The Good Wife (season 1)

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The Good Wife (season 1)
The Good Wife - The First Season.jpg
Season 1 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) – May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1September 14, 2010
Season chronology
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List of The Good Wife episodes
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The Good Wife (season 1)
The Good Wife - The First Season.jpg
Season 1 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) – May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1September 14, 2010
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of The Good Wife episodes

The first season of The Good Wife first began to air on September 22, 2009 and finished on May 25, 2010. It consisted of 23 episodes.




Awards and nominations[edit]

Primetime Emmy Awards


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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"Pilot"Charles McDougallRobert King & Michelle KingSeptember 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)13.71[6]
­After having to return to work following her husband's corruption scandal and incarceration, Alicia Florick is assigned her first case – a straightforward retrial of a woman accused of murdering her ex-husband. Since her firm successfully deadlocked the first jury, sticking to the same strategy should work again, but Alicia soon discovers that she has a real fight on her hands.
22"Stripped"Charles McDougallRobert King & Michelle KingSeptember 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)13.69[7]
Alicia and Will represent a stripper who was raped at a bachelor party by the groom, a young man from a wealthy Chicago family. On the personal front, Alicia confronts Peter over his indiscretions; debates whether or not the children should visit him in prison. The kids find doctored photos of Peter’s indiscretions, but hide them from their mother.­
33"Home"Scott EllisDee JohnsonOctober 6, 2009 (2009-10-06)13.69[8]
Alicia must return to her old neighborhood and social circle prior to her husband’s scandal when she represents the son of a former friend who’s been accused of felony murder.
44"Fixed"Daniel MinahanTodd Ellis KesslerOctober 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)12.98[9]
Alicia must determine if jury tampering has occurred in a class action suit against a drug company. As her husband prepares for his appeal, Alicia is asked to testify on his behalf.­
55"Crash"Gloria MuzioTed HumphreyOctober 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)13.26[10]
Alicia and Will represent three widows of train engineers who have been accused by the company that they, not the company, were responsible for their deaths in a train crash. Alicia and Will have 72 hours to find the smoking gun to prove that the company was responsible. On the home front, Jackie and Alicia clash when Jackie goes against Alicia’s wishes and takes the children to visit Peter in jail for his birthday.­
66"Conjugal"Rod HolcombAngela Amato VelezNovember 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)12.74[11]
Alicia and Will work on the appeal of a death row inmate accused of killing a police officer. Knowing that her client was convicted of the crime under Peter’s regime as state’s attorney, Alicia agrees to his request of a conjugal visit in order to obtain any information Peter may have regarding the original case.­
77"Unorthodox"John PolsonRobert King & Michelle KingNovember 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)13.35[12]
While representing the daughter of one of the partners at the law firm, Alicia finds herself attracted to her co-counsel and his unorthodox approach to defending their client. ­
88"Unprepared"Jim McKayCorinne BrinkerhoffNovember 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)12.70[13]
While doing witness preps for an arson trial, Alicia uncovers the real arsonist. Peter goes to court to begin his appeal process. ­
99"Threesome"James Whitmore, Jr.Ted HumphreyNovember 24, 2009 (2009-11-24)12.53[14]
When the senior partner in the firm is arrested, Alicia ends up representing him in court. At the same time, Peter's evidentiary hearing hits the skids, leading Alicia to believe that Peter may in fact have been guilty of corruption. ­
