Trivia / The Good Wife

  • Actor Allusion:
    • When Fred Thompson guest starred in one episode, his client referred to him as The DA as he played one on TV and his character referred to actually passing the bar before going into acting, which Fred Thompson actually did.
    • The show takes place in Cook County, Chicago, the same county as Cook County General Hospital, the setting of ER, where Julianna Margulies played Nurse Carol Hathaway.
    • In ‘KSR’, Dr. Portnow’s wife, a clinical psychiatrist, is an obvious Expy of Leonard Hofstadter’s mother, played by Christine Baranski, who plays Diane.
  • Blooper: Subverted. In ‘Loser Edit’, the report revealing Alicia’s private e-mails was apparently a cross between her e-mail and someone else’s, as it reads ‘From: Alicia Florrick’ and mentions having to put two kids through college, but also says, ‘Alicia is a perfect example of someone sleeping their way to the top!’ Then whoever wrote the e-mail says (in the first person) that her husband is the SA and will probably be governor and is probably already taking enough bribes to pay for their tuition. Then there’s the final line:
    If you’ve read this far you aren’t paying any attention to our show. So, bite me.’
  • Completely Different Title:
  • Fake American: Scottish-born (now a US citizen) Alan Cumming playing Eli Gold. Also Londoner Archie Panjabi playing Kalinda Sharma (though her in-universe nationality remains unknown, and she's shown to have an English husband).
  • McLeaned: When Josh Charles decided to leave, Will was killed off suddenly in a courtroom shooting.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Mike Colter shows a sense of humor that Le Mond Bishop doesn't have on After Buzz on
  • Playing Against Type
    • Miranda Cosgrove guest-starred as Sloan, a Lindsay Lohan-esque singer.
    • To lesser extent, Sarah Silverman is a host of Ashley Madison-esque site.
    • Wallace Shawn's role as Charles Lester is far more sinister than the neurotic characters that he's been known to play.
    • Michael J. Fox as an unscrupulous lawyer willing to use his disease to manipulate juries. Probably one of the only outright Jerkass characters that Fox has played in his career.
    • Matthew Perry was also willing to avoid playing it safe by taking on the role of slimeball Mike Kresteva.note 
  • Word of Saint Paul: Mike Colter, who plays Lemond Bishop, said on the After Buzz videocast that Bishop got his MBA before going into the drug dealing business. He simply saw the drug game as the best place to use his skills.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Michael J. Fox plays a lawyer with a neurological disorder (tardive diskinesia, rather than Fox's own Parkinson's, but close enough) which he plays up to gain sympathy from jurors he argues in front of. This backfires against a paraplegic judge in one episode: the judge basically says, "Yeah, so what?" and tells him to get on with the case.