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Tha Grauniad has forgotten Eliot Spitzer

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The Grauniad on the twelve top TV lawyers:

The Good Wife has been hailed by many critics as a post-feminist legal drama, and it many ways it is: lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-mother Alicia Florrick is wronged by her powerful state’s attorney husband, who is caught red-handed in a sexual scandal and sent to jail (parallels with DSK are so obvious that viewers may wonder which came first: reality or fiction).


The Good Wife has obvious parallels with DSK? Or maybe with someone else? Let’s tabulate.

The Good Wife DSK Eliot Spitzer
The Wife Stay at home mother, former lawyer Journalist Former lawyer, involved in charitable causes
The Husband Former State Attorney, now running for governor Former IMF chief, French Finance Minister Former state attorney-general, governor
Scandal, husband is caught up in Prostitution and Corruption Prostitution, alleged rape Prostitution
Years set in[1] 2009- 2011- 2008

But not a single mention of Eliot Spitzer in the article (nor in the comments)? What do the creators of the show say?

We came up with the idea about a year and half ago. There had been this waterfall of these kinds of scandals, from Bill and Hillary [Clinton], to Dick Morris, to Eliot Spitzer, to name just a few. I think they’re all over our culture. And there was always this image of the husband up there apologizing and the wife standing next to him. I think the show began when we asked, “What are they thinking?” And Robert and I started talking about it from there.

Guess reality did come before fiction. Pity that even with three journalists working on it, the Grauniad missed it. Does the Grauniad not have access to Wikipedia?


[1] In case of The Good Wife, when the show started, of course that doesn’t exactly imply that the show is set in 2009-, but it helps in clarifying what came first, reality or fiction.

Written by Polevaulter Donkeyman

August 18, 2012 at 17:31

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