The Good Wife 6 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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Pilot

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Season 1

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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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37 of 38 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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27 of 28 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 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.
Boxed DVD set The Good Wife - Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2009] available soon - BUY IT!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2012
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Quality drama, which succeeds on many levels. Alicia Florrick is its heart, she for so many years the dutiful wife and mother. Disgraced politician husband Peter is now in jail. Deeply hurt by his cheating, Alicia must now free herself from his shadow, take charge of her life. This means much downsizing and resuming her career as a lawyer, whilst taking care not to neglect her children Grace and Zach.

As Alicia, Julia Margulies is superb - often conveying much with barely a word or gesture. A fine cast does justice to intriguing characters. How good to see, too, more likeable teenagers than usual - Grace and Zach remarkably well adjusted in the circumstances.

Good scripts. Interesting cases. Fascinating revelations of wheeling and dealing behind the scenes - preparation of witnesses, plea bargaining, occasional dodgy practices and delaying tactics. (Adept at the latter is that wily heavily pregnant attorney, even more so after the baby arrives.) Episode 18 skilfully interweaves jury deliberations with flashbacks to the murder trial - a major surprise accompanying the verdict when reached.

23 episodes. Commentaries. Deleted scenes. On Disc 6 an excellent 75 minute feature on the making of the series. Especially stressed is that this is not THE GOOD LAWYER but THE GOOD WIFE - Alicia, her life shattered, painstakingly picking up the pieces and striving to start life anew.

Moving and fine. Apparently subsequent seasons are even better, which is good news indeed.
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