The Good Wife

10 Best Episodes of The Good Wife - Season 1

Alicia Florrick 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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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The Good Wife - S1E15

#15 - Bang (Season 1 - Episode 15)

While Peter gets acclimated to life at home and works on a comeback strategy with his political team, including Eli Gold, Alicia and Diane wrestle with spousal privilege laws in a murder case that hinges on their ability to get a wife to testify against her husband.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 687 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E16

#14 - Fleas (Season 1 - Episode 16)


As Peter strategizes on how to handle his retrial and the next steps in his public rehabilitation, Alicia and Will defend an attorney arrested for murder.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 697 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E13

#13 - Bad (Season 1 - Episode 13)

Tensions are high as Peter's appeal begins while Alicia has to defend a wealthy client who doesn't seem that innocent, even after he's found not guilty of murdering his wife. Meanwhile, Diane takes precautions when a prisoner she put in jail is to be released from prison.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 684 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E20

#12 - Mock (Season 1 - Episode 20)


The police are quickly at the door when Peter's electronic monitor sounds after he chases Alicia out of the apartment. As a result, Grace and Zach scramble to figure out a way to keep him from being arrested.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 674 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E11

#11 - Infamy (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Alicia learns more about Peter's fall from office when she represents Glenn Child's wife, Carla Browning, in her divorce appeal. Meanwhile, Will and Emily, an opposing counsel, get cozy during a death suit against Duke Roscoe, a caustic TV commentator.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 719 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E19

#10 - Boom (Season 1 - Episode 19)


When Alicia goes head-to-head in the courtroom with former boss Jonas Stern, she debates whether or not use personal information to her advantage. Meanwhile, Peter uses religion to work on his appeal.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 684 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E6

#9 - Conjugal (Season 1 - Episode 6)

As Alicia works with Will on the appeal of a death row inmate, she agrees to a conjugal visit with Peter in order to get information from him since her client was convicted under Peter's regime as state's attorney.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 801 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E9

#8 - Threesome (Season 1 - Episode 9)


Alicia is asked to represent a partner in the firm on a DUI charge. Her attention is split when she is suddenly forced to face the Other Woman.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 753 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E17

#7 - Heart (Season 1 - Episode 17)

In an emergency courtroom set up in a hospital, Alicia and Will battle Patti Nyholm and an insurance company that refuses to pay for life-saving in-utero surgery. Meanwhile, Alicia gives Peter a proper welcome home.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 677 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E18

#6 - Doubt (Season 1 - Episode 18)


Alicia and Will defend a college student accused of killing her sorority sister while under the influence of a sleep aid. At the same time, they also deal with their growing sexual tension and Diane and Kurt McVeigh continue their flirtation.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 676 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E14

#5 - Hi (Season 1 - Episode 14)

Alicia defends a man accused of killing his child's babysitter. Meanwhile, Peter's appeal seems to be going well, and Alicia prepares for the idea of him returning to her life.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 699 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E22

#4 - Hybristophilia (Season 1 - Episode 22)


Eli Gold works on getting Peter's charges dropped, and Alicia defends Colin Sweeney, a client and accused wife killer, who claims self defense after she finds him handcuffed to a dead woman.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 683 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E1

#3 - Pilot (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Alicia returns to work as a defense attorney after her husband's corruption scandal and incarceration. She is assigned her first case - a retrial of a woman accused of murdering her ex-husband. Her firm successfully deadlocked the first jury, and they hope that sticking to that strategy will work again, but Alicia realizes that this trial will be more of a fight than anyone expected.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 1225 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E21

#2 - Unplugged (Season 1 - Episode 21)


While the firm takes on a case involving a divorce settlement for the wife of a musician who is in a coma, Alicia reluctantly considers a bold move to make sure that Lockhart and Gardner choose her over Cary.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 678 votes.

The Good Wife - S1E23

#1 - Running (Season 1 - Episode 23)

At Eli Gold's urging, Alicia must decide if she'll stand by her man during Peter's new political campaign, or if she'll pursue a relationship with Will instead.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 667 votes.

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