Sunday, April 3, 2011

Quick Look: "The Good Wife"

I started watching The Good Wife because of Julianna Margulies. As a young teenager I used to watch her on ER and I was spellbound by her charisma. When I discovered that her new television series would co-star another favourite actress from my childhood, Christine Baranski, I knew that I would be tuning in regardless of the show's premise. The Good Wife, which centres on Alicia Florrick (Margulies) returning to work as a lawyer after her husband Peter (Chris Noth), the former State's Attorney in Illinois, is imprisoned for political corruption. Alicia works as a junior associate at a law firm where Will (Josh Charles), an old friend from law school, is a partner with Diane (Baranski). There is an incredible amount of sexual tension between Alicia and Will, which is only made worse by the absence of Peter. As a junior associate Alicia is competing with Cary (Matt Czurchy) for one position. While the major focus of season one is the competition between Alicia and Cary and Peter's release from prison, The Good Wife only improves its character building and storytelling in season two.

The Good Wife could be a dry procedural drama, but the show's creators, Michael King and Robert King, have crafted a series that focuses more on its characters than on the weekly court cases. The tension is high and the actors are more than up to the challenge. Archie Panjabi, an Emmy winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama in 2010, is definitively the best part of The Good Wife and the show's biggest mystery.

The Good Wife does a great job understanding today's political and cultural climate which makes it the best drama currently on network television.

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