The Good Wife

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The Good Wife
The Good Wife
GenreLegal drama
Political drama
Created byRobert King
Michelle King
StarringJulianna Margulies
Matt Czuchry
Archie Panjabi
Graham Phillips
Makenzie Vega
Alan Cumming
Zach Grenier
Matthew Goode
Josh Charles
Christine Baranski
Composer(s)David Buckley
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes122 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Ridley Scott
Dee Johnson
David W. Zucker
Michelle King
Robert King
Brooke Kennedy
Tony Scott
Producer(s)Ron Binkowski
Corinne Brinkerhoff
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ("Pilot")
New York City (all other episodes)
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)Scott Free Productions
King Size Productions
Small Wishes Productions (season 1)
CBS Television Studios (season 4–)
CBS Productions (season 1–3)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original runSeptember 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) – present
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The Good Wife
The Good Wife
GenreLegal drama
Political drama
Created byRobert King
Michelle King
StarringJulianna Margulies
Matt Czuchry
Archie Panjabi
Graham Phillips
Makenzie Vega
Alan Cumming
Zach Grenier
Matthew Goode
Josh Charles
Christine Baranski
Composer(s)David Buckley
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes122 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Ridley Scott
Dee Johnson
David W. Zucker
Michelle King
Robert King
Brooke Kennedy
Tony Scott
Producer(s)Ron Binkowski
Corinne Brinkerhoff
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ("Pilot")
New York City (all other episodes)
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)Scott Free Productions
King Size Productions
Small Wishes Productions (season 1)
CBS Television Studios (season 4–)
CBS Productions (season 1–3)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original channelCBS
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original runSeptember 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) – present
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The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009.[1] The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry and Alan Cumming, and features Chris Noth in a recurring role. The current executive producers are Ridley Scott, Charles McDougall, and David W. Zucker.[2] It is a heavily serialized show with many story arcs that also feature stand alone procedural story lines that are resolved or concluded by the end of each episode. The serial plots have been especially showcased in its highly praised 5th and 6th seasons. This is a rarity among The Good Wife's broadcaster CBS, as most of their shows are procedural.[3]

The show has received widespread critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including five Emmys and the 2014 Television Critics Association award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. The performances of the show's cast have been particularly recognized, with Julianna Margulies' role as Alicia Florrick receiving significant praise.[4] On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed the show for a sixth season.[5]


The series focuses on Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), whose husband Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), a former Cook County, Illinois, State's Attorney, has been jailed following a notorious political corruption and sex scandal. After having spent the previous thirteen years as a stay-at-home mother, Alicia returns to her old job as a litigator to provide for her two children.[6] The series was partly inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal,[7] as well as by other prominent American political sex scandals, such as John Edwards and Bill Clinton. As one of the creators, Michelle King, explains:

We came up with the idea about a year and a half ago. There had been this waterfall of these kinds of scandals, from Bill and Hillary [Clinton], to Dick Morris, to Eliot Spitzer, to name just a few. I think they are all over our culture. And there was always this image of the husband up there apologizing and the wife standing next to him. I think the show began when we asked, "What are they thinking?" And Robert and I started talking about it from there. ... You know, what's interesting about a lot of these political scandals is that the women are lawyers, too. Hillary [Clinton] is a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards is a lawyer. I think that got us thinking along those lines. That is, we knew she had to go back to work, and we had so many female lawyers to draw on.[8]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, portrayed in Season 5
Main cast of The Good Wife
Julianna MarguliesAlicia FlorrickMain
Matt CzuchryCary AgosMain
Archie PanjabiKalinda SharmaMain
Graham PhillipsZach FlorrickMain
Makenzie VegaGrace FlorrickMain
Josh CharlesWill GardnerMain
Christine BaranskiDiane LockhartMain
Alan CummingEli GoldRecurringMain
Zach GrenierDavid LeeRecurringMain
Matthew GoodeFinn PolmarMain

