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The Good Wife Season 1 Review: A Stunning Tv Debut

The Good Wife Season 1 Review: A Stunning Tv Debut

Contemplating a legal career, I thought it was about time I set to work watching every single US legal drama on television. Don’t worry, I’m not under the impression that any of these shows are realistic in the slightest but legal dramas do tend to make for pretty juicy watching. I’ve already sped through Suits (review of season 1 and season 2)and How To Get Away With Murder so I thought I’d turn to something with a more ‘serious’ air – The Good Wife.

The Good Wife season 1 follows the story of Alicia Florrick, wife of the Cook County Illinois State Attorney, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth). Following her husband’s notorious political corruption and sex scandal, which lands Peter in prison, Alicia must work hard to rebuild a life for her and her two teenage children. An old friend, Will Gardner, hires her as a junior associate at his firm, Lockhart and Gardner, but there’s a catch. Alicia has 6 months to compete with the younger junior associate, Cary  Agos (Matt Czhuchry), for a permanent position.

Each episode follows the same sort of framework: a new case with some sort of home drama on the side. There are some story arcs which run throughout the entire season but each new episode brings fresh drama with it and you’re never sure what you’re going to get next. The legal cases that Alicia works on are hugely varied, which is partly what makes the show so interesting. From divorce to life insurance to murder, all these cases test the moral compasses of the characters involved and there’s always a twist half-way through to throw everything you thought you knew out the window.

The Good Wife Season 1 Review: A Stunning Tv Debut

Screenshot from Netflix

The protagonist, Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, is the character who really makes the show great. For anyone thinks that Mrs Florrick is, as the title would suggest, merely a ‘good wife’, you could not be further from the truth. Instead of choosing to play the victim after her husband’s scandal, she throws herself in the deep end, reigniting her legal career. This is no mean feat for someone who’s been out of this cut-throat business for over ten years, but she manages to hold her ground.

What I love about this show is that you see so many different sides to Alicia Florrick: the junior associate, the wife, the mother, the lover, the friend. The meek woman you see at her corrupt husband’s side in the first few minutes is not the same woman you see twenty three episodes later. Alicia shows that you can be a lawyer with a heart, but she is by no means soft. Margulies plays this thoroughly intricate character to perfection and I’m intrigued to see how her character will continue to develop in the subsequent seasons.

Although Alicia Florrick is undoubtedly the star of the show, the supporting cast are also an integral part of the series’ success. There are partners Diane and Will; Cary the rival; Kalinda, the side-kick; Zach and Grace, the kids and Peter, the husband, just to name a few. This is by no means a one-woman show. Somehow the writers have managed to weave a story centring on Alicia’s professional and personal life whilst also ensuring that viewer’s understand what makes each and every supporting character tick as well.

The Good Wife Season 1 Review: A Stunning Tv Debut

Screenshot from Netflix

My only (small) complaint about this show is that the last episode didn’t end on enough of a bang and I must admit, I was a little disappointed. After such a punchy first season, I thought that it could’ve ended with a bit more pazazz. Instead, it ended with some romantic drama but the show is so much more than this. As I said above, this drama tests each player’s strength of character and moral compass, so to end on romantic tension seemed to reduce the show to another namby-pamby US drama, something that it isn’t.

I’m not sure my review has really done this show justice, but to sum up, The Good Wife provides viewers with a multilayered legal drama dealing with exciting cases and family drama. As I said before, I am under no impression that The Good Wife is what the life of a lawyer is really like, but as television dramas go, this one has to be one of the most realistic out there. The Good Wife is far ahead of Suits and How To Get Away With Murder in that respect, the both of which get progressively more ridiculous with each passing season. Nominated for a whopping eight Primetime Emmy Awards, The Good Wife is off to an outstanding start and I cannot wait to get stuck into the next six seasons!

Currently available on Netflix. 

Have you seen The Good Wife? What did you think?

Do you have any other legal dramas to recommend?

If you liked this post, check out these:

The Good Wife Season 2 Review
The Good Wife Season 3 Review 
The Good Wife Season 5 Review
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34 Comments

  1. 10th July 2016 / 2:06 PM

    I’ve tried to watch a few episodes but never really got into it. You obviously love it so I’ll have to give it a go again.

  2. 10th July 2016 / 2:18 PM

    I haven’t watched this yet, in all honesty, as I didn’t think it would appeal to me. You’ve convinced me to give it a go!

  3. Tommy Joseph
    10th July 2016 / 3:09 PM

    I absolutely love The Good Wife. Such a fantastic programme! Gets better with every season. Such a shame they’re not making any more!

    http://www.tommyjoseph.co.uk

  4. Nayna Kanabar
    10th July 2016 / 4:53 PM

    Sounds like a great programme to follow, will check it out as I have netflix.

  5. Natasha Mairs
    10th July 2016 / 5:20 PM

    No I haven’t watched this, but don’t have netflix. I prefer to watch movies or real life documentaries

  6. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    10th July 2016 / 10:26 PM

    We’ve added this to our “might watch” list – we have a box set at a time and go through it when there are no other tv series we’re currently agreeing on… this is on the list! H x

  7. Jessica
    11th July 2016 / 2:19 AM

    Though it only says ‘good’, I guess the character of Alicia plays a lot than that. I love to see more about this drama. I have to check it. 🙂

  8. Karla
    11th July 2016 / 6:07 AM

    I have never seen this show (I don’t watch much network TV), but I have been mildly curious about it. Your review inspired me to order it from my library (we’re in the country with limited internet data, so can’t do Netflix).

