The Good Wife: The Best Show on TV?

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Is The Good Wife the best show on television?

That's the bold statement Entertainment Weekly makes in it latest cover story.

Featuring a portrait of stars Juliana Margulies and Chris Noth, the magazine quotes the former as saying she was hesitant to anchor a legal drama because she didn't wish to get bogged down in procedural cases each week.

“One of the reasons Murder, She Wrote was on for so long was that America loves an ending after each show, where you can solve it and it’s done," Margulies said, an observation that could also apply to current hits CSI and NCIS.

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But The Good Wife has developed such strong, layered characters that the actress' worry hasn't come true.

In fact, producer Robert King said CBS actually wants the show to focus on the dynamic between Margulies' Alicia and Noth's Peter, as well as the other relationships on the show.

“Our biggest challenge is figuring out how little we can tell about the courtroom case and get by," he says.

As for whether Peter and Alicia will ever reconcile (he is living at home now, after all), Noth doesn't have any The Good Wife spoilers to reveal.

“I don’t know if they’ll be able to recover or not. That’s part of the ongoing drama."

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Well, I'm no longer the biggest fan of "The Good Wife" 3 strong women in a law firm being taken over by a black man, monitering Alicia?? AND the repore Alicia and Kalinda had is missing from the new season. You made a big mistake & you'll see the ratings DROP..I can't believe the cast members agreed to it... The same with NCIS, a black FBI Director?...token blacks?...AND no I'm not a racist, pleeeeeeease.. No longer a fan......


I love GOOD WIFE because I love the idea of WILL and ALICIA together! I can't wait. Teh rest cast is amazing....Great cast!


The Good Wife is a great show. And a whole lot better than a lot of things we see on television... How can anyone find Will creepy? If you watch the beginning of the show you'll see he's funny and sweet to Alicia. But in the latest episodes he's been a bit closed off. Don't know why... Peter is the one who gives me the creeps. BTW where's the promo for Fleas? Any spoilers?


I completely agree with their ranking of The Good Wife at number one. I love that show. It has consistently great characterizations and the acting is amazing. IDK why you find Will creepy lol. I love him. I do think he may have a shady side though just not towards Alicia. Peter is the one who is too slimy for me.


Since the very first episode I thought this show would become one of the best on TV and it has definitely reached that level. It is brilliant and extremely interesting, with some incredible characters and a very very strong leading female. I definitely agree with the article that this is the best show on TV right now. Without any doubt.


I called "The Good Wife" the best show on TV just yesterday here and over at EW. Hope EW's pronouncement isn't some sort of Sports Illustrated cover jinx. "The Good Wife" impresses me with how it keeps getting better and better -- great plots, wonderful mysteries, terrific and full characters. Also: Why is it I find Josh Charles' Will Gardner creepy? And if there is one unbelievable element of the show, to me, it's that we supposed to think that Alicia is attracted to him? I just don't buy it. Then again, Chris Noth's character is kind of a creep -- and Alicia married him. Put me down on Team Diane.


Excellent of the VERY FEW on ABC CBS NBC that is good. Cable stations putting up far superior series...White Collar, Burn Notice, The Closer, In Plain Sight, etc....


Good Wife Quotes

Reese Dipple's the reason you're not at the firm. You sway Peter on this bill and Dipple will sprinkle rose petals as you step off the elevator.


It's hard to be on this side.