Wild. Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) is the ex-girlfriend of a dead member of a powerful drug cartel. Seeking refuge in America after his murder, Teresa ends up teaming up with an unlikely conspirator to take down the drug ring after her — and becomes one of the wealthiest women in the world in the process. Similarly to our friends at OPA, Teresa quickly discovers that wealth and power won’t fix all her problems, and she has to think fast and act smart to survive and stay alive in the dangerous world of drugs and money. If you’re dying for a show about another power-posing, whip-smart female lead, then Queen of the South is for you.
5. Quantico (3 Seasons)
Priyanka Chopra is one of the most famous and successful women in the world — this whole Nick Jonas thing is literally just a blip on the phenom that is Priyanka. If you can’t get your hands on one of her 30+ Bollywood and Hollywood films, club singles, or music video appearances, you can at least watch her on Quantico. For three years Chopra played Alex Parrish, a former FBI recruit who becomes the main suspect in an American terror attack. After she is arrested for treason, her story and search for innocence unwinds through a series of twisty, turny flashbacks and present day plots that combine to create a conspiracy plot worthy of any “Scandal” fan’s time.