I think Unpopcult’s love for The Good Wife has been well-documented: ferociously intelligent, well-plotted, brilliantly acted, and often very funny, it’s the best network drama around. One could make a case for it being arguably the best pound-for-pound show of any sort on TV just now, and with every season its status increases. In its fifth season, The Good Wife – which won Best Drama in our end-of-year poll, with Juli, Josh, Walicia, and even Damian scoring as well – managed to successfully negotiate the loss of a crucial and much-loved character with dignity and grace, possibly emerging even stronger at the other end. As in previous years UK viewers are getting it in January, which leaves us a few weeks behind. But it’s always worth waiting for, and CJ will be back on the week-by-week reviews (tonight, More4, 9pm)
We’re more equivocal about big new Sky Atlantic production Fortitude, showing on Pivot (?) in America round about now as well. On the face of it there’s no reason not to watch. It’s a crime thriller set in Svalbard, Norway – a place which is fascinating in itself – in a community so rural that polar bears are an ever-present threat. It has a remarkable cast, including Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon, Sofie Gråbøl, and the wonderful Stanley Tucci. And the advance word suggests it’s good. But can we be bothered? The decision is made more difficult by Sky borrowing a leaf from the BBC’s playbook-for-idiots and starting with a two-hour episode (tonight, Sky Atlantic, 9pm).
And finally a sort of retrospective PSA. New British comedy Catastrophe, created, written by, and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, is currently performing minor miracles on Monday nights, pulling off the trick of being adorably sweet, filthy, and funny all at the same time. The first two episodes are still available on 4OD; meantime, Horgan and Delaney can start clearing some mantelpiece space in anticipation of the awards with which they’re going to be showered. And it’s already been renewed for a second season, by someone who recognises TV gold when they see it (Mondays, Channel 4, 10pm).
Also on: part 2 of the first season of Scorpion (Thursday, ITV2, 9pm). And coming soon: Nurse Jackie, The Mentalist, NCIS: New Orleans, Looking, H50, The Blacklist, and more.