Season six of “The Good Wife” is another success with compelling storylines and solid performances all around from the main cast to the variety of guest actors. The DVD released by Paramount is limited when it comes to features, which is no surprise as previous seasons were hardly noteworthy, while the video/audio transfers are both good.
“The Good Wife”: The Sixth Season
Paramount | NR – 957 min. – $55.98 | August 25, 2015
THE MOVIE – 4.5/5
Season Synopsis (from back cover): Alicia Florrick (JULIANNA MARGULIES) stood by her husband (CHRIS NOTH) on his tumultuous path to the governor’s office, but now she’s entering the world of politics on her own terms by running for state’s attorney. As Election Day approaches, Alicia must balance the demands of her firm and campaign as she supports her partner Cary (MATT CZUCHRY) when he is arrested in connection with a heroin smuggling ring perpetrated by his client, Dylan Bishop. Making matters more complicated is the case is being prosecuted by Alicia’s old friend, Finn Polmar (MATTHEW GOODE). All through this process, Alicia’s firm plans expansion with the inclusion of Diane Lockhart (CHRISTINE BARANSKI) and the wealthy cliental she brings with her.
Quick Hit Review: “The Good Wife” has never been high priority viewing for me as I tend to lean more towards crime procedurals like “CSI”, “NCIS” and the like versus legal dramas which never have been my thing. However, watching the show for the past few seasons on DVD and it’s easy to see why it has enjoyed great ratings and garnered a few awards over the years. It’s a compelling drama that pulls the viewer in even to those who may not be familiar with the characters. This season is no different with plenty of dramatic plotlines to envelope the entire season from Cary who seems to be taking the place of Josh Charles’ Will Gardner who left in the fifth season. It’s an interesting case to be sure but not to be content, you add in an election race for Alicia and some interesting conflict with her estranged government husband and it’s hard to predict the outcomes.
Season six also features a nice array of guest appearances, many character actors, some returning from previous seasons including Michael J. Fox, David Hyde Pierce, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker, Robert Sean Leonard, David Paymer, Rita Wilson, John Glover and Kurt Fuller.
On a side note, season six sees the (unfortunate) departure of Archie Panjabi’s Kalinda not only because she’s an interesting character but she’s amazing eye candy. Why this is noteworthy isn’t just because a main actress is leaving but the how as apparently the relationship between Panjabi and Margulies had deteriorated beyond repair.
- The Line
- Trust Issues
- Dear God
- Oppo Research
- Shiny Objects
- Old Spice
- Message Discipline
- Red Zone
- Sticky Content
- The Trial
- Hail Mary
- The Debate
- Dark Money
- Mind’s Eye
- Open Source
- Red Meat
- Undisclosed Recipients
- Loser Edit
- Winning Ugly
- The Deconstruction
- Don’t Fail
- Wanna Partner?
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.75/5
Matching the previous season sets, the 6-discs are housed in a standard DVD case which side-slides into a matted slip cover. The artwork itself is a bit of a departure going with a different graphic design compared with the others.
Follow the Leader: Inside the Season Finale (25:44) breaks down the last episode and implications for the characters, writing the episode and other info. It offers behind-the-scenes footage intertwined with interviews by the cast and crew.
The Temptation of Alicia Florrick: “The Good Wife” Season Six (23:21) covers the evolution of the main character through the sixth season.
The Esteemed Women of Sunday Night: Julianne Margulies (2:08) and Christine Baranski (2:09) are profiles on both actresses and their respective characters.
Deleted Scenes (1:38:11) are available for all 22 episodes and while nice to watch and all, nothing really noteworthy and in all likelihood were cut down due to time issues.
Gag Reel (3:54) has your typical line flubs and on-set fun.
VIDEO – 4.25/5 | AUDIO – 3.75/5
“The Good Wife”: The Sixth Season is presented with an anamorphic widescreen transfer which showcases the series bright colors and well balanced skin tones making for a pleasant looking picture closely matching its original televised airings.
Each episode includes a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track (and stereo as well) which allows dialogue levels to sound clear while the other channels are reserved for the soft score and occasional ambient noises.
OVERALL – 4.0/5
Overall, season six of “The Good Wife” is another success with compelling storylines and solid performances all around from the main cast to the variety of guest actors. The DVD released by Paramount is limited when it comes to features, which is no surprise as previous seasons were hardly noteworthy, while the video/audio transfers are both good.