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The Good Fight is an American legal and political drama web television series produced for CBS's streaming service CBS All Access. It is CBS All Access's first original scripted series.[1] The series—created by Robert King, Michelle King, and Phil Alden Robinson—is a sequel/spinoff to The Good Wife, which was created by the Kings. The first season contains 10 episodes,[2] and premiered on February 19, 2017, with the first episode airing on CBS and the following nine episodes on CBS All Access.[1] The series was initially planned to air in May 2017, but was moved up after production delays forced CBS to postpone the premiere of the new series Star Trek: Discovery.[3]

The Good Fight
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Genre Legal drama
Political drama
Created by Robert King
Michelle King
Phil Alden Robinson
Starring
Composer(s) David Buckley
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 49–53 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network CBS (premiere)
CBS All Access
Original release February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19) – present
Chronology
Preceded by The Good Wife
External links
Website

The series follows Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, as she is forced out of Lockhart, Deckler, Gussman, Lee, Lyman, Gilbert-Lurie, Kagan, Tannebaum, & Associates after an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of her goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie) and Diane's savings, leading them to join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago's preeminent law firms. The series stars Baranski, Leslie, Jumbo, Erica Tazel, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Delroy Lindo, Nyambi Nyambi, Michael Boatman, and Audra McDonald, and features Paul Guilfoyle and Bernadette Peters in recurring roles. It is executive produced by Robert King, Michelle King, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Liz Glotzer, Brooke Kennedy and Alison Scott, with Phil Alden Robinson producing and co-writing the first episode.[1]

A second 13-episode season premiered on March 4, 2018.[4] On May 2, 2018, the series was renewed for a third season.[5]

Contents

PremiseEdit

A year after the finale of The Good Wife, an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia and wipes out the savings of her mentor, Diane Lockhart. The two are forced out of Lockhart, Deckler, Gussman, Lee, Lyman, Gilbert-Lurie, Kagan, Tannebaum, & Associates and join Diane's former employee Lucca Quinn at Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad, a prestigious African American–owned firm making waves by taking on Illinois police brutality cases. In season two, Diane becomes a name partner at the firm, which takes the name Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart.

The show primarily deals with the storylines of its three female leads – Diane, Lucca, and Maia – and contains considerable political and social commentary, exploring topical issues such as the alt-right, the Me Too movement, online harassment, and fake news. As well as starting again in a new firm with its own office politics to deal with, longtime Democrat Diane must navigate a world she hardly recognizes, becoming increasingly troubled by Trump-era politics and the actions of his administration. Lucca Quinn, a former employee of Diane's, has found firm footing at Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart and is a rising star on the partner track, balancing her dedication to her work and a romantic entanglement with US Attorney Colin Morello, a frequent opposing counsel. Meanwhile Maia, Diane's goddaughter, is trying to get her legal career off to a good start, while coming under pressure from the FBI over alleged involvement with her father's Ponzi scheme.

Like The Good Wife, the show makes use of an extensive cast of supporting characters, including a recurring stable of opposing counsel, clients, police officers, FBI agents, judges, and politicians. Many are played by well-known guest stars.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, who loses her savings after an enormous financial scam and joins Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad one of Chicago's pre-eminent law firms.[6] In season two, Diane becomes a name partner in the renamed Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart.
  • Rose Leslie as Maia Rindell, Diane's goddaughter, who joins Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart as an associate just after passing the bar exam. She is Amy's girlfriend.[7]
  • Erica Tazel as Barbara Kolstad (season 1; guest star season 2), a name partner at Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad who leaves the firm at the beginning of the second season.[8]
  • Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn, an associate who works with Diane and Maia at Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart.[9]
  • Delroy Lindo as Adrian Boseman, an attorney who offers Diane a job at his law firm following her financial troubles,[10] and a name partner at Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart.
  • Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold, Diane Lockhart's assistant, who finds she has a knack for investigating.[11]
  • Justin Bartha as Colin Morrello, a successful lawyer in the US Attorney's office and a rival and potential love interest of Lucca.[12]
  • Nyambi Nyambi as Jay DiPersia (season 2; recurring season 1), an investigator for Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart.[13]
  • Michael Boatman as Julius Cain (season 2; recurring season 1), a managing partner for Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart, and Diane's former partner at Lockhart/Gardner.[14]
  • Audra McDonald as Liz Lawrence (née Reddick) (season 2), a former U.S. Attorney and the ex-wife of name partner Adrian Boseman, who comes to the firm as name partner following her father's death.[15]

