The Good Fight S1-3
Missing The Good Wife? Thankfully Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski in an Emmy-nominated role) and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo in a Critics’ Choice nominated role) returned in the spin-off The Good Fight.
It picks up a year later as a financial scam wipes out Diane’s life savings, and good reputation, forcing her to start from scratch at the historically black law firm, Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad.
Look out for a host of familiar faces from The Good Wife, including Kurt McVeigh (Emmy nominee Gary Steele), Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele) and Julius Cain (Michael Boatman), alongside the likes of Emmy winner Audra McDonald (Private Practice), Screen Actors Guild nominees Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Delroy Lindo (Get Shorty), and Golden Globe nominees Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and Matthew Perry (aka Chandler from Friends).
Over the first two seasons, the show pushed its boundaries, with an increasing anti-Trump sentiment running throughout the second. Now in Season 3, the envelope is being scooted even further – not only with this political subject matter in which the President is the villain, but with its format too. Characters breaking the fourth wall, animated inserts, and random musical interludes are employed to wacky effect, perhaps softening the blow of despair, chaos, and disarray brought on by a crumbling democracy that some Americans may be feeling.
In episode 1 of Season 3, there is an explanation of the NDA (non-disclosure agreement), which is relevant to the storyline, in a cheerful Saturday-morning cartoon style; and at the end of the episode, a recap and count of the distinctive red folders containing the agreements, which you may have missed.
Diane is the face and voice of the series creators’ take on current affairs and frustration with their country, which – while remaining focused on the top-end law firm scenario – has broadened its scope and ditched the purely procedural style with more personal character-driven arcs. It has been renewed for a fourth and final season.