The Good Wife: Season 7 (2015 - 2016)

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Season 7
The Good Wife

Critics Consensus

Reinvigorated storylines and an even stronger cast keep The Good Wife fresh in its seventh season - and away from the doldrums that overcome many long-running dramas.

100%

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Critic Ratings: 23

81%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 170
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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 4, 2015
2
Air date: Oct 11, 2015
3
Air date: Oct 18, 2015
4
Air date: Oct 25, 2015
5
Air date: Nov 1, 2015
6
Air date: Nov 8, 2015
7
Air date: Nov 15, 2015
8
Air date: Nov 22, 2015
9
Air date: Nov 29, 2015
10
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Air date: Dec 13, 2015
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The seventh and final season of the legal drama opens with Alicia (Julianna Margulies) trying to revive her career after rejecting a proposal from Canning (Michael J. Fox) to come work with him. She's working as a bar attorney in bond court while also trying to find her own clients, but is ultimately being used by Canning himself as a pawn in his fight against Diane (Christine Baranski) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) from her old firm. Peter (Chris Noth) decides to launch his campaign for vice president, hires Eli (Alan Cumming) as his chief of staff and asks Alicia to help him; things don't go very smoothly, however, and he ends up with a new chief of staff, Ruth Eastman (Margo Martindale), while Alicia and Eli start working on their own parallel campaign. Rounding up the team are two new entries: Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), a fellow attorney who befriends and ultimately partners with Alicia; and Jason Crouse (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), an investigator with whom Alicia starts a valuable professional relationship.

