From political scandals to corporate corruption, American Scandal explores stories that have shaped that country. With so many incredible episodes to choose from, I’ve put together a list of the very best episodes of American Scandal so you can dive in and explore the most captivating and compelling stories the show has to offer.
Exxon Valdez: Oil Meets Water | 1
In Prince William Sound, a supertanker carrying 53 million gallons of crude oil ran aground, resulting in the most severe man-made ecological disaster in the history of the United States at that time. As Exxon grappled to initiate the cleanup process, fishermen were anxious that their way of life would be permanently affected.
Waco – The New Messiah | 1
In the outskirts of Waco, Texas in 1993, a religious group known as the Branch Davidians was at the center of a massive conflict with the federal government. This led to the longest firefight in American law enforcement history, which ended in tragedy. However, the standoff had its roots years before when Vernon Howell was searching for a new religious community to belong to. He found it with the Branch Davidians and began working to seize power, leading to the events that unfolded in 1993.
The Unabomber | Atomic Pearl | 1
A brilliant but isolated young man experiences a harsh rejection during his high school years. This is followed by a traumatic psychological experiment while he is a student at a prestigious university. Despite his exceptional academic abilities, he struggles with feelings of loneliness and alienation. In response to these experiences, he decides to seek revenge against the societal system he blames for his suffering.
Lance Armstrong | The Boy From North Texas | 1
When Lance Armstrong steps into the highly competitive world of professional cycling, he finds himself struggling with a series of demoralizing defeats. Desperate to come out on top, he begins to search for alternative methods to achieve victory.
LA Steals Its Water | The Biggest Problem | 1
After climbing up the ranks in the water department, William Mulholland discovers a dark secret that Los Angeles has been keeping under wraps. The revelation is so shocking that it has the potential to bring the entire city to its knees.
Dupont Chemical Cover-Up | Dry Run Creek | 1
An attorney dives into a puzzling case of a cattle farm in West Virginia hit by a catastrophic plague. During the investigation, the attorney unravels a confidential piece of information that poses a threat to a massive corporate empire.
America’s Coup in Iran | The Nationalist | 1
Following the election of a new prime minister in Iran, who pledged to regain control of the country’s oil industry, the U.K. and the U.S. conduct a covert operation, perceiving it as a potential challenge to their dominance.
Opioids in America | Cure for Pain | 1
Purdue Pharma’s future takes a new direction under the leadership of Richard Sackler. The company’s focus is on developing a next-generation painkiller that has the potential to become the next big thing in the pharmaceutical industry.
Jonestown | Reverend Jim Jones | 1
A young preacher establishes his own church in Indiana with the aim of propagating a revolutionary political ideology.