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on 4 December 2015
The Good Wife Season One features the character of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Marguiles) who unexpectedly has to both revamp and reinvent her life once her husband Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) gets caught in charges related to corruption. Fortunately, Alicia Florrick has some professional skills as a lawyer that come in handy as she works to rebuild her life and that for those around her (i.e. her kids and her mother in law who steps in to help her out). As she works to re-establish her professional credibility she also is forced to deal with some of her husband’s professional rivals and/or enemies. Of course, there are many more actors and actresses who contribute to season one of The Good Wife (I was just listing the information I was intuitively guided to share). Nonetheless, The Good Wife is great for those who enjoy tv shows that include themes of professional empowerment.
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on 9 September 2013
I got into this series season 2 and therefore had watched all the others before not this one. It was very illuminating to find out how the story started and helped with understanding the characters. Recommended if you're a fan.
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VINE VOICEon 30 September 2014
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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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. Her sexuality is a matter for much speculation (particularly in the lesbians in the media website AfterEllen). Panjabi steals scene after scene and well deserved her Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

I could go on listing the various other key characters and how good the actors are but that would get boring. Suffice to say that the rest of the cast is uniformly strong. Alan Cumming arrives late in the series, but to good effect, as Peter Florrick's new manager.

This is a genuinely rivetting show packed with characters whose motives and allegiances are uncertain, a murky swamp that the vulnerable heroine has to negotiate in more ways than one. The various crimes/trials themsemselves are always interesting and, again, often morally ambiguous. One minor quibble is that the law firm tends to be on the side of good a little too often for plausibility and they also win a little too often. But despite that I really do highly recommend this DVD. I watched it all in less than a week and couldn't wait to get back to it.
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on 19 October 2010
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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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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on 2 September 2011
Loved this dvd, would highly recommend to anyone that loves legal dramas, loved all the characters. Also has deleted scenes with audio commentaries. You get 23 full episodes and the price I paid for it, it is very good value for money. I will definitely purchase season 2 when it comes out, depending on price.
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on 29 January 2014
My favourite TV series at the moment, since the demise of House. Excellent characters and some genuinely thought -provoking cases, nicely juxtaposed with the politics. Eli Gold (Alan Cummings) is priceless.
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on 6 June 2012
First exposed to this series as part of a long haul inflight entertainment package. It is the scrip writing that sets this series apart from being just another legal drama. The King husband and wife team have excelled themselves. Not only do you have a continuing plot thread running through the series, you also have the individual episodes story script.
The individual characters have depth, and more characters have come on board in the second season. Eli Gold and Kalinda are well worth the watch alone.
Awaiting the third season of this must watch series.
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on 15 September 2011
The Good Wife was recommended by a friend with a shared enjoyment of The West Wing. I felt as though the series was slow to start, but I persevered and it certainly paid off. By half way through the series I was utterly addicted. It very quickly becomes compelling and I was eagerly anticipating the next episode.
The format is nice, with character development and story arc reaching through the series, but with a different legal case that is concluded every episode.
Overall very enjoyable indeed!
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