Determined her teenage children do not suffer, Alicia Florrick allows errant husband Peter back into the home - semblance of a happy marriage what he needs in his bid to become State Attorney. Meanwhile Alicia continues her resumed career - she an astute lawyer, impressing all with her expertise.
This quality drama succeeds at every level. Crackling scripts are crammed with nuances and surprises, so many threads interweaving through the episodes. An excellent cast does them full justice - especially Julianna Margulies, she one of those able to convey so much with barely a gesture. Guest stars include America Ferrara ("Ugly Betty") and, memorably, Michael J. Fox - his own medical problems put to good use as a wily lawyer hilariously stealing every scene he is in. (No mean feat when everybody else is so good.)
Full concentration is needed. On the political front, in the law firm and in court, there are so many undercurrents and ever-changing alliances. Dirty tricks abound in the jostling for supremacy - the pleasure most great when a main offender comes to grief.
24 episodes. Interesting bonuses include a 50 minute feature on how Ep.13 evolved. (In it we learn how scripts are so well crafted.) Alan Cumming, camping it up shamelessly, contributes entertaining video diaries. (Apparently he was hired for just three episodes in Season 1, but such was his impact, he speedily became a permanent member of the cast.)
Season 1 impressed. Season 2 is even better. Apparently Season 3 is the best yet.
What more could one wish! The show's great success is a tribute to all involved.