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.


I'm a little surprised by all the comments about language. The show is on at night, children shouldn't be watching. If they are, your job. People talk this way in real life, actually even worse - at least in my profession. If you are offended by the language don't watch. Such a shame because it's a really good show. One of the best I've seen in a while.


I love this show. I have never cursed in my life before, and didn't find anything offensive about the language. I hear worse things in high school hallways. If it bothers you that much, just enjoy the show for the story line.


How can we complain about language issues when there blatantly isn't any, real life is not full of evangelical proliteration, it is full of emtionally charged dialogue, and there is no emotion stronger than a minor heres mine, god damn , grow up and stop polluting this world with your purile innefective posturing about percieved blasphemy and concentrate on the real wrongs not a god damn good show


Suits would be a great series to me if they would stop using
God's name in vain. It is unnecessary. I will have to stop watching it because it offends my belief system.


It's a god damn good show!


This show is brilliant and well thought out. I would recommend this show to anyone.
The "God damnit" is making the show more realistic. They have used it a lot and they could cut back on it but it is the real life that they are showing with the choosement of words. I want to be entertained by something that is like the real life, i dont want to be entertained by edited carefully chosen words. More real the better.
This show is amazing!


This would be a really good show if they would curb their swearing. Using God's name in vain in almost every single episode (seven times in the pilot) is really spoiling it for me. For that reason I would not recommend the show.


I love the chemistry between the two leads and as a bit of a subtext junkie this show is right up my alley ! Also extremely intelligent and original entertainment.


It is a great show too bad they have to use GD. I will not be watching it again because the language is offensive and unnecessary!!


It is a shame when you find a program you really interesting and then they resort to saying G.Damn every other word. I just cant watch it as I am sure many other people find the use of that word, especially so frequently offensive. Changing the channel. Interstingly, NCIS, the hottest and longest running series does not resort to sex and bad language. I haven't had to resort to bad language my entire adult life. Other ways to express ones self, as Gibbs, NCIS.

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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.