The Good Wife was a CBS network legal & political drama TV series created by Michelle & Robert King that starred Julianna Margulies in the title role.
Other cast members consisted of Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Matt Czruchy, Alan Cumming, Chris Noth, Archie Panjabi, Zack Greiner and Matthew Goode.
The show premiered on September 22, 2009 and during its run, it has won various prestigious awards (including 5 Emmys and the 2014 Television Critics Association Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Drama").
It is also considered by several critics to be network television's last great drama producing a full 22 episode season while other and future acclaimed shows are in favor of shorter 6-12 episode seasons.
On May 8, 2016, "The Good Wife" ended after 7 seasons and 156 episodes.
On May 18, 2016, it was announced that there would a spin-off of the series.
"The Good Wife" was about Alicia Florrick, the wife of a Chicago state's attorney, who returns to her career in law after the events of a public sex and political corruption scandal involving her husband, Peter.
- Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
- Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
- Matt Czruchy as Cary Argos
- Alan Cumming as Eli Gold
- Zach Grenier as David Lee
- Josh Charles as Will Gardner (seasons 1 through 5)
- Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma (seasons 1 through 6)
- Chris Noth as Peter Florrick
- Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn
- Makenzie Vega as Grace Florrick
|Season||Episodes||Timeslot (ET)||Original airing||Rank||Viewers|
|Season premiere||Season finale||TV season|
|1||23||Tuesday 10:00 pm||September 22, 2009||May 25, 2010||2009–10||No. 18||13.12|
|2||23||September 28, 2010||May 17, 2011||2010–11||No. 16||13.00|
|3||22||Sunday 9:00 pm||September 25, 2011||April 29, 2012||2011–12||No. 26||11.83|
|4||22||September 30, 2012||April 28, 2013||2012–13||No. 27||10.98|
|5||22||September 29, 2013||May 18, 2014||2013–14||No. 23||11.43|
|6||22||September 21, 2014||May 10, 2015||2014–15||No. 22||12.17|
|7||22||October 4, 2015||May 8, 2016||2015–16||No. 27||10.84|
Season Averages in Live+7 DVR Ratings:
- season 1: 14 million viewers|DVR ratings: million
- season 2: 14.059 million viewers|DVR ratings: 2.257 million
- season 3: 12.100 million viewers|DVR ratings: 1.880 million
- season 4: 11.523 million viewers|DVR ratings: 2.075 million
- season 5: 12. million viewers|DVR ratings: million
- season 6: 12.268 million |DVR ratings: 2.522 million
- 2013: With 11.7 million viewers, the series ranks at No. 36 among American TV primetime series. Among 18 to 49 viewers (106); 34 and under (223).
Awards & AchievementsEdit
"The Good Wife" and its cast have won a number of awards.
Julianna Margulies has been widely recognized for her portrayal in the lead role, winning the Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Critics' Choice Television Award, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama and twice for the Screen Actors Guild Award.
The series has also been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards in its first four seasons with Julianna Margulies winning the Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress – Television Series Drama" for the first half of the first season in 2010.
In addition, the series won a Peabody Award in 2010, and has been thrice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Drama Series."
In total, "The Good Wife" and its cast have been nominated for 35 Primetime Emmy Awards in its first five seasons.
In 2010, Archie Panjabi won the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress" in a Drama Series for her portrayal as Kalinda Sharma.
In 2011, Julianna Margulies won the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress" in a Drama Series for her portrayal as Alicia Florrick.
In 2012, Martha Plimpton won the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for her portrayal as Patti Nyholm.
In 2013, Carrie Preston won the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for playing Elsbeth Tascioni.
Actor Nathan Lane was nominated for his guest role on the show as Clarke Hayden.
In 2014, Julianna Margulies won her second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on "The Good Wife" with the winning episode "The Last Call".
On December 12, 2013, the series received three Golden Globe Award nominations for "Best Television Series – Drama, Best Actress – Television Series Drama" (Margulies) and "Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film" (Josh Charles).
On May 28, 2014, the series was nominated for five Critics' Choice Television Awards for "Best Drama Series", "Best Actress in a Drama Series" (Julianna Margulies), "Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" (Josh Charles), "Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" (Christine Baranski) and "Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series" (Carrie Preston).