The Good Wife (2009–2016)
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Alicia Florrick returns to her job as a lawyer after her husband, a prominent state's attorney, is imprisoned. Her first case involves a mother who is facing trial for killing her ex-husband.


Charles McDougall


Robert King (created by), Michelle King (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julianna Margulies ... Alicia Florrick
Matt Czuchry ... Cary Agos
Archie Panjabi ... Kalinda Sharma
Graham Phillips ... Zach Florrick
Makenzie Vega ... Grace Florrick
Josh Charles ... Will Gardner
Christine Baranski ... Diane Lockhart
Chris Noth ... Peter Florrick
Titus Welliver ... Glenn Childs
Katie Walder ... Jennifer Lewis
Chris Butler ... Matan Brody
Gillian Jacobs ... Sonia
Mary Beth Peil ... Jackie Florrick
David Paymer ... Judge Richard Cuesta
Katharine Isabelle ... Cindy Lewis


Thirteen years after giving up her career as a lawyer to focus on husband and family, Alicia Florrick returns to a large law firm to start over again. Her husband, the State's Attorney for Cook County, was forced to resign after a sex scandal involving public funds and prostitutes. On her first day, she is assigned a pro bono case and is defending a woman accused of killing her ex-husband and trying to cover it up with a fake carjacking. The previous trial ended in a hung jury which, Alicia learns, was very much leaning toward conviction.With the help of the firm's in-house investigator, Alicia looks to open up a new line of defense against the advice of the firm's senior female partner who previously handled the case. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The titular role of Alicia Florrick was offered to Ashley Judd and Helen Hunt before Julianna Margulies signed on. See more »


[first lines]
Peter Florrick: Good morning. An hour ago I resigned as State's Attorney of Cook County. I did this with a heavy heart and a deep commitment to fight these scurrilous charges. I will be clear: I have never abused my office. I have never traded lighter sentences for financial or sexual favours. At the same time, I need to atone for my personal failings with my wife, Alicia, and our two children.
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References Faces of Death (1978) See more »


Series Theme
Written by Danny Lux
Performed by Danny Lux
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27 September 2009 | by savoirSee all my reviews

The Pilot of this series is nothing short of great. If this turns into a series where women play a dominating role and men are relegated to a weak-kneed role, it won't last. Noth is presented as a "special guest star". His few seconds on the pilot brings balance to the plot (and the series). Baranski's role is good as a person who had to fight her way to the top and shows the scars to prove it. When she meets a competitor who is capable of coming up with a "Hail Mary Pass", she reacts negatively. This pilot is "so open" we have no idea what comes next. It is a mirror of real life and proof that fact is really more interesting than fiction. The viewer has virtually no idea what will occur next but wants to stay for the next installment. The first of the series has given it a running start. Stay tuned.

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