The Good Wife: Season 5 (2013 - 2014)


Season 5
The Good Wife

Critics Consensus

The verdict is in: The Good Wife is a solid adult drama, with a delicately fine-tuned performance from Julianna Margulies and storylines that become increasingly absorbing as they progress.



Critic Ratings: 24


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User Ratings: 293
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The fifth season of the legal drama begins with Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) secretly planning their exit from Lockhart/Gardner in order to start their own firm. But their plans are pushed into overdrive when Will (Josh Charles) learns about them and angrily confronts Alicia. Meanwhile, Eli (Alan Cumming) tries to secure Diane's Supreme Court nomination, but her candidacy puts her at odds with her colleagues. A bigger problem for Diane (Christine Baranski), however, is the way she treats Alicia upon her exit, which doesn't sit well with now-governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth). But that's the least of his problems. Peter is investigated by a determined agent (Eric Bogosian) from the Office of Public Integrity on suspicion of voter fraud. At the new Florrick/Agos, accountant Clarke Hayden (Nathan Lane) joins the firm, while at Lockhart/Gardner Will goes against Diane's wishes and hires shady lawyer Damian Boyle (Jason O'Mara), who has ties to organised crime.


Julianna Margulies
as Alicia Florrick
Chris Noth
as Peter Florrick
Christine Baranski
as Diane Lockhart
Matt Czuchry
as Cary Agos
Archie Panjabi
as Kalinda Sharma
Josh Charles
as Will Gardner
Graham Phillips
as Zach Florrick
Makenzie Vega
as Grace Florrick
Mary Beth Peil
as Jackie Florrick
Zach Grenier
as David Lee
Jerry Adler
as Howard Lyman
Matthew Goode
as Finn Polmar
Jess Weixler
as Robyn Burdine
Nathan Lane
as Clarke Hayden
Ben Rappaport
as Carey Zepps
Jason O'Mara
as Damian Boyle
Bhavesh Patel
as Anthony Wright Edelman
Michael J. Fox
as Louis Canning
Michael Cerveris
as James Castro
Hunter Parrish
as Jeffery Grant
Jeffrey Tambor
as Judge Kluger
Stockard Channing
as Veronica Loy
Jordana Spiro
as Det. Jenna Villette
Eric Bogosian
as Nelson Dubeck
Vincent Curatola
as Judge Politi
Flor De Liz Perez
as Receptionist
Jill Hennessy
as Rayna Hecht
Carrie Preston
as Elsbeth Tascioni
Tobias Segal
as Tyler Hopkins
Charlie Pollock
as Det. Gifford
Gary Cole
as Kurt McVeigh
Tom Skerritt
as James Paisley
Michael Kostroff
as Charles Froines
Michael Boatman
as Julius Cain
Chris Butler
as Matan Brody
Mike Colter
as Lemond Bishop
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Chief Justice Ryvlan
Zach Woods
as Jeff Dellinger
Julienne Hanzelka Kim
as New Assistant
James McDaniel
as Det. Lou Johnson
Tonya Glanz
as Candace
Miriam Shor
as Mandy Post
Nathan Stark
as Process Server
Talia Balsam
as Anne Stevens
Dylan Baker
as Colin Sweeney
Peter Gerety
as Judge Stanek
Matte Osian
as Sheriff Lang
John Leonard Thompson
as NSA General Counsel Garber
America Ferrera
as Natalie Flores
Vanessa Wasche
as Diane's Assistant
Mamie Gummer
as Nancy Crozier
Barry Scheck
as Himself
Victor Garber
as Judge Spencer
Jack Davenport
as Frank Asher
Kenneth Tigar
as Judge Cook
Will Vought
as Comedian
Michael Pemberton
as Warden Barkin
Kurt Fuller
as Judge Dunaway
Jane Alexander
as Judge Suzanne Morris
Rita Wilson
as Viola Walsh
Anne Marsen
as Jennifer
David Wolos Fonteno
as Judge Robert Parks
Edward Herrmann
as Lionel Deerfield
Cady Huffman
as Marina Vassal
Felix Solis
as Det. Rodriguez
Laura Benanti
as Renata Ellard
Jack Carpenter
as Patrick Edelstein
Laura Campbell
as Corsica Dinnerstein
Jeremiah Wiggins
as Howard Acocella
Nestor Carbonell
as Daniel Irwin
Victoria Mack
as Beth Ferretti
Jenn Gambatese
as Morgan Donnelly
Dominic Chianese
as Judge Marx
Owiso Odera
as Demetrius Rowe
Leslie Silva
as Elizabeth
Donna Murphy
as Judge Alice Adelson
Michael Urie
as Stephen Dinovera
Polly Draper
as Lorainne Joy
Elliot Villar
as Dr. Ian Vail
Aaron Lazar
as William Sattmann
Katie Grant
as Dr. Natalie Henley
Roderick Hill
as Patrolman Harris
Tim McGeever
as Moderator
Haynes Thigpen
as Jonathan Mattis
Katie Paxton
as Lauren Lytton
Megan Ketch
as Deena Lampard
Eisa Davis
as Dr. Alison Sugar
Olivia Oguma
as Nurse Yakich
Tracee Chimo
as Chrissy
Joseph Sikora
as Agent Norwich
Jordan Lage
as Dr. Tuft
John Noble
as Matthew Ashbaugh
Reg Rogers
as Asher Mercer
Mark Price
as Judge Sam Leborde
Helen Carey
as Francesca
Shauna Miles
as Sheriff Hardy
Sarah Wynter
as Carol Mercer
Joe Holt
as Donald Pearl
Richard Kind
as Judge Davies
Sean Dougherty
as Agent Anderson
Jacqueline Antaramian
as Marcy Economus
Dominic Comperatore
as DEA Agent Thorburn
Kate Hodge
as Lila Ashbaugh
Brian Keane
as Polygraph Expert
Wallace Shawn
as Charles Lester
Ross Degraw
as Sheriff
Rosie Benton
as Victoria Alvarez
Anne Lange
as Fund Manager
Roxanne Day
as Christina
Amy Warren
as Monica
Karen Pittman
as Dr. Serling
Allie Gallerani
as Gail the Intern
Steven Hauck
as Fund Manager #2
Brennan Brown
as Robert Hortense
Matt Wall
as Silver Sneakers Instructor
Julian Gamble
as Judge Reardon
Gisela Chipe
as Loredana
Alan Cox
as Douglas
Matthew Rauch
as DEA Agent Lee Cheswick
Joshua Kobak
as Anderson
Barbara Christie
as Suzi Grant
Jennifer Restivo
as PR Consultant
Jackie Hoffman
as Judge Felletti
James Le Gros
as Judge Tolkin
Jose Ramon Rosario
as Sheriff Harris
Kim Director
as Angela Moretti
Will Chase
as Det. Doug Young
Jon Shaver
as DEA Agent Franklin
Chester Jones III
as Campus Police Officer
Michael Mellamphy
as Man in a Tux
A.J. Cedeno
as Consulate Worker
Will Taylor
as Drama Camp Actor
Michael Hobbs
as Dr. Brian Levine
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Critic Reviews for The Good Wife Season 5

