The Good Wife

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THE GOOD WIFE is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.
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Drama
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English [CC]
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English

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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 22, 2009
    47min
    16+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Alicia is assigned her first case after having to return to work following her husband's corruption scandal and incarceration. She quickly discovers that the retrial of a woman accused of murdering her ex-husband is not as straightforward as it seems.
  2. 2. Stripped
    September 29, 2009
    44min
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    A stripper claims she was raped at the bachelor party of a prominent businessman. Alicia represents her after the States' Attorney refuses to pursue criminal charges.
  3. 3. Home
    October 6, 2009
    43min
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    The teenage son of a former friend hires her to defend him in a murder case, Alicia makes a difficult journey back to her old life.
  4. 4. Fixed
    October 13, 2009
    43min
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    As her husband's legal team continues to mount the case for his appeal, Alicia discovers evidence of possible jury tampering in her firm's class action law suit against a major pharmaceutical company.
  5. 5. Crash
    October 20, 2009
    44min
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    Alicia and Will have 72 hours to prove that a train company, and not the engineers, is responsible for a freight train crash, and secure the widows their husbands' pensions. Also, Jackie and Alicia clash over taking the children to visit their father in prison.
  6. 6. Conjugal
    November 3, 2009
    44min
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    As Alicia works with Will on the appeal of a death row inmate, she agrees to a conjugal visit with Peter in order to get information from him since her client was convicted under Peter's regime as state's attorney.
  7. 7. Unorthodox
    November 10, 2009
    44min
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    While representing the daughter of one of the partner's at the law firm, Alicia finds herself attracted to her co-counsel and his unorthodox approach to defending their client.
  8. 8. Unprepared
    November 17, 2009
    44min
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    Peter needs Alicia to testify on his behalf as his appeals process begins sooner than expected. At the same time, she prepares to defend a scientist accused of arson.
  9. 9. Threesome
    November 24, 2009
    44min
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    Alicia deals with tricky office politics when she's asked to represent the firm's senior partner after he's arrested. Meanwhile, Peter's evidentiary hearing hits the skids, leading Alicia to suspect that he may, in fact, actually be guilty of corruption.
  10. 10. Lifeguard
    December 15, 2009
    42min
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    When a judge with a history of questionable sentencing overturns a simple plea deal that Alicia arranged, she looks into his motivation. Also, Diane is made the offer of her career.
  11. 11. Infamy
    January 5, 2010
    43min
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    Alicia learns more about her husband's fall from grace when she represents the wife of Peter's nemesis, Glenn Childs, in their divorce case. Also, Will gets cozy with his opposing counsel, Emily, during a wrongful death suit against caustic TV commentator Duke Rosco.
  12. 12. Painkiller
    January 12, 2010
    43min
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    When a star high school quarterback dies from an overdose of painkillers, Alicia represents the doctor who prescribed the medication.
  13. 13. Bad
    February 2, 2010
    43min
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    Tensions are high as Peter's appeal trial begins and Alicia defends a wealthy client in civil court whose innocence she doubts, even after he's found not guilty in criminal court of murdering his wife. Meanwhile, Diane decides to take precautions when a felon she successfully prosecuted is about to be released from prison.
  14. 14. Hi
    February 9, 2010
    43min
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    As Alicia defends a husband accused of murdering the babysitter, she and her family prepare for the outcome of Peter's appeal and his possible coming home.
  15. 15. Bang
    March 2, 2010
    44min
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    Peter gets acclimated to life at home and works on a comeback strategy with his political team. Meanwhile, Alicia and Diane wrestle with spousal privilege laws in a murder case that hinges on their ability to get a wife to testify against her husband.
  16. 16. Fleas
    March 9, 2010
    44min
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    As Peter strategizes on how to handle his retrial and the next steps in his public rehabilitation, Alicia and Will defend an attorney arrested for murder.
  17. 17. Heart
    March 16, 2010
    44min
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  18. 18. Doubt
    April 6, 2010
    44min
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    Alicia and Will deal with their growing sexual tension and Diane and Kurt McVeigh continue their flirtation. At the same time, Alicia defends a college student accused of killing her sorority sister while under the influence of a sleep aid.
  19. 19. Boom
    April 27, 2010
    44min
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    When Alicia goes head-to-head in the courtroom with former boss Jonas Stern, she debates whether or not to use personal information to her advantage. Meanwhile, Peter uses religion to work on his appeal.
  20. 20. Mock
    May 4, 2010
    44min
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    The police are quickly at the door when Peter's electronic monitor sounds after he chases Alicia out of the apartment. As a result, Grace and Zach scramble to figure out a way to keep him from being arrested.
  21. 21. Unplugged
    May 11, 2010
    44min
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    The winner is announced in the competition between Alicia and Cary.
  22. 22. Hybristophilia
    May 18, 2010
    44min
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    Eli Gold works on getting Peter's charges dropped, and Alicia defends Colin Sweeney, a client and accused wife killer, who claims self defense after she finds him handcuffed to a dead woman.
  23. 23. Running
    May 25, 2010
    44min
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    At Eli Gold's urging, Alicia must decide if she'll stand by her man during Peter's new political campaign, or if she'll pursue a relationship with Will instead.

