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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. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    So, I'm not asking for a really spoiler-y answer (especially with the original questioner asking for no spoilers), but I seem to remember reading that the show basically completely diverged from the original premise, right?

    i.e. it was the "does a woman who was cheated on stand by her man or not?".

    I only watched a couple episodes of the first season (didn't have enough tuners way back then), but it's one (of a zillion, admittedly) shows I've thought I'd get into some day.. (and yes, there have been a couple I did actually get back to, but I can't think of any at the moment).
     
  2. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    i've never thought of it in those terms, i would say the show expanded it's focus to include the lives of those around alicia and peter, and their children. johns-mi summed it up without any spoilers:
     
  3. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    It never completely diverged from that premise. Some seasons it was very much about that, other seasons, not so much. But that premise was always the elephant in the room.
     
  4. Hoffer

    Hoffer Captain Chaos

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    I've always wondered what this show was about. I thought it was about a woman whose political husband cheated on her and the public found out. Then she was the good wife and stuck with him or something. I guess I always wondered how they turned that into a multi-season show. Didn't realize it was actually a law show.
     
  5. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    She joined the law firm of an old college colleague who she'd had a relationship with to gain some independence from the husband without them actually separating from him. She's the "Good Wife" in that she played the wife of the politician to keep up appearances more than anything. Her career and how it relates to his becomes the major crux of the show.
     
  6. unixadm

    unixadm Super Moderator Staff Member

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    One of our favorite shows, especially in the last few seasons....

    It definitely has changed since the first season....and for the better.

    Is it a procedural law show? To a point...yes, the one or two cases per week are always there...but over time, some of the clients have become part of an ongoing storyline, some clients or cases have become key for other cases, some clients come back multiple times for different cases, etc.

    The dynamic of the show has changed over the years as well....early season 1, it focused on Alicia and her handling of Peter's infidelity and public humiliation, standing by him, all the while trying to kick start her own career as a new lawyer. As time goes on, the Alicia/Peter relationship/issues take a back seat for many episodes and there are even ones where Peter isn't even in the episode or plays a very small role. Don't want to give spoilers, but will say that there are a lot more storylines regarding Alicia's career and the relationships and players at work and much less emphasis to her homelife although that always does come into play at some point and some episodes do focus on that.

    I think they have done an amazing job of keeping us tuning in every week, and keeping the story lines fresh and ever changing.

    Stick with it....it gets better and better
     
  7. replaytv

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    I had seen a show or two from a TiVo that bought, and it looked good, but it was bothering me I didn't know the story from the beginning. What really got me to start out with season 1 was on Big Band Theory Raj was watching the show on a telescope and he resisted stopping by saying 'But the Good Wife is crying!!'. That cracked me up, as it is so 'Raj'. :)
    A goofy reason for watching a TV show, and I don't exactly why, but I am almost finished with the first season and really love it. The only thing I really don't like is the Dianes' laugh. It really seems fake. Generally I don't think much of her acting either. Fortunately she hasn't played a big part in the show. But I love the show otherwise. I had forgotten how much I like lawyer shows.
    So it is time to get on the library website and order the next two seasons.
     
  8. lew

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    I'm no going to spoilerize this. I'm not posting, nor do I know, enough details to require such a posting.

    Fan favorite Elsbeth Tascioni will be back next season. I have no idea how many episodes or what her role will be.

    Past years Carrie Preston had limited availability due to her work on True Blood.
     
  9. Howie

    Howie Out of Pocket TCF Club

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    Glad to know that. I like the Elsbeth character.
     
  10. Graymalkin

    Graymalkin Grumpy Poster

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    Glad to hear Elsbeth will be back.
    I hope the NYC lawyer, played by Jill Hennessey, who created a new law firm with her will be back, too. :)
     
  11. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    Also for the ladies
    Taye Diggs joins the cast next season
     
  12. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

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    I think that the potential issue with the character of Elbeth (which I like) is that we've really only seen her in small doses.

    It remains to be seen how she would play in larger doses.
     
  13. Howie

    Howie Out of Pocket TCF Club

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    Yeah, I can potentially agree with you there.
     
  14. bsnelson

    bsnelson Mid-life anti-crisis in progress TCF Club

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    Well, I just finished season 2 (my wife is still a few episodes behind), and wow - I am *so* glad we stuck with it. The writing has just gotten crazy good, and there's so much good acting. Definitely must-watch TV.

    Thanks for all of your comments and encouragement :)

    Brad
     
  15. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    That's what I love about the show. The writing is so good and you will get to know what makes these characters tick. It's all the more impressive that it's done within the confines of "Network" TV, i.e., there's no need for cursing and gratuitous sex to make these characters work. Much harder to do than what we see on cable where they have little or no restraints.
     
  16. Robin

    Robin Nasty Woman

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    I would say that was more of a catalyst than a premise.

    Alicia's world is turned upside down: she's spent ~12 years out of the work force as a stay-at-home-mom. All of a sudden she's deciding whether to stay with her husband and wants the financial and emotional independence of going back to work.
     
  17. Ereth

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    I have been gradually watching this through Amazon Prime Instant Video. I got to the end of Season 4 on Sunday, and have grown to enjoy it more as time went on.

    I felt like my timing was perfect as Season 5 became available on September 1, so I am now in Season 5.
     
  18. bsnelson

    bsnelson Mid-life anti-crisis in progress TCF Club

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    Well, I'm all caught up, now. Without being spoilery, I'll say that I am *not* a fan of the concept described in the very last scene - I don't think it would happen, I don't think the person is even interested.

    The only sucky part of the whole deal, though, is having to go to one episode per week. Binge watching can be very fulfilling :)

    Brad
     
  19. Ereth

    Ereth Well-Known Member

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    Funny, I caught up yesterday. That's timing!
     

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