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Julianna Margulies held court triumphantly for seven seasons of “The Good Wife,” but not without sup-port from one of TV’s best ensembles and “special appearances” from familiar faces. The roster of guest stars included many performers better known for their comedic work, including these five standouts:

Michael J. FoxAlicia Florrick’s most charming frenemy used every trick in the book to get an edge, play-ing off his neurological disorder to gain sympathy from jurors. Elyse and Steven Keaton are so disappointed.

Matthew PerryThe former “Friends” star has fared best in recent years biting into grittier roles, most notably as gubernatorial candidate Mike Kresteva. The performance had fans hoping he would follow up with his own cable drama; instead we got “The Odd Couple.”

Anna CampThe “Pitch Perfect” veteran has made a nice career out of playing bimbo blondes, a past she mined nicely as rookie attorney Caitlin d’Arcy, a young attorney who’s craftier than her looks and Valley Girl vernacular suggest.

Ana GasteyerEvery law series has its share of eccentric judges, but “The Good Wife” had a particularly deep bench that included the versatile comic’s Patrice Lessner, whose insistence that attorneys preface their comments with “In my opinion” could have been a “Saturday Night Live” catchphrase.

Nathan LaneIt must have killed Broadway’s best not to have trustee Clarke Hayden break into song or, at the very least, mug for the camera. Lane’s restraint was our gain.


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