At long last, I recently finished all of Damages on Netflix.
Damges is 5 seasons, and a legal thriller. I haven't seen The Good Wife, or any other law / courtroom show, but what seems to set Damages apart is how the story is told. It's told much like Lost, in that the narrative isn't linear (Lost had flashbacks, flash forwards and the flash sideways). With Damages, usually in the season premiere, there is some kind of event which occurs '6 Months Later' or some such. As the season progresses, we got more and more information, and closer and closer to said event ('1 month later' '3 weeks later', etc.).
It's quite inventive in its appaorach to story (though I'm not saying 'groundbreaking'), and it's also the acting that really stands out. I am so glad that the series features two strong female leads, but not in a 'girl power' kind of way. Glen Close definitely steals the show, and is one of TV's more memorable character as the mega-power, super-influential and what-is-she-really-up-to lawyer, Patty Hewes. The character can certainly give Cersei Lannister a run for her money. The show also features some unexpected appearances from some actors who you oft see in comedic roles.
Damages is a series I definitely recommend, especially if you like thrillers, witnesses 'disappearing' before a hearing, and meeting in back alleys in the rain hoping that a picture won't get taken of a meeting type material. It is available for streaming on Netflix (Canada) and is worth a watch. I give the show overall :
8.5 / 10
My next shows on Netflix are Hell on Wheels, then Homeland.