TV Series Review

Mike Ross is not a lawyer. He just plays one ... in a law firm.

Ross, a college dropout wunderkind, works for New York's high-powered Pearson Specter firm—an associate attorney serving under the tutelage of closer Harvey Specter, a lawyer so ruthless that one has to wonder whether the notorious underworld organization from old James Bond flicks was named after him. Oh, Harvey does have a few more principles than that evil genius who always strokes his white cat ... but hiring lawyers with actual law degrees is apparently not one of them. Mike, blessed with a thorough understanding of the law and a photographic memory (and, really, who on television doesn't have one of those these days?) is just too bright to not hire (and, really, why should lawyers bother with such pesky details as the law?).

While Mike's secret was closely guarded in the beginning, now it's practically common knowledge. Donna, Harvey's legal secretary, knows. So does Rachel, a paralegal who has become Mike's main squeeze. Even Jessica—the Pearson part of Pearson Specter—figures out that Mike didn't graduate from Harvard. But at a law firm like this, big corporate intrigue is the rule of the day, so Mike's little personal secret is barely worth gossiping about at the water cooler.

Suits is all about internal power struggles, gratuitous grudges and—every now and then—courtroom drama. It's House of Cards without Capitol Hill, Game of Thrones without swords and nudity. Oh, and of course Suits must also live without any Emmy love; it's just not the sort of show you'd expect to see taking home a lot of awards.

Nor will it make many friends here at Plugged In. For some viewers, this may qualify as a soap-based guilty pleasure, but the emphasis is on the guilt, not the pleasure: Sex, seriously sour language and rampant bad behavior weigh as heavily on this show as a dumpster full of illicit legal briefs.

While it's certainly not the worst thing on television, it is a show that shamelessly shoots low. It doesn't try to be clean. It doesn't try to be meaningful. It doesn't even try to be good. It, like Harvey Specter, only wants to "win"—presumably its time slot.

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Episode Reviews

Suits: 8-6-2014
Suits: 8-6-2013



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Drama, Legal



Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter; Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross; Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt; Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane; Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen; Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson






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Paul Asay

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