Kerry Washington

Set at a black college,'The Quad' is a campus drama that borrows heavily from Shonda Rhimes

Set at a black college,'The Quad' is a campus drama that borrows heavily from Shonda Rhimes

Set at a historically black university and premiering Wednesday on BET, “The Quad” is the latest entry in a pop culture tradition that includes “A Different World,” “School Daze” and “Drumline.”

But the series, with its flawed female protagonist and blend of soapiness and substance, may ultimately be more indebted to the works of mega-producer Shonda Rhimes than anything else. While it never reaches the addictively bonkers heights of “Scandal” or “How to Get Away With Murder,” “The Quad” is an entertaining guilty pleasure that offers fleeting bursts of social relevance. It’s Shonda Lite, not Shondaland.

Created by TV veterans Charles Holland (“Soul Food”) and Felicia...

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