But "Scandal" - complete with its silly attempted presidential assassination - is big, dumb fun. Sort of like "Dynasty" or "Melrose Place" when they were over-the-top and totally trashy.
Some shows are so bad they're good. "Scandal" is one of them.
Elsewhere on TV ....
NFL (6 p.m., NFL Network): Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Sheldon takes care of Amy when she gets sick.
Last Resort (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The reason for the attack on Pakistan is revealed.
30 Rock (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Jenna is driving Liz completely crazy.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (7 p.m. Ch. 7): Nathan Gunn and Jane Seymour join the choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.
The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Contestants are eliminated.
The Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Stefan and Damon have suspicions about Elena.
Two and a Half Men (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Walden assumes a new identity to avoid women who are just after his money.
Up All Night (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Ava decides she can still make a difference even without her show.
Person of Interest (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): An NYC cab driver is the latest POI.
Grey's Anatomy (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Meredith asks Heather to help fix Derek's hand.
The Office (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Dwight takes over planning the Christmas party.
Glee (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Kurt gets an audition.
Beauty and the Beast (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Somebody tries to murder a teenage pop star.
Parks and Recreation (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Tammy II makes an unexpected appearance.
The Piano Guys: Live at Red Butte Garden (8:30 p.m., Ch. 7): Highly entertaining performance.
Elementary (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Sherlock investigates the brutal murder of a college professor.
Rock Center with Brian Williams (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Apple CEO Jim Cook is interviewed.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (11 p.m., FX): The gang becomes obsessed with video games.
Burn Notice (11 p.m., USA): Michael sells technology to a thief.