Ken Tucker
October 26, 2010 AT 06:39 PM EDT

It’s Tuesday, which means a 10 p.m. dilemma: Which excellent drama do you watch, The Good Wife or Parenthood?

Both are having solid seasons. Right now, I’d give the edge to The Good Wife, which has really been sparking on all levels. I think we can all agree that last week’s episode, written by show creators Robert and Michelle King, was a marvel of compression, managing to work all the major characters into plots that served the domestic, legal, and political themes of the series with equal force.

And then, of course, there was this:

Don’t you wish you could hire Kalinda to take care of all your problems?

But Parenthood has also remained a must-watch. It has a more difficult task than The Good Wife: Without the inherent structure of a legal case, Parenthood must generate drama from the activities of its various family members. Fortunately, the show has the most varied clan on TV right now. If you’re not hooked on Peter Krause and Monica Potter as parents caring for their autistic son Max (Max Burkholder), you probably can’t resist the way Lauren Graham’s Sarah is flirting — and maybe doing a little self-sabotaging — with her boss, played with silky charm by William Baldwin. And will we ever have a solution to the engrossingly knotty problem of how Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) will resolve their relationship and the raising of their son, Jabbar (Tyree Brown)?

I haven’t seen this week’s Parenthood, but you can bet I’ll be watching. I have seen tonight’s Good Wife, and it is a real doozy, a highly satisfying follow-up to last week’s introduction of the third candidate played by the exceptional Anika Noni Rose. There’s also a legal case involving a “massage therapist” and a Nobel Peace Prize winner that gets very squishy.

So, I ask you: Which show will you be watching tonight? Or if you’re a fan of both, here’s a variation on that question: Which of them do you watch in real time and which do you record to watch later?

Let me know, please; thanks.

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