“The Good Wife” is one of the only sophomore shows that has survived and thrived the 10pm time slot, and it doesn’t hurt to have “NCIS” and “NCIS: LA”. However, the real strength and success belongs to Julianna Margulies, who has won every award except the Emmy for Lead Actress, yet still her performance is worthy enough to earn the nomination.
Alicia Florrick (Marguiles) is the wife of Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), the popular State’s Attorney of Chicago now disgraced due to his adultery and charges of possible corruption. With him in prison awaiting trail, Alicia must become the breadwinner to support their son and daughter as a junior associate/defense attorney for Stern, Lockhart, and Gardner, where she reconnects with former college flame Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and finds an ally with the firm’s sexually ambiguous investigator Kalinda (Supporting Actress Emmy winner Archie Panjabi).
Now back in court for the first time in years, Alicia must deal with life as a working mother while at the same time must either stand by her man Peter as “the good wife” or explore something new with Will.
Powerful and political men like Eliot Spizter, superstar athletes like Tiger Woods, and other “bad boys” like Jesse James risked their marriage, families, and everything to get a little something on the side. Some wives like Hillary Clinton decide to forgive their husbands for their infidelities and work on rebuilding the trust that was once broken, not just for the children’s sake. However, several like Elizabeth Edwards makes the painful choice to end their marriage because that trust may be long gone, and they need to find a way to move on with their lives — knowing that it’s hard with the media around 24-7 but must endure in the purpose of starting over.
There are reasons why these women have earned the nickname called “the good wife”, but this series truly questions the definition of being “The Good Wife”, which came at the right time.
The first season is currently available on DVD, and the new season starts Tuesday, September 28 at 10pm on CBS.