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TV Review: The Good Wife

finn-and-alicia-face-off-in-court-the-good-wife-s6e1Shrewsbury, Massachusetts-When The Good Wife premiered 6 years ago, it came on precipice of a new era in television. The reign of cable was just starting up with shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad gaining all the glory. Yet, The Good Wife managed to stay afloat on CBS as one of the most lauded dramas on television. However, in the later seasons, there was a bit of a dip until the last season where everything suddenly came to a head. With the series in its back half of its run, one wonders if it can keep up its momentum.

After the rollicking events of season five, Alicia Florrick is still picking up the pieces. While struggling to keep her new firm afloat, she has two new problems pop up all the sudden. First, her partner Cary Agos is arrested for a drug charge and is locked away on a massive bail. Second, rumors begin to spread that Alicia is running for State’s Attorney. With all these new problems, Alicia must struggle to keep her head up in the cutthroat world of Chicago law.

Going into its sixth season, The Good Wife continues to go strong. With a stunning premiere and a terrific follow-up episode, The Good Wife forms a strong basis for the coming season. With two wrenches in the gears of Alicia’s life, it provides two engaging side stories to keep exploring throughout the season. The writing is as sharp as ever and the characters are right on track thanks to the actors portraying them.

Julianna Margulies continues to lead the pack incredibly as Alicia and her recent Emmy win for the latest season shows that Alicia is just as sharp as ever. Matthew Goode is a welcome new addition to the regular cast as the Assistant State’s Attorney and Alicia’s latest adversary. Matt Czuchry is suddenly given a lot to work with as Cary and his latest predicament has left him with an interesting direction to go in with his character. Alan Cumming is consistently ruthless yet hilarious as Alicia’s husband’s chief of staff and the way things are headed, he’ll have a lot to work with as well.

The sixth season of The Good Wife has returned with a force and shows no signs of slowing down. Even the loss of Archie Panjabi as Kalinda at the end of the season does not dash the hopes of slowing down this show. The season looks to have a good arc to compliment the typical serialized cases from week to week. Rest assured, as this season so far is proving, The Good Wife continues to be one of the best dramas on television.

The Good Wife airs Sundays @ 9 pm on CBS

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