Cast

Julianna Margulies
as Alicia Florrick
Chris Noth
as Peter Florrick
Christine Baranski
as Diane Lockhart
Matt Czuchry
as Cary Agos
Graham Phillips
as Zach Florrick
Makenzie Vega
as Grace Florrick
Mary Beth Peil
as Jackie Florrick
Zach Grenier
as David Lee
Cush Jumbo
as Lucca Quinn
Margo Martindale
as Ruth Eastman
Jerry Adler
as Howard Lyman
Archie Panjabi
as Kalinda Sharma
Michael J. Fox
as Louis J. Canning
Sarah Steele
as Marissa Gold
Christopher McDonald
as Judge Don Schakowsky
Nikki M. James
as Monica Timmons
Vanessa L. Williams
as Courtney Boalt
Will Patton
as Mike Tascioni
Peter Gallagher
as Ethan Carver
Chris Butler
as Matan Brody
Stockard Channing
as Veronica Loy
Gary Cole
as Kurt McVeigh
Mike Pniewski
as Frank Landau
Michael Urie
as Stephen Dinovera
Tobias Segal
as Tyler Hopkins
Brian Muller
as Brian Carter
Damian Young
as Clinton Foyle
Dallas Roberts
as Owen Cavanaugh
Christine Lahti
as Andrea Stevens
Kelly Bishop
as Bea Wilson
Dominic Chianese
as Judge Michael Marx
Mo Rocca
as Ted Willoughby
Kurt Fuller
as Judge Peter Dunaway
Megan Hilty
as Holly Westfall
Zach Woods
as Jeff Dellinger
Howard McGillin
as Lloyd Garber
Richard Masur
as Geoffrey Solomon
Rob Bartlett
as Bernie Bukovitz
Joey Slotnick
as Anthony Dudewitz
Haynes Thigpen
as Jonathan Mattis
Matthew Goode
as Finn Polmar
Amy Irving
as Phyllis Zovatto
Denis O'Hare
as Judge Charles Abernathy
Michael Mulheren
as Dr. Douglas Dooley
Mamie Gummer
as Nancy Crozier
Carrie Preston
as Elsbeth Tascioni
Richard Portnow
as Judge Ben Margovski
Grace Rex
as Martha Reed
David Krumholtz
as Josh Mariner
Daniel J. Watts
as Clayton Riggs
Jane Curtin
as Judge Farley
Matthew Lillard
as Rowby Canton
Korey Jackson
as Carl Wolfe
Francesca Carpanini
as Imogen Stowe
Blair Underwood
as Harry Dargis
David Paymer
as Judge Richard Cuesta
J. Smith-Cameron
as Samara Steel
Patrick Breen
as Capt. Terrence Hicks
Christian Borle
as Carter Schmidt
Jay O. Sanders
as Judge Hal Ferris
Christopher Sieber
as Neil Howard Sloan-Jacobs
Anna Camp
as Caitlyn D'Arcy
John Billingsley
as Dean Randolph
Felix Solis
as Det. Kevin Rodriguez
Jordan Baker
as Sharon Creech
Dan Lauria
as Ronnie Erickson
Quincy Tyler Bernstine
as Dr. Hallie Fisher
Scott Cohen
as Jeffrey Nachmann
Justine Lupe
as Maggie Rossom
Nathan Stark
as Process Server
Zuzanna Szadkowski
as Gloria Beattie
Luke Kirby
as Harry McGrath
Marsha Mason
as Judge Louisa Page
Nilaja Sun Gordon
as Divya Feldman
Joe Grifasi
as Judge John Mata
Thomas Kopache
as Liam Meade
Daniel Abeles
as Don Weingarten
Ali Wentworth
as Crystal Dosek
Nick Mennell
as Gino Davidson
John Palladino
as Scott Pierre-Paul
Charles Socarides
as Nelson Olstead
Charlie Pollock
as Det. Gifford
Johnny Simmons
as Erik Zovatto
