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"The Good Wife" Is the Most Underrated Show on Television
Do you watch the Good Wife? You should watch the Good Wife. It’s brilliant. It’s amazing. Oh my God, it’s so good. Why aren’t you watching it? Maybe you are watching it. If you are watching it, good. You are smart and you have good taste. But a lot of you aren’t watching it. Do you not like law shows? Who doesn’t like law shows? If you’re not watching it because you don’t like law shows, you should watch the Good Wife because the Good Wife isn’t actually about the law. Or at least not really. It’s about people who happen to be lawyers. Every episode has a case that the cast tackles but it isn’t important to the overarching plot. It’s simply a vehicle for the melodrama. And the melodrama! Oh how sweet and wonderful the melodrama on the Good Wife is! I think a lot of you don’t watch the Good Wife because it’s on CBS, the Perry Como of American broadcast networks. A certain set of bright young things think that anything that comes from Les Moonves’ top rated network is stale, stodgy, and old. And they aren’t wrong, in general. But they do themselves a disservice when it comes to the Good Wife. If it were on FX, it would be live-tweeted with the gusto of Justified, Mad Men, Homeland and the Queen’s Crown of high-brow pop culture, Game of Thrones.
So if you aren’t watching it go watch all five seasons right now. Forget your job. Forget your family. Forget your personal hygiene. Go and mainline all of it now.
Ok, if you have been watching the Good Wife, we need to talk about last night.
SPOILER AHEAD. SPOILER AHEAD.
THIS IS HAPPENING SPOILER IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN LAST EXIT TO WILL IS DEAD.
He’s dead! They killed him! He’s dead! Shot to death in a court room! The blond kid he was defending took the gun from the bailiff and shot a bunch of people and Will is dead!
Will! Will, the male lead. The good wife’s boss. The good wife’s lover. One-third of the central tension of the show! He’s dead. He’s dead. He’s dead. I have no coherent thoughts here. Save this: Brave bold move, the Good Wife. It takes courage to kill off the second most important character on the show. Apparently Josh Charles wanted to leave the show after last season. Presumably he had a 7 season contract so CBS could have forced his hand, but that wouldn’t have been very nice. This seems like a good out for everybody, but wow! Bold.
As Robert and Michelle King, the show’s creators, write in a letter posted on the show’s website, they could “have sent Will to Seattle,” the way ER handled the departure of George Clooney. A weak sentimental part of me wishes they had done that so Will could come back at some point, but that’s stupid. The bold move was undoubtedly the right one, at least in the short term. Last night’s episode was one of the few genuinely shocking things I’ve seen happen on a fictional TV show. In the long term, who knows what it means for the show and the daily dynamic. I’m sure the writers will be able to convert the old Good Wife into the new Good Wife. And that’s what it will be. The Good Wife 2.0. Because the Good Wife was definitionally about Alicia being pulled in two separate directions, one by Peter and one by Will. What Will represented—independence, vengeance, the road not not taken—remains, but Will is gone.
Will is gone. :(
In the letter the Kings explain, “[W]e chose the tragic route for Will’s send-off for personal reasons. We’ve all experienced the sudden death of a loved one in our lives. It’s terrifying how a perfectly normal and sunny day can suddenly explode with tragedy.” This is true and also heartbreaking when you think about Tony Scott, one of the original executive producers, who died in August of 2012.
RIP Will. Long live the Good Wife.
Here’s a video of the cast and crew talking about Will’s death and Josh Charles’ departure.
Before you ask me when you have your first kiss or if you’ll ever have a boyfriend, I need to tell you some more important stuff first. What’s more important than a first kiss, you ask? Plenty.
First of all, don’t let that kid in your class, Danny, who called you fat, make you self-consciously wear oversized sweatshirts for the next four years to hide your body. That kid is horrible and years from now he will be boring and bald and trying to get in touch with you to come to the set of the TV show you work on. No, you don’t work on Cheers. That show’s not on the air anymore. That would’ve been awesome, though.
Another thing: Say thank you, always. Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion. When you’re grateful, people are attracted to you.
Also: Make sure you appreciate Mom and Dad. Yes, they never seem to let you do anything now except read books. Once you turn 18 you’ll never get to live with them again, and you’ll live far away, and you will miss them so much it hurts.
Next: Learn forgiveness and bestow it generously.
Finally: Don’t let anyone give you any crap. Mastering a balance of these last two will take you a lifetime, so you had better get started now.
In a shallow bowl, beat together the egg, milk, salt, pepper, green onions and cilantro. Dip slices of bread into egg mix allowing the bread to soak up the eggy goodness. Melt a pat of butter or a touch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the soaked slices of bread and fry, flipping once, 2-3 minutes per side or until deeply golden brown and crispy. Enjoy warm with sriracha to taste.