Last Night’s TV – The Good Wife

by Lynn Connolly

The Good Wife has received rave reviews over the pond, which is of course its birth place, and justifiably so.

A drama of this quality doesn’t come along often, but when it does, it impacts from the get-go, and Julianna Margulies was the steel core of a very solid framework that comprised outstanding acting and tense, relatable script.

And for a wonder, at no point did I expect her to respond to someone shouting for a Chem 7; she’s managed to shed her Nurse Hathaway skin leaving no discernible trace, which is no mean feat considering how long she played the role.

And though this is a drama about a world 99.9% of us will never be a part of, the beauty of it is that it makes the viewer feel that they are indeed in the thick of it. And the strong role of women in it is made the more remarkable because it didn’t feel as if feminism was the central juxtaposition for making it all work.

There was of course a message, and that message was perhaps aimed at the main demographic target audience – women – and it was along the lines of ‘we are empowered’, but it didn’t skirt around the genuine issues women face in the workplace, or indeed, in the public eye.

Perhaps Ridley and Tony Scott made more than a passing allusion to women of power who’ve famously risen above their husband’s transgressions to become a person in their own right, and not just as pretty arm wear for a powerful man.

For instance, Hilary Clinton, to whom a direct round of applause was given early on in this first outing of the show when Alicia’s new boss Diane – beautifully played by the chameleon like Christine Baranski – said, “If she can do it, so can you.”

Meaning of course that Hilary forged a future and career for herself, despite being often vilified for publically standing by her husband in his hour of forced confession.

And perhaps like Alicia, she held his hand for the cameras and the gossip columns and slapped his face when they were alone.

I’m already hooked on The Good Wife and can’t wait to see more. If you missed it, you can catch up with it here on 4oD.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.