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Headsup: The Good Wife: The Complete Series

Good Wife Complete Series

If you’ve been watching The Good Fight, the first original scripted series on CBS All Access, you’re probably aware that it’s a spinoff of the fan favorite The Good Wife. The story of Alicia Florrick (Juliana Margulies), a woman married to disgraced politician Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) who returns to her law career in an effort to heal emotional wounds and reinvent herself, The Good Wife ran for seven seasons. It earned critical acclaim, a host of fanatically faithful viewers, and multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, People’s Choice, SAG, and Critics’ Choice awards along the way. In addition to Margulies and Noth, the series featured an ensemble cast, including Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, and Archie Panjabi.

Now out in a DVD box set is the complete series presented over 42 discs, including all 156 episodes of the show along with hours of extras, including interviews with the cast and crew, featurettes on the storylines, character development, and production, insights from the writers and creators, extended and deleted scenes, gag reels, and more. Notable extras include “The Education of Alicia Florrick” (Season 1), “Alicia Florrick: Real Deal Inside the Episode” (Season 2), the corporate sexual harassment educational video (Season 3), “Style Evolution: The Fashion on The Good Wife” (Season 4), the hour-long “Requiem for a Friend: Inside Episode 515” (Season 5), “The Temptation of Alicia Florrick: The Good Wife (Season 6), and coverage of the red carpet/series finale party (Season 7). Fans should be aware that all of the extras presented in this set have already appeared in past releases of the individual seasons, so make sure to factor that in if you’re looking to purchase and you already have some of those on the shelf.

Amazon Prime members can access all seven seasons for free included in their membership, although the only extras present there are previous season recaps preceding Seasons 5-7 and a Q&A with show creators Michelle and Robert King on Season 5.  Individual seasons on DVD (with the same extras assigned in the complete set) are also available on Amazon with prices ranging from $12-$18, but if you don’t have some of those already in your library and are looking to acquire all seven seasons, the most economical option is the complete series DVD set, currently priced at $71.11 (which divides out to about $10.16 per season) on Amazon.