Suits (TV series)
|Created by||Aaron Korsh|
Patrick J. Adams
|Opening theme||“Greenback Boogie” by Ima Robot|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||38 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Doug Liman
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Universal Cable Productions
Hypnotic Films & Television
Open 4 Business Productions
|Original channel||USA Network|
|Original run||June 23, 2011 – present|
Suits is a USA Network television drama series created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The series is set at the fictional law firm Pearson Hardman (Pearson Darby since the end of Season 2, then changed to Pearson Darby Specter and later to Pearson Specter during Season 3) in New York City. Michael Ross got kicked out of college, when he was a scholarship kid, because of memorizing a math test and selling the answers. Ross agrees to help with an illegal drug drop for his friend Trevor. The story follows Ross after he stumbles into a job interview with Specter, who is searching for an associate. Specter hires Ross because despite lacking a law degree, Ross is undoubtedly the best candidate for the position.
The 12-episode first season debuted on June 23, 2011, with a 90-minute premiere. It was renewed for a second season of 16 episodes on August 11, 2011, which premiered on June 14, 2012, with the mid-season finale on August 23, 2012. The remaining 6 episodes of Season 2 began airing January 17, 2013, on USA and January 23 on Bravo Canada. On October 12, 2012, USA Network renewed Suits for a third season, consisting of 16 episodes. Season 3 premiered July 16, 2013, on USA, July 17, 2013, on Bravo Canada, and 15th October on Channel 7 Australia. The season is split, with the remaining six episodes slated to begin airing in early 2014. On October 24, 2013, Suits was renewed for a fourth season.
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Season 1 (2011)
Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant college dropout. With his natural intelligence and eidetic memory, he makes a living taking the LSAT for others. To make the extra money he needs to keep his grandmother in a private nursing home, he agrees to deliver a case of marijuana for his best friend Trevor (Tom Lipinski). Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) is one of New York City's top corporate lawyers and is promoted to senior partner at Pearson Hardman - a law firm that hires only Harvard Law School graduates. He is forced by company policy to hire an associate attorney. Mike discovers that the drug delivery is a sting operation and escapes the police by accidentally sitting for an interview with Harvey. Harvey is impressed with Mike's quick wit, encyclopedic knowledge of law, and genuine desire to be an attorney; he hires Mike and pretends that Mike is a Harvard Law graduate. Only Harvey's legal secretary and confidante Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) knows the secret at first.
Season 2 (2012-2013)
Co-founding partner Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) returns to the firm, and Jessica and Harvey fear he wishes to return to his former position as managing partner. Because of this, Jessica allows Mike to continue working, despite discovering his secret. Meanwhile, Jenny confronts Mike about his feelings for Rachel, and when Mike hesitates in his response, Jenny breaks up with him. At the firm, Travis Tanner (Eric Close) accuses Harvey of burying evidence and is determined to have Harvey disbarred. Donna finds the missing document and realizes she had signed in the document and then lost it; she panics and destroys the document. Jessica fires her shortly after. Hardman is able to blackmail Tanner into dropping Harvey's disbarment from the settlement, and Hardman's decision to settle or Jessica's decision to go to trial is put to vote. With the partners evenly split, Harvey has the deciding vote and, realizing the trial will jeopardize everyone at the firm, votes to settle, unwittingly siding with Hardman over Jessica so the firm can move past the lawsuit. This causes Hardman to call a partner vote and challenge Jessica for the position as managing partner. Soon after, Hardman promotes Louis to senior partner, and both Harvey and Jessica fail to definitively win Louis' support. Hardman becomes managing partner, but it is short lived as Mike and Harvey discover that Hardman forged and planted the document that Harvey and Donna supposedly buried. He is voted out of the firm, and Jessica regains the managing partner position. Immediately after his grandmother's death, Mike tries to start a relationship with Rachel, but she is reluctant. Mike then begins a romantic entanglement with his now-married first love and childhood friend, Tess (Elisabeth Hower), who was in town for the funeral. Rachel, who has now decided that she is willing to have a relationship with Mike, discovers them together. Mike ends the entanglement with Tess.
