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What makes this show such essential viewing? At the core is a main character, Alicia Florrick, who feels like a smart, real-life woman you'd want as your next door neighbor or best friend. (And how refreshing is it to see a savvy role model like that on tv these days?) It certainly doesn't hurt that she's played by Emmy winner Juliana Margulies, who makes Alicia – and the over-scheduled juggling act she tackles daily – 100% believable. And it also doesn't hurt that we get to look at Chris Noth for a portion of every episode.

Speaking of Emmys, The Good Wife's first season was nominated for four of them, including top drama (plus Archie Panjabi brought home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress) so clearly we're not alone in our passion. But even if you haven't seen it yet, don't hesitate about jumping in and giving tonight's episode a try: the story lines are quite universal and always pull you in.

Tune into The Good Wife tonight on CBS.

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