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The Good Wife: Season 5 (2013-2014)

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The Good Wife: Season 1
Sep 29, 2013
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The Good Wife: Season 3
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The Good Wife: Season 4
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Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 0

The verdict is in: The Good Wife is a solid adult drama, with a delicately fine-tuned performance from Julianna Margulies and storylines that become increasingly absorbing as they progress.


Average Rating: 9.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

The verdict is in: The Good Wife is a solid adult drama, with a delicately fine-tuned performance from Julianna Margulies and storylines that become increasingly absorbing as they progress.



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Season Info

The fifth season of the legal drama begins with Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) secretly planning their exit from Lockhart/Gardner in order to start their own firm. But their plans are pushed into overdrive when Will (Josh Charles) learns about them and angrily confronts Alicia. Meanwhile, Eli (Alan Cumming) tries to secure Diane's Supreme Court nomination, but her candidacy puts her at odds with her colleagues. A bigger problem for Diane (Christine Baranski), however, is the

Genre: Drama

Network: CBS

Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013


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Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Everything Is Ending

Alicia tries to prevent a convicted murderer from being executed as the fifth season begins, while also secretly planning her exit from the firm. At the governor's office, Eli helps Peter assemble his staff.

Air date: Oct 6, 2013

The Bit Bucket

HD. Alicia and Cary sue the NSA on behalf of search engine Chumhum, unaware that Lockhart/Gardner's connection to a former client has resulted in the spy agency monitoring the firm's communications.

Air date: Oct 13, 2013

A Precious Commodity

HD. Will makes Alicia a stunning offer which causes her to reconsider her plans to leave the firm. Also, the partners take action when Diane's Supreme Court candidacy puts her at odds with her colleagues.

Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Outside the Bubble

HD. Alicia attempts to obtain Lockhart/Gardner files as she prepares to leave the firm.

Air date: Oct 27, 2013

Hitting the Fan

HD. Alicia and Cary's plans to depart Lockhart/Gardner are suddenly exposed and a desperate battle to retain clients ensues.

Air date: Nov 3, 2013

The Next Day

HD. When Alicia and Cary represent a client who has left Lockhart/Gardner to go with Florrick/Agos, Will and Diane intentionally delay turning over the case files to the new firm.

Air date: Nov 10, 2013

The Next Week

HD. Alicia and Cary suspect that Lockhart/Gardner is spying on them when Zach discovers that the webcam on Alicia's computer is being accessed remotely.

Air date: Nov 17, 2013

The Next Month

HD. As Florrick/Agos move into their new offices, Alicia represents an undocumented immigrant who faces deportation unless he testifies against a member of a drug cartel.

Air date: Nov 24, 2013


HD. Alicia tries to hold a website accountable when its users accuse her client, a college professor, of being linked to domestic terrorism.

Air date: Dec 1, 2013

The Decision Tree

HD. Alicia is shocked to learn that a former client bequeathed her millions, but Lockhart/Gardner quickly contests the will on behalf of the deceased's wife. Meanwhile, Diane asks Kalinda to look into Damian's background.

Air date: Jan 5, 2014

Goliath and David

Alicia represents a band suing a TV show for copyright infringement, but the simple case becomes psychological warfare when Will joins the opposing council and uses his knowledge of Alicia's strengths and weaknesses against her.

Air date: Jan 12, 2014

We, the Juries

Alicia and Will each represent one-half of a couple accused of smuggling drugs, but the courtroom becomes mired in confusion and legal technicalities when they insist on separate jury pools.

Air date: Mar 9, 2014

Parallel Construction, Bitches

Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner fight to keep Lemond Bishop as a client when he is arrested on a drug-related charge, which possibly resulted from a leak inside Alicia?s firm. (C) CBS

Air date: Mar 16, 2014

A Few Words

HD. When Alicia is asked to be the keynote speaker at the American Bar Association conference in New York City, she looks to her past for inspiration.

Air date: Mar 23, 2014

Dramatics, Your Honor

Alicia enlists Cary as her lawyer when Nelson Dubeck approaches her to participate in a deposition regarding his investigation into election rigging.

Air date: Mar 30, 2014

The Last Call

Alicia tries to make sense of Will's death. (C) CBS

Air date: Apr 13, 2014

A Material World

HD. Alicia and Diane consider merging their firms in the wake of Will's death, even as they find themselves on opposite sides of a contentious divorce suit.

Air date: Apr 20, 2014

All Tapped Out

Florrick/Agos takes on the case of an NSA whistleblower, only to learn that the agency has been monitoring the firm as well as Alicia?s personal life. (C) CBS

Air date: Apr 27, 2014

Tying the Knot

HD. When Alicia pays a visit to longtime client Colin Sweeney, she finds herself in the unwanted role of witness when a body is discovered in his home.

Air date: May 4, 2014

The Deep Web

HD. When Alicia has a chance encounter with a charming entrepreneur during jury duty, she begins to consider options outside her marriage and seeks the advice of her mother.

Air date: May 11, 2014

The One Percent

HD. Alicia manages the fallout when her client's insensitive statements to the press threaten the fate of a multi-billion dollar merger.

Air date: May 18, 2014

A Weird Year

HD. An open feed from a camera mistakenly left on reveals a threat to Florrick/Agos that Alicia and Cary never saw coming, on the fifth season finale of THE GOOD WIFE.

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I feel like I say this every time The Good Wife returns: I had no idea how much I missed this show.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source:

Sure it's just a TV show, but the emotional drain feels very real.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

With its boundlessly entertaining fifth season, which wrapped up on Sunday with a wonderfully giddy finale, The Good Wife has once again proven that it's the best drama on network TV.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

The Good Wife continues to be so good I can barely stand it.

May 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

There are Emmy-bait performances at every level, from Margulies to Baranski, Panjabi and guest star Parrish.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

The first 15 minutes of the jaw-dropping, heart-stopping episode were so off the hook that it was hard to remember to breathe while watching it all go down.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: The Loop
The Loop

There are no showy directorial flourishes; and yet the scene, with simple, workmanlike visuals, takes us inside Will's head as effectively as any dream sequence.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

The Good Wife is sophisticated fun that lacks the ponderous pretentiousness that often makes other ''quality dramas'' feel like a chore.

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The show has been on fire.

October 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

Without revealing anything, I'll simply pause to admire The Good Wife's tireless and almost always flawless juggling act.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Given the format, the schedule and the different masters being served, it's incredibly difficult to make a broadcast drama as strong as its better counterparts on cable, but it can be done. Right now, The Good Wife is proving that.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

The show remains consistent, stylish and intelligent - qualities in short supply on television. With all it has going for it, The Good Wife is TV's most underrated drama.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

Not many would dispute the notion that The Good Wife is one of the most polished shows on television.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

The Good Wife is back and it's lovely to have it back.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

There is so much promise awaiting us in Season 5, we just have to wait for the story to unfold to find out what, exactly, it will tell.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

The stage is set for a great fifth season.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Murky ethics in business, politics and relationships are what fuels The Good Wife, and Margulies in particular is at the top of her game as this emotionally perilous new chapter begins.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

It remains the best scripted drama on a broadcast network.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There's still that splendidly adult CBS drama The Good Wife.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

This season's premiere, airing Sunday night, is a brisk, gleeful example of what The Good Wife does best.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source:

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