• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    88
    Alicia's cases are intriguing, and the background drama would be melodramatic if it weren't such a common story these days.
  2. 88
    One of the best parts of the show is Alicia’s complicated relationship with her husband, who humiliated his family with a sex scandal but also appears to be a pawn in a larger game being played by high-level politicians.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    83
    There are many enjoyable performances by many wonderful actors, including Baranski, Panjabi and, the nicest surprise of all, David Paymer, who plays a judge. But you've seen much of this before.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    83
    The Good Wife will settle into a case-of-the-week lawyer show. I'd also bet it'll have a rotating bunch of colorful judges with whom Alicia can debate. And you know what? Given the caliber of the acting and writing, that suits me --and, I'll wager, millions of viewers--just fine.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 203 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
  3. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. kevinb.
    Oct 20, 2009
    10
    Intoxicating series.
  2. Feb 7, 2011
    10
    Love, love, LOVE this show! There aren't many scripted dramas on network television that were worth watching, until The Good Wife showed upLove, love, LOVE this show! There aren't many scripted dramas on network television that were worth watching, until The Good Wife showed up last year. I record the show every week and recommend it to anyone who will listen! Full Review »
  3. Mar 12, 2011
    10
    Great show. I really love the way it deals with current issues and events head on. The characters are interesting and show a great deal ofGreat show. I really love the way it deals with current issues and events head on. The characters are interesting and show a great deal of depth to be explored over the course of multiple seasons. Full Review »