The BEST Episodes of The Good Wife

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: CBS

The Good Wife is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who must assume full responsibility for her family and re-enter the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.

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Hitting the Fan

#1 - Hitting the Fan

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 2013

A desperate battle to retain clients begins when Cary and Alicia's plan to leave the firm is exposed.

star 8.52
1,853 votes
Directors: James Whitmore
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Dramatics, Your Honor

#2 - Dramatics, Your Honor

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 23, 2014

Alicia enlists Cary as her lawyer when Nelson Dubeck approaches her to participate in a deposition regarding his investigation into election rigging. Meanwhile, Will continues the difficult defense of Jeffrey Grant as he faces off against a new prosecutor who proves to be a formidable adversary.

star 8.34
1,657 votes
Directors: Brooke Kennedy
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
The Decision Tree

#3 - The Decision Tree

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 1, 2013

Alicia is shocked to learn that a former client bequeathed her millions, but Lockhart/Gardner quickly contests the will on behalf of the deceased's wife. Meanwhile, Diane asks Kalinda to look into Damian's background. Also, Eli and Marilyn are concerned about Peter being seen with Alicia's more disreputable clients at the Florrick/Agos holiday party.

star 8.18
1,531 votes
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
What's in the Box?

#4 - What's in the Box?

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 28, 2013

When Zach thinks he has witnessed vote tampering, Will, Alicia and Diane race to a series of emergency court proceedings on the night of the gubernatorial election. An unexpected source offers to help Cary start his own firm.

star 8.15
1,567 votes
Directors: Robert King
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Closing Arguments (2)

#5 - Closing Arguments (2)

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 17, 2011

Despite their tense relationship, Alicia and Kalinda rush to prove their client's innocence in a murder trial. The timing may finally be right for Alicia and Will to pursue their relationship.

star 8.12
2,144 votes
Directors: Robert King
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff, Michelle King, Robert King
A Weird Year

#6 - A Weird Year

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 18, 2014

An open feed from a camera mistakenly left on after a teleconferenced deposition between the lawyers of Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner reveals a threat to the firm that Alicia and Cary never saw coming. Meanwhile, the fate of Lockhart/Gardner hangs in the balance as Louis Canning vies for a larger role. Also, Alicia entrusts Zach's high school graduation party to Jackie and Veronica.

star 8.11
1,465 votes
Directors: Robert King
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Another Ham Sandwich

#7 - Another Ham Sandwich

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 29, 2012

With her investigation complete, Wendy presents her evidence against Will to the grand jury in hopes of sending him to prison for bribery. Eli and Stacie Hall square off once again.

star 8.10
1,861 votes
Writers: Leonard Dick
Je Ne Sais What?

#8 - Je Ne Sais What?

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 2013

Will, Diane and Alicia help Elsbeth Tascioni when she is arrested. Eli and Jordan give Peter conflicting pieces of advice.

star 8.08
1,743 votes
Directors: Jacqueline Hoyt
Writers: Matt Shakman
Hail Mary

#9 - Hail Mary

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 4, 2015

Cary hires a prison consultant to prepare him for incarceration while the team at Florrick/Agos/Lockhart does everything in its power to help him. Alicia practices for the State’s Attorney candidates’ debate.

star 8.07
1,107 votes
Directors: Brooke Kennedy
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Everything Is Ending

#10 - Everything Is Ending

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 2013

Alicia works to prevent the execution of a convicted murderer as she plans her exit from the firm with Cary. Eli helps Peter put together his staff.

star 8.04
1,588 votes
Directors: Robert King
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
The Line

#11 - The Line

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 2014

Despite pressure from Eli, Alicia is determined not to run for State's Attorney. Diane considers joining Florrick/Agos. A crisis threatens to tear the firm apart.

star 8.02
1,372 votes
Directors: Robert King
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Red Team/Blue Team

#12 - Red Team/Blue Team

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 17, 2013

Office politics come to a head when Will and Diane ask Alicia and Cary to face off against them in a mock trial, only to get more than they bargained for. Eli tries to avoid losing his role in Peter’s campaign to Jordan, as he continues his fight with the Justice Department.

star 8.01
1,639 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
I Fought the Law

#13 - I Fought the Law

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 2012

A state trooper targets Zach, putting Alicia on the offensive; Kalinda decides to face her problems; Diane and Will explore the firm's financial issues.

star 7.97
1,591 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Oppo Research

#14 - Oppo Research

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 12, 2014

Eli asks a respected campaign manager to help Alicia explore the option of running for State's Attorney.

star 7.97
1,329 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Luke Schelhaas
Outside the Bubble

#15 - Outside the Bubble

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2013

Alicia tries to obtain Lockhart & Gardner files as she prepares to exit the firm. Faced with a sexual harassment lawsuit, the firm hires Elsbeth Tascioni.

star 7.97
1,534 votes
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
The Next Week

#16 - The Next Week

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 2013

Zach makes a discovery that leads Alicia and Cary to believe that the firm is spying on them. Will helps one of Alicia's former clients. Clarke Hayden offers financial advice to Florrick/Agos.

star 7.94
1,452 votes
The Trial

#17 - The Trial

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 23, 2014

When Cary’s case goes to trial, a plea deal offer has him seriously considering jail time. A joke between mother and daughter lands Alicia in trouble as her campaign for State’s Attorney is in full stride.

star 7.91
1,238 votes
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Trust Issues

#18 - Trust Issues

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 28, 2014

As the firm deals with an internal legal crisis, Alicia tries to hold onto their biggest client. Diane plots her move.

star 7.90
1,329 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Ted Humphrey
The Next Day

#19 - The Next Day

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 2013

Alicia and Cary represent a client who changed firms and Will and Diane delay turning over the case files. Marilyn tries to give advice to Alicia.

star 7.89
1,512 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Leonard Dick
The Dream Team

#20 - The Dream Team

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 29, 2012

Will and Diane scramble when Louis and Patti team up to bankrupt the firm. Alicia faces conflicted feelings regarding her relationship with Peter. Kalinda's past catches up to her.

star 7.88
1,930 votes
Directors: Robert King
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff, Meredith Averill
A Precious Commodity

#21 - A Precious Commodity

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 2013

Alicia receives a stunning offer that causes her to reconsider leaving the firm. The partners must take action when Diane is put at odds with her colleagues.

star 7.87
1,604 votes
Directors: Brooke Kennedy
Writers: Keith Eisner
The Last Call

#22 - The Last Call

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 30, 2014

Alicia searches for answers as she tries to make sense of Will’s death in the aftermath of the courthouse shooting. Meanwhile, Diane delivers the somber news to the partners at Lockhart/Gardner who must decide how to move forward.

star 7.86
1,481 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Parenting Made Easy

#23 - Parenting Made Easy

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 4, 2011

A routine arbitration turns into a battle of wills between Alicia and Louis, but the pair makes an unexpected connection when a personal crisis interrupts the proceedings.

star 7.86
1,944 votes
Writers: Courtney A. Kemp, Michelle King, Robert King
Blue Ribbon Panel

#24 - Blue Ribbon Panel

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 25, 2012

Alicia is assigned to be on a blue-ribbon panel that is investigating a police shooting, but she soon begins to question the actions of the panel chairman.

star 7.86
1,746 votes
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King

#25 - KSR

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2015

A well respected surgeon is accused of plotting to commit a crime; Ruth suggests that Courtney Paige hire Jason for business in another state, hoping to remove him from Alicia's life.

star 7.86
1,339 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Craig Turk