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From left to right: Lucca Quinn, Diane Lockhart, and Maia Rindell.
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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 the CBS broadcast network and the remaining nine episodes were exclusive to All-Access. A second, third and fourth season have since aired, with a fifth on the way.

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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 has largely enabled Trump through his various scandals, sexual and otherwise. For example evangelical leader Tony Perkins said in Jan. 2018 that Trump gets a "mulligan" on his behavior.
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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 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.
  • The Butterfly Effect: Invoked during Diane's Season 4 fantasy of a world where Hillary Clinton won the election. Because Trump lost, women felt vindicated which means the entire "Me Too" movement never got started, abusers remain in power and Diane's newest client is Harvey Weinstein. Also, without such a movement, Adrian and Liz have no idea of Carl Riddick's secret actions.
  • 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).
  • Celebrity Paradox: In season 3, Gary Carr appears in a guest role As Himself, where he is explicitly referenced as having appeared on Downton Abbey as jazz singer Jack Ross. Rose Leslie (Maia) was a main cast member of that show in its first season (as the housemaid Gwen).
  • 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.
  • Drunk On Power: The women's group that Diana co-founds becomes radicalized in its war against Trump.
  • 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.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Maya becomes seduced by Roy Blum's promise of power and success through crooked lawyer tactics. She leaves the show with him to become a lobbyist in Washington D.C.
  • 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.
    • In the season 3 premiere, the firm is rocked when a long-time secretary claims their founder and civil rights icon, Louis Reddick, sexually abused her for years. They're having a huge meeting about paying the woman off, thinking it was just one time and they can handle it. At which point, another secretary says she can't take notes on this..."because Mr. Reddick did the same thing to me."
    • And then they find out they were basically tricked into helping take down a "Me Too" website which a reporter is about to call them on.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Diane helps found an anti-Trump women's group actually taking it over when she realizes their leader is a con woman that takes extraordinary steps to fight Trump's administration. It quickly devolves into a domestic terrorist organization.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Diane joins a anti-Trump group of rich accomplished women that was initially a con woman's attempt to extort them. They become increasingly radicalized as they find evidence of voter fraud and other Trump issues. It eventually devolves to murder via SWA Ting.
  • 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.
  • 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".
    • Season 4 uses It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's episode naming convention. The season premiere, for instance, is named "The Gang Deals with Alternate Reality".
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: After joining a group of anti-Trump women led by Valerie, Diane is happy to have them make progress. When Valerie vanishes, Diane is concerned and has Jay check her out. It turns out "Valerie" is a con artist who was bilking the group and setting them up for a big money grab. Diane decides not to tell the others about it and make them think Valerie was still a good leader and inspiration.
  • 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!
  • Intimate Telecommunications: The team uses a voice-imitation program to make a fake conversation of Maia's father having phone sex with Donald Trump. They all dissolve into uncontrollable laughter in short order... and then Mike Pence gets involved.
    Lucca: [overjoyed] Oh, I love fake Mike Pence!
  • 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.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: The season 4 premiere has Diane imagining Hillary Clinton won the 2016 Presidential election. Cancer is cured, climate change is being fixed and Elizabeth Warren is on the Supreme Court. On the flip side, Trump's defeat meant no Women's March or Me Too Movement and Harvey Weinstein is not only free but received the Presidential Medal of Freedom with his horrible crimes kept secret. Also, because Clinton is now taxing the rich, the firm's employees are in financial trouble which affects the firm.
  • 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."
  • 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."
    • In "The Gang Gets a Call from H.R.", Diane Lampshades the fact she now says "fuck" all the time despite never doing so for seven years on the parent series (due to different broadcast standards for profanity on network and streaming shows) by making it sound like a personal choice she's made.
    Diane: You know what? I never used to swear, ever, but now I found it useful. People look at me and think I would never swear, so when I say this is fucking nuts it has added meaning, and this is motherfucking nuts!
  • 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: In the first episode, 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 while answering phones. Once she becomes a name partner at the new firm, the overly-long-name issue is solved by one of the name partners simply disappearing from the show without comment, keeping the name count at three.
  • Persona Non Grata:
    • Without Diane to protect her, Maia rapidly finds herself fired. No other firm wants to hire her due to the accusations against her father.
    • Diane also gets the cold shoulder; as she got so many people (including a few women's groups) to invest in the Rindell fund, she is also hated for promoting it, despite the financial damage it has done to her. 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 - but the firm needs him to admit he voted for Trump to show that they are politically diverse.
  • Ponzi: The kick-off to the show is that 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 the collapse of the 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.
  • Put on a Bus: The showrunners confirmed that the third season finale has been Maia's send-off from the show.
    • Barbara Kolstad, the original third name partner, disappears from the show without comment, allowing Diane to become a name partner without extending the firm's name.
    • Averted with Julius Cain, who looked to be getting on the bus at the end of Season 1... then returned in Season 2, his return explained with one line criticizing the firm he was moving to.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Played for a sardonic laugh in "Day 478", in which the firm defends a man accused of sexual misconduct on a website and Liz notes that people seem to get more upset about them defending people accused of that than they do when they defend accused murderers.
  • 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.
    • Becomes a major plot point in Season 3 that Reddick and Bozeman have been hiring white lawyers in order to attract higher paying clients. It blows up when the black attorneys find out that they're also being paid more on average as well with Bozeman justifying it as, "Just how the game is played."
  • 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 (also, murderer; also, probably sociopath) Colin Sweeney.
    • And Boseman gets it when Colin, in utter seriousness, compares himself to Rodney King.
    • An Internal Affairs officer is brought in to hear the complaint, weary of hearing this sort of tale but interested in busting a cop he thinks may be corrupt. But the moment he's informed the victim is Colin Sweeney, he literally bursts out laughing, tears up the complaint and walks right out of the office, still laughing.
    • To top it all off, it turns out Sweeney wants this case to go away because he's being vetted... for an ambassadorship. The very idea of Colin Sweeney being 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 been set up with three "functioning idiots", one being a pundit who truly believes "more people have been killed by bees than guns." He's just about got one of the idiots to switch to his side... and then an NRA woman enters, bringing in a bullet-proof briefcase and videos of women in bikinis firing assault rifles, claiming that lawyers need to be trained to defend themselves. The idiots duly goggle at the, ahem, instructors in the video - the NRA woman claims, straight-faced, that "it was very hot that day" - and poor Adrian is left 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 by taking them on safari. Which is almost worse.


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