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"The Good Wife" For Dummies (seeking veteran knowledge)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by bsnelson, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. bsnelson

    bsnelson Mid-life anti-crisis in progress TCF Club

    Oct 30, 1999
    Allen, TX, USA
    Yes, I know this show started five years ago, but we're just starting it now.

    We're 7 episodes in to the first season, and so far, it's a formulaic thing with each episode having a fully contained legal-based story of varying believability (and I'm not even a lawyer), and the overall arc of the husband's situation and how everyone reacts to it.

    It's got such great reviews, and was even nominated for Emmys this year, so it must be (still) doing good things. I like the husband arc, but the law stuff sometimes almost feels like filler between pieces of the husband storyline. I find myself yelling "Oh, COME ON!" at the legal stuff on a semi-regular basis.

    I don't want spoilers, just some yes or nos and any general comments

    1. Does the show evolve from this format?
    2. If not, does the law stuff get better?
    3. Is it worth watching five seasons of at this point? (I realize this is quite subjective :) )

    Thanks for any non-spoilery info

  2. rhuntington3

    rhuntington3 Howdy!

    May 1, 2001
    Plano, TX
    I watched the first season with Jannie and enjoyed it but quit watching for some reason and picked up again this last season. It is very enjoyable. I'd stick with it.
  3. MNoelH

    MNoelH McGruber

    Mar 17, 2005
    Houston, Texas
    The show does evolve from what it was Season 1. Yes, the law part does get better as you meet opposing counsel and clients (some truly great characters) and revisit them later. Yes, it is most definitely worth watching from the beginning (especially because of the "revisits").

    I highly recommend you continue. The payoff is worth it.

    If you're only watching for the Alicia/Peter dynamic, and aren't into the other characters, you'll be disappointed. I don't think Noth (Peter) likes to over commit to his acting. He's been known to take several roles where he's not in every episode (for example, when he reprised his character in L&O: Criminal Intent he was in every other episode). He's definitely a supporting actor in this series (although a great one).
  4. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
    It has some fun recurring characters and some really good actors. The stories are typical law drama in the vein of LA Law, but I like it I just started watching last week and am plowing through them on Amazon Prime. I'm on Season 3 about episode 14.
  5. billypritchard

    billypritchard Embiggener

    May 7, 2001
    St. Louis, MO
    Great show, and this isn't the first year its had emmy nominations.

    It generally sticks with the 'case of the week' format, but they specialize in fantastic guest actors as opposing counsel and judges. And while the Peter thing is important now, as it goes on the real intrigue is in the political machinations in the law firm.

    Another it does really well is technology. No show 'gets' things like thge internet, bitcoin, the NSA, like TGW.
  6. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I would say that the show evolves within that format.

    Sure, it's case of the week but there are a number ongoing plot threads that go on throughout the season.

    I think so. Much better than Boston Legal in this regard.
    The Good Wife really a slow burn kind of show that gets better as it progresses.

    I have an interesting relationship with The Good Wife.
    From the previews I saw before the show started up, I almost wrote it off as "Lifetime Channel" fare.

    I only gave it an initial look because I thought that the cast was interesting.
    I watched the pilot, thought it was ok, and wound banking the rest of the season to binge watch during the summer slowdown.

    It was good enough to keep the SP for Season 2 and I banked that for the summer as well.

    But with Season 3, I started watching it faster/sooner. It wasn't my first choice to watch, but I would watch it after I had watched the must watch soon shows.

    And with Seasons 4 and 5, I started watching it as soon as possible.
    It gets that good and the characters really get fleshed out.

    And as mentioned up thread, the cast does a very good job and they have some really good guest stars that come in.
  7. Hcour

    Hcour Active Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    I thought the show merely ok the first season and a half but I stuck with it because I'm a Margulies fan from her ER days. About halfway thru the second season it finally hits its stride and gets pretty darn good. Then it just keeps getting better and better.
  8. bsnelson

    bsnelson Mid-life anti-crisis in progress TCF Club

    Oct 30, 1999
    Allen, TX, USA
    Thanks, all. We're up to about episode 10 or 11 of season 1, and it's definitely getting better. We're going to stick with it for now. :)

  9. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    It's been one of my favorite shows since it began airing many years ago. There are very few shows that have been able to keep my interest for that long of a period, except perhaps Breaking Bad and one or two others. As with any show of this genre, you have to overlook the reality of most situations in favor of story telling. A lot of the cases are ridiculous, but that's the way most lawyer shows operate. The Good Wife stands out because it's got a great cast and consistently good writing.

    FYI, the show isn't all about court cases. There are a lot of ongoing storylines that diverge from this area and mix things up quite a bit. There's a whole lot more behind the scenes action than the usual courtroom drama that many shows depend upon. If anything, they tend to stay out of the courtroom scenarios as much as possible.
  10. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    I would have a hard time liking this show if I didn't like the legal cases. Sure, it does get more entwined as the seasons go on, but to me some of the best parts of the show are the law-related parts.

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

    Jul 10, 2000
    Dallas Texas
    Where the show really shines for me is the guest actors.

    stick with it.
  12. Howie

    Howie Out of Pocket TCF Club

    May 3, 2004
    San Antonio
    It's one of the few shows I'll start watching as soon as it has recorded long enough to be able to skip the commercials. 'Nuff said.
  13. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

    Apr 19, 2012
    sweet home, al
    the first half of the first season drags painfully slow, then, for some reason, the show just starts to "click" - writing, chemistry of the cast, story lines, recurring characters - it finds itself.

    stay with it, it will be worth the effort soon, and you'll need these episodes to better follow the show later on (when i really started enjoying the show!).
  14. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York

    I used to say that Sunday nights I watched The Walking Dead and then I watched The Good Wife to calm myself down.

    This past season The Good Wife got SO intense for a while, it had me more riled up than the zombies!
  15. JohnS-MI

    JohnS-MI Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    SE MI
    The multi-season long term arc is more focused on Alicia than Peter, but involves her professional and personal life and therefore many people. There is also a "case of the week" because, you know, she works as a lawyer.

    The case of the week is sometimes interesting, sometimes not, but you really need to watch the shows in order due to the long term arc. If you jump in somewhere, you would be confused.
  16. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
    Wow talk about a binge watch!
    I am now all caught up. It took about 10 days.
    Really enjoyable "in my opinion" :)
  17. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    It is. I don't think it is a legal show in the old spirit of "case of the week" being the focus. In many of the cases there are issues that impact both Alicia's personal and professional life, and the lives of those around them. I'm sure that happens in a lot of more modern legal shows, but for some reason the impact is more apparent. For me at least it's the best legal drama since LA Law.
  18. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    10 days?! That is quite a binge. That's an average of over 7 hours per day.
  19. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    Jul 10, 2003
    My kid was at camp and my wife was working 12 hr shifts. I had nothing to do. :)
  20. rhuntington3

    rhuntington3 Howdy!

    May 1, 2001
    Plano, TX
    YAY! Glad you gave it a chance Brad and Gunny!

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