1010"Lifeguard"Paris BarclayTom SmutsDecember 15, 2009 (2009-12-15)14.17[15]
While working a case, Alicia discovers that the judge, a good friend of Will’s, is receiving kickbacks from the private detention centers he’s sentenced the convicted juveniles to.­
1111"Infamy"Nelson McCormickTodd Ellis KesslerJanuary 5, 2010 (2010-01-05)13.98[16]
A Nancy Grace-type TV commentator continually accuses a Chicago mother of killing her missing 3-year-old child, causing her to commit suicide. The firm represents the grieving husband in a wrongful death suit against the TV commentator and his television network. Alicia represents the wife of her husband's nemesis, Glenn Childs, in a divorce case. ­
1212"Painkiller"Steve ShillCorinne BrinkerhoffJanuary 12, 2010 (2010-01-12)13.87[17]
When a star high school quarterback dies from an overdose of painkillers, Alicia represents the doctor who prescribed the medication. On the personal front, Jackie suffers a stroke. Alicia tells Peter that Childs tapped their home phones. ­
1313"Bad"Alex ZakrzewskiTed HumphreyFebruary 2, 2010 (2010-02-02)12.72[18]
In probate court, Alicia defends a wealthy, immoral client whose innocence she questions in the death of his wife. Peter's appeal begins. Amber Madison is asked to testify for the prosecution.
1414"Hi"John GallagherRobert King & Michelle King & Barry M. SchkolnickFebruary 9, 2010 (2010-02-09)14.75[19]
Sonya Rucker, whose company is a client of SL&G, has a crisis. Her babysitter, Lisa Pruit, was murdered at her home and her husband, Jason Rucker, is the lead suspect. Will and Diane call in Alicia and Cary to help with the case. Cary thought he had the following day off and has taken mushrooms with a friend in from Seattle, but now must pull himself together for the next 48 hours. When contact is finally made with Jason, who claims to have been in a movie, they bring him into the firm and have him take a polygraph test before the police arrive to arrest him. As Will, Alicia and a tripping Cary question Jason, they discover that he was at his studio where he works on his graphic novel. Lisa was his muse on the project and would spend time at the studio, but their relationship did not go any further than that. At first Kalinda suspects the neighborhood security guard is responsible, but turns her attention towards one of Lisa’s classmates, Max, who got Lisa pregnant, but when she wouldn’t have an abortion, he killed her and tried to frame Jason for it. On the personal front, Peter is released on electronic monitoring, and as Alicia opens her door she sees Peter.
1515"Bang"Rod HolcombCourtney Kemp AgbohMarch 2, 2010 (2010-03-02)13.29[20]
­Alicia and Diane wrestle with spousal privilege laws in a murder case that hinges on their ability to get a wife to testify against her wealthy investment-banker husband. On the personal front, Alicia, Peter and the kids adjust to him being home.
1616"Fleas"Rosemary RodriguezAmanda SegelMarch 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)13.91[21]
Alicia and Will defend an attorney who's arrested for murder because he allegedly leaked the witness list to his client, a drug lord, which resulted in the murder of the star witness. Now under house arrest, Peter strategizes how to handle his retrial the next steps in his public rehabilitation.
1717"Heart"Félix AlcaláCorinne BrinkerhoffMarch 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)13.41[22]
An emergency courtroom is set up in a hospital conference room. Will represents Kate Willoughby, whose unborn child requires an in-utero surgical intervention on its heart. Lifestate, Kate’s insurance provider, has put a stop to the surgery two days before it’s scheduled because they don’t cover experimental procedures. SLG is also in charge of a class action lawsuit against Lifestate and the case with the Willoughbys would set the precedent for the 68 other cases where Lifestate denied coverage. Lifestate’s lawyer offers Will a deal, drop the class action suit and they’ll find the money to save her baby, but Will says no. When it looks like the outcome will be in favor of Kate, Lifestate’s defense claims that Kate’s husband inaccurately filled out their application for coverage and thus voids their contract for insurance. With Kalinda’s help, Will gets leverage on Lifestate’s unethical practices and rather than the information becoming public, a settlement is reached and the baby’s surgery is a success. On the personal front, Peter continues to repair his reputation through religion; while at the office, Alicia and Will share a kiss which leads to Alicia sleeping with Peter. ­
