The Good Fight Channeled Schoolhouse Rock to Explain How Trump Could Get Impeached

Animated musical short in this week’s episode provides step-by-step primer

The animated short is patterned after the Schoolhouse Rock segments that aired during ABC's Saturday morning cartoons. The Good Fight
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After devoting this week’s The Good Fight to a storyline in which the firm’s lawyers debate possible methods of impeaching President Trump this fall, the show’s creators ended the episode with a Schoolhouse Rock-style animated musical short that explains the process under which President Trump—or any commander-in-chief—can be removed from office.

For their Good Wife spinoff, co-creators and showrunners Robert and Michelle King tapped Jonathan Coulton to write the song in the style of the entertaining-yet-educational Schoolhouse Rock shorts that aired as interstitials during ABC’s Saturday morning cartoon lineup in the ’70s and ’80s.

The song includes lyrics like “Republicans, Democrats, in-betweeners / No one likes high crimes and misdemeanors / Your tiny hands will scratch and claw / But nobody’s above the law.” Head Gear did the animation.

The short appeared at the end of this week’s episode of The Good Fight, now in its second season on the CBS All Access streaming service. Democratic National Committee consultant Ruth Eastman (Margo Martindale, reprising her role from The Good Wife) approaches the Reddick, Boseman and Lockhart law firm to create a hush-hush impeachment strategy for President Trump in the event that the Democrats win the House and Senate this fall.

“Originally, we wanted to do songs that would explain some quirk of the law that mattered in each episode, such as ‘mere puffery’ or ‘hearsay objections.’ But we never could get our ass in gear to make it happen,” Robert King told Entertainment Weekly. “We still like the legal songs idea. Maybe next season.”

Last month, Robert King told Adweek that he and Michelle determined how to avoid Trump fatigue this season for their politics-themed show: That “5 percent of every episode would go there.”

“Most of the episodes were about another subject, and Trump would pop up in unexpected ways,” King explained. “But there are two episodes, possibly three, where Trump is the subject matter, either in [discussing his possible] impeachment or in the matter of the golden shower tape [that Russia allegedly has, featuring Trump]. There are two episodes that focus on those cultural elements of the Trump administration.”

A year ago, Jimmy Kimmel created his own Trump-themed Schoolhouse Rock satire, which focused on the president’s frequent falsehoods. The segment, “I’m Just a Lie,” spoofed one of the most famous Schoolhouse Rock shorts, “I’m Just a Bill.”

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.