The Good Wife: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

Season 1
The Good Wife

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



Critic Ratings: 40


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Air date: Sep 22, 2009

In the series premiere, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), a politician's wife, resumes her career as a defense attorney after her husband is jailed for corruption. Her first case is the retrial of a woman accused of murdering her spouse. The first trial ended with the jury deadlocked. Alicia is told by her new boss to stick with the firm's original strategy, but she decides not to do so when more evidence surfaces.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2009

A stripper claims she was raped at a prominent businessman's bachelor party, and Alicia represents her in a civil trial after the state's attorney refuses to pursue criminal charges. At home, Alicia's kids receive compromising photos of their dad with another woman.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2009

Alicia returns to her old upscale neighborhood to defend a former friend's teen son, who is accused of murdering a security guard at a friend's house. The 18-year-old man admits he was at the home but claims he's innocent of the crime. Cary is assigned to help Alicia with the case, even though he has never tried one in court.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2009

Alicia discovers evidence that a juror may have been bribed with $35,000 in a class-action lawsuit against a major pharmaceutical company. Alicia's client was paralyzed after taking one of the company's drugs. Meanwhile, Peter's lawyer tries to get Alicia to help in her husband's defense and attempts to bribe her with gifts.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2009

Alicia defends the widows of three train engineers who are blamed by their company for a deadly crash. She has 72 hours to prove that the train company is at fault or the women will lose their husbands' pensions. Meanwhile, Kalinda digs into the background of a potential partner in the firm who is seeing Diane, and Peter suspects that Alicia is being unfaithful. Martha Plimpton guest stars.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2009

Alicia works on an appeal for a death-row inmate jailed six years ago for killing an off-duty police officer during the robbery of a grocery store. Peter has vital information about the case and Alicia agrees to a conjugal visit with him to obtain it. But things don't go quite as Peter planned.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2009

Alicia serves as co-counsel to a handsome storefront lawyer (Chris Bowers) who is defending an Orthodox Jewish couple being sued in a slip-and-fall case. Alicia is assigned because one of the defendants is a law partner's daughter. The victim claims she was badly injured when she tripped on a wire outside of the couple's house, but Alicia believes the incident may be a scam. Meanwhile, Will and Diane make a round of layoffs at the firm.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2009

Alicia defends a scientist accused of arson after the lab the woman works in is torched. It's soon learned that the scientist is the target of a hate group. Meanwhile, Alicia is asked to testify on her husband's behalf at his bail hearing, but she is uncertain if she wants him to return home; and Zach becomes determined to uncover the identity of the person who is leaving damaging photos and DVDs at the Florrick's front door.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2009

Alicia represents the firm's senior partner after he is arrested for DUI and assaulting a police officer, and she must deal with the murky office politics that come with the case. Meanwhile, Chelsea Handler interviews Peter's mistress, who is promoting a tell-all book about her affair with Peter.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2009

Alicia investigates a judge's questionable motives after he overturns a simple plea bargain she arranged and sentences her juvenile client to nine months in detention. Her investigation reveals the judge has a history of unusual sentences and may be a racist. Meanwhile, Diane is offered a judgeship and considers leaving the firm.

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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).

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Critic Reviews for The Good Wife Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (25)

This is CBS' sturdiest, savviest new drama series in years, with all of its parts in excellent working order.

Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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…

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…

Even as this plot pattern bodes ill, [Julianna] Margulies and [Archie] Panjabi make a formidable team. Their performances -- crisp and nuanced -- go a long way toward smoothing over the rough edges of their characters' obvious "types."

Nov 5, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

This is a very entertaining show that deftly mixes legal drama, family drama and political intrigue. It has taken an intriguing premise and expanded it into a very good series.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The pilot is good and even close to great, and the cast is to die for.

Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What you have is one of the most compelling female characters in prime time starting out on a journey that cuts straight to the heart of some of the most emotionally loaded issues in American life today.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

[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…

Audience Reviews for The Good Wife: Season 1

  • Apr 03, 2021
    Lame just bad and terrible
  • Apr 02, 2021
    This show is horrible
  • Dec 22, 2019
    one of the best legal series and one of the best shows of all time. this show has distinct judges and opposition lawyers who have their own quirks and personality. it is so good I watched the entire 7 seasons in a week, couldn't even sleep just had to watch it. it has a nice story, it is a funny show and an overall must-see show
  • 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.

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