Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 20, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

I came to The Good Wife for the news hook, as curious as the next citizen to see a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about what a politician’s wife does in private after she has stood by the side of her disgraced husband in public. (For one thing, she slaps his sorry face.) Now I stay with The Good Wife because the truth?passed from woman to every TV-watching woman I know?is that this traditionally constructed 10 p.m. show is the most pertinent, articulate, observant, and realistically feminist network-TV drama on the air today. There’s no flash, no wisecracks, and no singing cheerleaders?just superb plotting, crisp writing about issues that matter, and harmonious ensemble performances led by Julianna Margulies, who is all steel and interesting stupor. May it please the court, The Good Wife is where we ladies are on Tuesday nights.

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