• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Oct 20, 2010
    100
    It's getting difficult to keep coming up with superlatives for this sophomore-season drama, especially with a thrilling and tantalizing episode like tonight's.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 20, 2010
    100
    As season two begins, creators/executive producers Robert and Michelle King show no signs of standing pat. They're allowing the series and its characters to evolve while reminding viewers of the show's original premise.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 20, 2010
    100
    Like "Mad Men," Wife has an obsessive attention to detail; it's a hurricane of detail, in the visual touches, legal patter and the actors' unspoken flourishes. Nothing seems extraneous or out of place. Also like "Men," this show cares as much about silence as words, or that which isn't said (also a form of eloquence).
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 20, 2010
    90
    In its first couple of Season 2 episodes, The Good Wife stirs up a delectable stew of political, legal, romantic and interpersonal complications. It manages to be both escapist and intelligent, and that is an unbeatable combination.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 20, 2010
    90
    It raises its emotional game almost instantly, as Alicia (the enigmatic and compellingly subtle Julianna Margulies) makes a fateful choice between her disgraced husband Peter (Chris Noth) and amorous boss Will (Josh Charles), though the decision is clouded by another character's manipulative deceit.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Tuesday night by plunging its characters deeper into a web of crisscrossing dramas that suggest the law and politics ultimately come down to soap operas. Whether it's true or not, The Good Wife makes the theory entertaining to explore.
  7. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 26, 2010
    75
    Verdict: guilty--of being a guilty pleasure.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 21, 2010
    75
    While it will no doubt settle back into its normal pattern, the first two episodes have been a bit busy--and a little light on the courtroom drama side of things.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mar 12, 2011
    10
    The second season of the Good Wife delivers an even more cynical (and real) look at life and politics than the first season. The acting is fantastic and while not every case is the most interesting, the interactions between the characters and the mystery of their motivations more than makes up for any run-of-the-mill trial. Full Review »
  2. Nov 29, 2010
    10
    It is one of the best lawyer shows of the year. For a sophmore tv show, The Good Wife sure still satisfies viewers with Juliana Margulies's smooth delivery and drama in the courtroo. What a great year in television but opposite in movies. Full Review »
  3. Dec 8, 2010
    4
    The Good Wife is one of those shows that's well-written, but talks frequently about politics, and my guess is that if you dislike Fox News you'll also dislike this show. The political subtext of almost every episode is either disturbing or simply absurd -- for example, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who works with African women ends up guilty of sexual misconduct. This is consistently how the writers choose to raise the stakes, and after a while, you have to ask why. Full Review »