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The Good Wife
Genre Legal drama
Created by Robert and Michelle King
Starring Julianna Margulies
Matt Czuchry
Archie Panjabi
Graham Phillips
Makenzie Vega
Josh Charles
Christine Baranski
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ridley Scott
Tony Scott
Dee Johnson
David W. Zucker
Michelle King
Robert King
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia (pilot)
New York City, New York
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Television Studios
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) – present

The Good Wife is an American legal drama which premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009.[1] The series was created by Robert and Michelle King, and stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, and Chris Noth. The Kings are executive producing with brothers Ridley and Tony Scott, Charles McDougall and David W. Zucker.[2] On October 7, 2009, CBS gave the series a full-season pickup, extending the first season from 13 to 22 episodes,[3] later extended to 23 episodes.[4] On January 14, 2010 CBS renewed the drama for a second season.[5]



The storyline focuses on Margulies as Alicia Florrick, the wife of Peter Florrick (Noth). Her husband has been jailed following a very public sex and corruption scandal. She returns to her old job as a litigator to rebuild her reputation and provide for her two children.[6] The series was partly inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal.[7]

Main cast

  • Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick: The wife of a disgraced state attorney; Alicia returns to work as a junior litigator at a prestigious law firm. Having spent so many years as "the good wife", Alicia finds herself at the bottom of the work ladder; trying to juggle both home and professional life with the ongoing scandal surrounding her husband. While struggling to decide where her marriage is going to end up, she begins to find herself interested in Will.
  • Matt Czuchry as Cary Agos: Another junior attorney, taken on at the same time as Alicia. In the first episode, it is established that there is only one permanent position for the pair at the firm, putting Cary into competition with Alicia. He has a sexual interest in Kalinda, but so far emphatically unrequited by her.
  • Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma: The firm's in-house private investigator. Kalinda previously worked for Peter Florrick, who fired her. She has a cynical, misanthropic outlook on human behavior. In the 12th episode of the first season, Kalinda becomes a double agent for Glenn Childs. It has been hinted that Kalinda is a closeted lesbian.
  • Graham Phillips as Zachary "Zach" Florrick: Son of Alicia and Peter Florrick. Often very angry at his parents. His girlfriend used information she got from him to post cruel things about Alicia on her Twitter accout (Upriser 7).
  • Makenzie Vega as Grace Florrick: Daughter of Alicia and Peter Florrick.
  • Josh Charles as Will Gardner: An old friend of Alicia's from law school who is a partner at the law firm; a very pragmatic man. He has become attracted to Alicia and seems to want more than her friendship as the season progresses.
  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart: A senior partner at the law firm, she supports other female lawyers. She is very liberal and has strong opinions on many issues, but also has an extreme dislike of guns and violence.

Recurring cast

  • Chris Noth as Peter Florrick: Alicia's husband and former State Attorney of Cook County. Currently imprisoned for political corruption. He wants to become a better man for Alicia and repair their marriage, but is becoming suspicious of her and Will.
  • Alan Cumming as Eli Gold: Peter Florrick's new campaign manager. Often rude, or at least not afraid to say what he thinks, but gets things done. Because of his 6-figure paycheck and a desire to keep his reputation as a bad-mouthed political genius, is very dedicated to preparing Peter's campaign. Knows a lot of important people. Likes to make references to movies in order to explain himself.
  • Mary Beth Peil as Jackie Florrick: Mother of Peter, mother-in-law of Alicia, and grandmother of Grace and Zach. She's currently reluctant to believe in her son's corrupt behavior and is hopeful Alicia and her son will reunite and once again become a family.
  • Titus Welliver as Glenn Childs: Current Cook County State Attorney; Childs was responsible for leaking the Peter Florrick sex tape to the media. Harbors immense dislike for the Florricks and will do anything to see them go down.
  • Joe Morton as Daniel Golden: One of the members of Peter Florrick's legal team.
  • David Paymer as Judge Richard Cuesta: A judge that Alicia has gone to twice.
  • Peter Riegert as Judge Harvey Winter, the judge of Peter Florick's trial.
  • Denis O'Hare as Judge Charles Abernathy, a new judge who surprises Will by ruling to the right of most cases to hide his liberal bias.



Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday 10:00 P.M. September 22, 2009 May 2010 2009–2010 #19 13.45*
  • As of last air date

International broadcasts

The series has been sold to several international broadcasters. In Ireland the program is broadcast on RTÉ Two on Mondays at 9.30pm since March 15, 2010.[8] In The Netherlands the series premiered on January 1, 2010 on NET 5, immediately becoming the number one rated show for NET 5's friday night lineup.[9] In Saudi Arabia the Show Airs Every Tuesday on MBC 4. starting from 19 January 2010. In the United Kingdom the show airs Mondays at 10pm on Channel 4, starting from Monday 25 January 2010, and is repeated Thursdays at 9pm on More4 from Thursday 28 January 2010.[10] In Australia, Network Ten began broadcasting it in February 2010.[11] In South Africa, it premiered in February 2010 on M-Net, in Southeast Asia[12] and some parts of Central Europe, The Good Wife will premiere in January 2010 on Hallmark Channel. Universal Channel airs it in Latin America. In Germany it will premiere on the 30 March 2010 at 10.15pm on ProSieben. In Sweden it will premiere on the 13 april 2010 at 21.00pm on TV4.



Golden Globes

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama for Julianna Margulies (2009)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Julianna Margulies (2009)


Satellite Awards

  • Best Actress in a Series, Drama for Julianna Margulies (2009)
  • Best Television Series, Drama (2009)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2009)

WGA Awards

  • New Series (2009)TBA


  1. ^ Matt Mitovich (24 June 2009). "Fall TV: CBS Announces Premiere Dates". TV Guide Online. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  2. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 9, 2009). "CBS picks up five pilots". Reuters News Service. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ James Hibberd (2009-10-07). "CBS picks up 'NCIS: LA,' 'Good Wife'". The Hollywood Reporter: The Live Feed. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  4. ^ Michael Ausiello (November 4, 2009). "This just in: CBS trims 'Numb3rs,' orders more 'NCIS' and 'Mother'". Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ Michael Schneider (January 14, 2010). "CBS orders seconds of 'Wife,' 'NCIS: LA'". Variety (magazine). Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "About The Good Wife". Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ Jane Ridley (September 2, 2009). "Pain of Eliot Spitzer scandal for ex-governor's wife Silda recalled in new CBS show 'The Good Wife'". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
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  10. ^ "Channel 4 - The Good Wife". Channel 4, 15 January 2010. Accessed 15 January 2010.
  11. ^ Knox, David. "No risk for 20-TEN". TV Tonight, October 29, 2009. Accessed 10 December 2009.
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