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Sense and SensibilityReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A riveting legal drama with the smarts of "Homeland," "The Night Manager," "Borgen," and "The Last Enemy."
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This is a fascinating, well acted drama, with some superbly multi-faceted and unforgettable characters. My husband and I are binge-watching this. We also enjoyed "Homeland," "The Last Enemy" "Borgen" and "The Night Manager." This drama shares the smart snappy writing and the suspenseful plotting of those dramas, with a strong female lead--though all the cast is excellent. This is riveting and absorbing.
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Valley League DadReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent show, except departures from legal reality.
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Boy, I went into this expecting a mushy soap opera with some political overtones much like the current Scandal. Oddly enough, there are plenty of Scandal actors working in this series, so they seem related somehow. However, not quite through Season One, I am finding the show oddly intelligent and thoughtful and not at all what I expected. BUT, as a lawyer, I still cringe two or three times a show at the "made for TV" legal reality, which does not match up with the actual real legal world. For instance "you need to testify on appeal." In 99.99% of all appeals, there is no testimony, only the record from the court below. Despite what one sees here (and it was the same on Boston Legal) lawyers don't just visit another firm and sit down for a "settlement conference." We might gather for a mediation, but I don't see a mediator in sight. But it makes for dramatic, good TV for the non-legal folks, and I can live in that fantasy world of lawyering for an hour at a time. And why are none of them hunched over their computers, researching and writing? Not even the lowly junior associates. Let me tell you, a real junior associate at a firm of that kind would not see sunshine very often. They would be researching and writing for the older lawyers. The acting is good, the writing is good, the storylines are good, so I'll overlook these departures (and many others) for the time being at least
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Alex Nichols, author of Shadow RockReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
First-rate political and courtroom drama.
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The Good Wife is a show I nearly missed out on, partly because it takes nearly half of the first season to establish its tone and fully take flight. I tuned in originally because the premise was intriguing. The protagonist, Alicia Florrick, is the woman behind the fake political smile, standing by a man most women would be happy to be rid of. What makes someone like this tick? From the get go, it is clear that Alicia is complicated. That only develops further as the seasons unfold.

If the series had just been about her, I might have lost interest. However, it is also a first-rate courtroom drama and an intriguing political drama with an enthralling romance at its center. An episode like "Bad" features the strengths that hooked me. A disarming sociopath, Colin Sweeney, is introduced and you just can't look away. Who is this man and why would any decent person defend him? There are no easy answers. Equally engrossing is "Heart" in which Alicia crosses a professional line with her boss from which they will never fully recover. And if the final moments of season finale"Running" don't hook you, then you really aren't a fan.

The episodes are tightly written with both stand alone legal plots and an overarching political triangle that has multiple reverberations. The cast is uniformly good. My favorites are Josh Charles as Will Gardner and Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, as odd and endearing a professional couple as any I have seen. Much attention is given to Juliana Margulies and there is a reason for that. She steers the show gracefully. There is also stellar work by a large supporting cast of mostly familiar faces. If you watched Gilmore Girls, Weeds, The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie, and The Americans, you'll be happy to see familiar faces used effectively. And there are many peculiar cameos by famous faces playing quirky judges. My favorite is Ana Gasteyer as a woman who insists that lawyers in her courtroom preface everything they say with, "In my opinion."

