The Good Fight is a great show. It’s quite possibly my favourite show of the year, so far.
You can’t talk about The Good Fight without acknowledging its predecessor, The Good Wife. Another great show and one of my favourite shows in recent years.
What’s so impressive about The Good Fight is how as a spin-off/sequel series, it manages to be its own thing, while also being a continuation. There are returning characters, a similar case of the week format, and there are similar themes and tones throughout. This is essentially The Good Wife, just without the wife.
There are some differences though. The Good Fight is more mature and adult, thanks to its streaming format rather than its predecessors broadcast form. This means that there’s more sex, more profanity and some darker storylines. This makes the show more realistic and it works, for the most part. However, sometimes the profanity comes as a surprise & a distraction, and initially, it’s clearly used as a means of differentiating itself from its predecessor.
Like The Good Wife, the production values are high, perhaps even higher than its predecessor, writing and directing is spot on and the cast is brilliant.
There are two leads in this series. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) returns, this time as the lead and she does a great job at being the viewers initial entry point in the series. The other lead is Maia Rindell, played by Rose Leslie who does a great job of being a very different and engaging new character. I’d say this is her best performance to date, which is saying something when you consider that she was great in both Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.
The Good Fight is good enough to stand on its own. Viewers who haven’t seen The Good Wife will like it, but those who have, will love it.
My only negative is that there are only 10 episodes. This is a different type of show and I understand why it would be difficult for the show to do more. In comparison to the 22 episode seasons of The Good Wife, I feel short changed and I’m left desperately wanting more.