RecurringEdit

  • Paul Guilfoyle as Henry Rindell, Maia's father, who is a wildly successful financial advisor, phenomenally wealthy and universally loved. He, Lenore, and Maia are the unofficial First Family of Chicago.[16] He is arrested for running a giant Ponzi scheme with Diane as one of his victims.
  • Bernadette Peters as Lenore Rindell, Maia's mother who comes from a tough working-class background and is a natively brilliant financial whiz. She, Henry, and Maia are the unofficial First Family of Chicago.[16]
  • Gary Cole as Kurt McVeigh, Diane Lockhart's estranged husband.[17]
  • Zach Grenier as David Lee,[18] a name partner at Diane Lockhart's former law firm.
  • Jerry Adler as Howard Lyman,[18] a geriatric partner at Diane Lockhart's former firm, and now judge, who shows chauvinistic and stereotyping tendencies.[19]
  • Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni, a quirky yet smart lawyer.[20]
  • Heléne Yorke as Amy Breslin, an assistant state attorney and Maia's girlfriend.[21]
  • Chalia La Tour as Yesha Mancini, an attorney who represented Maia in her legal issues stemming from her father's arrest.[22]
  • Matthew Perry as Mike Kresteva, a lawyer who, after losing the 2012 Illinois gubernatorial election to Peter Florrick, now works for the US Department of Justice, in charge of an investigation encompassing Diane Lockhart and senior staff at Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart.[23]
  • Christine Lahti as Andrea Stevens, a high-powered lawyer from Los Angeles who often appears opposite Reddick, Boseman in cases involving film and television
  • Andrea Martin as Francesca Lovatelli, Colin Morello's mother and a controlling influence in his bid to join Congress
  • Margo Martindale as Ruth Eastman, consultant for the Democratic National Committee
  • Tim Matheson as Tully, a left-wing protester who has a sexual relationship with Diane
  • Alan Alda as Solomon Waltzer, a renowned lawyer at a national firm who uses dishonest tactics to achieve his aims
  • Rob McClure as Judge Trig Mullaney, an unintelligent recent Trump appointee to the judiciary with very little understanding of the law

GuestEdit

  • Greta Lee as Amber Wood-Lutz, a young lawyer at a rival firm whose beaming smile obscures her sneaky tactics in court
  • Denis O'Hare as Judge Abernathy, a judge whose strong liberal and socialist leanings leads him to overcompensate in favor of conservative litigants
  • Bebe Neuwirth as Judge Claudia Friend, a no-nonsense judge with a pragmatic approach
  • Jane Lynch as Madeline Starkey, a relentless FBI agent with a quirky personal style who believes Maia to be complicit in her father's scheming
  • Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney, a client of the firm and a likely serial killer who has gotten away with many of his crimes
  • Becky Ann Baker as Alma Hoff, a principled lawyer at a rival firm
  • Mamie Gummer as Nancy Crozier, a tough rival trial attorney who charms judges with her sweet-as-pie trial routine
  • Christian Borle as Carter Schmidt, a challenging rival attorney
  • Kurt Fuller as Judge Dunaway, a stern but fair judge who had little time for Diane's partners at her old firm
  • Louis Gossett Jr. as Carl Reddick, a name partner at Reddick, Boseman who has semi-retired. He dies before season two.
  • Jayne Houdyshell as Renee, a friend of Diane's at a rival firm who cuts ties with Diane after the Rindell scandal
  • Megan Hilty as Holly Westfall, a ballistics expert and Kurt's former protégée with whom he had an affair while married to Diane
  • Nikki M. James as Monica Timmons, a young African American lawyer who sued Diane's old firm for racial bias in hiring
  • Jason Biggs as Dylan Stack, a wealthy tech entrepreneur involved in the creation of Bitcoin, wanted by US officials
  • Kevin Pollak as Judge Kyle Gallo
  • Rob Reiner as Judge Josh Brickner
  • F. Murray Abraham as Burl Preston, a condescending LA lawyer who mainly represents film studios and the rich and famous
  • Mike Colter as Lemond Bishop, Chicago's top drug lord and a kingpin of crime, who retains Diane as his lawyer after he is released from prison
  • Wallace Shawn as Charles Lester, Lemond Bishop's terrifying personal lawyer and fixer who is known for making witnesses disappear
  • Judith Light as Deidre Quinn, Lucca's mother

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19) April 16, 2017 (2017-04-16)
2 13 March 4, 2018 (2018-03-04) May 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)

