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The Good Wife


Wednesday, January 16 2013

The Best TV Shows of 2012

Thanks to imports and cable channel choices, the year in TV was very interesting indeed. Where else can classical detectives meet with their updated complements, or sullen 20-somethings smirk at their ancient societal/criminal betters? Oh, and don't forget squid.


Tuesday, April 1 2014

In Defense of the Phrase 'Spoiler Alert'

Hey, did anybody else have the Good Wife plot twist spoiled for them last week? Thanks to Google, Time and the Associated Press, I did.

Sunday, March 27 2011

Television's Evolution of the Major Black Antagonist

When TV historians talk about the black image in the 21st century, they’ll note that 2011 was the year that network TV consistently portrayed black people as major antagonists in search of the same brass rings that their white counterparts sought for nearly 60 years.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

Has 'The Good Wife' Become Formulaic?'

Saint Alicia might've strayed from her path, but The Good Wife remains perhaps the best example of how to craft traditional television.

Sunday, September 30 2012

It's Back to Capital 'P' Politics in 'The Good Wife'

Alicia can't escape how the scandal has turned her into a symbol and token, but she has found new ways to make her peace with her new roles.

Saturday, January 28 2012

'The Good Wife': Will Alicia Still be Good?

At this late hour, Peter sees that to destroy Alicia or even Will is to destroy himself.

Tuesday, September 6 2011

'The Good Wife: The Second Season' Is Torn from the Headlines

A lawyer coping with the aftermath of her husband’s political scandal and run for the state’s attorney’s office struggles to keep her family together while navigating her challenging career.

Monday, September 21 2009

The Good Wife: Series Premiere

Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi's performances -- crisp and nuanced -- go a long way toward smoothing over the rough edges of their characters' obvious "types."


Thursday, April 21 2011

How Much Does an Accurate Location Matter When Watching TV?

Unlike other formats, the sitcom allows us to suspend disbelief because we know this is a set, we know there’s a reason we’ve never actually seen a New York street in Friends, or the fourth wall of an apartment in any show. And we’re okay with that.


Monday, October 25 2010

Alan Cumming on 'The Good Wife' and converting Helen Mirren to Crocs

CHICAGO — Better known these days for his recurring role as the besuited political spin doctor on "The Good Wife," Alan Cumming was in town last

Friday, May 14 2010

Grade them T for terrific

LOS ANGELES — Giving a television show a glowing review is, essentially, an act of hope. Unlike critics of other genres, those of us reviewing television

Wednesday, April 7 2010

NBC's 'Parenthood' slowly starts to make case for itself

LOS ANGELES — As NBC executives start to figure out what shows deserve to come back next fall, its Tuesday night dramedy "Parenthood" is starting to

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