Initially there was the Silda Spitzer like pain of standing in public next to your philandering man. But that was, of course, just the start.
After years not working, Alicia Florrick entered the up-or-out arena of being an associate in a law firm. No surprise, she was at a disadvantage because of her age. Also, she wasn't savvy about how to navigate that environment. It was a partner who told her that, to save her job, she would need to leverage her connections. That would bring new business into the law firm.
When Florrick did that, yes, it worked. That shifted the focus to another kind of pain: the associate, Cary Agos, who didn't get reinstated. We saw him at the bar, commiserating with all the other now-jobless lawyers. The series chronicled the hard times which had come to the legal sector. Even Harvard Law School graduates, the series mentioned, had been laid off.
Eventually Agos did land on his feet, with a job with Florrick's estranged husband Peter. But then he lost it through violating organizational policy and sleeping with a colleague. Happily, he did return to working with the old gang again, including Alicia.
Agos wasn't the only one who gave into his sexual feelings. Florrick did sleep with her borderline-personality boss, Will Gardner. That was dumb. And it might have been partly relief she felt when he was murdered in court. Gardner was bad news in relationships. He was exactly the type colleagues expect to find hanging from the rafters when they come into the office in the morning. Brilliant attorney who never had done work on himself.
Florrick also became estranged from her children. Her son didn't discuss his girlfriend's abortion with her. Her daughter fell under the spell of a cult.
In addition to the pain, there were moments when viewers could become less jaded. For example, Florrick did grow in every way. She even learned how to be a politico. running for office and winning. She didn't throw Agos under the bus because he dappled in drugs. No more suburban housewife values.
There was also comic relief. Peter's mother, Jackie, was the stereotypical pain in the butt. We enjoyed watching her meddle.
Was "The Good Wife" better or worse than "Boston Legal" and "LA Law?" Well, it was, because of changing times in life and in the legal sector, very different from those two. In addition to exploring relationships, the writers also had to dig deep into the matter of survival - financial and emotional.
Here The New York Times has an interview with those in the loop.
This blog hopes everyone involved with putting together "The Good Wife" is able to get work. This days, in the legal and outside, it's about the search for work.