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Shows I got wrong the first time: CBS' The Good Wife, FX's Justified and NBC's Parenthood

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April

the-good-wife-poster_352x520.jpgEvery so often, it must be noted, there are times when I get things wrong.

This thought arose while watching the amazing drama The Good Wife. When this CBS show debuted in September 2009, I wrote it off as a one-note joke, as a predictable cycle where star Juliana Margulies’ cheated-on wife Alicia Florrick is humiliated while learning her new job as a lawyer yet managing to win every case.

But this season’s stories have taken flight. Alicia Florrick seems to have forgiven her husband (tortured smoothie Chris Noth) just as viewers learn he also cheated with her best friend at her law firm, bisexual investigator Kalinda (Archie Panjabi).

Toss in Michael J. Fox as the crafty attorney who bought her firm’s biggest competitor, and you have about a dozens reasons why I missed the boat.

SPOILER ALERT -- Tonight, Alicia supposedly learns about her husband's affair with her best work friend.

That the Good Wife's writers can handle a plot twist so absurd and maudlin on its face, keeping the action compelling and plausible, qualifies them for an Emmy all by itself.

Check it out below:

More shows I’d do over if given the chance:

FX’s Justified (10 p.m. Wednesdays): Last year, this was a game try at a backwoods police drama that sidestepped some stereotypes about rural folks. This year, it’s a masterful, sometimes absurd, always compelling look at a bunch of singular characters bounding off each other in Harlan County, Ky. Timothy Olyphant’s kick-butt U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is the chief draw; an old-school wild west sheriff stuck in modern times. But The Shield alum Walton Goggins is also amazing as onetime criminal Boyd Crowder -- once trying to live on the straight and narrow, now maneuvering for a return to the lawless life. 

 

 

NBC’s Parenthood (10 p.m. Tuesdays): What originally felt like a pale shadow of a 20-year-old film has become its own vibrant take on modern family, led by Peter Krause’s earnest yet sometimes over-emotional Adam Braverman. From exploring the bitter moments in raising an autistic child to showing an engaged couple struggling to get past one partner’s infidelity, this series has become a layered showcase for stories that feel ripped right from real life.

 

 


 

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