Parents' Guide to

The Good Wife

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Timely, mature drama about surviving political scandal.

TV CBS Drama 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+
An excellent legal drama, but the overall show is a hot mess! The court cases were intriguing and exciting. The acting was amazing! I enjoy watching top-notch lawyers fighting for their clients. There were a few likable and quirky characters that made the show engaging. I can count on some of this cast to give me good character development, humor, ingenuity, and heart. But I have a few issues that bother me: -It is not a family-friendly show but a messy soap opera with morally bankrupt characters. Every season was a series of scandals, bed-hopping affairs, and political backstabbing, which got on my nerves. I had to fast forward through many offensive scenes. -Bad depictions of what a marriage is all about. I wish more shows would promote good marriages for a change. Both Alicia and Peter are having extramarital affairs that bother me; they had no loyalty or love toward each other. Their conscience was dead, and their so-called friends around them encouraged them to be unfaithful and use each other politically to get ahead but continue to fornicate without consequence. This is an unhealthy damaging, and selfish view of monogamy and marriage. So, I have mixed feelings about the show. I would have given this show 5/5 if it taught family values and morals. Although I enjoyed the cases and some characters, the melodrama made the show a hot mess. If you want a good legal drama with characters who have integrity, I recommend Law & Order or Blue Bloods.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 2+

Is It Any Good?

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This series sets itself apart from other legal dramas because it's set within the backdrop of real-life political/sex scandals that have been sensationalized in the media. Because The Good Wife is told from Alicia's point of view, it establishes a strong, positive voice -- one that's presumably meant to represent the real-life political wives who publicly stand by their husbands but are usually never heard from. It also calls attention to the pain that these scandals -- and the media coverage they receive -- can cause.

While Alicia is a strong survivor, The Good Wife sends some mixed messages about women. It features women in a variety of domestic and distinguished professional roles, but it also shows them resorting to catty and/or desperate measures to get what they want. Meanwhile, Alicia's on-going efforts to support her husband politically and personally sometimes makes her appear more indecisive than empowered. Still, the show offers a well-developed and (unfortunately) timely drama that makes for solid primetime entertainment.

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