The Good Wife – why you should watch

Not already enjoying The Good Wife? Here’s why you absolutely should be...


When you’ve watched twenty seven episodes of a show in two weeks, each of which are forty-odd minutes long, you know you’re hooked. And you know you need to talk about it.


The Good Wife has just returned to Channel 4 with series five. I’m just a beginner. Delving into the delicious number of episodes at my disposal on Netflix. I’m racing through the series, ready to catch up with the chatter about the current episodes.

I know. I probably need to get out more.

But this is courtroom drama at its best. Sure there’s legal jargon I’ve had to Google to actually have an idea of what’s going on. There was a whole episode on double jeopardy I still don’t quite understand. But that’s not the point. I hope.

The show is brilliantly slick. There’s the pristine Alicia Florrick (Julianna Marguiles), wife of former State’s Attorney Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) who got caught with his trousers down in a rather public prostitute scandal.

He goes to jail and Alicia returns to practicing law, struggling to shake off the wife-of-the-failed-attorney reputation. All very Age of Innocence, should a woman stand by her man stuff.

That is until Alicia starts totally kicking butt in court. Yep, there’s a reason she’s on the cover of the box set.

Don’t let the calm gaze fool you. Alicia can spot an out of place staple, or a duplicated security video if it’s going to get her client out of trouble. Even if they’re guilty. Some morals have to be left at the door.

The pace never slows. There’s always some background deal to be done, some information to be stolen, some judge to wrap around her perfectly manicured finger.

Of course, with so many glamorous people around, there’s also a good old-fashioned love triangle. Alicia’s new boss Will Gardner (Josh Charles) just so happens to be her old university flame.


Alicia’s also got two children, an ever-present Mother-in-Law, and the internet bursting with Florrick memes, videos and spoof Twitter accounts to deal with. It’s like Big Brother meets Perez Hilton.

Throw in Kalinda (Archie Panjabi), an investigator at the firm who could be the new Jason Bourne– if Jason Bourne was to wear thigh-high leather boots, use sexual innuendo’s and fluttering eyelashes to get the information he wanted that is.

What more does a series need? Except perhaps a leading character to go awry. And with Chris Noth listed as a ‘special guest star’ I’m suspicious… 

Catch up on Netflix or see series five continue tonight at 9:00pm on More4