Scandal returns to UK screens on More4 tonight (At last! Hurrah! Etc!) and here are five reasons that you need to get to know Olivia Pope and Associates a little better.
Olivia Pope is super cool, super smart and... she's a woman
Don Draper. Tony Soprano. Walter White. Tyrion Lannister. The Doctor. Why do guys always get all the awesomely cool TV roles?
Well, hopefully Kerry Washington's turn as Olivia Pope - Washington's finest political 'fixer' - might just change that.
The best in the business and the first port of call for anyone in power that finds themselves in trouble - from South American dictators to a closet gay Republican war hero - she is the person you want in your corner in a crisis.
However, like all the greatest TV characters, Olivia isn't a whiter-than-white hero. She's got a skewered moral compass and she's got more bite and snarl than a family of pitbulls. Don't. Mess. With. The. Pope.
Kerry Washington is incredible
Olivia Pope may be an incredible character. But every incredible character needs an incredible performance.
Kerry Washington has turned heads with her powerhouse take on DC's Queen of the Crisis and she makes the show approximately 367% better than it has any right to be.
Managing to balance the show's darker edges and soapier elements, she turns a character that has a dubious moral code and a cold ruthless streak into someone that you can't help but fall in love with.
We love the entire cast
Washington should rightly win any awards that come Scandal's way, but this isn't a one-woman show by any stretch of the imagination.
Super slick-talking litigator Harrison (Columbus Short), awesome investigator Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield), Huck, the computer hacker with a seriously dark past (Guillermo Diaz) and the dashing President of the United States, who has an eye for Olivia and rather lovely hair, are just some of our favourites.
Oh, and there's one other rather brilliant character that we can't wait to see back on our screens.
Mellie is the most bad-ass First Lady
Promoted to a series regular for season two, Bellamy Young's Ice Queen First Lady Mellie Grant was our secret guilty pleasure in Scandal's first season.
Willing to fake a miscarriage to get her husband into office, she's not someone you'd want to cross in a hurry. She may have been a bit panto villain, but we can't wait to see more of her second time around.
Occasionally Scandal goes a bit mental
Crazy dictators, that moment with the scissors, the President of the USA shagging around. This is a Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice) drama, so you get Shonda Rhimes-esque stories.
So what if Scandal packs more soap into its plots than grit? Don't let that put you off. This show always steers the right side of the tightrope between fun and silly and it also packs a hefty bit of clout on the credibility front in that George Bush's former administration press aide and "fixer" Judy Smith is an exec on the show.
Scandal season two starts tonight (July 4) at 9pm on More4.