How Good Was “The Good Wife”?

As the show concludes on Sunday, Daniel Fienberg offers a fair assessment: ‘Maybe I never saw The Good Wife as TV’s best show or, at the end of any given year, as one of TV’s 10 best shows. It had too many characters who went nowhere, too many storylines that fizzled before the fireworks and that whole Alicia/Kalinda thing that will always rankle. But few recent shows could match its procedural finesse, its top-to-bottom cast, its style and Margulies’ adroit centerpiece performance, all coming from a network world from which we’ve been trained to expect only middle-brow proficiency, if that.’

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