There's life after Alicia Florrick -- and it's even better that we could have imagined!
The Good Fight -- the highly anticipated CBS All Access spinoff of the long running drama, The Good Wife -- finally premiered on Sunday night, and fans were reunited with some beloved courtroom favorites and introduced to some fresh new faces.
Picking up a year after that infamous Good Wife series finale slap, The Good Fight centers on an enormous financial scam that has destroyed the reputation of budding lawyer Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) while simultaneously wiping out the hard-earned savings of her mentor and godmother, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). When the reputation-destroying scandal forces both Maia and Diane out of Lockhart and Lee, they join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.
A series regular on The Good Wife for all 156 episodes, Baranski stunned with Diane's signature poise and confidence, but the new series brought a transfixing level of frantic vengeance to the character that we couldn’t help but both love and fear.
Plus, getting to watch Diane unleash a bevy of F-bombs, thanks to The Good Fight's unfiltered status on CBS All Access was delightfully satisfying. Hell hath no fury like a Diane Lockhart scorned!
Leslie, who is best known for her work in Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones, shines as first-year associate Maia Rindell, bringing an instant likable charm to the character as she navigates the treacherous post-scandal waters. Mortified by her family's disgrace, yet determined to persevere in her career, Maia is, essentially, the Alicia Florrick of this new series, but her endearing wit and stable relationship with her girlfriend makes this narrative feel fresh and new.
Rounding out our trifecta of tremendous women is Jumbo's Lucca, whom fans will remember as Alicia's friend-turned-partner in the final season of The Good Wife. Lucca is just as quick-witted as we left her, but her year away from Lockhart and Lee has added a new layer of cool and sexy confidence that we (and men everywhere apparently!) cannot seem to get enough of.
Basically, The Good Fight centers on three intelligent, capable and kick-ass women, and we're pleading guilty to loving every second of it!
Fans can watch episode two of The Good Fight on CBS All Access now and catch all-new episodes every Sunday on the streaming service.
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