The Good Wife: Season 5 (2013 - 2014)

Season 5
The Good Wife

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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.



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Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Series five of the US drama starring Julianna Margulies finds Alicia Florrick trying to balance her rapidly evolving legal career, her new position as First Lady of Illinois and her roles as a wife and the mother of two teenage children. In the first episode, Alicia must focus on Lockhart & Gardner's race against the clock to prevent the execution of a convicted murderer. While helping Will and Diane with the case, she is secretly planning her exit from the firm with Cary to set up a rival company. Her husband, Peter, with whom she has agreed to renew her wedding vows, has won the gubernatorial election and is assembling his staff with help from campaign manager Eli.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Alicia and Cary represent search engine Chumhum against the NSA, unaware that the intelligence agency is already monitoring Lockhart & Gardner's communications due to the firm's connection with a former client. Veronica gives Alicia financial help to secure her new office space, while Eli and Peter work to promote Diane's nomination to the Supreme Court. Guest starring Dreama Walker from Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 and The Walking Dead's Jeffrey DeMunn.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2013

Alicia represents a surrogate mother against the biological parents of the unborn child she is carrying when the baby's health is called into question. When Diane's Supreme Court candidacy sets her against the firm, the partners at Lockhart & Gardner take decisive action. Alicia gets an amazing offer from Will that makes her reconsider her plans to leave the company.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Lockhart & Gardner hires Elsbeth Tascioni to represent it in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against the firm by an employee. Alicia tries to obtain company files in preparation for her departure from the office. Eli and Jackie disagree over how much influence Jackie should have in Peter's administration. Diane and Kurt face problems when they meet each other's friends.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2013

When their plans to depart the company are suddenly exposed, Alicia and Cary are unceremoniously forced out of Lockhart & Gardner and a desperate, no-holds-barred battle to retain clients ensues as the old and new firms fight for survival. Peter takes matters into his own hands when he attempts to make Alicia's new venture look as appealing as possible to key client Chumhum.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Alicia and Cary take on a tough case when they represent a young woman in a product liability suit against a gun manufacturer. But because she is a client who has just left Lockhart & Gardner to go with Florrick & Agos, Will and Diane delay handing over the case files. Alicia receives a visit from Marilyn, Peter's ethics adviser, while Diane makes a disappointing discovery.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2013

Will steps in to represent a student whose family used to be Alicia's clients when the young man is accused of a murder on his college campus. Zach discovers the webcam on Alicia's computer is being accessed remotely, leading Alicia and Cary to suspect that Lockhart & Gardner are spying on them. Clarke Hayden is brought in to organise the struggling finances of Florrick & Agos.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2013

Alicia represents an undocumented immigrant who must testify against a member of a drugs cartel or face deportation to Mexico, where there is a contract out on his life. Marilyn frets about the ethical implications when Eli tries to rekindle a spark of romance with lobbyist Natalie Flores, affecting his professional decisions. Robyn attempts to be tough and indispensable, like Kalinda, and Florrick & Agos moves into new offices.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2013

Alicia tries to hold a website accountable when its users accuse a college professor of being linked to domestic terrorism. Will goes against Diane's wishes when he hires Damian Boyle, an unpredictable attorney with ties to organized crime, who immediately gets involved with Alicia's website case. Also, Eli and Jackie clash over a Florrick family secret.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2013

Alicia is shocked to learn that a former client has bequeathed her millions, but Lockhart/Gardner contests the will on behalf of the deceased's wife. Meanwhile, Diane asks Kalinda to check into Damian's background; and Eli and Marilyn become concerned about Peter being seen with some of Alicia's more disreputable clients at the Florrick/Agos holiday party.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Christine Baranski
Diane Lockhart
Matt Czuchry
Cary Agos
Graham Phillips
Zach Florrick
Archie Panjabi
Kalinda Sharma
Julianna Margulies
Alicia Florrick
Makenzie Vega
Grace Florrick
Josh Charles
Will Gardner
Chris Noth
Peter Florrick
Jerry Adler
Howard Lyman
Jess Weixler
Robyn Burdine
Ben Rappaport
Carey Zepps
Melissa George
Marilyn Garbanza
Mary Beth Peil
Jackie Florrick
Matthew Goode
Finn Polmar
Nathan Lane
Clarke Hayden
Bhavesh Patel
Anthony Wright Edelman
Michael J. Fox
Louis Canning
Robert King
Executive Producer
Michelle King
Executive Producer
Ted Humphrey
Executive Producer
Brooke Kennedy
Executive Producer
Leonard Dick
Executive Producer
Keith Eisner
Executive Producer
Ridley Scott
Executive Producer
David W. Zucker
Executive Producer
Julia Wolfe
Jim McKay
Fred Toye
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News & Interviews for The Good Wife: Season 5

Critic Reviews for The Good Wife Season 5

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13)

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…

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…

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

May 7, 2014 | Full Review…

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…

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…

Not many would dispute the notion that The Good Wife is one of the most polished shows on television.

Oct 14, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Wife: Season 5

  • Apr 03, 2021
    I pretty much hated it
  • Apr 02, 2021
    No way it's terrible
  • Dec 23, 2020
    Fantastic writing and endearing characters! Amidst the drama and funny moments, it has an unforgettable profoundness to it.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    Nailed it. I enjoy watching cat fights and seeing Will and Alicia being out-of-your-mind malicious to each other is super satisfying.
  • 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

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