A week after the dust settles from the Hardman incident, Mike tries to repair his relationship with Rachel, and a new case arises that hits home for Mike. He has to deal with the struggles of defending a hit-and-run case similar to his childhood experience of losing his own parents. Louis Litt, relishing his new Senior Partner title, takes it upon himself to hire his own first year associate, who just may poke some holes in Mike's story about his time at Harvard. Harvey realizing this, goes to Jessica, who stops Louis from hiring the associate, giving the excuse of a "hiring freeze". Hardman returns to battle with his old firm, working as a contract lawyer for Rachel's father, well-known trial attorney Robert Zane. Rachel, at this point, is applying for admission to Harvard Law after finally gaining a Harvard-worthy score on the LSAT. Hardman strains Jessica's already low resources even further as she and Harvey are forced to try multiple gender discrimination suits, against Folsom Foods, in different locations. Scottie, an old flame of Harvey's, returns after stealing some of the firm's discrimination lawsuits. Eventually, Harvey convinces Jessica and Scottie that both firms should jointly fight the 45 discrimination cases. Jessica is also offered a possible merger deal with another NY firm managed by Robert Zane, who then retracts the offer after discovering that Daniel seems to hold all the cards to crush Jessica's firm with the Folsom Foods "rocket docket" cases. Jessica begins considering a second possible merge offer with Scottie's U.K. firm, headed by Edward Darby. Agreeing to such a merger would allow Jessica to finally end Daniel's attack. By law, Jessica is required to hand over the firm's financial documents to possible merger partners. This would allow the British partner to threaten to reveal Daniel's past without Jessica breaching her confidentiality contract with Daniel. This stops Daniel in his tracks. Harvey, whose goal is to earn the title of named partner on merit rather than be given it by extenuating circumstances, becomes angry at this impending merger news and his and Jessica's plans for the future clash. In the end, a deal to merge goes through with Harvey "learning his place" as a senior partner, for now, in order for Jessica to show he can be controlled. Rachel, after learning she has been denied admission to Harvard Law, forces Mike to reveal that he did not attend Harvard, but after that she has sex with him in the file room.
Season 3 (2013-2014)
The merger between Jessica Pearson's Law Firm and Darby International is complete. Harvey, still stinging from Jessica's refusal to make him a named partner, begins plotting with Darby to take her down. Mike tries to mend his relationship with Harvey, after Jessica (via threat of revealing his secret) forced Mike to betray Harvey and lose the case which would have stopped the merger. Mike also seeks to clarify his new relationship with Rachel, though it is apparent that all is not forgiven with respect to his dishonesty.
Jessica also attempts to reconcile with Harvey, but later reveals to Harvey she would take the same steps again to ensure the merger went through with Darby International.
Meanwhile, with the Hessington Oil case, Dr. Ava Hessington agrees to pleading guilty, thus avoiding jail time; but, also agrees to leave the US permanently and pay a $50 million fine. This settlement appears to make it a win for Harvey's old mentor and nemesis, Cameron Dennis, and a loss for Harvey. However, Jessica convinces Harvey that Darby would still consider this a win for the firm, as the deal Cameron offered is the exact deal they offered him, with the exception of Ava pleading guilty rather than no-contest. Cameron's personal war with Harvey continues, and Ava's victory short-lived, when she is arrested for her involvement in the murder of dissidents while bribing Colonel Moriga. Ava instructs Harvey and Mike to bribe the murder witnesses, in an effort to avoid jail yet again, but Harvey refuses and is fired by her. Mike then comes up with an idea of how to legally "bribe" the witnesses, by encouraging them to bring a civil case against Hessington Oil for PTSD and emotional damages. In the meantime, Darby, not liking the results of the settlement, sends his right-hand man, a.k.a. "fixer" Stephen Huntley, to NY to help Harvey with the case. Initially, Harvey suspects Huntley is in town to take over his own role in the NY office; but, later, he realizes Darby sent Huntley to help take over the office from Jessica.
Mike gets Harold, who owes him a favor, to represent the witnesses in the Hessington civil suit, and they settle for an undisclosed amount. Over a celebratory drink, Harvey tells Mike of his plans to wrestle control of the NY office away from Jessica, leaving Mike shocked. Jessica eventually confides to Harvey her own plans to add him as a named partner in the NY office, admitting that she recognizes she is being treated by Darby in the same manner she had treated Harvey. Harvey is, needless to say, skeptical. Meanwhile, Harvey and Mike learn that Cameron has not given up the fight to lock up Ava, thinking he has managed to bring Colonel Moriga in as a witness. Cameron admits it was a ploy to get them to sign his plea deal; but, later reveals he actually does have the Colonel, thanks to him tracing Stephen's phone calls.