Recurring cast[edit]

Recurring cast of The Good Wife
Chris NothPeter FlorrickRecurring
Mary Beth PeilJackie FlorrickRecurringGuest
Renee Elise GoldsberryGeneva PineRecurringGuest
Chris ButlerMatan BrodyRecurringGuest
Mamie GummerNancy CrozierGuestRecurringGuest
Mike ColterLemond BishopRecurringGuestRecurring
Gary ColeKurt McVeighRecurringGuestRecurring
Jill FlintLana DelaneyRecurringGuestRecurringGuest
Martha PlimptonPatti NyholmRecurringGuest
Denis O'HareJudge Charles AbernathyRecurringGuestRecurring
Titus WelliverGlenn ChildsRecurringGuest
Michael BoatmanJulius CainRecurringRecurring
Carrie PrestonElsbeth TascioniRecurringRecurring
Dylan BakerColin SweeneyRecurringRecurringGuest
Joe MortonDaniel GoldenRecurringGuest
Dreama WalkerBeccaRecurringGuest
Kevin ConwayJonas SternRecurringGuest
Sonequa Martin-GreenCourtney WellsRecurring
Michael J. FoxLouis CanningRecurringGuestRecurring
Jerry AdlerHoward LymanGuestRecurring
Rita WilsonViola WalshRecurringGuest
John Benjamin HickeyNeil GrossGuestRecurring
Dallas RobertsOwen CavanaughRecurring
Mike PniewskiFrank LandauRecurring
Anika Noni RoseWendy Scott-CarrRecurringGuest
Tim GuineeAndrew WileyRecurring
Skipp SudduthJim MoodyRecurringRecurring
America FerreraNatalie FloresRecurringGuest
Scott PorterBlake CalamarRecurring
Michael EalyDerrick BondRecurring
Lisa EdelsteinCeleste SerranoRecurring
Anna CampCaitlin D'arcyRecurring
Monica RaymundDana LodgeRecurring
Matthew PerryMike KrestevaRecurring
Stockard ChanningVeronica LoyRecurring
Jess WeixlerRobyn BurdineRecurring
Nathan LaneClarke HaydenRecurring
Miriam ShorMandy PostRecurring
Marc WarrenNick SavareseRecurring
Amanda PeetLaura HellingerRecurring
Maura TierneyMaddie HaywardRecurring
T.R. KnightJordan KarahaliosRecurring
Jason O'MaraDamian BoyleRecurring
Ben RappaportCarey ZeppsRecurring
Melissa GeorgeMarilyn GarbanzaRecurring
Jeffrey TamborJudge George KlugerRecurring
Jordana SpiroJenna VilletteRecurring
Michael CerverisJames CastroRecurring


The series was created by Robert and Michelle King, who serve as executive producers and show runners.[2] The pair had produced the short-lived legal drama In Justice that aired as a mid-season replacement in early 2006.[18] The creators had previously worked extensively in feature films. Scott Free productions helped to finance The Good Wife and Ridley Scott, Tony Scott (until his death) and David W. Zucker are credited as executive producers.[19][20]

Executive producer Dee Johnson added television writing experience to the team.[18][20] Charles McDougall directed the pilot episode and was the pilot's other executive producer.[21] McDougall had previously enjoyed success as the director of the pilot for Desperate Housewives. All seven executive producers returned when a full series was ordered and they were joined by executive producer Brooke Kennedy.[22] McDougall left the crew after directing and executive producing the second episode.[22][23] The series is produced by Bernadette Caulfield who had previously worked on the HBO polygamy drama Big Love; co-producer Ron Binkowski added post production experience to the pilot and returned for the first season.

