TV Club: The Good Wife: “The Debate”

The Good Wife has always been an ambitious show, with the way it explodes relationships and charges forward with its narrative at full speed, but also with the way it weaves current events into its framework. This week, that ambition sharply veers into self-importance and empty pandering, as the writers attempt to comment on the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

The episode opens with two screens of text: “This episode was written and filmed prior to the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island” and “All mentions of ‘Ferguson’ are in reference to the events in August, 2014 after the shooting death of Michael Brown.” It’s an odd and uncomfortable opening for a very odd and uncomfortable episode of The Good Wife, which frankly doesn’t even really feel like an episode of The Good Wife. The words on the screen refer to devastating events …

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