"Anatomy of a Scandal is a courtroom drama that hinges on a twist so stupid that it can only realistically be met with a weary sigh," says Stuart Heritage of the David E. Kelley Netflix series. "It’s so preposterously overlit and soapily staged that it seems as if the entire series has crawled into your television’s settings and deliberately reinstalled motion smoothing out of spite. The only good performances are those that (like Joshua McGuire’s frazzled political adviser) seem to be aware of the nonstop idiocy that surrounds them. It is really not very good at all. Why then, despite all this, is Anatomy of a Scandal so popular, currently the most watched Netflix show in the world? Glad you asked. Here’s my theory. It’s because of the final shot of the first episode, which is perhaps the most gloriously stupid thing that has ever been committed to television."
TOPICS: Anatomy of a Scandal, Netflix