1818"Doubt"Félix AlcaláKaren HallApril 6, 2010 (2010-04-06)12.06[23]
Alicia and Will defend a college student accused of killing her roommate. As they defend their client Will and Alicia must deal with the tension that exists between them since the night of their kiss. Diane goes on a date with a ballistics expert.
1919"Boom"Lesli Linka GlatterTed HumphreyApril 27, 2010 (2010-04-27)12.07[24]
Jeffrey Sanborn’s widow, Karen Sanborn, is seeking punitive damages for her husband’s death which her new attorney, Jonas Stern, claims was the intentional act of SLG’s client, Charles Clay, owner and editor of The Cook County Vindicator. A Muslim extremist group claimed responsibility for the pipe bomb explosion at the newspaper’s office after Charles published a controversial political cartoon that showed the image of the Prophet Muhammad being humiliated. Managing editor, Jeffrey Sanborn was killed in the blast. As Jonas and his team try to convince the jury that Charles published the cartoon to sell more newspapers, SLG looks closer at the crime scene and realizes that the bombing was an inside job. Also, Alicia plays on Jonas’s dementia, throwing him off during the trial while Cary foils Jonas’s attempt at poaching a number of SLG associates. On the personal front, Peter and the family attend a church service, but he uses this opportunity to secretly meet with Gerald Kozko about his potentially damning testimony. Alicia is furious at Peter for making her believe he had found religion and was trying to be a better man. She leaves and the episode ends on Peter going after her with the electronic monitoring alarm going off. ­
2020"Mock"Rod HolcombTodd Ellis KesslerMay 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)12.88[25]
When Peter crosses the threshold, the electronic monitoring alarm begins to sound followed shortly by the phone ringing. Will participates in a mock trial as a judge. Alicia's building manager is arrested because of a smuggling ring and is in danger of being deported.
2121"Unplugged"Christopher MisianoKaren HallMay 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)12.85[26]
SLG divorce lawyer David Lee is representing Caroline Wilder, the soon-to-be ex-wife of rock star Max Wilder. Just before the court date, Max Wilder ends up in a coma, with the soon-to-be ex-wife and the soon-to-be new wife fighting for control of his estate. Eli Gold comes to Alicia to discuss Peter's re-election. Alicia goes to Eli for a favor. In the meantime, the contest between Alicia and Cary is decided.
2222"Hybristophilia"Frederick E. O. ToyeFrank PiersonMay 18, 2010 (2010-05-18)12.17[27]
Alicia is celebrating her victory with Kalinda when she gets a request from Will to get client, and accused wife killer, Colin Sweeney, to sign off on the new language in his company’s merger. When she arrives, she find that he is handcuffed to a dead woman. Colin claims she attacked him and killed his dog.
2323"Running"James Whitmore, Jr.Robert King & Michelle King & Corinne BrinkerhoffMay 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)10.58[28]
Alicia and Diane facilitate an immunity deal for an undercover cop who will testify in front of a grand jury that his fellow officers, Task Force members, have been conspiring with gang members to deal in illegal firearms. Two hours later, the cop is dead. The cop’s widow files a multi-million dollar wrongful death suit against Cook County and the City of Chicago and Alicia is her lawyer. Now working for Childs, Cary offers $300,000 to settle the wrongful death suit. Alicia rejects the offer and preps for trial. Kalinda finds the cache of illegal weapons, but the Task Force officers maintain their innocence in the death of their comrade. Further investigation reveals that the cop’s widow was the one who tipped off the gang member of her husband’s true identity. Alicia confronts her and the widow confesses, her husband was physically abusive, beating her on a regular basis and by telling the gang he was a cop, she knew they would kill him and this was her way out for her and her children.­