Season 1 (2017)Edit

No.
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No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 1 "Inauguration" Brooke Kennedy Phil Alden Robinson and Robert King & Michelle King February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)
Diane Lockhart, motivated by the inauguration of Donald Trump, plans for her retirement. Her goddaughter, Maia Rindell, secures an associate position at Diane's firm, having passed the bar examination. Maia accompanies Diane in the latter's final case regarding police brutality, where they meet head-to-head with Adrian Boseman, a name partner of an African-American-owned firm, and Lucca Quinn, Diane's former employee. While the case is still proceeding, Maia's father, Henry Rindell, is arrested for orchestrating an elaborate Ponzi scheme, and due to this, Diane, who is among his investors, finds herself broke and unable to follow through with her retirement, and is also unable to secure or re-secure her job at any firm, with her having already signed an exit agreement with her old firm, and the fact that she invited her colleagues and clients to invest in Henry's fund. To prevent her assets, and consequently, her husband Kurt McVeigh's, from being seized as evidence, she is advised to divorce him, given their separation after the discovery of his affair, but he refuses to file for divorce, still hoping for a reconciliation. Hearing Diane's trouble, Adrian offers her a junior partner position at his firm, which she accepts, and when Maia is fired, in part due to her father's financial scandal, Diane brings her along.
2 2 "First Week" Allan Arkush Ryan Pedersen & Joey Scavuzzo February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)
Maia Rindell arrives at her new firm trying to ignore multiple anonymous calls and texts from angry clients of her father, who swear revenge for the money he stole from them. She meets Julius Cain, a managing partner, and Lucca Quinn, a third year associate. Cain brings all the lower level associates to a local union headquarters to offer free legal advice as part of their retainer with the union. While there, Maia ends up taking the case of Frank Gwynn, a man who is unfairly having his wages garnished due to charges of theft from his place of work. Meanwhile, Diane is visited by Maia's mother, Lenore, who asks Diane to meet with her husband, Henry. Lenore claims that they are innocent of the charges, laying the blame on their business partner, Jax, Henry's brother.During arbitration, Maia loses the case, but Lucca steps in to accuse the company of false imprisonment, as they had detained Frank for seven hours to question him about the theft. When the firm decides that the case is too small to invest resources in, Lucca proposes that they open a class action lawsuit against multiple companies who have garnished wages after accusing their employees of theft. Meanwhile, Diane moves into her new office, assisted by Marissa Gold, who has been demoted at Diane's old firm. Marissa decides to help with the class action in hopes of being hired as Diane's new assistant. She tracks down multiple employees who have had their wages garnished and adds them to the suit. Grateful, Diane accepts Marissa as her new assistant. Diane meets with Henry in jail, who claims that Jax framed him to escape prosecution. Diane promises to look into the matter, and as they part ways, Henry mentions that Lenore has terminal breast cancer. At Frank's trial, the prosecution uncovers evidence that Frank had been involved in an earlier theft at a previous job, casting doubt on his story. Frank loses his case, and the loss causes the firm to pull out of the class action lawsuit.Maia learns of her mother's condition from Diane, and despite her lawyer's advice to stay away from her parents to avoid being caught up in their financial scandal, she visits her. However, Maia learns that her mother lied about the cancer so that she would come see her. Although angry at her mother, Diane advises Maia to forgive her, since she is obviously lonely with Henry in jail. Maia visits her mother to make amends, but discovers her mother carrying on an affair with her uncle Jax.
3 3 "The Schtup List" Marta Cunningham Tegan Shohet February 26, 2017 (2017-02-26)
