The Good Wife: Alicia Florrick, Superwoman

This post is the first in a series highlighting SUPERWOMAN TV characters. These characters are not afraid to channel their feminine power to get ahead in their careers and kick ass on a consistent basis without becoming a female stereotype. You know the type, no intelligence, and solely sleeping with their bosses to move up in the world. Boo. We need more female characters with agency.

Last week, I ranted about Glee’s Artie being the most annoying, useless character because his character has no agency.

It’s very easy to write about the oppression of a marginalized group, in Glee’s case, the “differently-abled”. In The Good Wife (CBS), Alicia Florrick (Juliana Marguiles, ER) is in a situation much like the Jersey Shore’s Sammy. To use the Situation’s terms “her man has been serving her with a nice steaming pile of Alpo, she’s getting dogged.”

To make a long story short, Alicia is the wife of of Peter Florrick (Chris Noth, Sex and the City, Law and Order), a former Chicago state’s attorney who has been jailed after a public sex and corruption scandal. After Peter’s story breaks news headlines, Alicia returns to her career as a litigator to provide for her and her two children. The tale of Eliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton, etc.

Now without going any further, this storyline is not a common one used in the media. She turns down the Hilary Clinton stereotype of being a “cold hearted, hard ass” but also turns down the Silda Spitzer stereotype of making it all about her. Alicia’s husband, who’s character most women my age already seemed wary of –because we are so used to seeing Chris Noth as Mr. Big in Sex and the City, and we all know how that went– PLAYED HER. He publicly played her. HARD. Not only did he cheat, but he took prostitutes as BRIBES so that he could drop a few court cases here and there, or purposefully lose a few, or win some. BAD NEWS BEARS ALL AROUND.

Alicia did what Carry Bradshaw probably wouldn’t have done in this case, she put her big girl panties on, and went back to her old career, almost literally jumping into shark infested waters. I’m not going to spoil any storylines here just yet, because I get the feeling most of you have been sleeping on this show. But this is just one example of what I mean when I say, I absolutely love this show because of the characters’ AGENCY. The women in the show are empowered with a balance…and its quite refreshing.

Unlike stupid Artie (Glee), Alicia puts aside the fact that she’s been embarrassed publicly by a lying and cheating husband, and goes to work as a junior litigator and effectively, for lack of better words, KICKED SERIOUS ASS. She kicks ass every single week, and took my breath away last night when she stood up to a male judge who tried to bully her into shutting up.

Like I said, I don’t want to get into details of the show until I know some of you already watch. So let me know so we can discuss! Check your local listings, lovies.

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One Response to “The Good Wife: Alicia Florrick, Superwoman”
  1. Nzinga says:

    Love this show. I DVR it every week so my mama & I can watch it together. Julianna Marguiles, Christine Baranski (Diane) and Archie Panjabi (Kalinda) are all 3 phenomenal women. They put the men to shame.

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