Several new producers were added to the crew once CBS ordered a full season. Angela Amato Velez joined the crew as a consulting producer and writer bringing legal experience from her careers as a police officer and legal aid attorney and writing experience from the police dramas Third Watch and Southland. Todd Ellis Kessler, who had recently completed production on The Unit, and had previously worked on legal drama The Practice, joined the staff as a co-executive producer and writer.[24] Ted Humphrey served as a supervising producer and writer and then as co-executive producer and writer. Corinne Brinkerhoff completed the production team as a writer and co-producer. Brinkerhoff had previously worked as a writer and story editor on Boston Legal. David W. Zucker is an executive producer on the show, having been nominated for four Primetime Emmys and one PGA Award. His credits included Judging Amy, The Pillars of the Earth, and Law Dogs.[25]

Authenticity of plot and characters was achieved through the use of script consultants, including Karen Kessler, who is a founding member and president of Evergreen Partners Inc., a public relations and events planning firm.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings
First airedLast airedRankViewers
123September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)No. 1813.12[26]
223September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28)May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)No. 1613.00[27]
322September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)April 29, 2012 (2012-04-29)No. 2611.83[28]
422September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30)April 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)No. 2710.98[29]
522September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)No. 2311.43[30]
622[31]September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21)TBATBATBA

Season 1[edit]

As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, Alicia Florrick joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner, who is interested in rekindling their former relationship. The firm's top litigator and other partner, Diane Lockhart, likes Alicia's work and her connections so she and Will award her with a full-time associate position following a trial period. Alicia beat out Cary Agos, a clever young attorney who takes a job in the state's attorney's office, now bitter and vengeful. Alicia finds an ally and a friend in Kalinda, the firm's tough and mysterious in-house investigator. Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician's scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her children, 14-year-old Zach and 13-year-old Grace. Now that Peter is back home and planning to run for office again with help from Eli Gold, his cunning image consultant, Alicia continues to redefine herself and her role in her family's life.[32]

Season 2[edit]

Season 2 begins where season 1 left off with Will and Alicia discussing how to have an affair without the media finding out. Before the plan is conceived, however, Eli Gold takes possession of Alicia's phone and deletes a pivotal voicemail. Alicia, now under the impression that Will doesn't have a plan, suppresses her feelings for Will, and the workplace environment becomes awkward when they are in vicinity of each other. With Alicia as a 2nd year associate after being chosen over Cary Agos, who has now been hired as a states attorney leading to Lockhart & Gardner, they often find themselves battling each other in court. Peter, now released from prison and cleared of charges, begins his campaign to run as States Attorney against current States Attorney Glenn Childs. A new main partner, Derrick Bond, joins the firm Lockhart & Gardner—now known as Lockhart/Gardner & Bond. However, a feud between Diane and Will occurs when Will begins siding with Derrick Bond's suggestions. Diane requests Kalinda to check into Will's and Derrick's past. She discovers that they had a connection in Will's old law firm in Baltimore. At the same time, a new investigator joins the law firm—Blake Calamar. Brought in by Derrick Bond, he is determined to uncover Kalinda's past. When Will discovers that Bond has also been deceiving him, Will and Diane work together to remove Bond as a main partner, but wait until Bond brings in a "super PAC" (political action committee) client worth $100 million a year. Blake eventually uncovers that Kalinda had changed her name from "Leela" and that Leela slept with Peter Florrick when she used to work for him in the state's attorney's office. Alicia finds out about the affair on the night that Peter wins the election for state's attorney. Alicia separated from Peter, gains a stronger attraction to Will, and begins to have sexual relations with him.

Season 3[edit]

Season 3 takes place the following morning after season 2 with Alicia now as a third year litigator on track to become partner while having an affair with her boss Will Gardner. She is given an office on the 29th floor, the only third year litigator with an office on the floor. Peter Florrick's crisis manager Eli Gold joins the firm to prepare for Peter's campaign for Governorship of Illinois, while Alicia acts as a bridge between Lockhart & Gardner and his campaign. Peter, now as States Attorney, battles with Lockhart & Gardner from case to case while the firm begins to get a short-term liquidity problem. Diane and Will try to acquire a bankruptcy department from a competing law firm that's closing down due to the double dip recession, and they notice that a bankruptcy department is the only area that will survive a double dip recession. When Diane tries lobbying to become the States Attorney's Civil Defender, she begins to suspect an affair between Will and Alicia. The affair, however, ends by mid-season after Alicia realizes she's been putting her needs before those of her children.