Ron Raines
as Graham Stenborg
Jonathan Roumie
as Monte Ecklund
Drew McVety
as Bill Ortiz
Chuck Cooper
as Gerald Gallo
Taylor Rose
as Hannah McCreary
Michael Chernus
as Spencer Harman
Debra Monk
as Tracy Mintz
Victoria Clark
as Shannon Janderman
Steven Boyer
as Tim Brewster
John Treacy Egan
as Carl Peltola
Douglas Hodge
as Damon Stryk
Bob Walton
as Dr. Marcotte
Burke Moses
as Sheriff John Colby
Trieste Kelly Dunn
as Amanda Marcassin
Ashlie Atkinson
as Octavia Howe
Peter Woodward
as Charles Ephraham
Bridget Regan
as Madeline Smulders
Nance Williamson
as Lila Dunne
Erin Wyatt
as Mira Dunne
Michael Kostroff
as Charles Froines
Rebecca Harris
as Gretchen Luft
John Hillner
as Bryant Minster
Josh Stamberg
as Dr. Joseph Portnow
Jeremy Bobb
as Agent Perry Dunst
Euan Morton
as Irv Bircher
Kevin Kilner
as Brooks Volk
John Finn
as Oren Cleary
Omar Maskati
as Saum Binazir
Andrew Dolan
as Det. Rick Crowell
Ronnie Farer
as Vera Toll
Ian Kahn
as Randy Duffield
Lauren Molina
as Lucy Van Gaal
Ethan Phillips
as Dr. Morris Weiner
Richard Brooks (VI)
as Ace Barnstone
Ned Eisenberg
as Craig Hallman
Kate Arrington
as Emily Parkes
Danny Burstein
as Dr. Ian Caine
Kit Williamson
as Kip O'Neill
Judy Reyes
as Nola Gades
Tyler Gardella
as Pizza Delivery Guy
Ann Harada
as Isabel St. Jean
Lynne Wintersteller
as Brenda Calbert
Beth Malone
as Pro-Life Activist
Gideon Glick
as Blake Reedy
Andrew Rothenberg
as George Kirby
Jonathan Bock
as Darren De Meo
Noah Robbins
as Josh Shelby
Don Stark
as Manny Hofstedter
Jennifer Van Dyck
as Amy Fossbinder
Jonathan Bock
as Darren De Meo
Mark Lotito
as Marty Pintarello
Rodney Richardson
as Kermit Corriel
Elaine Kussack
as Old Woman
Malika Samuel
as Molly Tuff
Anna Wood
as Kristen Balko
Jayne Atkinson
as Nora Valentine
David Cale
as Dr. Nigel Buggy
Tom Alan Robbins
as Hank Wilson
David Adkins
as Harrison Strode
Stephanie Janssen
as Pro-Choice Activist
Tamara Torres
as Housewife
Michelle Duffy
as Patricia Evra
Michelle Duffy
as Patricia Evra
Mark Zimmerman
as Ned Venters
Thomas Jay Ryan
as Ed Janoway
Ken Marks
as Dick Trousdale
Stan Carp
as Old Man
Timothy Sekk
as Graham Tipton
Jennifer Lee Simard
as Janie Mullaby
Stuart Zagnit
as Judge Larry Reardon
Will Brill
as Gray Joseph
Sean Patrick Folster
as Sgt. Cole McWain
Alan R. Rodriguez
as Delivery Man
Jeff O'Donnell
as Massoud Tahan/Lance Hopper
Nikiya Mathis
as Adele Ordonez
Gregory Abbey
as Polygrapher
Kally Duling
as College Girl
Jose Ramon Rosaio
as Harris the Sheriff
Fenton Lawless
as Surly Harry
Ben Mehl
as Wood Hochstadter
Sekou Laidlow
as Josiah Banner
Madison Arnold
as Older Partner
Matt Walton
as Ian Gillan
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News & Interviews for The Good Wife: Season 7

