The Good Wife is the story about the wife, Julianna Marguiles (best known for her role as Carol Hathaway in ER), of a disgraced politician (Chris Noth, best known for his role as Mr. Big in Sex and the City) who is caught in a nasty sex scandal and facing allegations of political corruption. The show focuses on her struggles to survive the financial and social repercussions of having her husband incarcerated, as well as holding her head up with dignity after such humiliation.
Marguiles’ performance, as Alicia Florrick, is riveting. Shocked at how rapidly her former life has fallen apart around her, Alicia is forced to return to work as a junior attorney at a prestigious Chicago law firm. In her corner, there is her former law school classmate, Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and Kalinda (Archie Panjabi, best known for her role in Bend It Like Beckham), the firm’s private investigator. However, opposing her at every step is her ruthless mentor, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), and another junior litigator (Matt Czuchry, best known as Logan on Gilmore Girls), who only sees Alicia as competition and an impediment to his securing the one available associate position at the firm. Given a no-win case and with no guidance or support from the firm, it is up to Alicia to prove that she is still a winning litigator. Luckily for her, Alicia has an ace up her sleeve. It doesn’t hurt to be the wife of a former state
attorney when you need a few favors and who can give her the inside scoop on what is really going on in the corrupt legal system.
The Good Wife is about triumph over adversity. It is a show worth rooting for and that will make you cheer in the end. This is also a show about a woman’s journey to regain her respect and to keep her family together in the face of daunting political fall-out. In the masterful hands of the Scott brothers (Ridley Scott, producer of both Alien and Blade Runner and Tony Scott, director of Man on Fire, Spy Game and Top Gun), The Good Wife is gripping and crackles with tension.
Premiering on Tuesday, September 22nd at 10:00 p.m. on CBS, The Good Wife was created by Robert King and Michelle King, who executive produce along with Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Charles McDougall and David W. Zucker.