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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
Thanks to Amazon, I became a Good Wife fan a few months ago and binge-watched the first 3 seasons. The actors are appealing and the script is frequently delicious, especially when Peter runs for office or has to do a deal with a devil (Wendy Scott-Carr?) in order to buy credibility. The relationship between Alicia and Peter seems real and complex and just as fraught as you might expect. As a lawyer, the legal bits of this show are almost unwatchable. From the very first season it was ridiculous, but it gets ever more so as time goes on and in this 4th season it's downright laughable. It's like a pointillist version of the law -- if you stay very far away it looks plausible, but as you get closer it looks more and more like nothing. The basics of the cases are interesting, but the timeframes and behavior of lawyers are just insane and unrealistic. Kalinda the magical "law firm investigator" does not have a job found at most law firms and since she transgresses the law regularly, LG would constantly be in trouble. Honestly, no big firm is doing that much criminal work, and especially it's not doing blood and guts criminal work. Still, I watch because although the courtroom drama is terrible, the relationships between and among people do feel real. Law firms do have partners like David Lee, and Diane, and (to a lesser extent) Will and they react in more or less real ways. The personalities of the various judges feel right also. All in all, it's an entertaining show.
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
I love THE GOOD WIFE. Season One is one of the best seasons of television, period. And the best thing about this show has always been the relationship between Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi). Unfortunately, two decisions made by the writers have irreparably damaged this relationship, and consequently the series. First, at the end of Season Two the writers decided to reveal that Kalinda slept with Alicia's husband during her stint at the State's Attorney's office two years before the show began. This undermined the friendship that had grown between these two very different women. And second, in Season Four, they brought in new character Nick (Marc Warren), Kalinda's long-lost abusive husband. This guy shows up in the first episode of Season Four as a thug with a criminal record attempting to use Lockhart Gardner to help him get a towing contract from the State. But his real motive is to move in on Kalinda again and get his hands on some money he believes she stole from him.

The problem here is that Kalinda has always been portrayed as a strong and self-sufficient woman. Yes, she was "mysterious," and it was obvious from the start that she had secrets she was hiding, but it seems totally against character to portray her locked in a love-hate battle with an abusive lunatic. While things are left a bit murky as to what Kalinda's relationship with Nick really is, they are shown punching each other, going full-on martial arts with each other, pulling guns on each other, and having what can only be called sadomasochistic sex with each other. In fact, their first "sex scene" looks very much like rape, although it is left up in the air as to whether or not Kalinda was into the whole rape scenario.

This storyline permeates the first half of Season Four, and the first ten episodes are undeniably marred by its presence. By mid-season, however, the writers seemed to get it (fans were not happy), and Nick was abruptly written out (although his story was left open-ended).

I didn't really begin enjoying Season Four until episode 11 ("Boom De Yah Da"), which is the first without Nick's appearance. There's also a great scene in that episode between Alicia and Kalinda that recalls their relationship in the first two seasons. Julianna Margulies has said that she herself could never forgive a friend who had done what Kalinda did (sleeping with Peter), and I think the writers have been influenced by her feelings about the storyline. That's unfortunate, since I've missed the Alicia/Kalinda friendship and hope to see it get back on track in Season Five.

There are some good characters in Season Four, including the return of Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox), Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston), and Mike Kresteva (Mathew Perry). Notable new additions include Clarke Hayden (Nathan Lane), a trustee appointed to help Lockhart Gardner avoid bankruptcy, and Maddie Haywood (Maura Tierney), a wealthy woman who befriends Alicia and then becomes competition for Peter. THE GOOD WIFE has always been adept at using guest stars to great advantage, and Season Four is no exception.

Overall, if you're a fan of the series (and I most definitely am), you won't want to miss Season Four. There's plenty of drama as Lockhart Gardner tries to survive an impending financial crisis, and Peter's run for the governorship is equally compelling. Just be aware of the weak first half. I'm also disappointed in the writers' decision to continue with the on-again-off-again Alicia/Will romance. While believable, a romantic relationship between these two characters makes Alicia seem weaker, and more vulnerable to the same kinds of things she dealt with in her marriage to Peter. That said, the conflict in Alicia's mind between her very understandable sexual attraction to Will and her commitment to her husband and children is compelling. The final moments of Season Four set up a scenario for Season Five that may or may not mean she has finally chosen one path over the other - but the writers leave it brilliantly inscrutable. Will Alicia jump back into a passionate liaison with Will, or will she recommit to Peter and her family? It's a delicious dilemma, and I, for one, can't wait!

