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The Good Wife - (S02E09)

Mystery . Crime . Drama

When Alicia gets a vague tip from a courthouse clerk in the appeal case of a death row inmate, the law firm races to secure a stay of execution. Peter Florrick prepares for his first debate with Glenn Childs and Wendy Scott-Carr.

Episode Title: Nine Hours
Airs: 2010-12-14 at 22:00
  • Paige Wiser

    Alicia's cases are intriguing, and the background drama would be melodramatic if it weren't such a common story these days.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    One of the best parts of the show is Alicia’s complicated relationship with her husband, who humiliated his family with a sex scandal but also appears to be a pawn in a larger game being played by high-level politicians.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    There are many enjoyable performances by many wonderful actors, including Baranski, Panjabi and, the nicest surprise of all, David Paymer, who plays a judge. But you've seen much of this before.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The Good Wife will settle into a case-of-the-week lawyer show. I'd also bet it'll have a rotating bunch of colorful judges with whom Alicia can debate. And you know what? Given the caliber of the acting and writing, that suits me --and, I'll wager, millions of viewers--just fine.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Of course she cracks the fascinating weekly case, but it will be her continued efforts to make it again in the world of work, now that she's so old and doddering, and deal with her family, that will make The Good Wife worth watching week after week.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    CBS's The Good Wife is both a well-written legal drama and a terrific showcase for actress Julianna Margulies, who elevates the already-good material with her perceptive, open performance.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    A smartly conceived and well executed legal drama with a strong star (Julianna Margulies) at its core and, even better, a terrifically timely hook.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    Each week the show is both intriguing and satisfying, as we watch Alicia piece together little victories while comforting her kids and confronting lurking demons from her old life. Despite the usual familiar courtroom shenanigans, the show's full, multilayered episodes keep us interested.

    Salon Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    There's plenty of life and overall quality to sustain this series for a long time to come.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Everything feels exactly right in this drama, to an almost clinical degree, especially Julianna Margulies's tough-but-wounded portrayal of Alicia Florrick.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    It is a terrific springboard to a series that is appealing--even compelling--in a variety of ways.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    With the rest of the cast hitting the same high notes as Margulies and the script, The Good Wife promises to be that Holy Grail of television: a good criminal procedural that barely disguises the insightful, multilayered human drama that lies beneath.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Alicia’s shock and her sense of surreal detachment, is as vivid a depiction of personal crisis as any on television. But after this cleverly written series deconstructs the exact moment when everything falls apart, it imaginatively explores how one scorned spouse struggles to get past a life-shattering scandal.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    With all four [actors] bringing their "A" games to the pilot, it looks as if CBS could have another winning 10 o'clock drama.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    It may not be entirely fair to call a show as complexly layered as The Good Wife a crime drama, though at some basic level it is, with a bleakly luminous Juliana Margulies playing a novice criminal defense attorney who's painfully learning the sport of judicial hardball.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Margulies puts a powerful combination of cold fury, bewilderment and tenacity into Alicia Florrick, the wife of a disgraced Chicago politician in a new series that readily admits it ripped itself from the headlines.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The Good Wife is confident and polished, and a much better showcase for Margulies than her last legal drama.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It establishes the main character--and reintroduces us to a totally winning TV star--while creating a multilayered world that gives that character room to maneuver and grow.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    If The Good Wife can maintain the first episode's tone, it will keep an audience even after political sex scandals fade from the news.

    Time Full Review
  • Adam Buckman

    Good premise, good start.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Slightly harder-edged than "Amy," but just as estrogen-fueled, the best-timed show of the new season is a combination of the crime-centered procedurals CBS favors and a drama about the kind of family most of us have speculated about at one time or another.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The Good Wife doesn't win many style points for originality, but nor does it seek to squeeze into unflattering hipster clothes. And on a network where meat-and-potatoes drama has generally performed beyond merit or expectations, that's probably a very good fit, indeed.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Margulies and Noth--both of whom have a similarly dark appeal--are well-matched onscreen. Alas, if you feel a “but’’ or two coming, you would be correct. The problem I have with The Good Wife is something that mars too much TV: telegraphing.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    Even as this plot pattern bodes ill, Margulies and Panjabi make a formidable team.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    There's nothing inherently wrong with The Good Wife other than it's a legal series with too many close-up shots of knowing glances and "attagirl Alicia" moments of empowerment that you saw coming 20 minutes prior.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    With the drama so thin, it must be the richness of Alicia's situation that makes 13 million people a week want to enjoy her company.

    Slate Full Review

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