Barbara forces Diane and Lucca to work together on a case against assistant district attorney Colin Morello. The case involves a doctor who was arrested for performing surgery on a known terrorist. The partners have a meeting about their financial status and it turns out that a significant client has not paid their retainer this year. They are worried he may be moving firms now that Trump is in office. The firm investigator approaches Marissa to introduce himself. He is upset that she took it upon herself to round up the class action members last week. Maia visits her father in prison. She wants to warn him about her mother and Jax. The partners rush to find someone in their office who voted for Trump. Lucca has an unexpected run-in with Colin. Marissa works with the investigator to track down a crucial witness. The court rules in Diane and Lucca's favor, but the doctor is immediately arrested again. The partners make the individual who voted for Trump bid to the client. Maia visits her uncle where she finds evidence that could help her father. The court case turns again when a terrorist on the most wanted list gets involved.
4 4 "Henceforth Known as Property" Alex Zakrzewski Joey Hartstone March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05)
Strange comments in elevators make Maia suspicious. She and Marissa discover someone has made a fake Twitter profile for her. Diane is handling a fertility case with a clinic that has closed and donated 11 of 12 eggs for research. The 12th egg has been fertilized and is being prepped for implantation. Diane brings suit before that can happen. Mike Kresteva, the head of a task force hoping to curb police brutality, stops by to meet with Adrian. Diane warns Adrian that Kresteva is not always straightforward. Maia and Marissa track down an old boyfriend of Maia's, who they think is responsible for the Twitter impersonation. Adrian, Diane and Lucca are served with subpoenas to testify before a grand jury being prosecuted by Kresteva. At Lucca's request, Colin speaks with his boss about Kresteva. With Marissa's help, Maia finds a way to retaliate against her old boyfriend. The fertility case has Diane and Barbara thinking back on what could have been. The two women bond for the first time while Diane considers reaching out to Kurt. Kresteva is undeterred and pushes forward with his intentions. The judge rules on the owner of the embryo.
5 5 "Stoppable: Requiem for an Airdate" Ron Underwood Marcus Dalzine March 12, 2017 (2017-03-12)
Adrian wants to take on another anti-Trump case. The firm is worried they may start to get a reputation but he has ulterior motives in that he wants to branch out in to the entertainment industry. Maia is approached by Kresteva about the fake news stories that were started about her. She is surprised when he knows about her visits to her father, as is her attorney, who wants an explanation. Barbara asks Diane for her capital contribution. This forces Diane to reevaluate her living expenses and look for room to cut back. Kurt visits Diane at the office. He is giving a speech and wants her help. Hoping to support him, she shows up to watch him give the speech. The firm's partners interview attorneys to defend them against Kresteva. Lucca has an unorthodox idea but she and Adrian decide it's worth a look. Diane runs into Neil Gross who has some interesting news for her. Kresteva makes a visit to the prison and shortly after, Henry is back home after being bailed out. Maia happily meets him at home until she sees her parents acting like nothing has happened. Later, an attorney makes her question whether her father would turn on her. A potential attorney for the firm confronts Kresteva not once but twice, the second time in a very personal way that scares him a bit. Colin stops by the courtroom to see Lucca in action. The two of them finally go on their date where Lucca opens up about Alicia.
6 6 "Social Media and Its Discontents" Jim McKay Robert King & Michelle King March 19, 2017 (2017-03-19)
Neil Gross immediately puts the firm to work when he wants hate speech, and the people responsible for it, removed from his websites. Maia takes the assignment personally when the hate speech sounds like threats she has been getting. Colin talks to his supervisor again about Kresteva. Marissa thinks about getting into investigating. Maia's uncle stops by the office to see her. He warns her that her father is up to something. She reaches out to Elsbeth for advice. Things are heating up between Colin and Lucca until he asks her to go to dinner. After the firm decides to implement an appeals process for banned users, one such user has a field day presenting his narrative. Information from the firm's discussions about the appeals process is leaked. Online users use it to their advantage. Lucca arranges a date so that they'll run into Colin but it doesn't produce the results she's expecting. When she confronts him later, she's surprised again. Maia shows up for a meeting with her dad and finds a party in progress. She's nervous when he tries to speak with her in private. Marissa steps in when the investigator needs some help tracking down a very specific kind of online user. Not surprisingly, she's good at it. Elsbeth stops by to warn the firm about the newest fake news story. Julius makes a surprising decision about his future with the firm.
