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From left to right: Lucca Quinn, Diane Lockhart, and Maia Rindell.

The Good Fight is a live-action web series on CBS All-Access, that premiered February 19, 2017. It is an aftershow of The Good Wife and the first original scripted series on the platform (due to Star Trek: Discovery being delayed). Like its parent show, it is produced by Scott Free Productions.

The series picks up a year after the finale of The Good Wife, when Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) is forced out of Lockhart, Decker, Gussman, Lee, Lyman, Gilbert-Lurie, Kagan, Tannebaum, & Associates after a Ponzi scheme wipes out her savings and destroys the reputation of her goddaughter Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie). The pair join Alicia Florrick's former partner Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at her new firm and try to rebuild their careers.

The series premiere aired on CBS broadcast and the remaining nine episodes were exclusive to All-Access. A second season has been made and a third season has been ordered.


This series contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Amoral Attorney: All the attorneys on the show bend the rules every now and then, but Roland Blum takes this trope to an art form. Casual racial slurs, intimidating tactics, framing people for drug abuse, outright perjury? All fair game to him.
  • Archenemy: While a Downplayed trope in the first season, it becomes explicitly clear that the writers consider President Donald Trump to be this to the protagonist's firm. The beginning opens up with a montage of the President and various statements he made as well as Diane's shock at his election.
  • Aftershow: It's a continuation of The Good Wife minus Alicia Florrick.
  • Artistic License – Religion: Season three has Diane go on multiple spiels about how a sex scandal (especially one with abortion) will be the surest way to take down Trump by way of "turning the religious right against him". This however, ignores the fact that the religious right in the Republican Party have largely been shoved to the side, as far as being demoted from having any real say under Trump and that Trump's electoral success was due to his appeal to nationalists, working class voters who felt betrayed by the Democrats, and those who saw Trump as a lesser evil to the out of touch Democrat Party/Hillary Clinton.
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  • As Himself: Gary Carr guest stars as a fictionalized version of himself, studying to play a lawyer on TV.
  • Batman Gambit: Elsbeth does this by arranging things so Mike Krevesta incriminates himself by revealing he was offering Maia's father a deal to take down the law firm. This despite the fact Maia's father committed massive crimes against most of the state versus the fact they are simply involved in police brutality cases against the city.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the season 1 finale, Adrian and Kolstad have a bi-annual evauluation meeting with Maia and tell her to become more assertive and to tail one of their more senior lawyers to watch them work and learn how to be more effective in a courtroom. Later, while Adrian is off to handle a sensitive matter in court, Maia chooses to tail him and won't take no for an answer, so Adrian just goes with it.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Diane (blonde), Lucca and Marissa (dark brown/black), and Maia (redhead).
  • Break the Haughty: Poor Diane. Not only does this raging liberal feminist have to watch Donald Trump elected President over Hillary Clinton, but she also loses almost all her money to a trusted friend.
  • Broken Pedestal: Maia as it sinks in that this is no mistake, her father ripped off numerous friends for millions in a Ponzi scheme, which has led to Maia's own life ruined. She gets hit with it again when she realizes that her mother was complicit in the scheme as well and is having an affair with Jack. It gets worse when Maia starts to suspect that her father is negotiating a deal with the government that might have her thrown to the wolves simply because she tried to help him. He eventually flees the country while she's in charge of his recognizance.
    • Later, both Adrian and Liz Reddick suffer this when it is discovered that Carl Reddick - Liz's father, Adrian's mentor and social justice icon - sexually harassed and exploited multiple subordinates.
  • Category Traitor: In "The Schtup List", Reddick, Boseman and Kolstad lose a client to a smaller black law firm owned by Andrew Hart, who ran a PAC for Trump during the election. When they scramble to find a Trump voter at their own firm to make their case for the client and keep them, it turns out that Julius Cain, previously a recurring character and lawyer at Lockhart-Gardner, voted for Trump because of his conservative policies. While Kolstad and the senior members of the firm don't give him a hard time about it, after Julius has managed to keep the client, he notices that people at the office whisper around him and look at him suspiciously. Later, he quits and goes to work for Hart's firm after a politically sensitive case results in him being investigated because his political sympathies made him a suspect in a leak (though he is back at Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad by the season 2 premiere).
  • Character Death: Carl Reddick passes away in the season 2 opener.
  • Commonality Connection: In "Day 450", Maia meets Carine Minter, who works for the DNC, and discovers that they both have fathers who were successful and powerful but then fell into disgrace after a scandal. Maia's father defrauded thousands in a Ponzi scheme and was arrested. Carine's father was a senator who was caught having sex with a minor in his office and currently makes a living as an Uber driver.
