The Good Wife: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)


Season 1
The Good Wife

Critics Consensus

Along with Julianna Margulies and a fine cast, the gripping drama The Good Wife, boasts hook-heavy plotlines torn from the headlines.



Critic Ratings: 30


Audience Score

User Ratings: 288
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Air date: Sep 22, 2009
Air date: Sep 29, 2009
Air date: Oct 6, 2009
Air date: Oct 13, 2009
Air date: Oct 20, 2009
Air date: Nov 3, 2009
Air date: Nov 10, 2009
Air date: Nov 17, 2009
Air date: Nov 24, 2009
Air date: Dec 15, 2009
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Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), the disgraced wife of a scandal-ridden politician, returns to work as a defense lawyer in the first season of "The Good Wife." With her husband Peter (Chris Noth) in jail, Alicia is forced to leave behind the luxury of suburban life and relocate the family to an apartment in Chicago as she goes to work for college friend Will Garner (Josh Charles). Her new job comes with an intriguing twist in the form of a competition with younger associate Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry) for a full-time job with the law firm at the end of a trial period. Rounding out the cast of the Emmy-nominated drama are investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) and law-firm partner Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski).


Julianna Margulies
as Alicia Florrick
Chris Noth
as Peter Florrick
Christine Baranski
as Diane Lockhart
Josh Charles
as Will Gardner
Matt Czuchry
as Cary Agos
Archie Panjabi
as Kalinda Sharma
Graham Phillips
as Zach Florrick
Makenzie Vega
as Grace Florrick
Mary Beth Peil
as Jackie Florrick
Joe Morton
as Daniel Golden
Titus Welliver
as Glenn Childs
Chris Butler
as Matan Brody
Michael Boatman
as Julius Cain
James Carpinello
as Anthony Beal
Sonequa Martin-Green
as Courtney Wells
David Paymer
as Judge Richard Cuesta
Terry Kinney
as Gerald Kozko
David Wolos Fonteno
as Judge Robert Parks
Jill Flint
as Lana Davenport
Martha Plimpton
as Patricia Nyholm
Gary Cole
as Kurt McVeigh
Dylan Baker
as Colin Sweeney
Peter Riegert
as Judge Winter
Kevin Conway
as Jonas Stern
Zach Grenier
as David Lee
Peter Gerety
as Judge Timothy Stanek
Denis O'Hare
as Judge Abernathy
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Isaiah Easton
Joanna Gleason
as Judge Carmella Romano
Kim Shaw
as Amber Madison
Carrie Preston
as Elsbeth Mann
Dash Mihok
as Det. Seabrook
Chris Bowers
as Ryan Alprin
Elizabeth Marvel
as Lauren Chatham
Chris Bauer
as James McCloon
Michael Gladis
as Mark Richardson
Sanjit De Silva
as Anil Verma
Craig Bierko
as Duke Rosco
Paloma Guzman
as Christy Barosa
Boyd Gaines
as Richard Chatham
Sam Stricklen
as Calvin Tober
Charles Kwame Odei
as Terrance Ramsey
Sally Murphy
as Sarah Conley
Natalie Gold
as Anna Loeb
John Deyle
as Bailiff #1
Isis King
as Diane's Secretary
Jessica Collins
as Danielle Raines
Sonja Sohn
as Sonya Rucker
Sarita Choudhury
as Simran Verma
Daniel London
as Isaac Loeb
Matt Servitto
as Walt Givens
Kate Burton
as Chief Judge Adler
Tate Ellington
as Tim Willens
Jason Butler Harner
as William Ericcson
Linda Powell
as Patrice Wilcox
Condola Rashad
as Mary Bennett
Mamie Gummer
as Nancy Crozier
Curtis l'Cook
as Clarence Wilcox
Chip Zien
as Judge Lee Sutman
James Waterston
as Jason Rucker
Brian O'Neill
as Judge Earl Hovick
Derek Cecil
as Jonathan Eldredge
Gregg Edelman
as Aaron Abbott
Paulina Gerzon
as Shannon Conrad
Jessica Hecht
as Marie Browning
Katie Walder
as Jennifer Lewis
Nestor Serrano
as Det. Alec Shores
Chandler Williams
as Evan Belkin
Kevin O'Donnell
as Lloyd McKeon
Dick Latessa
as Judge Horace Dunn
Jonathan Walker
as David Phelan
Ben Livingston
as David Merriman
Tony Goldwyn
as Judge Baxter
Kat Foster
as Emily Tartan
Robert Gorrie
as Spencer Rankin
Robert Gorrie
as Spencer Rankin
Karen Olivo
as Giada Cabrini
John Ottavino
as Carl Rankin
Zoe Lister-Jones
as Charlotte Armitage
James McDaniel
as Lou Johnson
Paige Turco
as Caroline Wilder
