In a time when political scandals seem to be ever prevalent, it’s not surprising that “The Good Wife” was created as a prime time drama. The first season starts nearly 8 months after a Chicago based State’s Attorney Peter Florrick (played by Chris Noth) was caught in a variety of scandals. However, what is refreshing about this series is it is shown from the point of view of Florrick’s wife, Alicia (played by Juliana Margulies). Enough time has passed since the scandals were revealed that Alicia’s heavy emotions of anger and sadness have subsided, and she is left trying to pick up the pieces of her life while her husband is in prison. To pay the bills and support her two teenage children, she takes a position as a lawyer at an esteemed law firm and does surprisingly well. Every episode revolves around one of the firm’s cases, while also continuing the story of Alicia’s personal life.
What I enjoy most about Margulies’ portrayal of Alicia is her ability to remain level headed despite a highly stressful job and the difficulty of healing after her husband’s scandal. Yet we see hints of Alicia’s true feelings every so often by a coy turn of the mouth, or an expression in her eyes. These subtle revelations remind us that Alicia faces a sea of internal emotions despite a cool outward demeanor.
Other actors such as Archie Panjabi, Christine Barasnski and Alan Cumming give excellent performances, and the show is just interesting enough that as soon as one episode ends, you want to watch the next one. Fortunately, with season one available on DVD at the Azle Memorial Library, you don’t have to limit yourself to one episode at a time!