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TV Show • 2012 • Drama  

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Everyone has secrets and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope and her team are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for their clients, but it becomes apparent that these "gladiators in suits," who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, have trouble fixing those closest at hand -- their own.
This tv show contains 58 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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LilyVixen
Extremely graphic scene including a visual of a dead golden retriever. The scene pulls no punches and is devastating and gory.
The dog is already dead and it is not a dog that we’ve gotten to know, but it is very sudden, unexpected and upsetting to see. The dog is curled at its owners feet which was even more upsetting to me.
Takes place in Season 2, Episode 9. Approx. 3/4 of the way through the episode.

You’ll know it’s coming because a man walking a German Shepherd along the street has to pull his dog away from the house. And the male character that we’re following goes up to the house and slowly enters; this is when you need to either close your eyes or fast forward.
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Does a cat die?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Does a horse die?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Abandonment
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burdgese
S3
 E9
Olivia’s mother who you could say abandoned her comes back and Olivia has to deal w those emotions of having been abandoned and thinking her mother was dead for years
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
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Not sure if this is the right category but the main character is in an emotionally abusive, on-again-off again relationship with the president.

He uses her for sex and then tells her they are done. On two occasions (so far) tries to force himself on her. He abuses his power to have her watched.

He pretty much does the same to his wife though she manipulates him too. It's very toxic. Potentially triggering for some.
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is a child abused?
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S5
 E18
Jakes backstory is revealed. His sister was sexually abused by their father
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Are animals abused?
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LilyVixen
Yes. A dead golden retriever is shown in season 2, episode 9.
Very gory image.
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Does a pet die?
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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S5
 E18
The sister of Jake was sexually abused by their father
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CMster
S2
 E10
A character is graphically waterboarded in a prolonged scene. It's not *technically* the same as being held underwater, but it's effectively the same.
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Is rape mentioned?
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Rape is mentioned lot.
From Mellies rape being discussed to Eli yelling at Jake because he didn't stop his sister from being raped by their father
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Is someone restrained?
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S3 E7: Mellie is sexually assaulted by her father-in-law. There is no warning by the show but they show the rape. It is incredibly disturbing and can be triggering.
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S3
 E7
Fitz's farther forces himself onto Mellie while she screams no and tries to push him off.
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Mention of cannibalism in season 6
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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emory
A toe is cut off
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Does a head get squashed?
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burdgese
S3
 E9
Quinn’s tooth is forcibly removed by huck
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Does someone break a bone?
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S3
 E9
Mention of it when huck is torturing quinn
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Is someone tortured?
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Through the show there is varying degrees of torture from teeth pulling to drilling knees
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CMster
As the series progresses it gets more gory
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Children
Does a kid die?
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Spoiler




The presidents son who is implied to be under 18 is murdered
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Death
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Many major characters do die
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Does someone die?
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CMster
A whole lot of people die.
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Drugs/Alcohol
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Attempted suicide via overdose
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Family
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CMster
Really often
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Does a parent die?
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Does someone cheat?
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Affairs are the central theme of the show
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jump scares?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Gross
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Season 6 a man wets himself while being interrogated
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Does someone vomit?
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bubba
S4
 E22
David Rosen stumbles off a bus and v***** on the ground. Graphic. Midway through episode.
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LGBTQ+
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burdgese
S3
 E9
There is cheating between the male gay couple
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Medical
Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
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Spoilers.



Huck has very severe ptsd from B613.
Oliver has ptsd from her kidnapping.

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Does someone self harm?
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Spoiler.





Many characters attempt, some shown and some just mentioned. Mellies attempt is shown, Fitzs mentioned.
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Anonymous
S2 E6 - at the very beginning of the episode, man shoot himself in the head (opening scene after mail truck drives away)

S4 E7 - man shoots himself in the head/chin about 2:30 min into the episode
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Noxious
Is there shakey cam?
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Are there abortions?
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burdgese
S3
 E9
Discussion about pro choice/pro life politics
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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emory
In season 7 we are led to believe that a pregnant person dies, but they do not
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Prejudice
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burdgese
S3
 E9
Closeted character makes vaguely homophobic comments
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Is there hate speech?
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Spoiler.



James, the husband of Cryus is murdered.
Sally's husband Daniel is a closeted gay man is murdered

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Relationships
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CMster
Though they're all adults there are significant age gaps between Fitz and both Mellie and Olivia. Also between James and Cyrus.
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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CMster
There's implied nudity, but it's network TV so none is shown.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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A relationship between two people who aren’t related but are referred to as brother and sister multiple times
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Sickness
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CMster
Season 4 episode 12 and/or 13 a character is injected with something that mimics a stroke
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a plane crash?
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Amanda2
Two different things lane crashes, in one the wreckage is shown along with mangled body parts
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there blood/gore?
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CMster
Quite a lot for network TV

episode 8 of season 3 has one of the most disturbing scenes I've ever seen on network TV. A character self injures by chewing through her own wrist. It is really graphic and bloody. I had to turn it off.
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Is there gun violence?
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