I’ve come to The Good Wife really late. I wish I’d known about it way back in 2009 when it first aired because it is now taking up a lot of my life and I can’t stop. Damn you, Netflix and your addictive, binge-worthy TV shows.
If you know nothing about it, The Good Wife is a legal and political drama revolving around Alicia Florrick who is a “good wife” because she stands by her man after a sex scandal and returns to a high powered, very exciting indeed law career. She parents brilliantly and still has time to go out for the odd drink. Also, she never looks tired.
I’m half way through season 2 and it aired its last ever episode (the season seven finale) last month. I love it. I love it so much. So much that I dug out my Chicago CD just so I could keep a little bit of Christine Baranski in the car with me.
I love her portrayal of the cool, impassioned, morally integral and perfectly presented at all times Diane Lockhart. I’m completely frustrated by the fact that Alicia won’t just sleep with college-sweetheart-turned-lawyer-boss Will and insists on being unwaveringly loyal to her philandering husband, and even more frustrated by the fact that I can’t help but be completely charmed by said philandering husband thanks to Chris Noth’s performance. Weirdly, I never found Noth appealing as Sex and the City‘s Big at all: I found him quite slimy and off-putting; I’ll be forever Team Aidan. But in this? As cheating, lying, disgraced State’s Attorney Peter Florrick? Yes please! Actually that says far more about my life choices than it does about my feelings towards characters in US TV shows, but you get my drift.
It took me until the end of the first season to twig that the tantalisingly seductive Kalinda is played by Archie Panjabi – none other than Pinky from Gurinder Chadha’s 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham. How on earth is this the same person? She is seduction personified and I want in on her mysterious, sexy, secretive life.
And then there’s the protagonist herself, Alicia Florrick. Ah Alicia. I think if I knew an Alicia in real life, I really wouldn’t like her very much. That degree of control over one’s own emotions, the permanent air of serenity, the consistently perfect parenting – quite simply, always getting everything so irritatingly, perfectly right! The woman is a saint…and as such could never exist in real life. The Good Wife? The Too Good To Be True No One Is Actually Like This Unless They Are Consuming Copious Quantities Of Prozac Wife would be a much more befitting title, I feel. And yet this Alicia, the Alicia I’m watching late at night from under my duvet having not spent my day being all controlled and serene? Well…I kinda like her. Julianna Margulies is stunningly poised and collected at all times. My only concern is the wig that plays Alicia’s hair. It’s occasionally unsettling and there’s a brilliantly funny piece about it here but beware as it does contain a spoiler or two.
The Good Wife? The Too Good To Be True No One Is Actually Like This Unless They Are Consuming Copious Quantities Of Prozac Wife would be a much more befitting title, I feel.
Wig aside, Alicia’s been through it and I cannot wait for her to scream at her daughter to stop being such an annoying teenager, kick Peter into touch, and finally get it on with Will.
That all happens, right?
DON’T TELL ME!
So, if you’ve not given The Good Wife a whirl yet, if you want to believe that there are lawyers out there doing the job because they’re fighting for truth and justice rather than oodles of cash (although in The Good Wife, it would appear that moral integrity can make you pretty rich too – I did warn you that it’s too good to be true!) then maybe it’s time you did.
I’d love to hear what you think. Enjoy!
Final note: Whilst researching for this piece, I’ve had to Google several pieces of information and just accidentally stumbled across a MASSIVE spoiler in the search bar suggestions. I’m going for a little cry.
Kim is a writer who enjoys celebrity gossip a lot more than she lets on.