  • Courtroom Antics: Roland Blum would marry this trope if he could.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Like so many before him, Mike Kresteva makes the mistake of assuming Elsbeth Tascioni is a goofy fool until she runs circles around him exposing his lies.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Lucca openly asks when Diane "got so cynical" when she defends the police on the beating of a black man. In a talk with Maia, Diane basically admits that "sometimes the people you thought were saints turn on you." This obviously references how Alicia betrayed Diane and (combined with Hillary Clinton lost the election), this makes Diane a lot more cynical on trusting people.
  • Dramatic Irony: Diane makes it clear she despises Donald Trump to her core...but in season two, she finds much of her lost money has been recovered thanks to Trump's tax benefits for the wealthy. In other words, Diane owes her recovered wealth to the man she hates more than anyone on Earth.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The two Republicans monitoring the polls in Season Three don't agree with Jay and Lucca about... well, anything. But they're still utterly repulsed by the neo-Nazis that show up to intimidate voters, and help stand up for Jay and Lucca a few times.
  • False Confession: A store employee claims that his managers coerced him into confessing to stealing from the store so they could then garnish his wages. The lawyers discover that the managers were trained in a police interrogation technique that has been accused of causing false confessions.
  • Fanservice: Maia has a shower scene with her girlfriend.
  • Foreshadowing: Meeting Maia's father at a party, Diane is encouraged to only borrow a bit from her fund with Rindell rather than withdraw everything she has "invested." Leaving, Harry asks Maia if she's heard from anyone about the fund, the first signs of his upcoming arrest.
  • From Bad to Worse: Maia's relationship with her father is this.
  • Heroic BSoD: Diane, majorly. Losing almost all her money, realizing the firm won't take her back and no one else wants her, causes her to completely come apart before soon to be ex-husband Kurt.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Not surprisingly, Marissa Gold is just as conniving and brilliant at getting at the truth as her dad was and instead of merely Diane's "secretary," is also her private investigator.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Jay punches a neo-Nazi in the face after the latter makes one too many racist remarks. The Republican guy monitoring the polls with him agrees he deserved it, and even covers for Jay by saying the neo-Nazi must have "hit his head on the sink."
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
    • The first five episodes of season 1 have episode titles with as many words as the episode number. Starting with episode 6, episode title length counts down to the end of the season (Ep 6 has 5 words, ep 7 has 4 and so on).
    • Season 2 episodes are titled after the number of days Donald Trump has been President of the United States when the episode takes place.
    • Season 3 adopted the Friends episode nomenclature, e.g the season opener is called "The One About the Recent Troubles".
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Lucca explains to Gary Carr that a lawyer's life is mostly paperwork, not court dates, and that they rarely have a partner urgently bursting into their office. Cue Adrian urgently bursting into Lucca's office, saying he needs her in court.
    Gary: ...Hmmmmm.
    Lucca: Shut up!
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "Day 443," a judge tells a jury that "real court cases are nothing like TV where it's wrapped up in 60 minutes and real lawyers almost never show up in court." Cue him presiding over a truly ridiculous case with Diane and Boseman that does, indeed, end in an hour...all the while as he keeps telling the jury "a trial is nothing like on TV."
  • Loophole Abuse: Madeline presses Maia to give up information by pointing out that she signed papers on her 18th birthday giving her more control over the Rindell fund, citing the date and how she's culpable. But Maia smirks that she may have signed the papers at that party but she didn't actually turn 18 until a few days later, meaning she was still under age when signed and thus legally, she can't be culpable.
    • Adrian is forced to be part of a group meant to cut down on violence. Thanks to an NRA agent and the fact the other three persons on the committee are morons, it becomes an act to train lawyers to defend themselves. Adrian says he'll write the actual proposal for the city. When a surprised Julius asks why, Adrian points out none of the others bothered to take minutes and thus none of them can prove what the actual proposal was...meaning Adrian can just go ahead and write it to be anything he wants.
  • Nepotism: Maia was hired at Diane's law firm because she is Diane's goddaughter and the firm wants to suck up to her wealthy parents. She kept turning down any preferential treatment but clearly enjoyed the fact that unlike other first year associates, her job was secure. However, this also meant that when the scandal hit and Diane left the firm, Maia was immediately fired.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The firm is about to lose an important case because the judge disallowed their Freedom of Speech argument. Then Donald Trump sends a Tweet commenting on the case and it gives the Freedom of Speech argument validity so the judge reconsiders his decision.
  • Once per Episode: Every season 3 episode (so far) has had an animated musical sequence explaining a real life issue related to the episode.
  • Overly Long Name: Diane openly lampshades how crazy it is that her firm has eight name partners and "we're top heavy". Indeed, an opening scene shows the receptionists having to recite the firm's name answering phones.
  • Persona Non Grata:
    • Maia finds herself fired and no one wants her due to her father's criminal work.
