Let's be clear, there are few things as ridiculous as a Shonda Rhimes plot. Her wildly successful shows, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and the talk of the new fall television season, How to Get Away with Murder, are part soap operas and part romantic dramas with some Aaron Sorkin-like holier-than-thou speech-making and as close as you can get to softcore porn on network television thrown in for good measure. These are shows that stimulate the most base instincts of the brain but manage to engage the critical thinking part just enough to make them some of the most insanely compelling and entertaining stuff ever to fit into a one-hour time block. It's intelligent fluff, so long as you don't dwell too long.
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In this way, Rhimes shares some interesting space with science fiction. There's no question that what you are watching is batshit crazy, makes no sense and is nearly as confusing as a Stephen Hawking text, but who cares? That is why it is called suspending disbelief. As Captain Janeway, a strong underrated female character from Star Trek: Voyager (much like Rhimes's heroines), once said of time travel, "I find it's best if you just don't think about it."
With two of the most popular shows on television from Rhimes and her latest smash success -- if tweets and stories after last week's debut of How to Get Away With Murder are any indication -- airing back to back to back for ABC Thursdays, the network has clearly gone all-in on Must-See Shonda, and chances are, they are going to win.More »