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

Producers finally jettisoned the Will/Alicia romance storyline in the best way, blowing it up with a war over competing law firms, which breathed new life into a show now in its fifth season.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With its boundlessly entertaining fifth season, which wrapped up on Sunday with a wonderfully giddy finale, The Good Wife has once again proven that it's the best drama on network TV.

May 20, 2014 | Full Review…

The show remains consistent, stylish and intelligent - qualities in short supply on television. With all it has going for it, The Good Wife is TV's most underrated drama.

Oct 21, 2013 | Full Review…

The Good Wife continues to be so good I can barely stand it.

May 7, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are Emmy-bait performances at every level, from Margulies to Baranski, Panjabi and guest star Parrish.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

There are no showy directorial flourishes; and yet the scene, with simple, workmanlike visuals, takes us inside Will's head as effectively as any dream sequence.

Dec 2, 2013 | Full Review…

Overall, this year was a lot of fun, and a prime example of how much can still be done in the traditional broadcast network drama model.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The season premier brings a lot of potential to the show. I believe that we could be on the verge of a breakthrough for this show.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

If anything, it's still getting better.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Sure it's just a TV show, but the emotional drain feels very real.

May 20, 2014 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

The first 15 minutes of the jaw-dropping, heart-stopping episode were so off the hook that it was hard to remember to breathe while watching it all go down.

Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…

The show has been on fire.

Oct 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Wife: Season 5

  • Oct 28, 2017
    This season is undeniably the best one, and is the reason why I hated S6 & S7. Hitting The Fan would have made an amazing finale, way more satisfying than the one they gave us in S7. As far as I'm concerned, the show ended with this season.
  • Jan 02, 2016
    If I were asked which season to recommend to start with...I'd hand them a copy of Season 5. I'm pretty sure that it was the season where I finally found a way to appreciate the show, and in okay with watching all the other seasons. Even going back to season 1 while Season 7 started airing was okay...because the episodes still came through strongly. It is best watched in its entirety of course!
  • Apr 23, 2015
    I don't think there is much more you can ask from a drama series.
  • Jun 17, 2014
    so unpredictable love it all.
  • May 16, 2014
    Still going strong, The Good Wife continues to give its audiences twists that they never see coming. Julianne Margulies is still a vision as Alicia Florrick, and Christine Baranski continues to be elegant and poised as Diane Lockhart. There is a moment halfway through the fifth season that took the air out of my lungs. Shocking. The Good Wife still has everything going for it.
  • Apr 27, 2014
    I love this season. After all this time waiting for Alicia and Will to get together, it's all gone. Now the writers have me quasi hoping for a reconciliation between Alicia and Peter--and also hoping for a new relationship, a new firm...everything
  • Apr 24, 2014
    One of my all tame favorites. The storyline, the acting, the cast, the tone - all pitch perfect
  • Apr 20, 2014
    this will be a classic series one day just like ER is! The writing is phenomenal !
  • Mar 26, 2014
    Absolutely one of my favorite shows! The writers seem to realize when the show's personal plots begin to wane, and the characters are always interesting. I love how they incorporate technology, government, and other current issues in the story lines also.
  • Jan 19, 2014
    My favorite show. What is not to love! Juliana Marguiles has grown up from ER to perfection as an Actress! Storylines keep improving (less repetitive us of same opposing lawyers). Love current storyline of breaking off into 2nd law firm with Alicia and Cary. Would like Alicia to end up with Will - except for the impact on her children. Am shocked though every time she chooses Peter over Will. Will is far more interesting, and many other unmentionables. If not followed from beginning, go binge watch to current episode before watching. Well worth it! :)

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