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The Good Wife

the series philosopher the good wife wikiThe Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert and Michelle King (In Justice). It stars Julianna Margulies (ER), Josh Charles (In Treatment), Christine Baranski (Cybill, The Big Bang Theory), Archie Panjabi (Postman Pat), Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life) and Alan Cumming (Web Therapy), and features Chris Noth (Sex And The City) in a recurring role. The current executive producers are Ridley Scott (Numb3rs), Charles McDougall (The Office, House of Cards, Big Love), and David W. Zucker. It is a heavily serialized show with season-long story arcs that also features stand alone procedural story lines that will be resolved or concluded by the end of each episode. This is a rarity among The Good Wifes broadcaster CBS as most of their shows are procedural. The show has received great amounts of critical acclaim and numerous awards.

The series focuses on Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), whose husband Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), a former Cook County state’s attorney, has been jailed following a very public sex and corruption scandal. After having spent the previous 13 years as a stay-at-home mother, Alicia returns to her old job as a litigator to provide for her two children. The series was partly inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal, as well as by other prominent American political sex scandals, particularly those of John Edwards and Bill Clinton:

Michelle [King]: We came up with the idea about a year and half ago. There had been this waterfall of these kinds of scandals, from Bill and Hillary [Clinton], to Dick Morris, to Eliot Spitzer, to name just a few. I think they are all over our culture. And there was always this image of the husband up there apologizing and the wife standing next to him. I think the show began when we asked, “What are they thinking?” And Robert and I started talking about it from there. … You know, what’s interesting about a lot of these political scandals is that the women are lawyers, too. Hillary [Clinton] is a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards is a lawyer. I think that got us thinking along those lines. That is, we knew she had to go back to work, and we had so many female lawyers to draw on.

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