The Good Wife

The Good Wife (2016)

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A husband works as a successful prosecutor and his future appears bright, but he gets arrested for corruption in a political scandal. His wife who worked as an attorney prior to their marriage, now resumes her career after a 13 year hiatus. She begins to find her true identity.

  • Native title:

    굿 와이프
  • Also Known as:

    Gut Waipeu;

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palak
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Aug 28, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I started The Good Wife to alleviate the painful wait for the new episodes of Doctors (oh, the irony). And 2 episodes in, I was absolutely engaged! The Good Wife is not a typical drama. It has a mature tone and deals with mature issues. When a normal Korean drama deals with cheating on your spouse, they make it all cheesy and overly dramatic. I just love how they handled the cheating read more in this drama. It was so realistic and you completely understood where each character came from.

The female lead was amazing. She was so calm and dignified and yet, there is a subtle change occurring within her throughout, simmering beneath the diplomatic surface. It never explodes or exposes itself completely. You cannot hold that change to one single moment. You can't point at one moment and say "there she is finally!" But you can feel the change constantly, scene after scene. Until it has become a part of her completely.

I love her character. It is so deep and yet we can all relate to it somewhere. The rest of the cast is equally amazing. Nana's character was brilliant. She was so unique in her style and I loved her screen-time, especially with Hye Kyung. I didn't know much about Nana before I started this show (except that she wins the title of "most beautiful face" a lot). But I really look forward to seeing her in more roles (and different ones). I didn't know much about Jun Do Yeon either (except that she was paid A LOT for this drama). But I she was so good here, I ended up checking out a couple of her movies (and loving them!).

The guys were awesome. Jung Won was sooo sexayyy. Like MY GOD. He's like a bad boy who grew up like some really fine wine. I'll be crushing on him for a while. The romance was unexpectedly awesome. The drama is full of sexual tension and I am not complaining.

Tae Joon was another complex character who was a delight to watch. The whole time you are wondering WHO THE HELL IS HE? WHAT IS HE THINKING? This guy had me really confused with his sometimes-bad-sometimes-good character. But then I realized the catch. This is how he is supposed to be. This is how we all are. There is no black or white. There are good sides to us and there are dark sides. And that is exactly how he was. He was a scary man but he was a gentle father. He was trying to do something right using wrong methods. He loved his wife but he succumbed to temptation. A lot. He was human.

The music was perfect for the drama and this drama can definitely be watched again for the complexities and the surprisingly swoon-worthy romance that takes it's own sweet time to build.
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BrightestStar
8 people found this review helpful
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Sep 7, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
This was undeniably a quality drama, but I just couldn't fully enjoy it like most, I'm not sure why. Actually I know why, I didn't like the romance between those two characters at all, and felt like it was forced. Or not forced but out of place. I might be in the minority here. I just can't help think of other considerations that make me dislike this couple in many ways.

In read more any case, I couldn't drop this drama because of quiet a few reasons. First of all, as most know I always focus on characters and acting, and this is a forte in this drama. As for acting it varied from appropriate to awesome, and the awesome ones had a great chance at exploring complicated, and unpredictable characters.

My 2 favourite characters are Lee Tae Joon and Seo Myung Hee. He's completely badass, unpredictable and scary, no one can mess with him. She's just an awesome boss.

Kim Hye gyung was interesting for the most part, but I know in real life, I wouldn't want to be friends with her. Her bangs and bitchy cold look rubs me the wrong way. I was jealous of her wardrobe though, and honestly I liked that she's pragmatic about all. I love her relationship with her son. That moment when he wished her to win was so heartfelt.

Age wise, I'd argue Yoon Kye Sang to be completely miscast. In the role of Seo Jung Won he was awesome, but it's too obvious he's younger than those he's involved with. He's not that much younger but he looks it. I enjoyed the most his relationship with his sister. I can totally relate to the older sister/younger brother. A younger sibling is always a younger siblings, no matter how much he gets older :P

I have to mention music was AWESOME! The camera work felt like watching a movie.

Plot wise is where I had some trouble. The cases were interesting, but I didn't like how they go about solving them. Kim Dan was too convenient as a character. Basically if you needed any character that is good in any sort of thing, she would be it. She felt like a plot device used to get the story go, and a lazy one at it.

In any case I'm glad I got to watch this drama, even though I had to push myself to watch at times :P
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Padiwaradda's english translation is 'Beloved Loyal Wife'.

So, as you can guess, both series are more female-centric focused, and also challenges us by making a case on what makes a woman a good wife - all done within the context of the culture and of societal expectations and norms. A compelling and mature watch for those who are interested in this sort of setting.
Recommended by MusicalVeggies
Both have male protagonists that are famous prosecutors who end up in prison. Both have top notch acting, intricate stories about crime, power, jealousy and revenge. The cast is amazing in both dramas.
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    Sara 18 days ago

    ok I NEED season 2 RIGHT NOOOOOOW PLEASE

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    Hapi Jul 13, 2017

    this drama is DAEBAK! i loved the cliffhanger at the end of every episode, i also loved the development of the main actress in this drama! , nana's acting is so amazing i was really inspired by her (: , and finally 10 FOR THIS SHOW!

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    soojungstrash May 22, 2017

    this is addicting kk

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    soojungstrash May 21, 2017

    this is nothing like i would usually watch- no famous young actress, but i still cannot stop watching it kkkkkk

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    Sara Apr 3, 2017

    patiently waiting for season 2

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    Fluff Mar 25, 2017 - edited

    Does anyone know where I can watch this?

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    Banada6 Mar 10, 2017 - edited

    Yoo ji tae acting was mind blowing. I love when actors know how to play their villain role. Well I think all the cast did a great job. Love this drama

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    Aseret Feb 20, 2017 - edited
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    nuka Feb 17, 2017 - edited

    great drama I loved dynamic pace of the story, I wish they make the second season too. romance and the way everyone matured through the story was engaging and teens in this drama were normal and that was freshing! I hope to see more from NaNa soon.

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    Valerie Jan 25, 2017
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    rialenleexx Dec 17, 2016 - edited

    What happen to the leads? Did they have a happy ending?

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      palak Dec 20, 2016
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    Anniee Dec 13, 2016 - edited
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      rialenleexx Dec 18, 2016

      Ltj and khg ddnt end up together at the end?? Just curious coz I dnt want to watch a drama that has no happy endings :)

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      Anniee Dec 18, 2016
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      rialenleexx Dec 18, 2016

      Oh okay thank you :)

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    iamsarah Oct 13, 2016

    This was awesome and I loved the cast and the leads.

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    abracadabra Sep 30, 2016

    Great drama. The leading actress was outstanding...

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    educto1 Sep 25, 2016

    I miss you, show. :(

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Jul 8, 2016 to Aug 27, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 900 users)
  • Ranked:

    #346
  • Popularity:

    #851

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