Critic Reviews for The Good Wife Season 7

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11)

One of the great things about the finale is that it ends smack in the middle of everything.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As TV critics and surely your parents have told you, The Good Wife is an underappreciated show, in its own class on network television.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

One of the most muscularly plotted, flawlessly performed, and thematically risk-taking network dramas of all time.

May 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The series of the great scripts, the aesthetic elegance and the secondary ones of luxury. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Now armed with cool intelligence, a weathered savvy, and the kind of controlled ruthlessness that the past six years have built in her, Alicia is an even more interesting underdog than before.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

She's come a long way since she wore an Alice-band and towed the line of the goody-two-shoes wife. With Eli knowing where all the dead bodies are, this series will be Machiavellian with a capital M.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

It was redeemed, as happened so often in the show's run, by Ms. Margulies's fierce intensity as Alicia.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

I thoroughly enjoyed the season premiere, in part because I was able to check my expectations.

Oct 4, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps it was appropriate that we ended the series with Peter emphatically denying that he buried evidence and those advising Alicia saying that he probably did.

Sep 27, 2017 | Full Review…

The show regained some sense of purpose once it was clear that this season would be its last and the Kings could start writing in earnest towards their planned ending.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Wife: Season 7

  • Sep 10, 2019
    Late to jump on the bandwagon, watched all 7 seasons in record time. Top quality series, an absolute must watch for legal drama aficionados. The evolution towards a sharper, more Up-to-date cinematography is noticeable throughout the seasons; but script, scenario and acting are top notch throughout. The dialogues are splendidly written. My favorite characters are definitely Diane and Eli Gold! Even though i am not a fan of Alicia's character and i find some pro-Israeli propaganda to be out of place, this series deserves all its stars.
  • May 10, 2019
    I loved seasons 1 to 6 but I found season 7 a huge let down: messy plot and a very anticlimactic finale, IMHO
  • Apr 04, 2019
    The Good Wife proves to its viewers and the rest of the world that it is one of the greatest television dramas to air on television. Magnificent
  • Apr 11, 2017
    One of the best Series I've ever had the pleasure of watching!
  • Aug 12, 2016
    Was in love with this show. Season 7 was HORRIBLE.
  • Jul 31, 2016
    After watching the first six seasons, you've got to watch the seventh; skipping it would feel like skipping the last two chapters of a book. However, that is probably the only reason to watch it. The seventh season transforms everything charming, compelling and noteworthy about the preceding seasons into (essentially) their polar opposite. The first 5 seasons of The Good Wife worked because we loved watching interesting cases, with interesting manipulations/interpretations of the law, against the backdrop of an innocent, principled, person empowering herself, and others, to survive the wrong-doings of others. The last two seasons though (especially season 7) transformed the heroine, and the show, into someone/something almost unrecognizable. The "Felicia" character becomes annoyingly self-pitying, self-centered, and self-aggrandizing. Her political and professional jockeying, coupled with her boring and redundant romantic troubles, feel like the worst of daytime soap operas. Worst, I think, any of the warmness (even to her children) the character possessed had been entirely evacuated. To be plain, their main character simply isn't likable. Not only is she untrustworthy and vapid, she's manipulative and cold. The cases become stale, predictable, and far less meaningful. The supporting cast loose their identities as well and feel unfamiliar in their superficial story lines. All of season 7, there is no one to root for ... and you don't even care. I realize the writers were intentionally trying to "turn her into" (Peter) everything she despised at the beginning; and, perhaps that happens with most people. Yet the message, the entire feeling of the show, went off track. If you liked the first 5 seasons, it wasn't because you wanted to watch a show that proved the world is crap, that all people are crap, that honest politicians can't exist. You didn't like it because you know people can't start over, change their lives, or improve their circumstances. I think you liked it because you hoped for these things; you liked rooting for the characters, liked believing someone could retain their integrity in a world where it's easier not to have any, etc. I think that was the real attraction. The last two seasons were basically a big fat, "they can't", "there's no hope", "everybody sucks and they always will" kind of thing. People compromising their values may very well be the most common and realistic path in the world, and there's plenty of excellent shows about just that very thing. I feel annoyed and confused just because that wasn't the premise of The Good Wife for its first 5 seasons. The story, as they finished it, is nothing but a depressing cliche: A good person can't survive among ruthless people unless they become ruthless themselves. Okay, well, that premise has been really overdone in far better ways than this. I wish they would have ended the show earlier.
  • Jun 24, 2016
    I loved the 7th series (and series 1-6), and the final episode was stunning. Life isn't always made up of neat and tidy endings and I like the fact the episode didn't go for an easy happy ever after ending.
  • Apr 18, 2016
    Overall I really love The Good Wife; one of the best network shows in years. But so far -- up to, and including, episode 18, in our case -- this final season has been a major disappointment. Well, for my wife and me, at least, if not for all these incomprehensibly gushing critics! Sure, there's lots of the usual agonizing and hand-wringing, but with very little actually going on, story-wise, compared to previous seasons. For a while it looked like Luca and Jason were going keep things interesting after we lost both the wily Will and the fascinatingly sociopathic Kalinda, but after Luca's impressively high octane introduction as a cute and savvy Bond Court attorney, and Jason's as a smolderingly sexy 'bad boy' investigator, poor Luca has been reduced to going around looking terminally bored and P.O.'ed (and who can blame her!), and poor Jason to going around with that goofy (and supposedly 'knowing'?) grin on his face. In short, it feels like the creators/writers (Michelle and Robert King) have already mentally and emotionally disengaged from their wonderful characters, and are just having them go through the familiar motions, but with precious little of the forward momentum, continuity, and complexity that we're fortunate enough to have grown accustomed to. But maybe they'll manage salvage the season in the last few episodes -- especially that oft-dropped ball : the finale. Some of us out here can only hope so!
  • Mar 27, 2016
    This season is disgusting and every main character is off what they were supposed to be seasons before. Real insult to real long time viewers.
  • Mar 25, 2016
    This is such a boring season! This show used to bring up interesting cases, surprise the viewers with unforseeable punchlines and twists, and really grip our attention. We kept hoping something interesting will happen, but with the exception of the episode about the military action, nothing was positively noteworthy. On the negative side, Veronica entering the bedroom was absurd and ridiculous, the tilting chair was stupid (as was Eli Gold's small office and his listening to the grand jury through the disabled bathroom vent). Also, can you please stop with the porn? Not looking forward to the last few episodes. Your writers have hit rock bottom.

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