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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Creator: Michelle King, Robert King (III)
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 22, 2009
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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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: 35 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. kevinb.
    Oct 20, 2009
    Intoxicating series.
  2. VirgieP
    Nov 4, 2009
    Juliana Margolies is brilliant. She really knows the subtleties of acting. No chewing up the scenery for her, rather understated, nuanced acting. Bravo!! Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2012
    The best law show ever and one of the best shows on TV. Dynamic and likeable characters. Realistic events. Great acting. Good directing. Slight hidden humour. Need I go on? Expand
  4. 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
  5. Sep 27, 2013
    Excellent writing and acting. Great character development. I typically tend to hate procedural show,s but the characters are so compelling, and depicted so realistically that it is addicting. And to think, I would have never watched this series had I not been sick...I guess in this case my stomach flu was a blessing? I guess we'll find out in the future seasons..... Expand
  6. ClaireD.
    Sep 26, 2009
    Off to a good start. This show has the potential to go beyond its ripped from the headlines premise to become a really satisfying show. Julianna Margulies is perfect in the role. Expand
  7. Lisa
    Oct 16, 2009
    The legal plots are all "Been there, seen that" and therefore are rather boring. It's a shame that interesting characters are not given much interesting material. Scenes here and there are outstanding, but if this series is just going to be "case of the week" on a regular basis, what a terrible shame. Expand

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