The Good Fight: Season 1 (2017)

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The Good Fight

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An auspicious beginning for CBS All Access, The Good Fight solidly follows its predecessor while allowing for new storytelling styles, a wider narrative scope, and a chance for its lead to explore new territory with a relatable human struggle.

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Critic Ratings: 56

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Air date: Feb 19, 2017

"The Good Wife" spin-off begins with a large financial scam destroying the reputation of a young lawyer and wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart's savings. The two then join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago's pre-eminent law firms.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2017

Diane raises eyebrows while settling in as a new partner at Reddick, Boseman and Kolstad. Meanwhile, Maia continues to deal with the repercussions of her family's Ponzi scheme; and Lucca and Maia unexpectedly pick up a new case.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2017

Adrian and Barbara face a cruel realization about a high profile client. While second chair to Diane on a case, Lucca is in for more than she bargained for thanks to the state's attorney's office's golden boy, Colin Morello (Justin Bartha). Maia visits her father in prison.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2017

Diane and Lucca represent an ovarian cancer survivor looking to obtain custody of her previously donated embryos; Maia is the victim of a fake social media account; Mike Kresteva pays a visit to Reddick, Boseman and Kolstad.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2017

Lucca defends a TV writer-producer in a copyright infringement case with ties to the President of the United States. Meanwhile, Mike Kresteva takes aim at Reddick, Boseman and Kolstad.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2017

After landing tech mogul Neil Gross as a new client, the firm is tasked with figuring out a way to combat hate speech on his social media platform. Maia's suspicions about her father grow after Uncle Jax pays an unwelcome visit. Lucca and Colin's romance heats up. Carrie Preston and John Benjamin Hickey guest star.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2017

Mike Kresteva takes his case against Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad to a grand jury, but the firm devises a grand jury strategy of their own to hamper Kresteva's efforts. Colin finds himself in an awkward position in court. Carrie Preston, Matthew Perry and Aaron Tveit guest star.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2017

Founding partner Carl Reddick makes a surprise return to the firm; a renowned local pastor needs the firm's help in a legal matter that threatens to ruin his legacy; Lucca unexpectedly meets Colin's parents.

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Air date: Apr 9, 2017

Diane and Adrian find themselves involved in another police brutality case, this time representing a surprising but familiar face, Colin Sweeney. Lucca represents Maia for her interview with a federal investigator seeking information on the Rindell scandal. Dylan Baker and Jane Lynch guest star.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2017

Season finale. Diane takes on a new client who is accused of cyber-terrorism, resulting in unforeseen repercussions for the firm, especially Lucca. An accident brings Diane and Kurt together. Henry reveals new truths about the scandal to Maia. Jason Biggs and John Cameron Mitchell guest star.

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The legal drama series is a spin-off of "The Good Wife" and takes place about a year after that series ended. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) is pushed out of her law firm when a scam leaves her broke and ruins the reputation of her goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie). The two women end up joining Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at a new firm and together they try getting back on their feet. The first season of the show follows Diane and Maia as they rise through the ranks and rebuild their careers, while also trying to solve the mystery of the case that destroyed their professional and personal lives. The series also serves as commentary to America's contemporary political climate, dealing with issues that go from institutional racism to Trump's election.

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Critic Reviews for The Good Fight Season 1

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (29)

The rewritten version with a slack-jawed Lockhart's snapping off a TV showing Trump's inauguration makes even more sense.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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All of it is a fight worth fighting, indeed.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…
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The Good Wife always was about reinvention and perseverance, and The Good Fight continues those themes beautifully. It's an excellent series - a perfect sequel.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…
NPR
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The best news about The Good Fight is that it takes a character a lot of us have loved for years and challenges her to be better, and less complacent, than she's ever been -- with no guarantee that she'll succeed.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…

CBS made the first two episodes available for review, and they're both pretty terrific.

Feb 17, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Anyone who did love The Good Wife won't regret figuring out how to make this new show a part of their lives. After all, a good show is a good show. And The Good Fight shows no signs of being anything else.

Feb 17, 2017 | Full Review…

A topical and very enjoyable Good Wife spinoff...

Sep 11, 2020 | Full Review…

In the same way that The Good Wife was unafraid to comment on the issues of the day, the sequel The Good Fight takes on the same mantra, with added force.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The Good Fight injects just enough hope and levity into its narrative that it isn't purely cynical. It strikes the right balance between being real but also not a total downer.

Feb 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Back on familiar ground, [co-creators Robert and Michelle King] able to proclaim their liberal agenda within the format of a legal drama.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Not surprisingly, the actress rises to the occasion, thereby confirming what many a Good Wife fan suspected going in: [Christine] Baranski makes a helluva leading lady.

Mar 30, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I'm sure everyone was as sad as I was to hear that Kurt, in fact, cheat[ed] on [Diane].

Mar 6, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Fight: Season 1

  • May 01, 2020
    How is this show possible rated this high?
  • Apr 17, 2019
    Outside the Overton window
  • Mar 24, 2019
    Can't get past Rose Leslie and her insipid Maia character. The whole storyline involving her parents was dragged out too long..and her whiny voice just killed this show for me. Let me know when they kill off her character.
  • Dec 19, 2018
    It doesn't have that something special that the good wife had, that kept you on the edge of the seat. But it is fun and entertaining and as the good wife, it manages to play with current political developments in an interesting manner. Strong women in the lead is another plus for this show.
  • May 11, 2018
    Best thing on the tv at the moment
  • Mar 26, 2018
    GENIUS WRITING. GENIUS ACTING. GENIUS DIRECTING. EVEN BETTER THAN THE GOOD WIFE
  • Mar 04, 2018
    Anyone who has had run in with a lawyer knows that this show is b.s. with that being said, the plot is predictable, characters are strained and the situations are not beliveable. The Big bad mega TV gods have no concept of reality and try to shove this slop at you.
  • Nov 18, 2017
    excellent tv series i just wish the seasons were longer. Christine Baranski leads this series perfectly as Diane Lockhart with Cush Jumbo stepping up as sort of co-lead as Lucca Quinn. It is different enough to stand alone but also retaining some of the DNA from the original series to make this compelling to watch. Cannot wait for the new season. Excellent stuff
  • Nov 13, 2017
    I love this show! I was worried that the spin-off would not be as good as the original, however, The Good Fight eclipses The Good Wife. Cannot wait for season 2.
  • Oct 08, 2017
    If you loved The Good Wife, you will be thrilled with The Good Fight. Just as TGW, this show is an acting/character showcase, bringing back heavy hitters Diane Lockhart, Lucca Quinn and some familiar side characters. The new characters shine as well. And with the story no longer focusing on the somewhat unlikeable Alicia Florrick, it gives the show a chance to shine with three stellar lead actresses who portray lawyers each in different stages of their lives and careers.

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