The Teen Appeal

Giving truth to Memphis youth

“Scandal” versus “The Haves and Have Nots”



By Eboni Johnson

Middle College High School


These days young people watch a lot of shows on television. Two shows that have many teens abuzz on weeknights are ‘Scandal’ and ‘The Haves and Have Nots.’”

“Scandal,” product of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” creator Shonda Rhimes, is a Washington, D.C.-based political drama that airs on ABC at 9 p.m. on Thursdays. (Reruns air on Black Entertainment Television.) The show is in its third season and stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a character loosely based on real-life press secretary Judy Smith.

According to the Nielsen, over 10 million people tuned in for its season premiere last October.

Several Middle College High School students seemed to prefer ‘Scandal’ over ‘The Haves and the Have Nots.’

Freshman Jada Harper said, “‘Scandal’ is better because I’m more interested in shows that are serious. If I had to be in one of the shows, I would be in ‘Scandal’ because with me wanting to deal with criminology in my future, I believe ‘Scandal’ could help me better myself in becoming serious about certain things.

Senior Aviance Murphy said, “I think ‘Scandal’ is better than ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ because it is more scandalous. I would be in ‘Scandal’ over ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ because (of) the power the women have. I like ‘Scandal’ because you have to watch every show to understand it.”

Senior Paris Wooden said, “I strongly believe that ‘Scandal’ is better because (there) is more dirt and Olivia Pope is very sneaky. If I had to be in either or of these two amazing shows, it would be ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ because I would like to play the role of the leading girl.”

 “The Haves and Have Nots,” is the newer of the two shows. Created by writer and director Tyler Perry, the soap opera just finished its second season. It airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays on the Oprah Winfrey Network and centers around a wealthy Savannah, Ga. family and housekeepers in their mansion. The show stars Tika Sumpter, who previously has appeared on “Gossip Girl” and “The Game.”

In its March 11 season two finale, the show set an OWN network record with 3.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

One of the shows viewers, MCHS senior Alexis White said, “I think ‘The Haves and Have Nots is a better show than ‘Scandal’ because it leaves you with suspicion and talks about things that happen in the real world. If I had to choose to be in either one of these great shows, it would be ‘The Haves and Have Nots’ because it has a lot more action and you can learn a lot from what is going on.”

As you can see, both of these shows keep students talking.

“Scandal” averages more views than “The Haves and The Have Nots,” but which show do you prefer?






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