I Just Binged The Good Wife and My Brain Now Thinks that Life is a Courtroom Drama

Confession: I just binged the entire 6 season run of The Good Wife on Netflix in 3 weeks. All 134 episodes. ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FOUR EPISODES.

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I would like to point out that I don’t sit on my butt watching TV all day long; while I allow myself a 90 minute break on the couch during nap time, the rest of the time I’m cleaning up the house, running around putting laundry away, making dinner, or doing my 20 hours of weekly cleaning at our church (my new job). My FitBit can confirm this:

January FitBit Stats

I’d just like to point out that those aren’t the stats of a couch potato. (They’re also not the stats of someone who has been consistently meeting her step target, either, but we don’t need to focus on that.)

How do I accomplish this? I mostly listen to it like an audio book. I purchased myself some nifty Bluetooth headphones on Amazon over Christmas, so I pop them in, hit PLAY on Netflix, drop the phone in my back pocket, and let the kids tear the house apart while I blissfully go about my business.*

The problem is, this constant exposure to pop-culture legalese and courtroom drama is starting to mess with my head.

Anyhow, my husband knew something was up when I started questioning how issues we heard on the news or apps we saw advertised would legally stand up in court. (He’s not a lawyer. He’s just my personal Google.) Everything that happens around me right now gets put into a legal framework in my mind. I dream about court room confrontations with Alicia and Will. There was a murder in a hotel directly across the street from us last week, and my first thought was to call my mom to let her know that a detective might be calling her since my brother had parked her car in that parking lot the night before. 

When I was loading the kids into the van this morning, we had this exchange:

Me: “Anneke, how is your tummy feeling?”

Anneke: “Pretty good – I don’t think my body is sick!”

Hendrik: “Anneke, are you sure you’re not sick, and that you need to sit on the couch all day and watch Netflix? Are you SURE you’re not sick, Anneke?”

The VERY FIRST THOUGHT that popped into my head: “Objection, your Honour! Counsel is leading the witness!”

It’s probably a good thing that I finished the last episode of The Good Wife that’s on Netflix this afternoon – I think that I might just need a change of pace. 

But first, can I talk right now about how mad I was at the writers of the show when you-know-what happens to you-know-who in Season 5 Episode 15, Dramatics, Your Honor. I’m not ashamed to admit it: I had tears streaming down my face. I had to sit down and take the phone out of my pocket for this one. 

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On another note, I REALLY need some good podcasts to listen to during my cleaning sessions at the church. I enjoy Stuart McLean & The Vinyl Cafe, The Moth, Adults Read Things they Wrote as Kids, and other such story telling programs. I also like Because News, The Debaters, and Under the Influence. (If you can’t tell, I’m a bit of a CBC Radio junkie.) Let me have it: What are your fave podcasts?

*only sort of joking. And I promise, I don’t neglect them ALL day long.

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Jenn vanOosten

I live in Hamilton, Ontario, and love my city. I'm a Netflixer, choral music geek, bookworm, inventor of recipes (I take Artistic Licence on EVERYTHING that I make), wife of one, mother of two, and owner of a neurotic Schnauzer. I respect people who respect others. I love good food that's well done, but my favourite lunch is KD & hotdogs. With ketchup. I'm addicted to Clearance Shopping. I will ALWAYS get the product that I want at the price that I want, eventually.


  1. Here is my go-to list:
    Stuff You Should Know
    APM: A Prairie Home Companions News from Lake Wobegone
    Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids
    The RobCast
    The Phil Vischer Podcast
    99% Invisible
    The National: Rex Murphy Audio Podcast
    (the rest are the same as the ones you already like)

    Have fun listening!

  2. Serial (just finished the first season, could be a good follow up to your Good Wife addiction, if you have not listened to it yet)
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    The Current (CNC podcast!)
    social media podcast: Amy Poterfield – online marketing made easy, Social Pros by Jay Baer
    Grammar Girl
    the Australian Broadcastin Cirporation Science podcast
    Stuff you should know

    and a couple others in French that you probably don’t need ;)

  3. I love podcasts too! I’m curious to check out some of the ones others have suggested. I mostly listen to:
    - TEDtalks
    - Dear Sugar radio
    - Stuff You Should Know
    - TED radio Hour
    - This American Life
    - Serial
    - sermons (from various places)

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