The intelligent yet absurd and uniquely hilarious courtroom dramedy has been my favorite show since THE GOOD WIFE left the air. I never thought I would love a spin-off so much, but this is the REAL DEAL. There are no good wives and good women in THE GOOD FIGHT, there are only disrupters, women who
The intelligent yet absurd and uniquely hilarious courtroom dramedy has been my favorite show since THE GOOD WIFE left the air. I never thought I would love a spin-off so much, but this is the REAL DEAL.
There are no good wives and good women in THE GOOD FIGHT, there are only disrupters, women who jump into opportunities prematurely, women who don’t behave, and those who battle the existential dread of how to keep up the good fight. The hopelessness and renewed purpose is a rollercoaster that keeps the show relevant and wild. These women are great characters, performed only by the industry’s top actors. And it is deliciously dramatic!
THE GOOD FIGHT is beloved by all who watch – its Rotten Tomatoes has a record 95% and for good reason, starring: Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Mandy Patinkin, Michael Boatman, and many more powerhouse performers, the writers know that whatever they throw at this team, it’ll be grounded and brilliant. The arcs are plotted in real world events as truth is stranger than fiction, yet this show decides (every single time) to become stranger than truth.
Whenever a series regular exits, this show welcomes a new character whose sole purpose is to rub everyone the wrong way for their diversity of thought, their mysterious intentions, and their slow reveal of character. The erratic behavior of the newcomer is this show’s signature move. My favorite addition so far is Carmen:
I’m an actor, so maybe that’s why I love this show so much. Every new role is a monster to unwrap and enjoy like a candy bar. And I love love love these women for it.
This is not hyperbole: “fan favorite Carrie Preston (AKA Elsbeth Tascioni)” is my favorite character in all of television. I know, that’s weirdly high praise for a character you may have never heard of or even remember, but she is stunning.
…But this ambitious show covers a whole lot more than this short excerpt. You are in for a fun ride. If being terribly upset by current events with a little humor can be fun. I think so.
Between Carrie Preston’s clumsy wildcard, young and ambitious Charmaine Bingwa, and Wanda Sykes’ legendary savant, this show just keeps getting better and better with every addition. The drama comes from sincerely diverse school’s of thought, unique origins, and clashing expectations of the world. The diversity of thought, of political calling, of addressing inequity, of morality, … is on display at all times. This show explores more than the average show because it can never stand still and preach, it can only pour women onto the screen and let them be as complicated as they are without apology. This show is about women taking up space and Black women, in particular, offered a chance to be uniquely Black – no colorblind casting, Black women are Black women AND individual in every other way.
And the clash between Christine Baranski‘s white woman feminism and Audra McDonald‘s Black leader of a Black lawfirm will never be a settled matter – racism, inequality, and operating a Black-Owned business will always be at the forefront of their professional lives, never a short seasonal arc or call-to-the-carpet moment, it is an ever present reality not unlike our own. I adore a show that keeps reality alive in an unreal world. This is not an after-school special steeped in propaganda and lessons to be learned, this is a show about messy people in a messy world.
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