The Good Wife: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)

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Critic Consensus: This season of The Good Wife continues its winning streak as one of television's top shows, with unique legal cases and intelligent political drama.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 30, 2012
2
Air date: Oct 7, 2012
3
Air date: Oct 14, 2012
4
Air date: Oct 21, 2012
5
Air date: Oct 28, 2012
6
Air date: Nov 4, 2012
7
Air date: Nov 11, 2012
8
Air date: Nov 18, 2012
9
Air date: Nov 25, 2012
10
Air date: Dec 2, 2012
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The fourth season of the legal drama begins with Lockhart/Gardner entering bankruptcy and having a humorless, court-appointed trustee (Nathan Lane) brought in to clean up the financial mess. But his merciless cost-cutting and severe staff reductions don't sit well with Diane (Christine Baranski) and Will (Josh Charles). Meanwhile, Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) greets her estranged husband, Nick (Marc Warren), with a gun when he shows up at her door and tries to force his way back into her life. As for Alicia (Julianna Margulies), she continues to be pulled between her feelings for Will and her growing attachment to Peter (Chris Noth), who is busy running for governor. She also receives a surprise visit from her mercurial mom (Stockard Channing) and gets an offer to become an equity partner at the firm?which comes at a steep price. In other L/G news, Eli (Alan Cumming) is investigated by the Justice Department for possible violations while working as a crisis manager for a previous client; and a new investigator (Jess Weixler) joins the firm, much to Kalinda's dismay.

Cast

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
Zach Grenier
as David Lee
Amanda Peet
as Capt. Hellinger
Maura Tierney
as Maddie Hayward
Carrie Preston
as Elsbeth Tascioni
Stockard Channing
as Bucky Stabler
Miriam Shor
as Mandy Post
Mike Colter
as Lemond Bishop
Dylan Baker
as Colin Sweeney
John Glover
as Jared Andrews
John Shea
as Nestor Agos
Michael J. Fox
as Louis Canning
Brian Dennehy
as Bucky Stabler
Denis O'Hare
as Judge Abernathy
Bebe Neuwirth
as Judge Friend
Hamish Linklater
as David LaGuardia
Vincent Curatola
as Judge Politi
Jill Flint
as Lana Delaney
Mike Pniewski
as Frank Landau
Dominic Chianese
as Judge Marx
Jason Biggs
as Dylan Stack
Kenneth Tigar
as Judge Chase
Mamie Gummer
as Nancy Crozier
Ed Herrmann
as Lionel Deerfield
Edward Herrmann
as Lionel Deerfield
Rita Wilson
as Viola Walsh
Matthew Del Negro
as Officer Robb
Gary Cole
as Kurt McVeigh
Kurt Fuller
as Judge Dunaway
Grace Rex
as Martha Reed
Matthew Perry
as Mike Kresteva
Martha Plimpton
as Patti Nyholm
Christina Ricci
as Therese Dodd
Bruce McGill
as Jeremy Breslow
Jane Alexander
as Judge Morris
Anika Noni Rose
as Wendy Scott-Carr
Chris Butler
as Matan Brody
Opal Alladin
as Reporter
James Urbaniak
as Judge Temple
Ronald Guttman
as Judge Villapique
Morena Baccarin
as Isobel Swift
Lily Rabe
as Petra Moritz
John Cullum
as Cardinal James
F. Murray Abraham
as Burl Preston
Brian d'Arcy James
as Detective Nolan
Judd Hirsch
as Judge Creary
Susan Misner
as Simone Canning
P.J. Benjamin
as Old Captain
Michel Gill
as Frederick
Jason Hite
as Todd Bratcher
Mike Doyle
as Officer Mallen
Jeremy Strong
as Matt Becker
Ana Gasteyer
as Judge Lessner
Brooks Ashmanskas
as Judge Brochard
Linda Emond
as Judge Kuhn
Tim Hopper
as Michael
Fran Kranz
as Eugene
Ro Boddie
as Wayne
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Chief Justice Ryvlan
Alfredo Narciso
as Officer Rivera
Danielle Sepulveres
as Beautiful Girl
Cara Buono
as Charlene
Harry Bouvy
as Corporate Realtor
Jesse Martin
as Dylan Perlman
Christopher Innvar
as Coach Shank
Grant Shaud
as Judge Etts
John Lutz
as Eddie Kowalski
Adam LeFevre
as Judge Kakissis
Thom Sesma
as Commissioner Martinez
Angela Lewis
as Chenise
Carol Woods
as Margaret
Nick Blaemire
as Sgt. Compton
Joanna Adler
as Miss Ledger
Kyle Sutton
as Jax Kresteva
Andrew Hovelson
as Stableman
John Horton
as Judge Fendler
Helen Anker
as Hostess
Jeff Blumenkrantz
as Dr. Borgnine
Kevyn Morrow
as Mr. Martin
Vanessa Wasche
as Receptionist
Vincenzo Amato
as Judge Ciccone
Nathan Stark
as Process Server
John Hans Tester
as Judge Henrich
Phil McGlaston
as Chicago Jury Foreman
Andrew Stewart Jones
as Commissioner Tom Gill
Christian Finnegan
as Talk Show Host
Megan Byrne
as Commissioner Bix
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Critic Reviews for The Good Wife Season 4

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

A slightly conflicted return but given the consistent form of the three seasons so far, well worth hanging in there.

Feb 13, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Throw in a few family subplots and a few dangling sleazy business acquaintances, and you have plenty of material for a two-hour finale.

Apr 29, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fun, wild start to the fourth season.

Sep 30, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Legal and political drama is still at the top of its game as fourth series begins.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, this was a solid season opening.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

[The finale] capped off an uneven fourth season full of of ill-conceived and half-baked plots.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Because it so scrupulously observes the highest standards, to find fault with it is very serious business.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The mark of a great season finale is one that makes you look as fondly as possible on the season that just ended even as it's exciting you about what's coming next. "What's in the Box?" did both those things.

Aug 21, 2013 | Full Review…

The dramatic spotlight was directed towards more interesting places, including machinations at Alicia's firm and her combustible chemistry with Peter.

Aug 20, 2013 | Full Review…

CBS' The Good Wife isn't merely good - it's great. Consistently great.

Aug 2, 2013 | Full Review…
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