The Good Wife Midseason Report Card: B-

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Over the last couple weeks - and for the next couple weeks - TV Fanatic will take the occasional break from caroling and present-opening to hand out grades to various shows at their seasonal midpoints.

Most recently, critics have awarded strong letters to both Parks and Recreation and New Girl. The next program to be evaluated by a TV Fanatic Midseason Report Card? The Good Wife.

Best Character: Eli Gold. We've met his ex-wife this season and watched Alan Cummings because a major player in The Good Wife cast. And the show is all the better for it. There are few more entertaining characters in all of television, as a mere look from Eli can leave me laughing, while an outburst of anger leaves me feeling sorry for whomever is on the receiving end... and, okay, I'm laughing here, too.

Worst Character: This is purely by default, as one of the show's strengths is its lack of any truly annoying characters. But I'll actually go with Kalinda. Season three has tilted a bit too far in her sexual direction, as every conversation she has is loaded with innuendo. I don't know if Dana is actually falling for it, or just playing along, but it would be nice, once in awhile, to see Kalinda do her job without resorting to flirtation.

Best Episode: "Executive Order 13224". A great use of guest stars (and Carrie Preston is on her way back to defend Will!), along with Alicia actually being front and center for a change. (See below.)

Worst Episode: "Parenting Made Easy." The return of Michael J. Fox? Good. The contrived set up of a non-Grace kidnapping in order to prompt an Alicia/Will break-up? Very bad.

Most Disappointing Storyline: The Will and Alicia relationship. I enjoyed their fun, flirty banter. But where was the direction here? The show spent so long building up feelings between the couple, only for Alicia to claim on the fall finale that she didn't love Will. She never seemed to take their dalliance seriously at all. Their secret romance also had too much of a soap opera feel.

Hopes for 2012: More Alicia. Did you notice that she wasn't actually involved a lot throughout the first half of the season? The focus was on integrating Eli into the office, the case against Will (which did result on a couple great Will vs. Peter scenes), the inclusion of Lisa Edelstein as his former lover. Let's hope the back half of season three brings the Good Wife herself into the fold more.

Overall Grade: B-

Agree? Disagree? Weigh in with your own grade now!

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Agree with Matt especially the part on Worst Episode and Most Disappointing Storyline. The writers created Alicia with no feelings this season. Not much communication between Alicia and Will despite the attraction to each other throughout this season so far. The episode "Parenting Made Easy" was poorly written in my opinion because it is like they are trying to create a storyline to justify the End - the break-up. Matt has accurately described how the writers built-up Alicia-Will relationship, and then in this episode, decided that it means nothing. Worst character for me was Dana. She is a sore thumb. She does not fit in. I hope the writers will drop her real soon. What's
the point adding one more character which does not mean anything?The relationship between Cary, Kalinda and Dana was
ttotally weird. I hope the rest of the season will be better i.e.


D +
For lack of entertainment and structure. @ Matt
agree on Best Character; Best Episode; Most Disappointing Storyline: Worst Character Grace - just badly written. Introduce her to Zynga, PROBLEM SOLVED. Worst Episode A New Day - With a new heavily promoted time slot. The show came out with it's worst episode ever. Religion on TV ,if Aaron Sorkin can't sell it. No one else should even try. IMO Hopes for 2012 Bring back Alicia's emotions. Don't care whose endgame but this cold woman is unknown to me. The writers have sailed her into the Bermuda triangle. A place with no direction. Peter and Will, frivolous is all I can think. I thought it would be intriguing but it's a dud. So please move faster with it or leave it. Game Changer
Will with Elsbeth Tascioni. (-_')


Agree but I think the writers are adjusting to a less fast-paced atmosphere because the election's over.

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I agree Matt this has been a disappointing season so far. They've sorta ruined Kalinda.


Never ever could Kalinda be the worst character, but I agree, I am fed up with the constant forced flirting. She is smart enough without it. The way they ended Will and Alicia felt very forced too. I hope they go back to the roots in the second half of the season. I still enjoy this show very much.


I too am disappointed with this season of good wife. The ending to the Will-Alicia was abrupt. I just hope it does not come back with some pregnancy or other bullshit.


I feel Peter's mother, former grandma in Dawson's Creek) needs to fade out, that story line of being meddling is over used. Peter and Alicia have their lucrative careers and first and foremost their teenage children at their forefront. Peter doesn't need her to butt in. I give the show a B
+ for the writing, themes and acting.

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