8 TV Episodes That Caused A Stir Off-Screen

From American Crime Story's liberal use of the N-word to Ellen's famous coming out episode, here are some controversial plot lines that got people talking


This season on Scandal, the show tackled two hot-button topics – in the same episode. While former First Lady and current senator Mellie Grant filibustered against the defunding of Planned Parenthood, Olivia Pope had an abortion for a previously unknown pregnancy. The scene received mixed reactions – a conservative media group called the episode evidence of "Hollywood's moral depravity on full display" but it also inspired positive ones from reproductive rights advocates like Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, who thanked Shonda Rhimes for "bringing this incredibly important issue to the bajillion people watching."