7 7 "Not So Grand Jury" So Yong Kim William M. Finkelstein March 26, 2017 (2017-03-26)
Lucca tells Maia about Colin's warning. Kresteva introduces his case to a Grand Jury. Evidence is seized from Elsbeth's office. Henry is approached by Kresteva about Maia lying to him. Henry wants to talk to his daughter and the two of them finally have an honest conversation. Elsbeth figures out a strategy and tries to get the firm on board. Mike scrambles to change course. The investigator takes a look at the schtup list Henry asked Maia to get for him. Colin is asked to represent Kresteva in a civil law suit brought by the firm. Things get awkward when Lucca takes second chair. The firm investigates and discovers who the real target of Kresteva's wrath is. Maia confronts her father about some new information. Colin and Lucca discuss the consequences of their relationship. Marissa and Jay analyze the schtup list, the former making a startling discovery. Diane faces her day in court but is surprised when an important witness' testimony is not what she is expecting.
8 8 "Reddick v Boseman" Michael Zinberg Keith Josef Adkins April 2, 2017 (2017-04-02)
Carl Reddick returns to the firm and immediately starts criticizing how Adrian and Barbara have been running it. An old friend needs help with an eviction and Diane steps up. Lucca and Colin make plans to meet at an art gallery where they run into an unexpected female. What was supposed to be a simple eviction goes in a completely different direction when Diane shows up at Paul Johnson's door and he makes some shocking allegations. Shortly thereafter, his attorney contacts the firm. Marissa helps Jay investigate the allegations and finally wins him over. Henry tries to talk to Maia, calling her and Amy multiple times and even showing up at the office. The two of them finally get worried and rush off to find him. Lucca joins Colin at a birthday party. Things get complicated fast and Lucca bolts, as she tends to do. Maia is upset when Henry ends up in the hospital and Lenore shows up with Jax. Diane continues to go toe-to-toe with Paul's attorney until Marissa and Jay find the evidence they need to expose him. The firm votes on who should be the managing partner – Carl or Adrian. Lucca makes a decision about her relationship with Colin.
9 9 "Self Condemned" Jim McKay William M. Finkelstein April 9, 2017 (2017-04-09)
Lucca and Maia have a meeting with the FBI. Maia has offered to tell them everything she knows about the ponzi scheme as long as she's granted immunity. Diane and Adrian get wind of a new police brutality case but are surprised when they see the victim. Maia works with the FBI agent to recover memories from her teenage years that may shed light on who is behind the scheme. Diane and Adrian's victim is having a hard time finding sympathy in the justice system given his criminal history. Jay finds evidence to show that the police officer has a history of bad conduct. Maia struggles to remember key moments in her life and possibly the ponzi scheme. Diane and Adrian grow closer as friends and colleagues. Lucca offers guidance as Maia is confronted with uncomfortable truths about her past.
10 10 "Chaos" Robert King Robert King & Michelle King April 16, 2017 (2017-04-16)
It's time for bi-annual reviews at Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad. Lucca gets good news while Maia has some mixed reviews. Diane gets a call that Kurt has been in an accident. A former client, Dylan Stack, returns. Henry meets with the Department of Justice but isn't offered the deal he was hoping for. He reaches out to a mysterious old friend for help. The firm finds out about a potential attack on the power grid and goes to the DOJ looking for an immunity deal. Things go awry when Lucca is arrested. Maia wants to be more assertive so she picks a partner to shadow for the day. Colin tries to resign but ends up being promoted. Marisa works with Jay to find the real person behind the cyber terrorism. Jay continues to be impressed by her investigative skills. Mr. Staples returns to cause more destruction. The city of Chicago has a blackout. Maia, Lenore and Henry enjoy a last meal together as a family, at least for a while. Diane and Kurt reconcile. Maia's dad flees after agreeing to a 35 year plea deal and Maia is arrested in connection with the ponzi scheme.

