The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. Created by Robert King and Michelle King, the series stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry and Alan Cumming, while featuring Chris Noth in a recurring role throughout the seasons. The show is executive produced by Ridley Scott, Charles McDougall, and David W. Zucker.
The show is heavily serialized, oftentimes having multiple story arcs that play throughout the season, each with their own mini or side plots that weave in and out of the main story’s plot. The serial aspect of The Good Wife highlights the smaller stories in seasons 5 and 6 of the series, and is a drastic difference from the majority of shows that air on CBS, which are procedural shows.
With an amazing cast and commanding performances to support it, The Good Wife has received critical acclaim since its debut. The Show has been received numerous awards, including 5 Emmy’s, and the 2014 Television Critics Association award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. Most notably, Julianna Margulies’ role as Alicia Florrick has received exceptional praise.
The series focuses on Alicia Florrick in the aftermath of her husband, Peter Florrick, being sent to jail on charges of corruption, and a possible sex scandal. Florrick must dust off her old skills as a litigator if she hopes to provide for her children in the absence of their father.
Partially inspired by a series of political scandals, the show makes references to several scandals involving politicians, including Bill Clinton and Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York. One of the show’s creators, Michael King explained, “We came up with the idea about a year and a half ago. There had been this waterfall of these kinds of scandals, from Bill and Hillary [Clinton], to Dick Morris, to Eliot Spitzer, to name just a few. I think they are all over our culture. And there was always this image of the husband up there apologizing and the wife standing next to him. I think the show began when we asked, ‘What are they thinking?’”
The Good Wife has received universal critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike, all of which praise the show’s stunning characterization and drama. In reviewing the first early episodes many critics specifically praised the acting talents of the cast across the board. The first season of the show received a Metacritic rating of 76 out of 100 based on 26 reviews. Similarly, the second, third and fourth seasons scored highly on the Metacritic website, the rising levels of interest indicating universal acclaim.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the show boasts a 100% approval rating from critics across 6 seasons, based on 27 critics for season six. The website’s consensus states, “Though in its sixth season, The Good Wife remains one of network television’s best shows with sharp writing, vibrant characters, and high production values.”
The Chicago Tribune commended the show on its ability to keep audiences entertained and returning week after week for more drama and answers to their questions. They commended the show, noting that “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 politician.”
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