TV Review: “The Good Wife”– Get Out While It’s Good

Written by Michelle Young May 04, 2015

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It’s fairly common for a show to start losing some of its punch as the seasons go on. The longer a show is on the air, the more the story-lines seem to grasp to have meaningful impact, eventually leading to that “jump the shark” moment. After watching the sixth season of “The Good Wife”, I don’t feel that this moment has happened; however, I do believe that it is fearfully imminent.

The sixth season of “The Good Wife” had a lot to live up to, as the previous season was one of the series’ best and most dramatic. The first half of this season really delivers. Cary Agos’ (Matt Czuchry) mysterious arrest in connection to his dealings with drug lord Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter) and Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) decision to run for State’s Attorney really up the intensity and bring about some new terrain that had yet to be explored. There are also some fun and new law cases that have come to be the procedural signature of the series. New and interesting story elements, like binding Christian arbitration and the horrors of mandatory sentencing, are a welcome backdrop for the continuing story lines.

“Alicia, would you want to run for State’s Attorney?”

As always, the acting is flawless, best demonstrated by Julianna Margulies’ performance in the Alicia centric episode “Mind’s Eye” which sees Alicia lose her voice, forcing Margulies to impressively perform almost the whole episode mute. “The Good Wife” is also known for its impressive guest stars, and this year is no different. This season brought back some favourites form seasons past, like Carrie Preston in her Emmy winning role as Elsbeth Tascioni. There are also some new additions, like the brilliant Oliver Platt as Reese Dipple, Diane’s Republican counter part and David Hyde Pierce as Frank Prady, Alicia’s opponent in the State’s Attorney election.

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Where this season falters is in the second half, as we wait for the State’s Attorney election. The build up to the election starts to feel a little tedious after a couple of episodes, but the payoff is worth it as the drama really starts to unfold after the results come in. The one episode that also really fell flat was “The Debate”, which tried to take on the massive issue of race in the United States. This episode in particular seemed to lack any kind of ethos, as it was written, directed, and predominantly acted by white people. The result was a preachy, lacking attempt to explain an immensely complicated and nuanced issue in forty-two minutes. This episode also highlighted the show’s overall lack of diversity, one of the main criticisms of “The Good Wife” in general.

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This episode, and the second half of the season’s overall poorer quality made me feel that perhaps “The Good Wife” should think about ending it before it all turns to crap. This feeling was only strengthened after the announcement that Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) would be written out, as Panjabi revealed that the sixth season would be her last. While the show handled Josh Charles’ exit perfectly last season, I don’t know if “The Good Wife” can weather the loss of another main character, especially the enigmatic and exciting Kalinda.

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While this season may not have entirely lived up to my expectations of “The Good Wife”, it’s still worth noting how well this show has managed to thrive in a TV environment that has been dominated by cable dramas. “The Good Wife” has proven that quality dramas can still exist on network TV for twenty-two episodes. It’s this love for the show that makes it so hard for me to say that maybe it’s time to hang it up before it’s too late. I would hate for one of TV smartest shows to turn into something terrible simply because they didn’t know how to say goodbye. The season six finale of ”The Good Wife” airs May 10th at 9:00 PM on CBS.

My Rating: 8/10

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