Season 2 (2018)Edit

No.
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season
Title [24] Directed by Written by Original release date
11 1 "Day 408" Brooke Kennedy Robert King & Michelle King March 4, 2018 (2018-03-04)
After founding partner Carl Reddick dies, the partners work to ensure that all their clients remain on board and are surprised when they learn that a lucrative project involving the Obamas is in jeopardy after his death. At the end of her tether with politics and professional strains, and feeling her mortality following the deaths of several Chicago lawyers, Diane accepts the offer of psilocybin from a bartender, and starts microdosing to relax. Justice Department lawyer Liz Lawrence, Reddick's daughter and Boseman's ex-wife, leaves her job at the Department of Justice after she tweets a criticism of Donald Trump, and is criticised for it. To preclude Liz taking the Reddick name away and becoming a competitor, Diane recruits her to the firm. Maia learns some surprising facts about her father's past.
12 2 "Day 415" Jim McKay William Finkelstein March 11, 2018 (2018-03-11)
Another Chicago lawyer is murdered, causing tensions at Reddick/Boseman. Liz has her first day at Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart and goes for a drink with Diane, where Diane confides that she feels as if she is going insane with all the problems of the world. Maia's trial takes an unwelcome turn when a surprise witness is called to testify against her. Lucca and Colin go head-to-head in court in the Rindell trial.
13 3 "Day 422" James Whitmore Jr. Joey Hartstone March 18, 2018 (2018-03-18)
Marissa and Maia open a envelope to Diane, only to find a letter saying "Kill all lawyers", and a deadly chemical, ricin, fall out. Diane fears that she is the next target, causing her to microdose even more. Alone at home, she watches TV, only to find that every single channel is about Trump. She hears a story about the president adopting a pot-bellied pig named Petey. The firm represents a young woman who was assaulted while a contestant on a reality dating show. In court, Diane starts hysterically laughing. Adrian asks her how she is coping, after Liz told him that Diane is thinking of quitting the law, due to her inability to process the events that are constantly happening.
14 4 "Day 429" Ron Underwood Jonathan Tolins March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)
Liz learns that her son's favourite teacher has been fired from the charter school he attends. The case goes to arbitration and though Liz initially suspects racism she learns his firing has more to do with standardized test scores. Lucca learns her younger brother is in trouble with the law again. She is surprised when she learns it is because he has created an app that helps convicts with their appeals process. After a party, Diane believes that she is going insane after she sleeps with the bartender. She tearfully collapses into Kurt's arms, repeatedly apologising to him but not saying what she has done, out of fear that he will leave her forever. Kurt tells her that he does not want to remain separated anymore, and is ready to move back in with her.
15 5 "Day 436" Jim McKay Marcus Dalzine April 1, 2018 (2018-04-01)
Lucca and Maia are assigned separate ride-alongs with the police. Lucca's uneventful night turns surprisingly eventful after she realizes that the person behind a DUI is Francesa Lovatelli, Colin's mother. She calls Colin and Colin arrives at the police station. While there, Lucca tells him that she is 3 months pregnant and that it is his child. At the firm Diane and Adrian advise clients who are about to be sued over running a story about sexual harassment. In the course of the case Adrian bumps into a former student and is surprised by what she tells him about himself.
16 6 "Day 443" Brooke Kennedy Jacquelyn Reingold April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)
Adrian becomes a minor celebrity once he begins appearing as a pundit on a local talk show, but his tenure on air is short lived. Lucca officially informs the partners of her pregnancy, and insists it will not impact her work in any way. Lucca and Colin argue over the start date for a trial after Colin moves for a continuance to the week of Lucca's due date.
17 7 "Day 450" Frederick E.O. Toye Tegan Shohet April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)
Ruth Eastman, a Democratic National Committee consultant, films the firm's partners in highly confidential all-day sessions to find a law firm to take on the party's efforts to impeach Donald Trump should the Democrats take control of Congress. Liz and Diane's emotions run high, and their enthusiasm resonates with the DNC, who ultimately appoint Liz as co-counsel in any future proceedings. Diane argues with Julius, saying that the last few months have left her feeling deranged, as she is incapable of dealing with Trump. She angrily says that she has a gun in her desk and is very close to taking it to the streets. Adrian tries to talk to Diane, but they are interrupted by Liz. Marissa has bought a pack of cards from an Alt-Right website, which is called the Kill All The Lawyers Deck, featuring Chicago lawyers who are expected to be killed. Adrian, Liz and Diane are all on them. Meanwhile, Maia is allured by Ruth's assistant Carrine, and cheats on Amy. They sneak back to the office to have sex, and are unwittingly caught on tape by the DNC's cameras.
18 8 "Day 457" Clark Johnson Aurin Squire April 22, 2018 (2018-04-22)
The firm is suing the Chicago Police Department for the shooting of a black undercover cop by his white colleague. Kurt's ballistics evidence paints an open-and-shut case, but the defence uses dirty tactics – including micro-targeting jurors with fake news about the plaintiff and his legal team via Facebook – to try and avoid a payout. Diane's marriage to Kurt is also tested as the defence exploits Kurt's affair and subsequent lies to Diane in order to undermine both Diane and the firm's evidence. While investigating a separate case for Jay's friend Craig, Maia and Lucca determine that Diane's client worked with his shooter as crooked cops planting guns to frame at least 30 suspects, including Jay's friend. The firm is offered a significant payout from the Chicago PD to stop the reopening of these more than 30 cases, but amid the celebrations, Jay quits as lead investigator after the firm chooses the Chicago PD settlement over justice for Craig.