Kellie Overbey
as Dr. Tara Rothbart
Jessica Bogart
as Dawn Decato
Brooke Bloom
as Kate Willoughby
Kristen Bush
as Rachel Timms
Beau Gravitte
as Malcolm Overby
Christopher McCann
as Howard Brightman
Erica Bradshaw
as Receptionist
Patricia Kalember
as Julie Bowers
Holley Fain
as Shaina Whitmore
Simon Longmore
as Mr. North
Corey Stoll
as Collin Grant
Hettienne Park
as Shelly Delgado
Jason Kolotouros
as Eugene Horner
Sharif Atkins
as Harrison Rivers
Aunjanue Ellis
as Linda Underwood
Sean Dugan
as Eric Ford
Marla Sucharetza
as Mariel Armitage
Santino Fontana
as Danny Willoughby
Julie Lauren
as Sadie Hart
Holley Fain
as Shaina Whitmore
Caprice Benedetti
as Arianna Avarski
Peter Benson
as Dr. Stanley Winsor
Tyagi Schwartz
as Dwight Knox
Ron Nakahara
as Judge Franklin Yee
Mark Blum
as Julius Kreutzer
Therese Plummer
as Rose Nerrick
Susan Blackwell
as Professor Jolie
Tom Degnan
as Brad Broussard
Ana Gasteyer
as Judge Pam Lester
Georgine Hall
as Eleanor Abernathy
Suzzanne Douglas
as Judge Keely Farmer
Jack Gwaltney
as Charles Clay III
Justin Hagan
as Jay Van Zandt
Fulvio Cecere
as Detective Briggs
John Sierros
as Officer Jeffrey Diaz
Brendan Griffin
as Officer Sutton
Halley Wegryn Gross
as Judith Broussard
Boris McGiver
as Francis Dorfman
Bruce Altman
as Judge Ira Garrett
Betsy Aidem
as Judge Megan Lowrey
Erik Jensen
as Josh Baldwin
Halley Feiffer
as Irene Reagan
Asa Somers
as Mr. Harper
Kelly Aucoin
as Carol Thomas
Enid Graham
as Margy Conrad
Stephen Schnetzer
as Marty Lustberg
Maryann Plunkett
as Pamela Pomeroy
Luke Kleintank
as Brian Keller
Robert Sella
as Russell Tolliver
Sue-Anne Morrow
as Karen Sanborn
Kevin O'Rourke
as Martin Knox
Katie Kreisler
as Teri Dorfman
Leslie Hendrix
as Virginia Sun
Daniel Cosgrove
as Bryan Murphy
Eric Saiet
as Dr. Girtzman
Mark Zeisler
as Terry Streiger
Count Stovall
as Chief Justice
Mike Colter
as Leron Bishop
David Valcin
as Russell Thiessen
Karin Konoval
as Mrs. Duretsky
Kelli Barrett
as Bianca Stark
David Wohl
as Judge Tomlin
Bryce Pinkham
as Dr. Hanson
Curtis McClarin
as Alton Hood
Peter Hermann
as Judge Derek Shickel
Pearl Sun
as Jury Foreman
Geraldine Hughes
as Rachel Knox
Ehad Berisha
as Arik Khoury
Charles Siegel
as Dr. Sobel
Brian Reddy
as Dr. Boyd
Jake Miller
as Young Kenny Chatham
Elaine Kussack
as Senior Citizen
Steve Routman
as Wallace Gibbs
Leslie Denniston
as Mrs. Stark
Michael Charles Roman
as Martin LeBeouf
Chris Hoch
as Brian Conley
Frank Bara
as Chris Scully
Creighton James
as Billy Gurstelle
Frankie Faison
as Jeremiah Easton
Anne Bowles
as Marne Compton
Mark Morettini
as Court Clerk
Felix Solis
as Detective Rodriguez
David Turner
as Mr. Ray
David Hess
as Jonathan Dobbs
Tom Pelphrey
as Jared Mundy
Steve Cirbus
as Undercover Cop
Michael Kaycheck
as Superintendant
Rita Wolf
as Dr. Khoury
Ingrid Torrance
as Dr. Torrance
Mandy Gonzalez
as Receptionist
Ella Rae Peck
as Molly Boyle
Matt Burns
as Best Man
Jason Walker
as Secretary
I.J. Shin
as Asian Owner
Larisa Polonsky
as Businesswoman
Justine Cotsonas
as Seattle Chick
Jared Gertner
as Pym Gabriel
Rebecca Henderson
as Will's Assistant
Chris Chalk
as Third Year Associate
John Behlmann
as Dr. Mann
Bob Jesser
as Security Guard
Millie Tirelli
as Christy's Mom
Derek Peith
as Bailiff
McKenna Laing
as Lilly Combs
Maury Ginsberg
as Opposing Lawyer
Ebrahim Jaffer
as Indian Shopkeeper
Mike Houston
as Policeman
Liv Rooth
as Woman
Ray Iannicelli
as Bailiff #2
Stephanie Cozart
as Sheila Warburg
Phillip Mitchell
as Michael Lewis
Tony Torn
as Professor Dunn
Rajesh Bose
as Merchant
Sammy Urzetta
as Plaintiff
Susan Pellegrino
as Another Spectator
David Ross
as Coach Lawton
Ken Triwush
as Court Clerk
Eliyas Qureshi
as Pujari Brother
Andy Powers
as Reporter
Forbes Angus
as Prison Guard
Michael Adamthwaite
as Court Security Guard
Michael D. Adamthwaite
as Court Security Guard
Ivan Cermak
as Jogging CEO
Chris Nowland
as Reporter
Sarah Penikett
as Paralegal
Johannah Newmarch
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for The Good Wife Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (17)

