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When Alicia returns from work following her husband's very public corruption scandal and incarceration, she is assigned her first case -- a retrial of a woman who is accused of murdering her ex-husband.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Tuesday September 22nd, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Jan 01, 2010
UK (MORE4) Jan 25, 2010

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (23 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Chris Noth
As Peter Florrick

Guest Stars
Chris Butler
As Matan Brody
David Paymer
As Judge Richard Cuesta
Mary Beth Peil
As Jackie Florrick
Titus Welliver
As SA Glenn Childs
Cam Cronin
As Brian
Charles Siegel
As Dr. Sobel
Chris Nowland
As Press Conference Reporter
Dalias Blake
As Bailiff
Elizabeth Weinstein
As Busy Secretary
Forbes Angus
As Prison Guard
Fulvio Cecere
As Detective Briggs
Ingrid Torrance
As Dr. Torrance
Ivan Cermak
As Jogging CEO
Jeff Sanca
As Cindy's Brother Danny
Johannah Newmarch
As Receptionist (28th fl)
Karin Konoval
As Mrs. Duretsky
Katharine Isabelle
As Cindy Combs
Katie Walder
As Jennifer Lewis
Kevin McNulty
As Cormac
Luisa D'Oliveira
As Sandra Pai
McKenna Laing
As Lilly Combs
Michael Adamthwaite
As Court Security Guard
Phillip Mitchell
As Michael Lewis
Robert Clarke (1)
As Political Ops
Sarah Penikett
As Will's Paralegal
Simon Longmore
As Mr. North
Stephen Holmes
As Facile ND Lawyer
Main Cast
Julianna Margulies
As Alicia Florrick
Matt Czuchry
As Cary Agos
Josh Charles
As Will Gardner
Archie Panjabi
As Kalinda Sharma
Graham Phillips
As Zach Florrick
Makenzie Vega
As Grace Florrick
Christine Baranski
As Diane Lockhart


The series opens with Alicia Florrick supporting her husband Peter during an intense trial. Once they are outside, she is completely livid. She hits him. Fast forward to six months and Alicia is starting a job at a new law firm. She is late, because she meets in the wrong conference room. No one is making it easy for her, either. She meets up with Cary Agos and Diane Lockhart...

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Episode Notes
Nielsen Ratings: Pilot was seen by 13.71 million people, and was rated 9.2/16 in households, 4.4/11 in adults 25-54, and 3.1/8 in adults 18-49. This episode delivers this time slot's best premiere in both households and viewers since October 2, 2002 ("Judging Amy") and in key demos since September 19, 2006.

Warning: The Good Wife season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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