The Good Wife is possibly the best courtroom drama ever conceived. Undoubtably the gorgeous and swoonfully unassuming Julianna Margulies and the cast will slip into multi awards territory in the coming months. Julianna —or Emmy award winner Julianna Margulies— as CBS likes to call her, is the bell of the courtroom ball here, But the cast of The Good Wife are up for two Screen Actors Guild awards and three Golden Globes, so soon there will be no talking to any of them without long preamble.
If you have seen the show and I advise you to do so, even if you are averse to the court drama format, you will be aware that the controlling idea for the show involves Margulies as a wife and mother re entering the workplace as a defense attorney after a 13 year absence when her politician husband lands in jail after being disgraced in a sex and corruption scandal.
So we get a woman battling judgement and a vipers nest of office politics, struggling to keep her family afloat as she does so. We also get complex crimes that are fought both in and out of the court room. The show involves us every step of the way as Alicia transforms from her role as the good wife, into a resilient career woman in command of her own destiny. The scripts are so sensational in this show, one wonders why more crime shows cannot reach this level of savvy and humanity. Hard hitting monologues go with the territory in this genre, but with the good wife there is a freshness and urgency to the scripts that is both involving and impactful.
The cast on this show are beyond fabulous: Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, and Alan Cumming you will know. But big shouts also go out to to relative newcomers Matt Czuchry, and multi-talented Archie Panjabi as the gorgeous Kalinda.
Did I tell you you had to watch this show? So what are you waiting for?