I absolutely loved this first season. Don't miss it.
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H. ParkerReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Addicted from first few moments of show
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This show is a really great show and I was addicted from the first few moments. It stands alone in a crowded genre. I really liked the issues it brings up about corruption, politics, law, love, religion, marriage, sex, affairs, public scrutiny. My favorite episodes include the one where they try a college roommate that's on trial for killing her friend. Even though she's not guilty, she's not guilty she ends up accepting a ten year deal because they're worried about what the jury might do. As the judge explains to the jurors how they're no longer needed, it pans to the garbage where 12 votes of not guilty from the jurors are. That to me was very poignant and moving and made you question how often that situation truly happens in real life. I also like the fact that Alicia learns lessons at work such as their role as lawyers is to their client whether they like the person or rather they're guilty or innocent. I also love how even though Alicia's husband publicly cheated on her with strippers and that its remarked that she's a sexual prude, she stays with her husband which is interesting rather than leave him and then when she has the chance to cheat with her boss/past Georgetown law "ex", rather than jump into bed or a relationship right away, she remarks that rather than romance which is the easy part that she needs a plan because family and children and parent teacher conferences are the hard part. You spend episodes invested in the should they, shouldn't they drama which culminates in the season finale. I can't wait to find out if season 2 is as amazing and earth shattering TV as season 1.
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B. MaroldReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Engrossing
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When this show first aired, like a lot of other shows, there was nothing about it, aside from the fact that a regular guest star was Chris Noth, a better than average detective role on Law and Order. Not enough to have me set aside an hour each week to watch it. Since it first aired, I've seen another big legal show, "Suits", and it was just a tad unrealistic, in the way "House" is unrealistic in that it seems the main character would never get away with some of the things House and Harvey Specter pull.

But then, I started watching early "ER" episodes, where "The Good Wife" lead, Julianna Margulies, was a prominent character, and one of the main reasons for watching "ER" for the first seven seasons. Margulies is not alone. Her two best supporting actors are Josh Charles, from "Sports Night" and Christine Baranski, from guest appearances going back 30 years. Both are more realistic than the principle partners on "Suits".

Other actors also add a lot. Chris Noth is solid in his role. Archie Panjabi, as Margulies' firm's investigator is first rate for a young actor. Even better is Alan Cumming, who plays the political expert behind the Noth character's rehabilitation. He's a lot like the Bruno Gianelli character on "The West Wing", except that his role is not quite so exaggerated. He really plays the part of a back room "wartime consigliore".

Everything really "clicks" in this first season. It all works so well that I hope the wheels don't come off for at least another two or three seasons. What may be missing is that unlike the ER, there is little room to add additional permanent cast members.

Executive producer is Ridley Scott, and this show has the same nice 3 part balance between home, office, and courtroom that I liked in "Numb3rs." wish it luck. A few visits by some "Numb3rs" stars can't be bad.
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Arno VoskReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good series
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This is definitely one of the better American TV series. It has good characters, some you root for, some you can't stand, almost without exception well-acted. If you liked the original "Law and Order" you will probably like this series, as each episode presents a problem that is resolved, either well or not so well, plus some ongoing themes. I did get a little tired and found the program kind of soap-operaish after a while, but my wife is devotedly watching every episode.
Northwest LadyReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best TV Series, in many years
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FANTASTIC!! I viewed all seasons of The Good Wife and could barely pull myself away. Superb actors and acting. I think people praised the writing (by husband and wife team) as being much more mature and better quality than typical TV fare. Each season of The Good Wife had about 22 episodes, and typical TV shows have 13 or 14, so this series has added value to have so many episodes that were made for each of 7 seasons of the show.
The actors are all brilliant and do such fantastic characters. This is drama and it is nice to see drama done well. I love this show and will continue to re-view episodes until I feel bored.
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ShmooReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The performances are good, for the most part
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Season 1 presents compelling drama in a legal/political setting. The performances are good, for the most part, as is the writing, although not completely free of clunkers. There are some long story arcs, whoch means that if you skip any episodes you may find yourself a bit at sea, but each episode focuses on one or two cases that are resolved by the end. There is little humor or lightheartedness here, so when some does appear, it's jarring.

I have followed The Good Wife through Season 2, but I may not continue, and here's why: I can't like the characters -- even the main character -- as *people*. I wouldn't want to spend time with or around any of them. This is almost inevitable in a series that goes so deeply into the legal profession as a business, a profit-making enterprise, which indeed it usually is.
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