1. Olivia Pope's Abortion on 'Scandal'
Scandal is not averse to bold, bombastic monologues and a flair for the dramatic, which is what makes Olivia Pope's abortion in the Season 5 winter finale that much more powerful and controversial. In the scene, Olivia gets an abortion after learning she's pregnant with Fitz's child. It's also the same episode that features Mellie filibustering a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. 

Conservative watchdog group Media Research Council called the episode "Hollywood’s moral depravity on full display, while Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards applauded the storyline. She later tweeted: "Thank you @shondarhimes for bringing this incredibly important issue to the bajillion people watching. #Scandal"