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Real Lawyer Reacts to The Good Wife

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People love The Good Wife. They tell me it's one of the most accurate legal dramas on TV. Well, we'll find out! This week i’m deconstructing the first episode of The Good Wife starring Julianna Margulies. Stay until the end for my Legal Accuracy Grade. New episodes weekly! Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/legaleagle?sub_confirmation=1 You can find more Real Lawyer Reacts Here (including my reaction to Suits, Better Call Saul, A Few Good Men and tons more): https://goo.gl/42fKce ★ SUIT UP! Even if you're not a lawyer, you can still DRESS LIKE A LAWYER. All of my suits are from BlackLapel (I've used them exclusively for over five years). Their custom suits are amazing, yet still ridiculously affordable. HIGHLY recommended: https://go.magik.ly/ml/f78n/ ★ GET TIED! If you’re looking for skinny ties, pocket squares, or tie bars (like the ones I wear) check out Ties.com. Huge selection and great prices: https://go.magik.ly/ml/ftki/ ★ BOOKS & MOVIES! When I’m not crushing it in court, I’m probably reading a great book or watching a legal movie. Check out what’s on my list (as well as the best books for Law School and all of my favorite camera gear): https://www.amazon.com/shop/legaleagle I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous. Today I'm taking a break from teaching law students how to kick ass in law school to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth. This is part of a continuing series of "Lawyer Reaction" videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments! Props to Dr. Mike's Real Doctor Reacts (goo.gl/qF6Hza) and Wired's Technique Critique (https://goo.gl/C8dz2U) for the inspiration. All clips used for fair use commentary, criticism, and educational purposes. See Hosseinzadeh v. Klein, 1:16-cv-03081-KBF (SDNY 2017). Typical legal disclaimer from a lawyer (occupational hazard): This is not legal advice, nor can I give you legal advice. Sorry! Everything here is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Nothing here should be construed to form an attorney client relationship. Also, some of the links in this post may be affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. ======================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleaglereacts ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ
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The Writing Hour (3 minutes ago)
Hi I was wondering if you could possibly do one on the good fight it’s a spin-off from this and I was wondering how accurate this one would be? Thank you
Jose Lugay (19 hours ago)
i thought the ebook was free
Ben Schwartz (1 day ago)
Objection: Judges do not "take the stand," they "take the bench." ;) I suppose a judge COULD take the stand, but not in a case they are hearing.
Vince Wei (2 days ago)
are you filling up your pro bono hours by claiming you're working on online law education?
absolutless (2 days ago)
Objection .... hearsay. Prosecutors and DA's are out there PRIMARILY to get convictions.
absolutless (2 days ago)
Do they not say "I'll allow it" in real trials?
I'll allow it.
Nom du Clavier (3 days ago)
13:00 Also prejudice Dare you to do Boston Legal
Jason (3 days ago)
I OBJECT! regarding the dog racing. Even though the objection is sustained, once the geni is out of the bottle you cant put it back. even if the judge says to disregard.
Jason (3 days ago)
I object to them canceling the Good Wife!
Nasteha Ibrahim (3 days ago)
I'm a misplaced medical student but I'm not even complaining 🙌😊
Exortium (3 days ago)
Why are you so handsome? Put your genes inside me.
Jesse Schoedel (4 days ago)
Ok, I've got a fun one for you: It's a terrifying tale of contract law and the supernatural. Let's have a legal accuracy review of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1, episode 3: The Trial of Sabrina Spellman.
Patricia A (4 days ago)
It's so weird that US legal system allows laymen to decide whether to convict or acquit. Apparently some judges aren't even lawyers and are elected? Weird.
Kyle Compton (6 days ago)
I would really like to see you talk about the Lincoln lawyer!!
Don DL (9 days ago)
What would be the end scenario if both lawyers get the judge angry like stated in the video? Would it be bad for the defendant or the trial in general?
112steinway (9 days ago)
Objection! A juror basing his/her vote on things like feelings or personal beliefs is perfectly valid due to the concept of jury nullification. There is even legal precedent in the United States court system from the 1800's due to northern juries refusing to convict runaway slaves and southern juries refusing to convict lynch mobs.