19 9 "Day 464" Michael Zinberg Robert King & Michelle King April 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)
The firm is contacted by a student who fears she is being deported to Russia because she is one of the prostitutes from the golden shower tape mentioned in the Steele dossier, and her existence would prove that Vladimir Putin has kompromat on President Trump. Meanwhile, Maia and Lucca bend ethical rules to support Craig's lawyer, but even with coaching he proves too inept to get the job done. When the Republicans select a white supremacist as their Cook County senate candidate however, national attention begins to fall on Colin's campaign to become the Democratic candidate. Cook County Democrats express concern that Colin's prosecutorial history may appear too racist to secure his selection, Lucca suggests he open an investigation into police corruption in the hopes of prosecuting more white people. In doing so, he successfully asks for Craig's sentence to be vacated.
20 10 "Day 471" Kevin Rodney Sullivan William Finkelstein May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)
Boseman is shot by an unseen assailant from the office elevator, prompting Liz to illegally hand over the firm's client list to her husband, CPD Captain Lawrence, who immediately goes after two of Diane's longstanding clients – Chicago drug lord Lemond Bishop and wealthy killer Colin Sweeney. While the firm is reeling from the attack, Diane's white shoe firm rival Solomon attempts to poach her clients. This threat sharpens her sense of purpose. She vows to make her corner of the world sane again, throws away her psychedelics and begins to take control again. She takes the fight to Solomon, winning back her clients and taking one of his; the Cook County Democrats. Jay returns to the fold when he learns of Boseman's injury. He and Marissa to create a short list of angry ex-clients who might be responsible for the attack. Colin is selected as the Democratic candidate for Cook County congressman.
21 11 "Day 478" Brooke Kennedy Jonathan Tolins May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)
The firm works to challenge a gossip website that shames men accused of non-criminal sexual impropriety, stirring lively debates within the office. Jay is formally rehired by Diane but struggles to reconcile their evidence about Boseman's shooter with the police's suspect profile; he determines that the shooter was Whitehead, the crooked cop who helped frame his friend Craig, and he is arrested. With firms in DC anticipating Colin's election, Lucca begins receiving offers of employment from the capital, including an invitation to work for the Obamas. Diane learns her finances have made a full recovery, in part due to Trump's tax reliefs for the already-wealthy. Diane starts to learn aikido, in an attempt to calm herself. She asks Kurt whether or not he wants a divorce. Kurt tells her that they have never tried properly being married. He is going to get a job with the FBI in Chicago, and he wants to move in together, full-time. Diane is ready to accept this proposal and hugs him enthusiastically. The two kiss, just before Adrian makes a return to the office. He gives a speech about how Reddick/Boseman & Lockhart is a family, and how they all stick up for one another.
22 12 "Day 485" Ron Underwood Jacquelyn Reingold & Marcus Dalzine May 20, 2018 (2018-05-20)
While working, Jay is arrested for driving while black and soon, immigration officers descend on his bail hearing to deport him to Nigeria. To shield him from federal powers under states' rights (Illinois is a sanctuary state), his sympathetic bail judge agrees to hold Jay in state court while the firm investigates. They soon learn that Jay's U.S. birth certificate is a fake and that he was born in Nigeria and moved to the states as a baby. Citing Jay's artwork as grounds for an "Einstein" visa, as well as the fact that First Lady Melania Trump was granted one for her nude modelling, the firm helps him avoid deportation. Meanwhile, one of Julius' Republican connections offers to make Jay's problem go away in exchange for taking Diane's blue chip tech giant client ChumHum to a Republican-backed firm, hoping ChumHum can help them hurt the Democrats. He is rebuffed, leading him to threaten Julius with open war against his firm on behalf of the Republicans and federal government.
23 13 "Day 492" Robert King Robert & Michelle King May 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)
Diane is hounded by FBI officials over her connections to Tully – a radical left-wing activist she had been sleeping with – and her previous filmed remarks about President Trump on the DNC audition tapes. Diane thinks that she is being bugged, after the prosecutor plays her a tape of her and Tully talking in her bedroom. The FBI interrogate Kurt about the gun he gave Diane, by saying that it is part of his background check. Proving his love and loyalty to Diane, he orders them out of his house, but not before Patrick Baseheart tells him that Diane will be indicted. It becomes clear the federal government are set on prosecuting her to make an example of the firm. Fighting fire with fire, Boseman leaks false information to a Fox News journalist concerning a porn star who slept with the President, alleging she instead was having an affair with the federal prosecutor targeting Diane; the President, who reliably watches Fox & Friends, would be sure to fire him via a tweet within minutes. Meanwhile, Lucca gives birth to a healthy baby boy, who she names Joseph Quinn-Morrello, but her mother sows seeds of doubt in her mind about Colin.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