Season 4[edit]

Season 4 focuses on Lockhart & Gardner's efforts to come out from bankruptcy after rival lawyers Louis Canning and Patti Nyholm team up to take them down. A trustee, Clarke Hayden, is appointed to watch over the firm, but Will and Diane are not happy once he starts getting in their way. Trying to gain money, the firm offers partnership to some associates, because they need their initial payment. When the debt is cleared, only Alicia is made partner and the other offers are delayed. Feeling angry, Cary teams up with the other four-years to start a new firm. Meanwhile, Peter Florrick runs for Governor. Eli is once again leading his campaign, although things get complicated when he finds out he is being investigated. Alicia befriends Maddie Hayward, who sponsors her husband's campaign, but ultimately it turns out she is running up against him and Mike Kresteva. In a B plot Kalinda's past comes to haunt her in the form of her husband Nick. Once he starts threatening people in her life, she needs to get rid of him. The firm also hires a new investigator to help her at work - Robyn Burdine. On top of all, Alicia is back with Peter, but having a hard time suppressing her feelings for Will.

Season 5[edit]

Season 5 takes place after Alicia joins Cary in opening a new firm. They take some of Lockhart/Gardner's (now known as LG) clients, but they need to survive under the fierce backlash of their ex-employers.

After winning the elections, Peter is now governor. Eli is his chief of staff and is having some problems with Marylin Garbanza, Director of the Governor's Ethics Commission. Meanwhile, the investigation of a ballot box, full of fake votes for Peter, may ruin his career. At the end of episode 15, Will Gardner is fatally shot in a courtroom by his client. This had a tremendous effect on many of the characters, particularly Alicia, Diane and Kalinda, all of whom reconsidered the course of their respective careers following his death. Finn Polmar was also introduced as a new ASA who befriends Alicia. Alicia decides to split up with Peter but will stay married in the public eye, as it benefits both of their careers. Louis Canning joins Lockhart Gardner as a partner and keeps Will's name on the letterhead, making the firm "Lockhart Gardner and Canning"; he and David Lee plot to kick Diane out of the firm. At the end of Season 5, Diane asks if she could join Florrick Agos with her $38 million in clients. Zach goes away to college and Eli asks Alicia if she would run for State's Attorney.

Season 6[edit]

In the 6th season of The Good Wife, Alicia is presented with several interesting options: run for State's Attorney, or lure Diane to her new firm and continue to fight cases in the cutthroat world of Chicago law.[33] Cary is arrested, charged with helping trafficking $1.3 million worth of heroin. Diane's offer to join Florrick/Agos stands on the condition she gets an equal vote with Alicia and Cary. David Lee and Louis Canning get suspicious of Diane when she declares her intention to retire. Against Alicia's wishes, Eli conducts polling on any potential campaign for the State's Attorney office for Alicia and discovers that Alicia has a very good chance of winning against the incumbent. He schemes to get Peter's approval. With Cary in jail, Diane joins Florrick Agos and becomes Florrick Agos & Lockhart. Cary is let out on bail but when he goes to a college reunion out of state the terms of his bail are revised and is not allowed within 30 feet near Kalinda as she worked for Bishop and whom the court considers dangerous. In an FBI wiretap, it is revealed that Lemond Bishop had plans to assassinate Cary because he suspected Cary might turn. Bishop also pressurises Kalinda into spying on her lover Lana Delany. Diane finds a void in the Lockhart Gardner and Canning building office contract and in a hostile takeover, evicts Canning and Florrick Agos & Lockhart move in. During Cary's cross examination, he takes a plea deal of 4 years (2 years with good behaviour) when he realizes that the jury thinks he's guilty and has no case.


