The Good Wife: Season 6 (2014 - 2015)


Season 6
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Though in its sixth season, The Good Wife remains one of network television's best shows with sharp writing, vibrant characters, and high production values.



Critic Ratings: 35


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Air date: Sep 21, 2014

Season 6 begins with Alicia refusing to run for State's Attorney despite Eli's attempts to persuade her to launch a campaign. Meanwhile, Diane considers joining Florrick/Agos as a partner, but an internal crisis threatens to destroy the firm.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2014

Alicia scrambles to hold onto the firm's biggest client as Florrick/Agos continues to struggle with an internal legal crisis. Meanwhile, Diane plots her move from Lockhart/Gardner and hunts for partners to bring with her to the new firm.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2014

Cary's pretrial service officer interviews his colleagues to determine whether or not he should be released from prison. Meanwhile, Alicia and Dean venture into unfamiliar territory when a client's case ends up in Christian arbitration.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2014

Alicia explores the option of running for State's Attorney. To help her decide, Eli brings in a respected campaign manager.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2014

Alicia and Dean face familiar foes in Elsbeth Tascioni and Rayna Hecht when they represent a fired female CEO in a sex discrimination suit. Meanwhile, the Florrick/Agos/Lockhart firm are in panic mode when a hacker seizes control of their files and threatens to delete them if a ransom demand isn't met.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2014

Alicia and Elsbeth put their legal battle aside when the government brings economic espionage charges against both of their clients. Meanwhile, Diane tries to move her new firm into the Lockhart/Gardner/Canning office space, which leads to a fight with her former partners David Lee and Louis Canning.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2014

Finn discovers a potentially devastating piece of evidence against Cary that could impact Alicia and Peter. Meanwhile, Eli becomes wary when a new prospective candidate emerges in the race for State's Attorney.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2014

Alicia takes on a college rape case that pits her against Louis Canning when it moves from a university hearing to civil court. Meanwhile, Eli and Elfman conduct a political focus group as Alicia dives deeper into her campaign for State's Attorney.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2014

Alicia faces a crisis of conscience when she is encouraged to be negative in her campaign for State's Attorney. Meanwhile, the Feds try to persuade Cary to work with them as they attempt to build a case against Lemond Bishop.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2014

Cary's case goes to trial and he considers a plea deal that would send him to jail. Meanwhile, a joke between mother and daughter lands Alicia in trouble as her campaign for State's Attorney shifts into full gear.

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In Season 6 of the legal drama, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) persuades Alicia (Julianna Margulies) to explore running for State's Attorney and it isn't long before she officially throws her hat in the ring as the Democratic candidate. Running against her is Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce), a highly respected legal commentator, and the two run campaigns that sometimes hit below the belt. Meanwhile, Diane (Christine Baranski) considers leaving her firm and joining Florrick/Agos as a partner; and the Feds approach Cary (Matt Czuchry) to help them build a case against notorious drug lord Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter) or risk going to prison. On the romantic front, Alicia fights her attraction to colleague Finn Polmar (Matthew Goode). Also, charismatic killer Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) returns to sue a TV producer for basing an unflattering character on him; and manipulative lawyer Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) makes a shocking proposal to Alicia. Guest stars include: Ed Asner; Oliver Platt; Linda Lavin; and Laura Benanti.

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Critic Reviews for The Good Wife Season 6

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (18)

I'm just going to say it: despite some moments of brilliance, Season 6 was an unsuccessful season.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…
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The Good Wife has endured, despite borderline ratings, because it handles the fundamentals so well. It needs to keep doing that.

Sep 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Good, crackling start that -- as the old saying goes -- changes everything and may even point to the end.

Sep 18, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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It's just the most solid piece of work on broadcast TV.

Feb 23, 2015 | Full Review…
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The Good Wife's sixth season has been remarkable so far, but it's also been drivingly intense.

Oct 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Broadcast television's finest drama launches its sixth season on Sunday with an episode that immediately amps up the intrigue as the show continues to redefine itself.

