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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Summary: Alicia (Julianna Margulies) returns to her previous career as a lawyer after a scandal brings down her politician husband (Chris Noth).
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Alicia's cases are intriguing, and the background drama would be melodramatic if it weren't such a common story these days.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    A smartly conceived and well executed legal drama with a strong star (Julianna Margulies) at its core and, even better, a terrifically timely hook.
  4. The Good Wife is confident and polished, and a much better showcase for Margulies than her last legal drama.
  5. 80
    It may not be entirely fair to call a show as complexly layered as The Good Wife a crime drama, though at some basic level it is, with a bleakly luminous Juliana Margulies playing a novice criminal defense attorney who's painfully learning the sport of judicial hardball.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    If The Good Wife can maintain the first episode's tone, it will keep an audience even after political sex scandals fade from the news.
  7. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    With the drama so thin, it must be the richness of Alicia's situation that makes 13 million people a week want to enjoy her company.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Feb 7, 2011
    Love, 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! Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2010
    Excellent series, combining courtroom drama, crime stories, politics & social commentaries that are very relevant to today's era, plus romance subplots that are done in mature way. Great cast, and classy storytelling, never trashy. I didn't expect it to be so good in the first place, but ended up being entirely hooked. Expand
  3. Apr 28, 2012
    Love it! Week after week the story line, characters and acting continue to rivet me to this show. May The Good Wife have a long life! It's not often that network tv produces edgy drama so let's relish it while we can. Expand
  4. Mar 12, 2011
    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 of depth to be explored over the course of multiple seasons. Expand
  5. Feb 5, 2012
    SOME HIGH SCORES HERE! Well look, I won't merely add to the chorus: this series is very good. In fact the second series is the best thing on television in 2011 - hands down. It demands some time from the viewer to work out what's what and who's who, but between a deft appreciation of court life, corporate strategies and an overarching plot concerning political elections and sexual intrigue there is so much to offer! Excellent acting, directing, writing and editing. HOWEVER: series 1 is somewhat pedestrian and dull and series 3 is nowhere near as good as series 2 (in fact the opening episode was laughably bad). I don't think that the series will have more to say... but what it has had to say so far is certainly worth listening to! Expand
  6. Nov 11, 2013
    I really enjoy the crafty dialog and well developed characters. There are plenty of twists to keep things interesting. My wife and I look forward to watching this show every Sunday! Expand
  7. Feb 13, 2011
    The drama between Julianna Margulies' and Chris Noth's character adds an interesting premise to an overdone plot. The politics is the shows strong point. Expand

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