The Good Wife is an American legal drama television series created by Robert and Michelle King and starring Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.
Pushing aside the betrayal and public humiliation caused by her husband, Peter, Alicia Florrick starts over by pursuing her original career as a defence attorney.
As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner, who is interested to see how Alicia will perform after 13 years out of the courtroom.
Alicia is grateful the firm's top litigator, Diane Lockhart, offers to mentor her but discovers the offer has conditions and realises she's going to need to succeed on her own merit.
Alicia's main competition among the firm's 20-something new recruits is Cary, a recent Harvard grad who is affable on the surface, but is competitive to the core. Fortunately, Alicia finds an ally in Kalinda, the firm's tough in-house investigator.
Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician's scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her children, 14-year-old Zach and 13-year-old Grace.
For the first time in years, Alicia trades in her identity as the "good wife" and takes charge of her own destiny.
The Good Wife stars Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Zach Grenier, Matthew Goode and Christine Baranski.
The series is produced by Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions in association with CBS Television Studios. Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, Brooke Kennedy, David W. Zucker, Ted Humphrey, Keith Eisner, Leonard Dick and Craig Turk are executive producers.
Season 4 originally aired on M-Net from 22 October, 2012 to 6 May, 2013, on Mondays at 20h30. The season went on hiatus after 10 episodes had aired, to accommodate a similar hiatus in the USA. It resumed with Episode 11 on Monday 21 January 2013, at 20h30. The season went on hiatus again after Episode 13 (which aired on 4 February), for four weeks. It resumed with Episode 14 on Monday 11 March, 2013.
Season 4 initially aired on SABC3 on Tuesdays at 20h30. After six episodes it moved a half hour later to 21h00.