On October 7, 2009, CBS gave the series a full-season pickup, extending the first season from 13 to 22 episodes,[34] later extended to 23 episodes.[35] On January 14, 2010, CBS renewed the drama for a second season,[36] which premiered on September 28, 2010.[37] On May 18, 2011, CBS renewed The Good Wife for a third season, airing Sundays at 9:00 pm[38] On March 14, 2012, CBS renewed the show for a fourth season.[39] On March 27, 2013, CBS renewed The Good Wife for a fifth season.[40] On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed the show for a sixth season.[41]

Technology and the Internet[edit]

The Good Wife has been well received among technology enthusiasts, being described by Clive Thompson of Wired as "the most tech-savvy show on TV".[42] The show has explored the relationship between technology and the law, covering topics including Bitcoin, Anonymous, viral marketing in political campaigns, voice control software, virtual conferencing robots, and NSA surveillance. For example, one of the firm's recurring clients is a fictional internet search company known as Chumhum, which among other issues has faced privacy lawsuits for selling users' personal data to the Chinese and Syrian government. The Good Wife was the first TV show to feature Bitcoin, the virtual internet currency, with an episode featuring Bitcoin first broadcast in January 2012.[43] This led to it achieving a high level of fame amongst the Bitcoin community.[44][45]

In the season 5 premiere, a Double Robotics robot was featured on the show which allowed a litigator to teleconference from home by controlling a tablet on wheels. However, rather than glorifying the robot's features, The Good Wife turned it into a punchline with practical jokes and problems the robot could have such as it not being able to maneuver around an office and bumping into walls, doors and people and low Wi-Fi connectivity leading to buffering and loss of visual and voice communication of the person working at home.[46]

In Episode 9, "Whack-a-Mole" The Good Wife featured a version of Reddit called "Scabbit" and how it affects the law and the downsides of having an "average joe" being an investigator trying to find a domestic terrorist. It also deals with injunctions of taking down a defamatory web page on "Scabbit" but having another similar web page pop up soon after.

In Episode 11, "Goliath and David" the story is based around a TV show Drama Camp who stole an Indie band's cover of a rap song and deals with the legality of copyright infringement. It was inspired by Jonathan Coulton who created a cover of "Baby Got Back" and Glee, the TV series, which used an identical cover on the show. The character Robyn Burdine, a private investigator for Florrick/Agos, discovers that the show Drama Camp had to release the song on iTunes in Sweden before releasing it in the USA and that the engineers directly ripped the Indie band's track constituting actual theft.

In Season 6 Episode 2, The show tackles employee poaching in the workplace for social media companies and employee wage-fixing by The Good Wife's Google stand-in "ChumHum" and how they worked with other companies to fix employees salaries.

In Season 6 Episode 5, Florrick, Agos and Lockhart deal with ransomware on the office computers.


The Good Wife has received universal critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike:

TV ratings[edit]

SeasonEpisodesTimeslot (ET)Original airingRankViewers
(in millions)
Season premiereSeason finaleTV season
123Tuesday 10:00 pmSeptember 22, 2009May 25, 20102009–10No. 1813.12[66]
223September 28, 2010May 17, 20112010–11No. 1613.00[67]
322Sunday 9:00 pmSeptember 25, 2011April 29, 20122011–12No. 2611.83[68]
422September 30, 2012April 28, 20132012–13No. 2710.98[69]
522September 29, 2013May 18, 20142013–14No. 2311.43[70]
622September 21, 2014[71]May 20152014–15TBATBA

Median age[edit]

DVR ratings[edit]

Season Averages in Live plus 7 DVR Ratings:

2013: With 11.7 million viewers, the series ranks at No. 36 among American TV primetime series. Among 18 to 49 viewers (106); 34 and under (223).[81]


Awards and nominations[edit]

The series and its cast have won a number of awards. Julianna Margulies has been widely recognized for her portrayal in the lead role, winning the Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Critics' Choice Television Award, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, and twice for the Screen Actors Guild Award.