 
Promotional poster.

In February 2016, Michelle and Robert King, when asked about a spin-off, stated that there was a possibility for a spin-off series.[25] In May 2016, CBS was in final negotiations to set up a spin-off featuring Christine Baranski reprising her role as Diane Lockhart, but which would air on CBS All Access instead of the network.[6] The spin-off was officially ordered to series on May 18, with Cush Jumbo returning as well.[9] In September 2016, it was confirmed that the 10 episode spin-off would premiere in February 2017, with the story picking up a year after the final episode of the original series and seeing Diane pushed out of her firm after a financial scam involving her mentee wipes out her savings, resulting in her move to Lucca Quinn's firm.[2] The series was initially planned to air in May 2017, but was moved to February 2017 after production delays forced CBS to postpone the premiere of the new series, Star Trek: Discovery.[3] After months of speculation, CBS revealed the title for the spin-off series, which was revealed to be The Good Fight, on October 31, 2016.[26] It was announced that The Good Fight would premiere on February 19, 2017.[1] CBS released the first trailer for the spinoff on December 18, 2016, featuring footage from the premiere and later episodes.[27]

CastingEdit

 
Christine Baranski plays the lead role of Diane Lockhart.

In May 2016, CBS was in final negotiations with Christine Baranski to reprise her role as Diane Lockhart and Cush Jumbo to reprise her role as well.[6] After the series was picked up, it was announced that Jumbo would reprise her role as Lucca Quinn.[9] Deadline announced on September 17, 2016 that Sarah Steele had been added to the cast, returning as Marissa Gold and appearing as Diane Lockhart's secretary-turned-investigator.[11] On October 12, 2016, it was announced that former Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie had been cast to play a lead in the show, the role of Diane's goddaughter Maia who joins Diane's firm just after passing the bar.[7]

The day after, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Delroy Lindo had been cast as "Robert" Boseman, an attorney who starts poaching Diane's associates and clients.[10] The first name of Lindo's character was changed to "Adrian".[28] Deadline reported on October 27, 2016 that the show had added Paul Guilfoyle and Bernadette Peters for recurring roles as Maia's parents. Guilfoyle would play Maia's father Henry, a wildly successful financial advisor who is phenomenally wealthy and universally loved. Peters' character Lenore was described as a woman who came from a tough working-class background and is a natively brilliant financial whiz.[16] It was announced on October 31, 2016 that Justified alum Erica Tazel had joined the cast as a series regular.[29]

On November 7, 2016, it was announced that Gary Cole would be reprising his role as Diane's husband Kurt McVeigh.[17] It was confirmed on November 11, 2016, that Zach Grenier, Jerry Adler, and Carrie Preston would be returning as guest stars, reprising their roles of David Lee, Howard Lyman, and Elsbeth Tascioni respectively.[18][20] On November 18, 2016, it was announced that Justin Bartha had been added as a series regular as Colin, a rising star in the US Attorney's office and love interest to Lucca.[12] On August 1, 2017, it was announced that Audra McDonald had been added to the main cast for season 2 as Liz Lawrence, reprising her role from The Good Wife season 4, and that Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi had been promoted to main cast.[30]

International broadcastEdit

On February 8, 2017, the series was picked up in Canada by Corus Entertainment to air on their cable channel, W Network; the U.S. broadcast premiere of the series would be simulcast by Corus' broadcast system Global.[31]

On March 2, 2017, Channel 4 confirmed it had acquired the UK broadcast rights for the series for its More4 channel following the success of progenitor series The Good Wife on that same channel.[32] The series debuted on More4 on March 30, 2017.

HBO Europe and HBO Nordic began streaming all 10 episodes of the first season on June 1, 2017, in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, while India's Zee Entertainment Enterprises took exclusive pay-TV rights to The Good Fight for its English-language general entertainment channel Zee Café, which was also the Indian home of The Good Wife.[33]

In Australia, SBS picked up the series which premiered on August 2, 2017.

In Southeast Asia, the series broadcasts on Star World but later moved to Fox Life starting from the second season.

In Greece the series first aired on Cosmote TV beginning in December 2017.

Critical receptionEdit

The Good Fight has received positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes awarded the series with a rating of 98% based on reviews from 50 critics and an average rating of 8.2 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads: "An auspicious beginning for CBS All Access, The Good Fight solidly follows its predecessor while allowing for new storytelling styles, a wider narrative scope, and a chance for its lead to explore new territory with a relatable human struggle."[34] On Metacritic, the series received a score of 80 based on reviews from 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[35]

The LA Times suggested that Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King "still had the Good Wife magic" and though Good Wife "had already [run] its course" after seasons 6 and 7 had received mediocre reviews, "they just needed a clean slate" to allow them to continue to mine more stories from that fictional universe.[36] In addition, unlike Good Wife which was centered around "romantic tension" and got bogged down in Alicia Florrick's (Julianne Margulies) love life, Good Fight was considered "refreshing for steering the story the other way" as relationships are "not the plot points that drive the story".[37] Good Fight is regarded as a rare successful example of a TV series spin-off, as other contemporary TV series are either reboots or remakes.[38]

Writing for Vox.com, Todd VanDerWerff praised the show's deft use of political themes, commenting that while The Good Wife was a commentary on "liberal hypocrisy" and the nature of moral compromise, The Good Fight stands out as a much more earnest "defence of liberal values", giving the show a compelling "reason to exist".[39]

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