Josh Anderson (12 days ago)
do the show bull
Freckled Korican (13 days ago)
Please, react to „Philadelphia“. Wondering if you can highlight the educational differences between the two lawyers.
theresa floto (13 days ago)
objection ! you can easily use the word "they" than he or she
Half Masked Bastards (14 days ago)
OBJECTION!!! your window leads to a brick wall This suggests a dead end in this line of questioning but at the very least I will defend it in saying it's not circular
J m (15 days ago)
Could you react to goliath?
tymemaster (15 days ago)
Objection Now I don't know about criminal law but I have been in front of judges to seek some sort of justice and they have all been grandstanding jerks abusing their power or trying to make every one believe they are better then the world so i can totally see the judge act that way
Jeremy Walker (15 days ago)
Love your videos. Could you do Double jeopardy
Boisq (16 days ago)
when you say "legal tv show" it kinda sounds like there are ilegal ones
13EmoKittyKisses13 (17 days ago)
Watching your videos and seeing your expertise makes me consider going into law.
Amber96Anime (19 days ago)
If you haven't yet, I think you should check out the tv series "Bull" and do a reaction video to it. It would be cool to see a real lawyers reaction to it.
Riley Jano (20 days ago)
so because of the unanimous ruling for convictions exists, is this where the concept of jury nullification comes from?
Candis Carnegie (20 days ago)
Law and Order should be one of the shows you review. Since you are using their 'gong, gong' sound effect @ the end of your video and Chris Noth, an original Law and Order cast member, starred in both shows it's kind of a no brainer. There's also Law and Order SVU.
60 Second Scifi (20 days ago)
Clarify: You predict judges saying "I'll allow it" often and laugh when they do, is it because it's not something actually said in court?
Juliet Blue (20 days ago)
I know it’s the British legal system, not US, but how about some Silk or North Square?
Trailer Reaction (21 days ago)
morgoid (23 days ago)
Please god do Daredevil. Such horrible courtroom scenes!
Holly D (23 days ago)
You were allowed to serve on a jury while in law school? Here in Ireland once you begin any legal education you are no longer eligible to be on a jury. Interesting that it's different in the US.
Nick Slaby (23 days ago)
can you do an episode on your attire? that tie is awesome. and your suits are always on point
Corsair Carl (24 days ago)
OMG I just realized he's dressed exactly like Phoenix Wright!
Jrussell (24 days ago)
The judicial system is a joke. Who can put on the best show?!
Marcus Nicholsen (24 days ago)
Is...he not going to do Goliath?
Red (24 days ago)
You should do a top 10 most unrealistic law shows/movies.
John Luu (25 days ago)
0:44 for you...tube
aferjbkeio (25 days ago)
Drop dead dva pls??
FullmetalandtheFlame (26 days ago)
The reason why the law firm hired two associates in competition instead of just the one they could afford is because of Will Gardner (one of the name partners). He and Alicia went to Georgetown together and were close friends and he's in love with her.
Destinee Renée (26 days ago)
The main character annoys the shit out of me for some reason.
Cody Dodge (27 days ago)
OBJECTION. Attorney in this example has a conflict of interest due to the fact his mother loves the show and has been requesting and anticipating such an episode. Any grade, positive or negative, should be null and void due to the presented conflict of interest!
sfincione2000 (27 days ago)
Great suit man
Andu Titescu (27 days ago)
objection: shirtless pics maybe? please? its for science!
Von Gressel (28 days ago)
Runaway Jury!!
Elijah O'sullivan (28 days ago)
You should do the trial of Archie Andrews in riverdale that one is built on character evidence
EVSGirl87 (28 days ago)
Does anyone else wants to see him doing some good ol' Boston Legal?
shkstyle (29 days ago)
great video as ever.I just want you to review better call saul nursing home trial.
drazuel (29 days ago)
You should review The Man Who Sued God.
Tyson Anderson (1 month ago)
Will you do a review on the Amazon original Goliath. Thanks
Carter Baker (1 month ago)
I know it is not reality. I have always seen hung Jurys especially ones that are hung that deep should be a seen as a failure to convict. The prosecution has failed to prove you guilty. A retrial really should only be allowed in case of proof of improper activity.
