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“When I was starting out I got one great piece of advice: Men can be lazy, women can’t. And I think that goes double for you. Not only are you coming back to the workplace fairly late but you have some very prominent baggage.” – Diane Lockhart

I know. It’s been over a month since the series ended FOREVER. But I had to digest it. Needed time to ponder about this loss that is now my life. And to think about which series should I start to get over this loss, which I still haven’t found, so suggestions are more than welcomed.

7 seasons. 156 episodes. 7 years of your life.

[SPOILER FREE]

  • Why should you DEFINITELY watch it? 1Sheet_Master.qxd

I must admit that I was a late comer to this series. I had heard it was brilliant, Fantastic a must see, but at that time they were already about to forecast Season 6, so at first I was a bit hesitant to start it because of the season that it had already premiered. But in the end, as it was almost the summer break and the series I was watching were coming to their season end, I decided that it was the right time to give it ago. And so I did, 6 seaosn in 3 weeks!! Best decision ever to watch it, it was like eating Pringle’s, once you make pop, there is no stop! So I ended the first 6 season and then I was able to watch season 7 as it was premiering in the US. And here I am now, 1 month later and still mourning…

The series is worth watching it now once or twice. But plenty of times!! The plot is magnificent, the characters are fabulous, all of them. The main characters, who have a really powerful personality, specially the female ones, are easy to love. Julianna’s Alicia Florrick is one of the best female leading characters ever. The way she behaves and faces difficulties is really inspiring for everyone, men and women. Then, the secondary ones, some are only in one episode of the show and others come back for more, but what is true, is that all of them are absolutely brilliant and greatly performed by their actors or actress. There have been some famous actors making cameos in the show, some longer than others, but it’s really funny to see the part they play, Michael J. Fox is one example.

Then, we have the main story, about how Alicia has to “survive” about this new change in her life, husband in jail and get back to work in law after years of not practicing to support her family. As I said before, it is really inspiring for everyone, no matter your job or your status, it really helps!! Then, there are the cases that she takes at the law firm. Most of them are really up to date cases, where you can follow real people and real matters (with fictional names of course). But nonetheless, it’s really interesting to learn about it from a legal perspective and from a real lawyer point of view they feel really, really real.

Out of the 7 seasons, for me, the best ones were season 4 and season 5 (yeah, that plot twist in season 5 got me, didn’t see that one coming!). The only thing that I am not convinced with is the end. I understand why they did what they did, but please, it could have been much better and I felt a bit disappointed with it. Maybe with time, it will get better (maybe).

Now we only have to wait for Diane Lockhart spin-off. Yes! One is coming our way!! Can’t wait for it!!

  • Did you know?

– Up until the 4th season, all episodes had a title with its count of words increasing monotonically per season (effectively being equal to the season number); i.e. season 1 episodes had a single-word title, season 2 episodes had a two-word title etc. Beginning with season 5, the title word-count started decreasing monotonically; i.e. season 5 episodes have three-word titles and season 6 episodes have two-word titles. It could be assumed that season 7 is scheduled to be the last one, all episodes having again single-word titles.

– Julianna Margulies wears a wig for her character Alicia and spends a reported 14 hours a day, five days a week, and nine months out of the year working on the series.

– The series was partly inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal. It also draws on other prominent American political sex scandals, such those of John Edwards and Bill Clinton. Creator Michelle King also noted that in these political scandals, the women are lawyers (Hilary Clinton, Elizabeth Edwards).

– The show is set in Chicago, but filmed in New York. The pilot was filmed in Canada and filming was planned to continue there, but Julianna Margulies asked the producers to shoot in New York because she had just became a mother and couldn’t leave for Canada for nine months a year.

– Guest stars who have played themselves interacting with the show’s fictional characters include: Clinton Administration advisers Vernon Jordan and Donna Brazile; presidential MSNBC anchor and political commentator Chris Matthews; financial TV hosts Lou Dobbs and Jim Cramer; and OJ Simpson lawyer and co-founder of The Innocence Project Barry Scheck. Actor/lawyer/politician Fred Dalton Thompson plays Frank Michael Thomas, a thinly veiled version of himself (Thomas is also a former actor, lawyer, and politician). New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared in the Season Four finale.

– Elsbeth Tascioni’s unseen personal assistant is called Fantasia. The vampire bar in Carrie Preston’s other show, True Blood, is called Fangtasia.

– At the end of the second quarter of Super Bowl 50 (7 February 2016), CBS used the transition from the game to the halftime commercial break to announce that 2016 was the final year for the series and that there were nine first-run episodes remaining.

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