Hawthorne

5 - A show that maybe should've received more press than it did, given that, when it was on the air (pre-Scandal on ABC), it was one of very few shows (if not the only TV show) at the time that featured a black woman as its central character. 

This was 3 long years before Olivia Pope's name entered into public consciousness. But I don't recall there being as much of a splash for it, as there was for the latter. Although I should note that while Scandal airs on broadcast network TV, HawthoRNe was a cable TV series, on TNT, meaning its audience wasn't quite as large (this season's premiere episode of Scandal drew over 10 million viewers. At its peak, HawthoRNe attracted 3.8 million.

And I'm sure some would argue that it just wasn't a very good show. I wouldn't know though, because I never kept up with the series. I did tune in during the first season, for a few episodes, but it didn't hold my attention, and wasn't engaging enough for me to continue to return. In the history of TV, medical dramas are plentiful, and so, there has to be something that makes any new one really standout.

The medical drama, which wasn't all-that well received by critics, would eventually be canceled 2 years later, in 2011. Scandal would premiere in the spring of 2012.

But if you missed the TNT series, which starred Jada Pinkett Smith as a single mom, and the director of nursing at a southern hospital, all of its 3 seasons are currently streaming on Netflix. I actually think I'll revisit it myself, and watch all 3 seasons in the future.