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FindLaw's 'Good Wife' Reviews Get Revamped for 5th Season

By William Peacock, Esq. on October 01, 2013 4:14 PM

FindLaw Blogs Editor Tanya Roth's friend once served as a technical consultant on the Fox medical drama "House" -- a show with such a following that nit-picky bloggers would dissect each episode with medical fact-checks every week.

And her boss, FindLaw Manager of Digital Strategy and Social Media Stephanie Rahlfs, was a follower of New York Magazine and Vulture's regular "Reality Index" feature about "Gossip Girl" on the CW network.

Both are great ideas, but where are the blogs law-checking all the legal dramas out there?

Roth conceived the idea and pitched it to the team, and since none of us could stomach sitting through a season of "Franklin & Bash," we chose instead to write posts picking apart "The Good Wife" on CBS.

Last year, at the mid-season mark, we debuted our law-checking, show-critiquing series in our Celebrity Justice blog, and tasked our bloggers with watching, and reviewing, primetime programming.

Our Premiere Season

Our first series of posts garnered quite a bit of positive social traffic and buzzy retweets. Never content to settle on our laurels, we decided to give our "Good Wife" blog series -- entitled "'The Good Wife': Good Law?" -- a bit of a facelift for our second (and the show's fifth) season.

FindLaw Senior Writer Brett Snider, newly tasked with watching the show (and dropping legal knowledge at the same time) stated, "I'm happy to write about a show that teaches lawyers like myself to enjoy meteoric rises while simultaneously being good wives and mothers."

When asked about the protagonist's acting performance, Snider expressed his excitement at being able to bear witness to Julianna Margulies' fine acting talents, stating, "I enjoyed her performance in 'Snakes on a Plane.' And her reprise of her lawyer character from 'Scrubs,' who had a heart of ice, not gold. She's obviously got range."

What's New This Season

For the new season of "The Good Wife," we took good, and made it better. Each episode critique, beginning with Season 5's premiere, will now include:

  • A spoiler-laden Episode Recap;
  • Legal Roots, which explains the real-life, ripped-from-the-headlines origins of the storylines;
  • Legal Fact and Legal Fiction, pointing out the legal foibles and successes in each episode;
  • Legal Babble, which translates legal terms that lay people may not understand; and finally,
  • The Verdict, where FindLaw's blogger-critics will share their overall thoughts about the episode.

And for those viewers who are binge-watching multiple episodes: A new sidebar with links to previous and future episodes should help you work your way through the season, as well as guide you to articles that explain some of the more difficult legal topics to comprehend.

Law school? Who needs it. You've got "The Good Wife" and good law, courtesy of FindLaw's blog team.

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