I am shameless about my love for bad TV. I love the new 90210. Yes, the new one, on the CW. I’m the only person over 12 watching that show. And I still watch Gossip Girl. And one day I was home sick on the couch and I found myself hooked on the Joan and Melissa Rivers reality show. (It is now on my DVR every week.)
But I’ve found myself addicted to smart TV too—namely, The Good Wife. Every week The Good Wife reminds me that television doesn’t have to be all fake teenagers and housewives and bad reality shows. There are still such things as smart scripts and good acting that are engaging without made up “reality” plots and people searching for fame.
The show’s main character, Alicia Florrick, whom some of us would choose as a sister wife, is my current favorite character on television. She is smart and beautiful and flawed. She loves her cheating politician husband, but also loves her boss, with whom she had a relationship in law school. Julianna Margulies can steal a scene with just one look, and the show manages to have steamy sex scenes without actually showing any sex.
Chris Noth, who will always be Mr. Big to me, plays the cheating politician husband, and Josh Charles plays Alicia’s boss, Will, the character we all secretly wish Alicia would just KISS already. The supporting cast (which includes the fabulous Christine Baranski) is equally amazing, and the show manages to cast guest stars such as Michael J. Fox and Rita Wilson without it seeming cheesy and contrived the way guest star appearances often do on, say, Glee. Some of the show’s stories are “ripped from the headlines,” without being Law and Order RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES. It is simply a quiet, smart, well done show. The courtroom scenes are not overly realistic but that goes with the territory when it comes to legal dramas (most civil cases take years to resolve, not 45 minutes).
My biggest problem with the The Good Wife is that it is on opposite Parenthood. And each week I debate which show to watch and which show to DVR. Parenthood can be a show we love to hate, but for me The Good Wife is a show I just love. Which is why I’m kind of surprised that it’s still on. Normally shows I love get canceled right away. Remember Life Unexpected? Man, I loved that show.TOP POSTS