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Good Women: Saying Goodbye to the Fierce Females of The Good Wife

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Good Women: Saying Goodbye to the Fierce Females of The Good Wife

Originally posted 05/05/2016 04:00PM

The title alone makes you think twice. Upon first hearing the words "the good wife," the phrase sounds like a reference to the Stepford Wives era of the 1950s. But, after seven years on air before concluding its run May 8, Robert and Michelle King's complex and complicated television show The Good Wife has demonstrated that being "good" is anything but simple.

The legal drama has followed the life of once-happy housewife and mother Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), who was thrust into the public eye when her husband, State's Attorney Peter (Chris Noth), was caught with a prostitute, lost his job and was put in prison. Re-entering the workforce after spending years at home, Alicia finds herself in the mist of political and personal drama and tragedy – and in the middle of reinventing herself and building a new life as a woman in her 40s faced with new independence and opportunities.

It's safe to say The Good Wife passes the Bechdel test. While the show has contained numerous romantic plot lines – some of them involving Alicia herself – it has also introduced some of the most fascinating, complex and strongest female characters in primetime TV. The women, whether they are lawyers, lovers, law firm clients or merely civilians, have never been relegated to the sidelines while important events are taking place.

Below, we break down just a few of the women who were a part of the complicated world of The Good Wife.

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10 Questions We Hope the Cruel Intentions TV Spin-Off Answers

10 Questions We Hope the Cruel Intentions TV Spin-Off Answers

Originally posted 03/02/2016 11:45AM

Last week, fans of Sarah Michelle Gellar delighted at the news that she'd be reprising one of her most popular characters on a new TV series. Realistically speaking, that news was probably followed immediately by the clarification, "No, not Buffy and no, not Kendall Hart, but one of the others ones," but it's still reason to be excited.

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The Night's Hottest Bods Belong to Actresses Over 50

The Night's Hottest Bods Belong to Actresses Over 50

Originally posted 01/11/2015 11:25PM

See the AARP-qualifying stars who killed it on the red carpet

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Inside Into the Woods's A-List Cast

Inside Into the Woods's A-List Cast

Originally posted 12/11/2014 01:40PM

When director-producer Rob Marshall set out to bring beloved musical Into the Woods to the big screen, he brought in the big guns to begin.

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The Good Wife Recap: Let's All Drool Over Taye Diggs

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The Good Wife Recap: Let's All Drool Over Taye Diggs

Originally posted 09/29/2014 06:00AM

Sunday night marked many firsts on The Good Wife: the start of Taye Diggs's guest arc; the introduction of Gunter, a hairy gentleman prone to bathing in the Florrick, Agos restroom; and the long-anticipated acting debut of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama's senior advisor.

But most notably, The Good Wife somehow staged the most suspenseful bail hearing in TV and movie history. (Take that, Hitchcock!) The episode was also jam-packed with great dialogue.

Let's run through the best lines:

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Matthew Cowles, Christine Baranski's Husband, Has Died

Actor Matthew Cowles Dies at 69

Originally posted 05/25/2014 10:40AM

Matthew Cowles, best known for his role on All My Children, has died. He was 69.

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