Brave, honest and sometimes frustrating, ‘The Good Wife’ is a sensation on the small screen. The story of Alicia Florrick played oh-so-superbly by Julianna Margulies is one that intrigues everyone. What happens to the wife of the politicians who are embroiled in scandalous affairs? The show starts off with Alicia Florrick standing by the side of her husband, Chicago state attorney, Peter Florrick (portrayed brilliantly by Chris Noth) as he becomes a part of a humiliating sex and corruption scandal and is put behind bars. Alicia now has to go back to a law career which she had given up 13 years ago to support her two children.
She is then forced to start from the bottom of the barrel at a law firm run by her ex-lover, Will Gartner, and a formidable lawyer named Diane Lockhart. However, she continues to be exhilarating, not just in terms of the cases but the competition she faces from her peers who are much younger than her, most importantly Cary Agos (Matt Czuchy), who has a lot invested in his career. Alicia is not your ‘typical’ older woman; she faces a lot of moral dilemmas and does not simply “do the right thing”. She is a mother, daughter, wife, lover, lawyer, friend and is also good, bad, petty, brave, clever, stupid, right and wrong. What she is, is ”real”.
‘The Good Wife’ is a show that establishes feminism with its strong women characters, each extremely different from the other: the strong and formidable Dianne Lockhart, the sexy and feisty private investigator Kalinda Sharma and of course, the wonderful Alicia Florrick who wears multiple hats. With all that said now, here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘The Good Wife’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘The Good Wife’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. The Good Fight (2017 – Present)
That’s right, Dianne Lockhart is back with a spin-off of her own. Of course, ‘The Good Wife’ was mainly about Alicia Florrick but the show also gave us many feisty and amazing women characters, and a look into their journey makes for great storytelling. The show is set a year after ‘The Good Wife’ ends, when an economic scandal wipes out Dianne Lockhart’s savings and she is forced out of her own firm. She then joins an African American owned firm, Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad and starts from scratch. The show has a lot of social commentaries and deals with issues that rock America today. It also features two of the other leading ladies, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), also introduced to us in ‘The Good Wife’, and Maia Rindelle, portrayed by Rose Leslie.
11. The Politician’s Wife (1995)