EpisodeTitleAir DateHH Rating18-49 RatingViewersRankRef
1Pilot22 September 20099.23.113.714#15[29]
2Stripped29 September 20099.13.113.690#14[30]
3Home6 October 20098.92.913.693#11[31]
4Fixed13 October 20098.72.712.798#17[32]
5Crash20 October 20098.82.813.258#14[33]
6Conjugal3 November 20098.62.712.743#16[34]
7Unorthodox10 November 20098.82.813.352#15[35]
8Unprepared17 November 20098.42.612.699-


9Threesome24 November 20098.12.812.529#15[37]
10Lifeguard1 December 20099.12.814.170#10[38]
11Infamy5 January 20109.03.013.975#10[39]
12Painkiller12 January 20109.03.013.871#15[40]
13Bad2 February 20108.42.612.808#16[41]
14Hi9 February 20109.63.114.754#12[42]
15Bang2 March 20108.52.713.319#15[43]
16Fleas9 March 20109.02.913.950#10[44]
17Heart16 March 20108.62.713.399#6[45]
18Doubt6 April 20107.92.312.061-[46]
19Boom27 April 20108.02.212.074#13[47]
20Mock4 May 20108.42.412.881#9[48]
21Unplugged11 May 20108.32.412.851#13[49]
22Hybristophilia18 May 20107.92.312.038#14[50]
23Running25 May 20107.02.010.603#13[51]


#TitleChannel 4More4Total viewers
Air dateViewersRankaAir dateViewersRankb
1Pilot25 January 20101.43m----1.43m
2Stripped1 February 20101.07m-28 January 2010--1.07m
3Home8 February 2010--4 February 2010---
4Fixed15 February 2010875,000-11 February 2010213,000-1.09m
5Crash22 February 2010795,000-18 February 2010--795,000
6Conjugal1 March 2010--25 February 2010---
7Unorthodox8 March 2010--4 March 2010---
8Unprepared15 March 2010--11 March 2010---
9Threesome22 March 2010865,000-18 March 2010--865,000
10Lifeguard29 March 2010--25 March 2010---
11Infamy6 April 2010--1 April 2010---
12Painkiller13 April 2010--8 April 2010409,000
13Bad20 April 2010--15 April 2010381,000
14Hi27 April 2010--22 April 2010410,000
15Bang4 May 2010--29 April 2010370,0007370,000
16Fleas11 May 20106 May 2010
17Heart18 May 201013 May 2010
18Doubt25 May 201020 May 2010
19Boom1 June 201027 May 2010
20Mock8 June 20103 June 2010
21Unplugged15 June 201010 June 2010
22Hybristophilia22 June 201017 June 2010

a Ranks are for Channel 4 weekly, not for overall TV.
b Ranks are for More4 weekly, not for overall TV.
c Rank and viewership for timeshift (More4 +1).
* Overnight ratings.


EpisodeTitleAir DateTimeslotViewersRank (RTÉ 2 ONLY)
1Pilot15 March 20109.30pm220,000#6
2Stripped22 March 20109.30pm165,000#11
3Home29 March 20109.30pm185,000#9
4Fixed5 April 20109.30pm210,000#7
5Crash12 April 20109.30pm166,000#10
6Conjugal19 April 20109.30pm166,000#5
7Unorthodox26 April 20109.30pm203,000#5
8Unprepared3 May 20109.30pm183,000#4
9Threesome10 May 20109.30pm142,000#15
10Lifeguard10 May 201010.25pm147,000#14
11Infamy17 May 20109.30pm157,000#8
12Painkiller31 May 20109.30pm151,000#13
13Bad7 June 20109.30pm167,000#15
14*Hi14 June 201010.00pm--
15*Bang21 June 201010.00pm--
16*Fleas28 June 201010.00pm--
17*Heart5 July 201010.00pm--
18Doubt12 July 20109.30pm130,000#18
19Boom19 July 20109.30pm148,000#13
20Mock26 July 20109.30pm146,000#12
21Unplugged2 August 20109.30pm125,000#13
22Hybristophilia9 August 20109.30pm111,000#19
23Running16 August 20109.30pm136,000#14


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