19 Recurring Characters Who Made The Good Wife Great

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Watching The Good Wife is like stepping into a parallel universe.

Not only are the main characters, including Alicia and Peter Florrick, Diane Lockhart, Cary Agos, Kalinda Sharma, and all the others we got to know throughout the years fully fleshed out, but the recurring characters have full lives, as well.

As we count down the days until we say goodbye on The Good Wife Season 7 Episode 22, we've chosen to honor some that made The Good Wife experience great. 

1. Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston)

Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston)
Legally, Elsbeth is absolutely brilliant. Personally, she's one of the most entertaining characters ever to grace a TV series. She has not only a knack for the law, but for pointing out inane things at inappropriate times. If there is a CBS shocker coming our way with a Good Wife spinoff featuring an all-female firm, we want her invited.

2. Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker)

Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker)
Just as important to the maintaince of any law firm as the attorneys are the clients they represent. Colin Sweeney couldn't keep a wife. They just kept dying. Or Sweeney kept killing them. We're pretty sure it's the latter, but no matter, Dylan Baker used that incredible talent of his to make any defense of his heinous crimes totally engaging.

3. Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox)

Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox)
Michael J. Fox threw every ounce of his being into the character of Louis Canning, making him at once both endearing and utterly frustrating as the opposing counsel who wasn't afraid to use his physical health (or anything else) as part of his winning strategy.

4. Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele)

Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele)
Eli Gold's sassy and intelligent daughter came through for her father and Alica on many ocassions. She developed a special bond with Alicia and looked to her for advice, and shared some of her own with the woman she came to see as a mentor.

5. Veronica Loy (Stockard Channing)

Veronica Loy (Stockard Channing)
Beware the alcoholic mother, because the apple really doesn't fall far the tree. Oh, hogwash. But for all the things Alicia thumbed her nose at about her mom, they were a lot more alike than she realized, and it wasn't a bad thing. Veronia was cool. Not as smart as her daughter, but not everyone can be!

6. Owen Cavanaugh (Dallas Roberts)

Owen Cavanaugh (Dallas Roberts)
Alicia's relationship with her brother humanized her more than almost anything else on The Good Wife. Meeting him for the first time was an eye-opening experience. He was so real and genuine, and their love for each other knew no bounds. Alicia didn't have to pretend to be anyone with Owen, she was just his sister. Their time together showed Alicia entirely different than she could be with anyone else, and Owen never let Alicia play it any other way.

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