First half of Season Four: 2 stars
Second half of Season Four: 4 stars
Overall: 3 stars
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
fabulous script writers make art, or rather meaningful TV fare, out of crime, the economy, corporate maneuvering, and edgy intimacy. The outstanding cinematography and ensemble acting have turned these great scripts into an epic with a precise economy: everyone is held accountable for their sins, great and small, and paybacks are excruciatingly interesting. It's probably the only show that could have withstood its perilous Sunday night schedule.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
Wow, I am so hooked. I have been playing catchup via the Amazon Season purchases and I have had the most entertaining moments this past holiday season just viewing the first 3 seasons and season 4 is just as good as the first three.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2013
This series is one of the best, most intelligent and thoroughly entertaining series on television. It centers on Alicia Florrick, a lawyer working her way in a top law firm after being out of the workforce for many years. She's married to Peter Florrick, a man driven by political ambition, who was caught with his pants down literally, after having had extra-marital affairs, including frequenting prostitutes. He's in the process of resurrecting his tarnished reputation and realizing his desire to be Governor. Alicia does an incredible balancing act between moving up in her own career, with all of its pitfalls and victories, while being the wronged wife who stands by her man in an attempt to salvage her badly damaged marriage. She is, however, her own woman, bright, intuitive and total class. I love this series. Can hardly wait for the new season to begin!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
I really enjoy The Good Wife. The acting is consistently good and the plot lines keep me watching. There are often some interesting surprises. I find the recurring guest cast skilled and amusing. It is not high-adrenaline excitement, but it is a solid drama.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
One of the best Network Series I have ever seen. Hope it continues forever with the same cast for several more seasons
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2014
I've really enjoyed the show in so many ways. Excellent character development and one compelling plot after another. But like the title of this review view suggests, I am tired of seeing issue after issue given the old simplistic 'left is good and right is evil' treatment. That's another way of saying that all the liberals are presented as reasonable, attractive, wonderful people while those holding conservative views are invariably nasty, mean, dumb, unattractive, judgmental, shortsighted and just downright misguided people. We all know that 90% of Hollywood writers are far left wingers. I'm here to tell you that they evangelize at the expense of the quality of their shows. The transparent agenda driving treatment just annoys the crap out of everybody I know. What they always fail to understand is that the American people are far smarter than they give them credit for. I would just love to see all sides fairly presented rather than have the old standard left-wing tropes shoved down our throats. Other than that I really do enjoy the show.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
This show used to be really good, but it's time to end it. The drama has devolved to uncreative sexual sleaze and they have run out of interesting legal scenarios. My wife and I used to enjoy the show, but we're giving it up.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I became hooked on this show when I signed up for Amazon Prime and binged on the first three seasons. I waited impatiently for the fourth season to become available. Finally, $0.00! But I'm halfway through the series and it's such a letdown. The plot lines have strayed to relationships, while the bread-and-butter stories -- legal and courtroom battles -- are pushed to the side. I'm tired of skipping though the stuff I don't like (and even find repulsive).

Here are the Top Ten things I dislike about the fourth season. If most of them don't change, I'm outta here.

1. Nick has to go! He's skeevy, ugly and dragging the whole show down.
2. Put Kalinda back to work. Hang up her baseball bat and black belt and keep her out of the bedroom. (2014 update: I hear Kalinda's leaving the show. Whew!)
3. There's not enough of Eli! Give us more... but not of his personal life. Keep him on the campaign trail.
4. Forget the Will-and-Alicia romance. There's no chemistry there. (2014: Still, I miss Will. Finn Polmar doesn't do anything for me.)
5. More Will-and-Diane! Their working relationship, I mean. But please don't put them in the bedroom. (Ditch all the bedroom scenes while you're at it. No one needs to go there.) More Cary at work, too. (2014: Cary is a loser.)
6. Give us more parenting savvy. Zach and Grace are great kids facing universal teen issues. Show us how Alicia and Peter help them through. (2014: shocker about Zach. Miss his teenage self.)
7. Spare us Alicia's mom! Veronica is ridiculous. (And give her brother, Owen, something to do other than mope.)
8. Spare us Peter's mom! Except the scenes with her nurse companion. He's a hoot! But don't make it into a May-December romance.
9. Give us more of the political back-biting of Peter's campaign. It's delicious!
10. More courtroom and legal drama, please. But keep the violence and graphic images off-stage, as they were at first. Oh, and bring the firm out of bankruptcy, and put us all out of our misery. (2014: Yay! Florrick Agos & Lockhardt are back in the LG offices! I love Louis Canning... wish he'd join, too.)

Thank you in advance, and I hope to see you next season!
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