Thursday, May 22, 2014

A LIST OF THINGS I WISH WE HAD SEEN ON THE GOOD WIFE THIS SEASON:  Not that it wasn't a fantastic season of television -- the best fifth season of a network drama since ...? -- but it was lacking some old favorites:
  • Ana Gasteyer, in my opinion the best judge on the show. (Either her or Judges Johnny Sack and Uncle June.)
  • The Daddy Detective Guy
  • The talking lion phone.
  • Smoke Monster State's Attorney
  • Eli's daughter
  • Mamie Gummer
  • Parker Posey
  • Even More F. Murray Abraham
But a hearty welcome to the rotation to, among others, Christian Borle, Michael Cerveris, and Eric Bogosian. MZS says: "The season worked on many levels: as a crackerjack case-of-the-week legal drama; as the ongoing story of heroine Alicia Florrick's evolution from humiliated political spouse and lowly associate to tough and almost unfailingly coolheaded leader and public figure (Julianna Margulies is as sneakily deep on this show as Jon Hamm is on Mad Men); as a portrait of a rough-and-tumble legal and political battle zone that often feels like Bonfire of Vanities moved to the Windy City, and with better female characters and more compassion; and as a borderline-screwball comedy filled with sharply etched supporting characters delivering quotable lines."


  1. I'd say The Good Wife had the best season five of ANY drama (network or cable) since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (1. Buffy; 2. TGW; 3. The Sopranos.)

    Also, did y'all see that piece yesterday where Alicia Florrick was almost (sort of) played by Helen Hunt? *shudder*

  2. Things we are glad we did not see: Kalinda's ex-husband.

  3. Things I would have liked to see: I wanted a resolution to the case with the nerdy kid who worked for the guns-and-drugs website. Was he really running it, or just trying to impress the girl? Of course, with this show, they'll probably come back to this next season, as they came back to Jeffrey Grant many episodes later. Great season.

  4. It was a tremendous season. It and Game of Thrones are the two shows that I looked forward to the most from week to week this season. [Though I will also say that Mad Men had a rebound this mini-season, as well.]