The Colonel's testimony and proof of a phone call between Ava and him, in conjunction with Ava's plea deal signed earlier, stands to be enough to convict her. Ava admits to the phone call, but still denies that she gave the order to the Colonel. At the same time, Harvey and Jessica discover that the Colonel is now agreeing to testify, in exchange for asylum as a political refugee. The Colonel's government is no longer in power, and the new government is looking to charge him with the murders. It is then discovered that Nick made a deal with the Colonel for half of the bribe money, without Ava's knowledge. Donna and Mike soon uncover Stephen's shady side, when Donna finds out that a portion of the Colonel's testimony, sent to Pearson Darby, is missing. Without involving Harvey, Mike looks into Stephen's background, finding out the Colonel and Stephen knew each other 20 years ago in college, and that Stephen set up the bribe deal and the murders without Nick or Ava's knowledge. After Harvey is enlightened, he attacks Stephen in the men's washroom.
Jessica and Harvey confront Darby with the fact that Stephen ordered the murders, and Darby admits he found out after the fact and did nothing, for fear it would harm Ava. They get him to fire Stephen, but what he is honestly able to testify cannot prove Stephen's guilt. When Harvey calls Stephen to the stand, he fails to convince Cameron of Stephen's guilt and reduces Ava's chances still further. Harvey appeals to Cameron's desire for justice as well as victory, having Mike bring in Clifford (an innocent man that Cameron once convicted for murder). Darby advises Jessica to put aside her anger, and she does, reconciling with Harvey and working with him on an ultimate solution to Ava's problem. Darby agrees to plead to obstruction of justice (getting five years' probation) and testify against Stephen. Cameron takes the surer conviction and drops charges against Ava, while Donna watches Stephen get arrested for murder. At the last moment, Darby discovers that with his probation he also loses his license to practice law in the US, therefore allowing Jessica to push for a dissolution of the merger. Back at the office, the now cat-less Louis lashes out against the associates, then goes to Harold's office to berate him about his testimony in the mock trial. Louis and Harold enter an escalating battle of legal action and intimidation, and Rachel confronts Louis over the depth of his resentment. He explains that his failure to train Harold reminds him of his own failure and the bullying he suffered. Rachel offers that Louis has bullied Harold in the same way. When Harold finally concedes the battle, Louis instead agrees to a compromise that will make Harold look good, swearing Rachel to secrecy about this unusual mercy.
Work begins on the dissolution of the Pearson Darby Specter firm. Louis convinces Jessica to let him handle the negotiations, on the grounds that Jessica and Harvey would be too emotionally involved. This move backfires when Darby appoints Nigel to negotiate with Louis, as Nigel (provoked by Louis' lack of affection for the cat) shuts the door on Harvey and Jessica's plan to defeat Darby. Meanwhile, Mike asks Rachel to move in with him (to the apartment he acquired for his late grandmother), but the two begin to fight over each other's irritants. Louis and Katrina have a plan to increase the firm's business with Tony Giannopoulos, which would increase their side's share of the settlement with Darby, but Giannopoulos' aide tells Louis he lacks the stature to have the proposal considered. Encouraged by Katrina, Louis shows the plan to Harvey and asks him to present it. Harvey is impressed and compliments Louis before taking him along to meet with Giannopoulos, who agrees to move his business toward the Pearson Specter side of the firm. Harvey sends Mike to ask Robert Zane to pay the Folsom Foods settlement immediately in return for a discount. Zane refuses until Mike invokes his relationship with Rachel; Zane is amused and impressed with Mike's chutzpah but Rachel is enraged when she learns of it. She tells Mike that she has been admitted to Stanford. Darby appoints Scottie as his new negotiator, with the promise of a named partnership if she wins. She pleads with Harvey to exclude the Folsom Foods settlement from the negotiations, mentioning how she helped him with the Hessington Oil case and their feelings for each other, and promising that she will not go after him. Harvey convinces Jessica to agree to this, arguing that the whole firm will suffer from having Darby as an enemy. It is then revealed that Hessington Oil has fired the firm, and Harvey is enraged, believing that Scottie manipulated him. But actually the firing was the work of Ava Hessington, who is now suing the still-undissolved Pearson Darby Specter firm, and all of the people involved with her case, for malpractice.
