The Good Wife: Season 3 (2011 - 2012)

Season 3
The Good Wife

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Controversial topics make for controversial viewing, but thankfully The Good Wife's strong characters and storytelling are up to the task.



Critic Ratings: 23


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User Ratings: 133

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Air date: Sep 25, 2011

Alicia puts aside distractions in her personal life to defend a Muslim student accused of murdering a Jewish classmate.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2011

Alicia has to get to grips with English Law when she defends a British businessman in a libel case that is relayed to a British court via satellite.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2011

Eli and Diane clash over the best way to handle a dairy company's PR disaster. Elsewhere, Alicia and Will are up against Will's ex-girlfriend in court.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2011

Alicia takes on a pro bono case where the witness quickly becomes the prime suspect, but it's Lockhart & Gardner that may be in the most jeopardy, as Will and Diane consider their futures and the firm's direction.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2011

Lockhart/Gardner's case against an aviation company takes a huge hit when their key witness commits suicide and his testimony is ruled inadmissible. The only other person with inside knowledge of the plane's design flaw is Colin Sweeney, a venture capitalist that Alicia defended on a murder charge two years ago and who has been in jail ever since. But his testimony comes with a price: his freedom.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2011

While Alicia picks her way through diplomatic loopholes in order to defend a Taiwanese national, Eli is approached by his ex-wife Vanessa, who needs him to vet her for a possible political campaign.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2011

Alicia worries that she will break confidentiality when the Treasury Department force her to report on her latest client, a military contractor who claims that he was imprisoned and tortured by the army in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Peter reluctantly digs into Will's past transgressions when he follows up on a 15-year-old case involving a client at Will's old firm.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2011

Alicia wrestles with her conscience as she races to win a stay of execution for a vicious killer on death row who holds information that could prevent another client from being wrongly convicted of murder. Eli tries to deal with a potential scandal that could affect the career of a promising young politician, while master manipulator Kalinda may have met her match.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2011

Alicia and Will argue in court when they defend a remote drone operator accused of murdering 12 civilians in Afghanistan. Eli's confidence is shaken when he comes up against an opponent who always seems to be one step ahead of him, while Diane issues an ultimatum to protect the firm.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2011

A routine arbitration turns into a battle of wills between Alicia and Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox), but when Grace disappears it brings about an unexpected connection between the two. Meanwhile, Will asks Eli to look into the criminal investigation being brought against him.

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The third series of "The Good Wife" follows as Alicia Florrick(Julianna Margulies) flourishes in both her personal and professional life following her decision to leave husband Peter (Chris Noth) after discovering yet another scandal. Will (Josh Charles) struggles as Wendy Scott-Carr (Anika Noni Rose) returns with news that could end his law career; and Cary (Matt Czuchry) continues to be a rising star at the state's attorney office. Michael J. Fox and Martha Plimpton return as guest stars.

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Critic Reviews for The Good Wife Season 3

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (15)

Just about everything clicked.

Jan 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Sunday night's Season 3 finale of The Good Wife left me feeling like the series had returned to its roots: a savory and satisfying blend of legal sagacity, emotional gravitas and humor.

Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

There's nothing The Good Wife does better than depict a world of zero privacy, which thematically underwrites everything from the affair to the cases.

Jan 16, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Isn't it fun seeing Alicia starring in Good Wives Gone Wild?

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…

After the giddy high of the season 2 finale, Sunday night's season premiere ended on an ambiguous, ominous note: Just what has Alicia gotten herself into?

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The way "The Dream Team" actually plays out is an example of The Good Wife working in fairly high gear.

Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's a clever ending; there are no fiery rockets or nail-shredding cliffhangers, but there are enough doubts and questions to keep fans speculating till the series returns.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The seamless knitting together of private lives, politics and the law creates the arena in which The Good Wife's many qualities can flourish.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

On an episode that saw Will and Peter go toe to toe and Diane figure out Alicia and Will may be more than colleagues, who would have guessed that the guest stars would steal the show?

Jan 23, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The show has always been smart about how the political is personal. This essential theme comes to a head in this episode.

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Alan Cumming's scheming Eli Gold and Archie Panjabi's enigmatic Kalinda are still the greatest assets in the show and on season three they finally get to work together.

Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Outside of the driving force of the episode, this was a stellar, sexy, strong return to form for the best network drama on television and one of the best television shows, full stop.

Oct 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Wife: Season 3

  • Apr 03, 2021
    Definitely not inspiring
  • Apr 02, 2021
    Terrible show just bad
  • Feb 19, 2015
    I didn't like that the season concentrated so much on Will, as I never truly liked him. However the last episode of the season was marvelous. Always liked episodes with Michael J. Fox. And "The Dream Team" was a masterpiece as it truly depicts Dream Team at work, cause Lockhart/Gardner were never played better than by it.
  • Nov 09, 2014
    A great show for binge TV watching...
  • Jul 31, 2014
    A minor step down from last season but specific episodes were some of the best the show has done. I'm excited to jump into season 4 soon!
  • May 16, 2014
    One of the best seasons yet.

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