Though I'm not the target demographic for it, "The Good Wife" is the best - and timeliest - of tonight's three debuts.

Sep 8, 2009 | Full Review…

If the inequality for professional women is subtle, you'd never know it from The Good Wife.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

With the drama so thin, it must be the richness of Alicia's situation that makes 13 million people a week want to enjoy her company.

Sep 8, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Margulies puts a powerful combination of cold fury, bewilderment and tenacity into Alicia Florrick.

Sep 8, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are many enjoyable performances by many wonderful actors, including Baranski, Panjabi and, the nicest surprise of all, David Paymer, who plays a judge.

Sep 8, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

[It is] made engaging thanks to the warm and intelligent presence of Margulies.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Cleverly scripted and thoroughly entertaining...

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Still and all, it's a well-made, competently-written courtroom drama that's excellently acted and features a strong cast of television veterans.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Credit writers Michelle and Robert King and star Margulies with making this show the fall's best drama bet.

Sep 8, 2009 | Full Review…

It's probably the best network drama of the fall, remarkable for a show that occasionally seems to have wandered in from 1992.

Sep 8, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Wife: Season 1

  • Dec 16, 2018
    I didn't keep watching after season 1. Too boring and not enough plot development.
  • Oct 27, 2017
    A competent and good watch. Very appealing characters who complement each other on screen.
  • May 28, 2016
    the perfect starring vehicle for Juliana Margulies the premise feels like it was straight from the newspaper headlines that we usually come across, a scandal so large it not only affects the public's view but the family members as well Alicia Floreck now has to deal with the damage dealt by her husband being caught up in a conspiracy of drugs, sex, and money the children do not have such an easy time adjusting either Peter Floreck used to be part of a prestigious law firm and had plenty of clients to back him up but due to the controversy surrounding his shady behavior it looks like he has lost all current ties and friendships in the process Alicia is left to pick up the pieces and so with each new client she represents in a new case it leads to more clues that could explain what really happened with her husband the kids unpleasantly become involved when someone starts spying on them along with leaving photographs of Peter that may or may not be real mind you if you're not big on law or familiar with any of the terminology it might be really tough to follow but the perfect cast, the slick writing, the subtle morals, and the family dilemmas is enough to make this show as realistic and gritty as possible dynamite work on the characters' interplay, too Alicia is the modern woman tackling so much at the same time from her job to her family to her emotional state of being this is one of CBS's finest political dramas
  • Jan 02, 2016
    The best approach to the series is by watching it from the start! Thankfully individual seasons stand well on their own. But if you haven't been able to embrace the show after going through season 1...but still would like to give it a chance. Jump to season 5 --- see how you go then. :)
  • Jul 25, 2015
    Boy, I am so late getting to this party. Never seen an episode on TV so have always been meaning to stream it. Finally started and have been watching season 1. Now I understand the Emmy love that's been showered on Julianna.
  • Nov 09, 2014
    Fantastic television
  • Jul 05, 2014
    With a strong cast and sharp scripts, The Good Wife is one of TV's best current dramas, mostly thanks to the power of Julianna Margulies.
  • May 16, 2014
    Wow, Julianne Margulies, Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranski, and Josh Charles, take a bow. This show is perfect. Awards should be given to this show. That is all.
  • Mar 21, 2014
    Most excellent. A nod to the Eliot Spitzer debacle. One thing, though. How many times can they mention Highland Park in each episode. It's almost like an ad for Highland Park. We get it - affluence. You'd think it was the most expensive 'hood in Chicago area.

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