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    TV’s best lawyer show? It’s ‘The Good Wife.’

    Julianna Margulies stars as Alicia Florrick on CBS’ “The Good Wife.”
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    Julianna Margulies stars as Alicia Florrick on CBS’ “The Good Wife.”

    Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert chatted with readers Thursday on Here are excerpts.

    Q. I’m a lawyer. What is the best legal show ever on TV?

    A. In its early days, “The Practice” was very strong. But “The Good Wife” really delivers. Each week, almost without fail, the writers come up with a great little legal conundrum or puzzle.

    Q. Will you be able to see any new “Arrested Development” before it’s available?


    A. I better be able to see it! I need to lord SOMETHING over my friends. Netflix hasn’t announced a date yet — just “May.” That makes me wonder if they’re going to have some kind of breaking-news episode-dump without any warning.

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    Q. How is “Grimm” doing in the ratings? I really enjoy the show.

    A. For NBC, “Grimm” is a very solid success. It started off in the shadows of the brighter fairy tale show, “Once Upon a Time.” But it found an audience and that audience has stuck with it. “Grimm” brings in about 5 million a week, and most of those viewers are of the younger persuasion.

    Q. Any chance “Smash” lives after getting moved to Saturday nights?

    A. I can’t imagine “Smash” surviving. The ratings are so low, and it’s an expensive show to make. I believe the entire season has been filmed, and NBC will air it all, I imagine. But after that, it has to be dead. For me, “Smash” has been problematic for a number of reasons, not least of all the pointless soapiness. Another thing I couldn’t get over was Katharine McPhee. Sorry, she’s just not special enough to be the center of all of Broadway’s attention. They needed to cast that role with a LOT more care. I’m surprised executive producer Steven Spielberg didn’t figure that one out.


    Q. “Bates Motel.” Love? Hate?

    A. Like. Ish. Not sure it had to be tied to “Psycho.” The show might have been more interesting as a CW type drama about a weird kid with a mother thing in a creepy town. The first three episodes are well-done, the plots open up nicely. Let’s see if it has staying power.

    Q. What are you thoughts on “The Walking Dead”?

    A. I am surprised to this day that it has caught on in such a big way. I find it slow, but even more important, the writing seems so cheesy. I’d love to see HBO do a “Walking Dead.” They can take genre stuff and open it up, make it human. Like “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones.” I’m not a fantasy guy, but “GoT” really reaches me.

    Q. Is “Happy Endings” going to end? It seems bad when the promos on ABC are basically saying if more people don’t watch this show is gone.


    A. It is too bad. Such a funny show. But it hasn’t caught on, and ABC certainly has tried. I think the speed of the jokes, and their relative insider-ness, limit the appeal. Of course those are what also make the show such a good time.

    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Matthew