The award, from Human Rights First, is being awarded to 'The Good Wife' for tackling human rights issues including Internet freedom and privacy, torture, human rights in China and political asylum.
"Popular culture has incredible power, not just to entertain, but to inform, advocate, and inspire. 'The Good Wife' has used that power to confront some of the most difficult -- and important -- political and social questions of the day. We are proud to honor 'The Good Wife' for its groundbreaking content, and for advancing the public's understanding of human rights and the rule of law," Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First, said in a statement.
The award is named in honor of acclaimed writer and director Sidney Lumet. It will be presented at the Human Rights Award dinner on Oct. 26.
"My dad was fearless about tackling tough issues in his work," Jenny Lumet, the late director's daughter, said in a statement. "He would have been pleased that this new award recognizes that and encourages others to do the same."
In addition to the heaps of praise from TV critics, 'The Good Wife' has also been honored with the Peabody Award.
'The Good Wife' airs Sundays, 9PM ET on CBS