The series has also been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards in its first four seasons, with Margulies winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for the first half of the first season in 2010.

In addition, the series won a Peabody Award in 2010,[88] and has been thrice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. In total, the series and its cast have been nominated for 35 Primetime Emmy Awards in its first five seasons.

In 2010, Archie Panjabi won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal as Kalinda Sharma.

In 2011, Julianna Margulies won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal as Alicia Florrick.

In 2012, Martha Plimpton won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal as Patti Nyholm.

In 2013, Carrie Preston won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for playing Elsbeth Tascioni.

In 2014, Julianna Margulies won her second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on The Good Wife with the winning episode "The Last Call".

On December 12, 2013, the series received three Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Television Series – Drama, Best Actress – Television Series Drama (Margulies), and Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film (Charles).[89]

On May 28, 2014, the series was nominated for five Critics' Choice Television Awards for Best Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series (Margulies), Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Charles), Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Baranski), and Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series (Preston).[90]


The Good Wife has been sold in a complex multi-window deal that involves two streaming partners, Amazon and Hulu; a basic cable network, Hallmark Channel; and broadcast syndication, for a combined license fee of nearly $2 million per episode. "This is an off-network model for a unique serialized show in today's television ecosystem,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation.

Under the deal, the first four seasons of The Good Wife are available on Amazon Prime. Hulu Plus rolled out previous seasons of the show in September 2013, while Hallmark Channel, which reportedly paid $350,000 and $400,000 per episode,[91] began airing The Good Wife in January 2014. However not long after premiering on the Hallmark Channel the show was pulled from the schedule.[92] A weekend broadcast syndication run is scheduled to begin in September 2014, with the series sold in 85% of the country.[93][94]

Syndication Ratings: 331,000 viewers on Hallmark Channel [95]

International broadcasts[edit]