Malkavius (1 month ago)
OBJECTION! I have no objection to what you're saying I just hate that your tie is so cool... I want it
kript96 (1 month ago)
you should have seen the one with MJF
Tim McClure (1 month ago)
Have you considered reviewing some cop shows? For example Blue Bloods?
Walter Reed (1 month ago)
Objection. Hey Joe. What do you know...not guilty. That is correct. Hung/deadlocked jury based on one juror. Based on anything such as a nice hotel room while your mom and new step dad take the trailer for their honeymoon. Remember to always recycle Styrofoam. Jury Duty. Please do Jury Duty. Please.
D. A. (1 month ago)
Mom be like "I wanted my son to get a good wife, not review The Good Wife. Where are my grandchildren!"
Aterhallsam (1 month ago)
Reasonable doubt IS a high burden and lawyers knows this, but sometimes it feels like someone should tell that to the jury.
Internet Police (1 month ago)
Do you feel the right attorney with a vast knowledge of Bird Law would have been helpful in this particular murder trial?
Johnny Scissors (1 month ago)
How does pro bono work in a big firm? The company interfaces with the Public Defender's office?
Reliken (1 month ago)
Objection! Beyond the scope, but the opposite. Too narrow! I'd love to see you do MORE Good Wife. It gets better and better and better as the show goes on, and I'm curious if the legal accuracy gets better, too. I recommend "Red Team, Blue Team," one of AV Club's favorites of the whole series.
ItCameFromTheSkyBeLo (1 month ago)
What is a photocopier?
NiQGrafnRHipHop (1 month ago)
Could you ever do the movie Fracture, it's a thriller about a man who killed his wife and got off defending himself. I watched with my dad 10 years ago, it has great acting by Anthony Hopkins and was the first film that made both of us like Ryan Gosling, but I'm curious whether any of the law aspect is accurate in the film. And if you ever can(if you have not already) The Verdict, absolute classic
Ashlyn Currie (1 month ago)
Liked for the shout out to your mom <3
Slaw King (1 month ago)
Objection! You don't always need a unanimous jury to get a verdict of guilty in a felony. There's still one bass-ackward state where you only need 10 of 12 jurors to vote to convict. Used to be two a short while ago.
Video 2 (1 month ago)
I wish my mom made requests for my channel :(
Kyberdude (1 month ago)
Objection! You have a personal connection to this show through your mother so it can be argued that you gave this show a higher grade so you wouldn’t upset your mother. It’s understandable, though. I would have reviewed the show if I was you as well. My suggestion is that you also review Scrubs. As my brother is a surgeon, he has said lawyers are unprepared for individuals as intelligent as them. He has also said Scrubs is the most accurate show depicting hospitals so I’m curious how accurate Ted and Jordan are in the show. Can I suggest “Their Story” for the accuracy of a hospital lawyers day to day life?
maryjane89 (1 month ago)
That was great - entertaining and informative! Consider me a new subscriber. I know it's highly unlikely considering the number of hours it would take, but I would watch *the hell* out of you commenting on the full season or other episodes from the show.
xeagaort (1 month ago)
20:06 OBJECTION!!! That’s not a state attorney that’s known True IRA shot caller Jimmy O’Niel!!!
David Freiman (1 month ago)
Objection sir to your comments about prosecutors wanting the truth as much as anybody else instead of just winning their case! You are fortunate to live in the land of civil litigation where fairness and honesty is more commonly sought after. Over 10 years ago my brother in law was arrested and charged with child sexual molestation of his daughters. It turns out it was the result of manipulation by his unhappy exwife. Such an accusation so taints a defendant that they literally have to prove their innocence rather than demonstrate reasonable doubt. BTW he ended up being sent to prison for nearly 6 years and is 1 strike away from California's 3 strike law. If you think I'm saying this without any credibility then you are welcome to contact his attorney, Patrick Clancy. Patrick is not hard to find.
Sim Won (1 month ago)
someone convince me that the Law system is not a ridiculous religion. go:
sc2768 (1 month ago)
Michael Kenney (1 month ago)
I object to the scruff on your face and say go shave that stuff
justin rios (1 month ago)
Being a Juror sounds like a nightmare..
