Suits Series Premiere Review: A New USA Duo

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The jury is in: USA Network has delivered another character-driven drama molded to match its diverse lineup of original summer programming.

On the Suits premiere, we meet Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a college dropout with an extraordinary memory and a passion for the law. He teams with Gabriel Macht’s Harvey Specter, a sharp-tongued ace closer, making for an unlikely partnership between two dynamic leads.

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This budding bromance, forged on witty banter and film references, can officially be added to the quirky tandems that comprise USA Network originals (Shawn/Gus on Psych, Neal/Peter on White Collar), making Mike and Harvey a must-watch addition to any primetime schedule.

So, why is Suits original? Because the title stands for a lot more than just the tailored fabric of the corporate world. Carefully and artfully, both Mike and Harvey mask their respective realities.

They way he’s dressed, you’d never know Mike wasn’t really an attorney. The better he plays the part, the longer he’s likely to get away with it, which is a necessity given what we learn about his situation. Quick note, though: Mike may want to watch who, and how often, he asks for help filling out subpoenas.

Harvey, meanwhile, is beholden to firm partner Jessica Pearson, who apparently paid his way through Harvard Law School. Life is more complicated for both these individuals than they let on.

Enemies abound for each, as well. Harvey faces Louis Litt, who is determined to catch his rival in even the slightest of infractions. It's safe to assume he won't hesitate to turn him in should Harvey and Mike’s secret get out.

Mike faces his best friend Trevor, from whom Mike’s path has sharply diverged as a result of his chance encounter with Harvey. Will he be able to stay clean and keep his distance? And what’s with Trevor’s girlfriend? She seemed pretty sweet on Mike, which might make for a nice little love triangle running in the background. Let's hope it stays there for now.

I was impressed and intrigued by all the plots weaving in and out of this pilot. Not only were we introduced to some of the back stories and motivations of our leads, but we also learned about those around them.

Paralegal Rachel Zane is a brilliant researcher with ambitions to be a lawyer, thwarted only by her testing anxiety. Could Mike’s knack for law test-taking tempt him to ace the exam on her behalf later on?

And what about firm partner Jessica Pearson? What prompted her generosity towards Harvey all those years ago, and what should we make of it going forward?

As for the case: Mike discovered how the practice of law isn't something that can be perfected in books; only experience can make one understand it. The intrigue surrounding the company's obstruction of justice charge, which Harvey cleverly discerned, made all the difference in the outcome for their client.

It's these kind of examples - where the clients aren't just firms, but individual people - that will create a rewarding partnership for Harvey and Mike in their quest for second chances.

One thing’s for certain: Suits needed just 90 minutes to become one of this reviewer’s summer favorites. What did you think of the chemistry between Macht and Adams and the show overall?


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


First off, Mary Josephine, "GOD" is not "GOD’S" holy name. “YAHWEH,� is.
Besides, Virgin Ears Mary, why would calling on God to damn something be so bad? What does the verb “damn� mean? The American Heritage Dictionary defines the verb �to damn� as “the act of pronouncing an adverse judgment upon.� To call upon God to damn something is neither sinful nor unbiblical. In fact, you can find people throughout Scripture, especially in the Psalms, who call upon God to bring judgment on their enemies. In other words, they are asking for God to damn those who they feel are ripe for His judgment. In this sense, saying “God damn _____� is as biblical as saying “God bless _____.�
Maybe you should stick with the Teletubbies, they seem to be on your emotional and intellectual level. This “SMART� show just “ain’t� for you…
Oh, that’s right, either are the Teletubbies… They’re gay…
Onward, Christian soldier! Aren’t there withes you need to go burn ?


For a show that tries to appeal to some sense of sophistication, it loses all credibility because it is the only one it its kind that resorts to offending a large number of people by taking God's name in vain. Why is this? What does a small mind want to convey if the only expression of anger comes from the use of God's Holy Name.
You can tell by the people who took objection to all the people defending the use of God's name. Gutter language is all they could resort to.
It is offensive and totally unnecessary! Just because children shouldn't hear it, either should the adults be practicing it! I don't know about any of you who object, but when it comes time to meet God face to face, you might want to rethink your position. Give God glory - not distain!!!


such a good show! amazingly addictive.. just everything about is brilliant, looking forward to series 2!


so is the judge and the guard (Herman) having an affair? chub on chub action! yay!


A rather excellent new show from the USA Network, every character is exceptionally well written with possibly the exception of the D.A in the final episode of the season. The dialogue is sharp, witty and easily enjoyable. Also, what's with the complaints about the shows language? The show clearly isn't intended viewing for children and the language they do use is mostly considered trivial/tame by western standards isn't it? or do the good folks in the U.S just lead hugely sheltered lives?


Just caught the pilot in the uk. Wow best pilot I've seen in a long long time. Stunning


Do you guys really think the phrase "God Damn" is all that offensive to your belief system? I'm not taking a shot here, I'm genuinely confused. I don't understand how you guys think the power of a commonly used phrase justifies a reasonable point to make about a series. And in reality, aren't you just picking your own personal lines to draw? Do you eat meat on a Friday? Do you stone your daughter if she isn't virtuous enough? Another post made a similar point in that real people swear. It's a slightly more accurate reflection of language to include it in programming.


Its the best fucking god damn show ever.


Heck gah lee its. A freakun awesIme show I thunk from reeding all these coments people aught ta grow up and take er easy so yall can enjoy the show its gosh darn awesIme fucker if it was up ta me if kick your teeth down so far you'd have to drop ur draws to eat that's how we do hear in da south beaches


I like the show, BUT I will stop watching it because they use GOD D... Too many times in an episode... It is totally unnecessary ...I'm not that religious, but if the Actors were decent they would stand their ground and refuse to do this.
They don't NEED to do this, IT IS A GOOD show...but I think they do it because we are talking about it... BUT it will backfire...I along with a LOT of people will not watch it...and I'm sorry about this, cause I do like the show. Americans need to stand our ground and be respected...WE are all better than this...and so is the actors!!!! Hollywood is NOT the way WE the conservatives THINK!!!

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Suits Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Mike: Look, I'm just trying to ditch the cops, I don't care if you let me in or not lady.
Lisa [after a nonverbal exchange with Harvey]: Mr. Specter will see you now. Can I get you anything? Coffee... water?

Jessica: We got paid before Gerald signed the deal?
Harvey: What are you talking about? This is a memo about some fire drill on Tuesday. You're the blue team captain, you get to wear a fire hat.