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The Best Seasons of The Good Wife

Updated July 31, 2020 515 votes 245 voters 21.2k views7 items

All the seasons of The Good Wife have been gripping, but which seasons really stand out? Following her husband's scandal, Alicia Florrick revives her law career and redefines her role as a wife and mother. Some of the most memorable episodes of The Good Wife come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some The Good Wife seasons focus on Alicia's career, while other good seasons follow her romantic relationships. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of The Good Wife are, let's rank every The Good Wife season from best to worst.

The Good Wife is a legal and political drama starring Julianna Margulies and Matt Czuchry. The Good Wife premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. After seven seasons – and five Emmys – The Good Wife ended in 2016. A spinoff about Diane Lockhart entitled, The Good Fight, premiered in 2017.

Vote up your favorite seasons of The Good Wife, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of The Good Wife not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be tough to put one The Good Wife season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

 

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    The Good Wife - Season 5

    The fifth season of The Good Wife premiered on September 29, 2013, and contains 22 episodes. This season marks the departure of one of the series' central characters.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "The Next Day," "The Decision Tree," and "A Weird Year."

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    • The fourth year associates are fired after Will learns of their new firm.
    • Florrick/Ago is monitored by the NSA.
    • Will is shot by one of his clients.
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    The Good Wife - Season 2

    The second season of The Good Wife premiered on September 28, 2010, and contains 23 episodes. This season focuses more on the friendship between Alicia and Kalinda.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Taking Control," "Wrongful Termination," and "Closing Arguments."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Eli deletes an important message from Will.
    • Peter wins his re-election campaign.
    • Alicia learns of Kalinda and Peter's affair.
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    The Good Wife - Season 3

    The third season of The Good Wife premiered on September 25, 2011, and contains 22 episodes. This season finds Alicia in the role of mediator between Peter and Lockhart & Gardner.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "A New Day," "Parenting Made Easy," and "The Dream Team."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Will goes on trial.
    • Peter decides to run for governor.
    • Alicia discovers more of Kalinda's secrets.
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    The Good Wife - Season 4

    The fourth season of The Good Wife premiered on September 30, 2012, and contains 22 episodes. This season introduces the character of Nick Savarese played by Marc Warren.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "I Fought the Law," "Runnin' with the Devil," and "What's in the Box?."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • Eli is accused of manipulating votes.
    • Kalinda's husband comes to town.
    • Alicia takes a new job.
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