Mark Wuahlbuargg (1 month ago)
Fun fact: 'Pro bono' is short for 'Pro bono publico' which is latin for 'for the public good' Literally, Pro = For, bono = the good of, publico = public.
MerchantMonk (1 month ago)
Objection! Badgering the Content Creator! There are 172 people who have poor taste in Youtube Content Creators.
Sara Dube (1 month ago)
Binging on your reaction videos, I just thought it would be an amazing venture in my opinion for you to have your own action movie, but for it to be you to be delivering a completely realistic case while the literal apocalypse is happening outside the courthouse but that'd be the whole point: delivering justice even amidst absolute chaos.
Lizzie Bananas (1 month ago)
OBJECTION: In some jurisdictions, judges can ask for a majority verdict, normally 10-2.
Eduardo Salinas (1 month ago)
This, alongside your Ace Attorney reaction video, just show me how inaccurate Phoenix Wright really is (if the cases took place on an American courtroom.)
VictoryBoy V (1 month ago)
Objection the juror number 9 conversation is a reference to twelve angry men where juror 9 was the only hold out at first
Armigedon (1 month ago)
Can you do the court scene in the movie *True Grit* ?
Jake Kirley (1 month ago)
Can we get a To Kill a Mockingbird vid ? c:
NekoChanSenpai (1 month ago)
Has SVU been done yet? I know Law and Order has been done, but specifically SVU.
Coyote Johenson (1 month ago)
I would love to see you tackle the trial of Tim Heideker, it's very long, it's kind of crazy, but in ways very well done.
Matt Wilson (1 month ago)
You need to do Anatomy of a Murder
Nancy Calzada (1 month ago)
Objection! Alicia interviewed the key witness at his place of employment accompanied the law firm’s investigator, Kalinda, not a fellow attorney.
Quite Lazy (1 month ago)
She has to be innocent, there's sad piano music when she was talking about how her husband was murdered.
cmclark2013 (1 month ago)
damn... you are HOT. You have a very lucky wife or husband.
Dwayne Adams (1 month ago)
I would like your take on legally blonde and also on matlock
David K. Storrs (1 month ago)
Objection! Incorrect standard of evidence, Your Honor. First, it's not unreasonable that the witness was found to be lying; that's an entirely reasonable sort of lie for a watchman to tell, and doctoring the tapes is something that a person might well do -- after all, it's not hurting anyone, right? And then when the investigators show up, you're not going to admit to this thing that could get you fired, so you have to go down the rabbit hole defending your fake. Second: anthropic principle. There are probably (tens of?) millions of cases tried in the US every year, and some fraction of them will have unusual circumstances like this. A TV show such as this is effectively a window onto that universe of cases, and it's hardly surprising that the camera would track the more interesting cases. The question should be 'is this an unrealistic thing' (which, as shown above, it is not) instead of 'is this a common thing'. I move that the criticism be struck from the record and the grade rewritten to an A-.
Freddy Kabuffke (1 month ago)
"Oh shit! You got lawyered, son!" :D Really funny. I can imagine you saying this in court.
RainbowSolider97 (1 month ago)
Objection! You look DAMN Fine in that suit
PandoraSkye (1 month ago)
I think at the end they cut down a lot of real life stuff to fit it all into the time slot.
mdyoung1971 (1 month ago)
Objection....my experience with prosecuting attorney's don't like to admit they were wrong, and therefore wouldn't drop the charges no matter what. Of course, my experience is in South Carolina, not California. Our prosecutors are called solicitors is one big difference. But here, they are not going to drop charges no matter what...even when the main witness and accuser has changed their story multiple times and is a proven thief and liar.
nicholas dean (1 month ago)
You don't ever want to piss off anyone at ones job 18:00
Robert Townsend (1 month ago)
You are aware that the "Good Wife" was written by two lawyers?
TheChowitzer (1 month ago)
I really love that sassy judge
Connor Moodie (1 month ago)
Why not have 13 or 11 jurors so that the jury can’t be hung?
Voltaire (1 month ago)
It just takes one juror to hang a jury, so it doesn't matter if the number of jurors is even or odd
Adya Singh (1 month ago)
"A little more "tierse"(???) and crotchety..." Did you mean "terse"? Edit:- Kalinda is an investigator, not a secretary/attorney.

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