The Good Wife Is Good Television

I recently mentioned that I started binge-watching The Good Wife, and I've finally caught up, and I still love it. Which is not to suggest it's flawless, or that it's above criticism. It's just to say that I find it very enjoyable for a lot of reasons.

In today's Guardian, Bim Adewunmi makes the case for The Good Wife being one of the best dramas on TV right now, and wonders why it is that the show is not considered "one of the greats."

She makes some terrific points, especially about network television in the US not having the cachet of cable channels like AMC and HBO. But it may just be this observation that most pointedly explains why it is that The Good Wife doesn't get the buzz that shows like Breaking Bad do: "It has no smoking, brooding male anti-hero."

Instead, it has a heroine who is a progressive, a feminist, and an atheist; who does not routinely find herself physically imperiled; whose most compelling relationship is her difficult friendship with another woman.

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