CountryTV network(s)Notes
AustraliaNetwork TenSeason 1 premiered on Monday nights from February 8, 2010,[96] but moved to Sunday nights at 8:30 pm from April 11, 2010.
Season 2 premiered on Wednesday nights from October 20, 2010, but was moved to Thursday nights at 8:30 pm from January 20, 2011.
BrazilUniversal ChannelPremiered on November 9, 2009 as The Good Wife – Pelo Direito de Recomeçar ("The Good Wife – For the Right to Start Over").[97]
Global: Premiered on September 22, 2009, in English, airing Tuesday nights at 10:00 pm ET/PT (including simultaneous substitution of CBS broadcast). Season 2 also aired simultaneously with CBS. Since Season 3, new episodes air same date (Sundays) as CBS but one hour later, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
V: Premiered on September 1, 2010, as Une femme exemplaire ("An Exemplary Woman", in French) in Quebec,[98] airing Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm
CroatiaHRT 2
Universal Channel
Czech RepublicUniversal ChannelBroadcast as Dobrá manželka ("Good Wife" in Czech).[99]
DenmarkTV 2Premiered in 2009
Bilingual broadcast, in French, and English with French subtitles. Season 1 premiered on February 3, 2011 as "The Good Wife"
FinlandNelonenPremiered on May 21, 2010. Broadcast with subtitles.
kabel eins
ProSieben: Season 1 premiered on March 31, 2010 in German dubbed, airing Wednesday nights at 10:15pm CET.
kabel eins: Season 2 premiered on March 11, 2011 in German dubbed, airing Friday nights at 09:15pm CET (episode 2.01–2.06) and 11:00pm CET (episode 2.07–2.23).
FOX: Pay-TV reruns of the first two seasons started on November 22, 2011. Season 3 premiered on December 11, 2012 in German dubbed, airing Tuesday nights at 9:45pm CET
sixx: Aired reruns of the first two seasons, starting on June 22, 2012.
Universal Channel
Season 1 premiered on Hallmark Channel (now Universal Channel) on January 24, 2010[100] as A férjem védelmében ("In my husband's protection"). Later Season 1 was also premiered on the countrywide-available TV2. Season 2 was also aired on Universal Channel, it was premiered on February 7, 2011.[101]
Hong Kong[[TVB Pearl[102]]]Season 4 currently on play
IrelandRTÉ Two [Season 1 to 3]
RTÉ One [Season 4 to present]
Season 1 premiered Monday March 15, 2010 at 9.30 pm and completed its run on August 16, 2010.
Season 2 premiered on Thursday July 7, 2011 at 9.00 pm and completed its run on October 13, 2011.[103][104]
Season 3 premiered on Thursday April 19, 2012 at 9.30 pm and completed its run on September 13, 2012.[105]
Season 4 the series moved to sister channel, RTÉ One, and premiered Thursday May 23, 2013 at 10.15pm [106] and completed its run on October 17, 2013.[107]
Season 5 premiered Thursday May 29 at 11.20pm on RTÉ One.[108]
ItalyRai 2/ RSI LA 1 (Italian Switzerland)Season 1 began airing on October 9, 2010, every Saturdays at 10 pm, while in (Italian) Switzerland, it aired on March 3, 2010. Season 2 Began its airing on January 26, 2011 and in Italy on September 10, 2011. Season 3 started on February 8, 2012 in Switzerland and on March 6, 2012 in Italy. Season 4 began on January 30, 2013 on RSI La 1 and from February 26, 2013 on Rai 2 every Saturdays at 11 pm.
IndiaZee CafeSeason 1 began airing on 26 May 2014 at 9pm.
IsraelYes Drama
 JamaicaCVM TVPremiered on August 13, 2014 at 9pm and airs in that time slot on Wednesdays.
JapanNHKPremiered on Tuesdays at 11:00 pm since October 5, 2010.[109]
NetherlandsNET 5[110]Premiered on January 1, 2010.
New ZealandTV3
SloveniaPOP BRIO,[111] Universal ChannelThe series premiered on Hallmark Channel (now Universal Channel) on January 24, 2010[100] as did in Hungary, the countries have the same schedule. Season 2 premiered on February 7, 2011,[101] and season 3 on March 4, 2012.[112] The Good Wife also airs on Pay TV channel POP Brio. First season premiered on September 7, 2010, the second on January 19, 2012.
and season 3 premiered on August 1, 2012. The 3rd season was shown Monday to Friday at 9.30 pm and completed its run on August 30, 2012.
SwitzerlandRTS Un[113]Wednesdays at 21:25.
TaiwanPublic Television Service

DIVA Universal

Season 1 premiered on September 1, 2010 on Public Television Service. Season 5 (Asian) premiered on DIVA Universal
United KingdomChannel 4, More4Premiered on Monday, January 25, 2010 and, starting the following week, first run episodes shown on More4 on Thursdays at 9:00 pm (with Channel 4's screening the following Wednesday). From season 2 onwards the show only airs on More4 due to a drop in ratings on Channel 4 during the first series. Series 2 to 5 aired Thursdays at 9.00pm.[114]
South AfricaM-Net, SABC3Series one premiered on Monday, January 25, 2010 on Mnet.[115] Season two and three premiered on January 17, 2011 and March 5, 2012 respectively, whilst season four will be broadcast on October 22.
SpainNova (TV channel)Series one premiered in 2010.
PolandUniversal ChannelBroadcast as Żona idealna ("Perfect Wife" in Polish)
PortugalFox LifeSeason one premiered on October 14, 2010.
RomaniaDiva Universal & Prima TVSeason 4 / First season & Youku.comSeason 5, With subtitle: Every Monday 22:00 (UTC+08:00); without subtitle every Monday 11:00 (UTC+08:00)[116][117]


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