The Good Wife 5 Seasons 2009

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Season 1
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1. Pilot AGES_15_AND_OVER

Alicia is assigned her first case after having to return to work following her husband's corruption scandal and incarceration.

Starring:
Julianna Margulies,Matt Czuchry
Runtime:
46 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director Charles Mcdougall
Starring Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry
Supporting actors Archie Panjabi, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski
Season year 2010
Network CBS Studios International
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan 2011
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Initially, it seemed a little bit formulaic -new case to win, more revelations about her imprisoned husband (for corruption) and his extra-marital affairs, new eccentric judge -but while it never did really vary much from this formula, I stopped caring because on the whole the show was just too damn good in every other respect. This is down simply to good writing, involving characters, and a damn fine cast of actors firing on all cylinders.

Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick) is a revelation as the main character: she's very self-controlled, trying to keep her family together (she has a teenage son and daughter), trying to decide her feelings for her estranged husband and for her new boss (who is an old friend), trying to do a good job as a lawyer and beat off competition for a permanent post from a confident younger man, and more.

Josh Charles (Will Gardner) is an actor I've never come across but he's terrific as one of the (financially vulnerable) firm's three partners. Overtly charming, you're never sure if he's genuinely nice or wearinga false face. Is his interest in Alicia genuine or opportunistic. Christine Baranski (always good value) is the second partner (the third is mostly absent) and less than altruistic.

Chris Noth (Peter Florrick) is appropriately charismatic as the disgraced and imprisoned D.A. but again his motives are always suspect. Is he innocent of corruption, has he repented his liaisons with prostitutes, does he genuinely love his wife, etc?

And then as the firm's investigator Kalinda, there's Archie Panjabi an Anglo-Asian actress whom I was vaguely familiar with but can now state I think she's brilliant. And hotter than hell. Her character is intensely private, strong, cynical, with lots of contacts.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Fitzpatrick on 19 Oct 2010
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Enjoyed every minute of this 1st series of the Good Wife. Julianna Mergulies plays the role of the disgraced politician's wife to perfection. The series is a great combination of interesting legal dramas intertwined with Alicia Florrick's journey as she finds herself managing as a single mother, balancing the demands of new career with needs of her teenage children as well as the social and political pressure as former State's Attorney's wife. Can't wait for series two.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bridget O. Brien on 10 Oct 2010
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The reason this stands out for me is because it is from the defences point of view. The only other legal dramas I watch, and I'm not sure you can even call them that, are the law and orders, so this was for me a new experience. Alicia florrick is well played, very subtlety and believably by juliann a Marguiles. Her simple acting is for me one of the best things about the show, she isn't too out there, she seems very real and natural. Similarly with all the other characters, calinda, will, carey anD particularly Diane. The relationship between them is also very believable. The simmering relationship between Will and Alicia is so well played, I am glad the way it continued in season 2 (I won't say what this is). The finale of season 1 is simply brilliant, one of the most OMG moments of TV, and completely unpredictable. The children of Peter and Alicia are well entwined into the story, how they react to the disaster that has hit their family is fascinating to watch.

Alan cumming as Eli gold is one of those characters you don't know where you stand with, he's very ambiguous, you don't quite know where he is going, whether he is good or bad, but you really want to find out.

The slow pace with which this starts is intriguing, definitely one of the better elements of a brilliant show.

Definitely recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Sep 2014
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The series focuses on Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), whose husband Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), a prior Illinois, State's Attorney, has been incarcerated following an infamous party-political dishonesty and sexual impropriety. After having spent the preceding thirteen years as a home-maker mother, Alicia returns to her old job as a lawyer to afford for her two kids. The series was partly inspired by real life events, as well as by other conspicuous political sex scandals in the United States, particularly those of John Edwards and former President Bill Clinton.

This is a show that has reconnoitred the connection between technology and the law, covering themes including Bitcoin, Anonymous, viral marketing in political campaigns, speech control software, cybernetic conferencing robots, and NSA surveillance. For instance, one of the firm's regular clients is an imagined internet search company known as Chumhum, which among other subjects has faced confidentiality lawsuits for peddling users' private data to the Chinese and Syrian regimes.

Good Wife is stimulating, uncommonly good in that has smarts – but is underrated in my opinion.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Aremess TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Feb 2010
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My wife and I have been watching this series on TV (currently at episode 5) and have been enthralled by both the story lines and the acting. Julianna Marguiles is mesmerising as the wife publicly humiliated by her husband's misdemeanours and subsequent jailing.

Taking up her pre-marriage career as a Defence Attorney, she has to prove herself against the new up and coming 20-somethings for the one permanent post in the prestigious law firm she has joined. Yes, she's succeeding (at least, so far she is), but the cases always seem to impact in some way on her private life. The underlying story line about whether the husband will find a way out of his problems and whether she can ever trust him again, compliments rather than detracts from the weekly cases she's dealing with.

If you've not watched any of the series yet, start at any time and you won't be disappointed. You only need to know the very basics of why she went back to work as that's virtually all anyone knows (at this time).

I'm not a great lover of American "law firm" TV series, but this breaks the mould for me and I'll not only continue to watch the entire series, but will add the DVD set to my collection when it comes out.

UPDATE : Now nearly at the end of series 1 (only 3 episodes to go) and, if anything, we've become more enthralled.
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