  9. 11th July 2016 / 7:06 AM

    It sounds like an amazing show. I’ve never really seen a single episode but I’ve heard good reviews. I’m glad it’s on Netflix, it’s easier to watch any time you please!

  10. Rosie Heather Roman
    11th July 2016 / 11:55 AM

    I’ve never seen this show but it sounds like I would enjoy it! I love a TV drama.

    Rosie | http://www.rosieromance.com

  11. Ivan Jose
    11th July 2016 / 12:02 PM

    I have never heard about it before but it seems like an interesting plot. I will try to read more about it.

  12. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    11th July 2016 / 1:10 PM

    I had been wanting to watch this so I will definitely have to remember to give it a watch! x

  13. 11th July 2016 / 3:34 PM

    I have been watching this tv show, I actually finished all the seasons. I did enjoy it, it’s a great example of an empowered woman that has to take on her shoulders a lot of responsibilities. And fight not to fail.

  14. kmaryam
    11th July 2016 / 7:20 PM

    Seem like an awesome show ! I’ve been watching suits and scorpion lately but I need some variety lol I’ll check that one out

  15. Jessica Dearnley
    11th July 2016 / 8:41 PM

    This sounds like such a good show, I’m definitely going to look into this x

  16. kage
    11th July 2016 / 11:28 PM

    The Good Wife always plays on the TV but I never saw it as something I’d watch. But you post has convinced me to give it a go.

  17. 11th July 2016 / 11:49 PM

    I like the sound of Good Wife, it sounds like the kind of show I would watch and I like that she changes into a powerful independent woman .

  18. 12th July 2016 / 9:23 AM

    I must be one of the only people in the country not to have seen any of the Good Wife. I keep meaning to catch up with it as it is on Netflix at the moment but 7 series seems like such a big undertaking!

  19. Linda Hobbis
    12th July 2016 / 9:46 AM

    I have heard about this series – isn’t Big from Sex and the City i it? But I don’t have Netflix 🙁

  20. Beautyqueenuk
    12th July 2016 / 10:11 AM

    This is a TV series I do want to watch, but I feel as though it is worthy of binge watching x

  21. Subhadrika Sen
    12th July 2016 / 11:50 AM

    I dont have Netflix sadly so I cant watch it. But it sounds rather interesting.

  22. 12th July 2016 / 12:17 PM

    I love The Good Wife! It’s one of my favourite series, especially season 1.

  23. Pink Pepper
    12th July 2016 / 2:06 PM

    Great review! The Good Wife is very popular in Hungary and I can say my Mother is addicted! 🙂 I agree with you, I’m also a bit disappointed with the end, I waited a bit more, but the whole series was great.

  24. Dunja
    12th July 2016 / 8:44 PM

    Seems interesting! I like crime series and legal dramas – i was completely obsessed with how To Get Away With Murder. I might start watching THE GOOD Wife after i finish this ITALIAN (CRIME) series i’m watching right now 🙂

  25. Ana Ojha
    12th July 2016 / 9:07 PM

    I’ve heard a lot about The Good Wives but never got an opportunity to watch it! These days I am watching Game of Thrones last season and I’m thinking to start watching The Good Wives next!

  26. 12th July 2016 / 9:16 PM

    I kinda heard about this tv show but I never actually started watching it. Btw I could recommend How To Get Away With Murder, it’s legal drama too. 🙂

  27. Nayna Kanabar
    12th July 2016 / 10:42 PM

    I am going to check this show out I have netflix and it would be nice to watch something different.

  28. Vladvaida.com
    13th July 2016 / 6:55 AM

    I always see it on TV but never watched it. Hmmm, might give it a chance now. But after I catch up with the TV shows I already watch hehehe.

  29. Lizelle Cruz
    13th July 2016 / 6:57 PM

    I have heard of this and I watch it when I catch it. It’s a really interesting show!!

  30. Anwar
    14th July 2016 / 4:06 AM

    I’ve not see Good Wife show yet but I heard it’s really good I should properly watch the episode and see if I like it thank you for sharing this

  31. 16th January 2017 / 1:44 PM

    Hi. I don’t remember all the shows I have on my to watch list, but once I saw this title, I checked. Sure enough, it’s there. But somehow I still have not managed to watch even the first episode.

    After reading your review, thankfully, there was no spoiler. It’s not easy to write about a complete season without mentioning anything on the plot except what is needed to know if this is a series to watch or pass on. Pretty soon, as some of the other shows I am watching ends, I may bump this up my list.

  32. Aika Lopez
    18th January 2017 / 11:48 AM

    I needed to read first about season 1. This seems to be awesome. I first thought this is a series about loving wife and such but it’s not! It’s something i would want to watch! From the time being, i am hooked to kdrama. But i watch supermatural, pll, got and american horror stories. Will put this on my to watch list.

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