Sep 24, 2014 | Full Review…

"The Line" is another installment that's trying to stuff 10 pounds of plot into a 5-pound bag.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The Season 6 opener proves that this show is not done putting its characters through the wringer and is still capable of producing some of the best television on network or cable.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

It's going to be interesting to see how this all plays out, delving into all the moral conflicts and character alliances which make the show so compelling.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The Good Wife knows how to hit us so hard that our synapses buzz and our nerve ends tingle.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Precious few shows actually get better as they progress... But The Good Wife has only gotten more interesting and complex.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The Good Wife regularly serves up twisted but cautionary tales about what can happen when a society puts its collective security above the rights of individuals.

Sep 19, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Wife: Season 6

  • Apr 04, 2019
    Strong character development, a slew of incredible guest stars, and a lead cast that is one of the best in the business allows The Good Wife to soar to new heights and keep us guessing in its sixth season.
  • Jul 17, 2017
    I really enjoyed the first few seasons, but by the end I was ready for it to be over!
  • Jan 23, 2017
    LOVED it! My only complaint was that it followed Sunday night football and was hard to tape!
  • Sep 07, 2016
    the main cast is so relentlessly flattered by the writing - put above the law and the truth - that it corrupts any airs of benevolence or righteousness the characters try to associate with themselves
  • Feb 14, 2016
    It was announced at 2016 Super Bowl that this is the finalseason for The Good Wife. This is one of tv's best series. I wouldlike to see it run for at least 2 more seasons after this one. A few new cast members this season has brought it to the lead. If you have to get rid of a program, let it be Criminal Minds. That is just a sick series, not at all entertaining, not at all good for relaxation, nothing good to learn from it unless you are a deranged killer.
  • Nov 06, 2015
    This was a hard season to watch. It went Ally McBeal mid-season with the silly hallucination scenes and the legal proceedings became so absurd that it took constant effort to suspend disbelief. Almost gave up on it after a bunch of dark episodes where they just spiraled downward into never ending problems. But it did improve at end-of-season with some happy moments and story progression. Hoping for a more solid season 7.
  • Jul 26, 2015
    This could very well be the best acted, best scripted, best written, and best entertaining program on television presented in the 21st century.
  • Jul 05, 2015
    The Good Wife is my favorite show. The writing is some of the best television writing I have ever experienced. Everything, and I mean everything, is top notch. Now that that’s out of the way, this season was terrible. The storyline twists and turns, which is usual, but what isn’t usual is the careless, throwaway, nonsensical way in which the story arcs appear, are discarded, and are relevant seemingly at random. I’m used to finely crafted story arcs on this show, but the second half of the season was messy, and that is a kind description. To be fair, the Kings set the bar high, and it started strong, but lost it’s way to a degree that was nearly unwatchable. There was not enough Diane, Eli, or Kalinda, and that is only the beginning of the gripes I have, and if I got into specifics I’d be here as long as I was on the IMDB boards reading people’s theories about why this series, which has been perfect up until now, has become so terrible so quick. If you haven’t watched season 6, stop reading now. The Kalinda thing makes no sense, and honestly it hasn’t for a while. No one on the show has said anything definitive publicly, but the suggestive quotes are enough. I knew something was wrong when, after Will’s death last season, Kalinda and Alicia didn’t reunite under the pressure of grief. That seemed off, but I was able to overlook it because I myself was busy grieving. This season it was glaringly obvious there is a problem between these two actresses that was severe enough to warrant them never appearing on screen together for years despite starring together on a ensemble show, surprising considering nothing solid has leaked regarding their issues. Some theories are better than others, but its unfair to blame someone when we don’t know what really happened. However, I am appalled that whatever it is was was so horrible that they were unable to film their last scene together, but instead opted to film a 2 minute scene separately, with green screen, and with obvious body doubles as if we, the viewers, are that stupid. Whatever it is, I will probably never know, but I hope it wasn’t petty, because it would be a shame if something petty brought down a show that was bigger than any individual with unprofessional demands like that. I doubt I could resist watching the final season, but if season 7 is anything like 6, I will posthumously end the series in the fantasy forests of my mind at season five. That would be a sad day. Have a different Take? Tell me about it.
  • Jun 12, 2015
    First several season were better, but it's still not bad
  • May 30, 2015
    This season sucked, the writers tried to put too many twists and turns that just did not make sense or add to the entertainment value of the season.

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