    • Diane gets the same treatment as she realizes that because she got so many people (including a few women's groups) to invest in Rindell, she is also hated. Not only will almost none of her clients follow her but no firm wants to take on the additional scandal of Diane's reputation.
    • Played for laughs that only one employee in the firm voted for Trump and he's afraid of being ostracized.
  • Ponzi: The kick-off to the show as Henry Rindell has been running a massive Ponzi scheme. Diane's accountant explains that the Rindells lost a ton of money of their own in 2007 and rather than invest, they just used their client's money to "balance it out" and never stopped taking it.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the version showed on CBS, when she learns how her "retirement fund" is lost in a Ponzi scheme, Diane blurts out "son of a bitch!" In the unrated version shown online, she yells "Motherfucker!"
    • Free from the restrictions of broadcast TV, the F-bombs well and truly come out to play.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The original pilot (written in October of 2016) had the idea that Diane decided to quit the firm following Hillary Clinton's Presidential election as she felt it validated everything she'd fought for. They were a week into shooting when the election actually happened, so the series now has Diane completely shell-shocked by Donald Trump becoming President and unable to focus on her job.
  • Self-Serving Memory: The episode "Self Condemned" uses this a lot. FBI agent Madeline brings this up talking to Maia on finding out about her dad's plans. She mentions how she spent years remembering winning a big prize on a TV show and a clear part of her childhood...only to find out a year ago it was actually her older sister.
    Madeline: The mind has an odd way of turning wishful thinking into actual memories.
    • This truly comes up when Maia relates a series of appointments her mother had in 2008...only for Madeline to reveal none of those happened. Maia realizes she saw her mother and Jax together and in denial, she prefers to remember her mother seeing a doctor all those times.
    • Maia also talks of a party where she was with her then-boyfriend but in reality, the first time she was making out with the woman who's now her girlfriend.
    • In the end, Maia realizes that she's been deluding herself and that while she did not know exactly what her father was doing, she was aware that there was something really wrong going on. She simply chose not to connect the dots and stayed willfully ignorant.
    • Maia remembers that when she was 14 she had a massive crush on her female tennis instructor and the older woman seemed to reciprocate her feelings. The relationship never went anywhere because the instructor got another job and moved away. In the present, Maia realizes that the woman was actually her father's mistress and all the memories of the woman flirting with Maia were actually of the woman ignoring Maia in favor of her father.
  • Smug Snake: David Lee wastes no time smugly telling Diane she can't return to the firm after her resignation. When Diane officially leaves the firm, he wastes no time having Maia fired and escorted out of the building.
  • Token White: Lampshaded when Adrian offers Diane a job at his all-African-American firm. His line on how she can be the "diversity hire" makes both of them laugh.
    • Played for drama come the second episode where it's made very clear that white customers for a class action lawsuit would rather work with Maia over the much more experienced Lucca. It's also noted Diane and Maia disrupt the firm's normal dynamic but also are useful as public faces, which they're aware is pandering to racists.
    • The firm as a whole can barely stomach the smug limousine liberal Google Expy's attitude toward them even as he only wants to work with Diane. Nevertheless, the firm does so because it's a massive-massive account.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer: In "The One Where a Nazi Gets Punched," Jay has a monologue to the audience saying that while he was always taught to never start a fight, when you're dealing with someone who advocates for the genocide of minorities, punching them in the face is absolutely an appropriate response.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Diane's reaction when she's called into a case about a victim of police brutality, thinking it's a young black man...only to find out it's millionaire (and possible sociopath murderer) Colin Sweeney.
    • And Boseman gets it when Colin, in utter seriousness, compares himself to Rodney King.
    • Finally, an Internal Affairs officer is brought into the office to hear of this, interested to bust a corrupt cop. But the moment he's informed the "victim" is Sweeney, he literally bursts out laughing, tears up the complaint and walks right out of the office.
    • To top it all off, it turns out Sweeney wants this case to go away because he's being vetted ambassadorship. The very idea of Colin Sweeney made an ambassador causes all the partners to explode in hysterical laughter.
    • The season 2 finale has Adrian being part of a city discussion on measures for cutting down gun violence. He realizes he's with three "functioning idiots" with one a pundit who truly believes "more people have been killed by bees than guns." Then an NRA woman enters to bring in a bullet-proof briefcase and that lawyers need to be trained in guns and poor Adrian is wishing he was back in the hospital.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Maia cheats on her girlfriend with a DNC staffer on her desk.
    • Diane realizes that Kurt is hiding something from her and is convinced he's having an affair. When she confronts him, it turns out he was cheating on her... with Donald Trump's sons. Which is almost worse.


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