Ava's attorney for her malpractice suit is Travis Tanner, whose strategy is to get Harvey to settle by attacking Scottie both personally and professionally. He gets Stephen to sign an affidavit claiming that she was complicit in the murders, but Donna is able to neutralize this. She visits Stephen in prison with Mike, then asks Mike to leave the room and gets Stephen to admit that he lied, unaware that he was being recorded. Later Harvey interrupts Ava's deposition to speak with her directly, apologizing for his failings but insisting that everything he did was part of a zealous defense of her interests. She agrees to withdraw the suit. Harvey tells Scottie that he wants not only to work with her, but to have her in his life. Jessica learns of Mike and Rachel's relationship, is concerned about Robert learning the firm's business, and tells Mike she will fire him unless he gets Rachel to sign an affidavit saying that she knew of Mike's fraud. Rachel visits Jessica and signs it, but asks her in return to waive the "Harvard rule" in her case so that she could apply for an associate's position there on her graduation. After initially threatening to break up with her if she goes to Stanford, Mike is again supportive of Rachel, and she decides to go to Columbia in spite of her rational analysis in favor of Stanford. Louis again gets romantically involved with Sheila Sasz while attempting to lure a top Harvard Law candidate for an open associate position, and he later declares he wants to be "exclusive" with Sheila. She briefly leaves Louis alone in a room which contains the records of everyone who ever attended Harvard Law School; he is surprised to find no folder for Mike.
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|Suits Main Cast|
|Gabriel Macht||Harvey Reginald Specter||A corporate lawyer at Pearson Specter (formerly Pearson Hardman, Pearson Darby, and Pearson Darby Specter) who graduated 5th in his Harvard Law School class and is New York City's best closer. He is promoted to senior partner in the pilot episode and serves as Mike's seemingly selfish and uncaring mentor. He is formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA's office, where he worked with Donna Paulsen, who soon became his secretary and close confidante. He remains emotionally distant from clients and is willing to do anything, except alter the truth, to win a case. Little is known about Harvey's family. Harvey's father passed away five years prior to the series when he was promoted to junior partner. Harvey has a brother (Marcus Specter) who is similar to Mike in habits, which adds to Harvey's protective instincts toward his associate. Harvey hasn't spoken to his mother (Lily Specter) in years, due to her infidelity while married to his father Gordon Specter (James McCaffrey).|
|Patrick J. Adams||Michael James "Mike" Ross||A lawyer who never attended law school, but passed the bar exam and has an encyclopedic knowledge of law aided by his eidetic memory. Mike used his eidetic memory to take the LSATs for other people to make a living before being hired by Harvey. He impressed Harvey with his drive to become a good lawyer and is hired as an associate attorney in the pilot. His naiveté and sympathy for clients (and sometimes opponents) put him at odds with Harvey, who tries to remain emotionally detached from his cases. Mike Ross' parents passed away when he was only 11 years. His grandmother, Edith Ross, took him in and raised him. Mike became very close to his grandmother and visited her almost daily. He initially started taking the LSAT's for other students to pay for his grandmother's extensive nursing bills. In Season Two, Mike purchases an apartment for his grandmother. Unfortunately, she passes away before she ever saw the apartment he bought. His grandmother's death breaks Mike and he succumbs to marijuana once again. Mike falls in love with Rachel Zane, who didn't know his secret of not having a law degree. This taints their relationship until the end of season two when Mike reveals his real identity to her. |
|Rick Hoffman||Louis Marlowe Litt||Harvey's rival and fellow Harvard alum, and junior partner who oversees the first year associates. He is constantly upset by Jessica's apparent favoritism toward Harvey and her perceived disdain for Louis, though he feels he works harder and is more reliable than Harvey. After Daniel Hardman returns to the firm, Louis favors Hardman over Jessica, and Louis gets promoted to senior partner, in the Season Two episode "Asterisk". In "Blood in the Water", Louis nearly resigns from the firm to join Bratton-Gould as a junior partner, but after Harvey rips up Louis' resignation letter, he stays on at the firm. In "The Arrangement", in Season Three, he becomes the quartermaster of the newly merged Pearson Darby firm; but, later discovers this has cost him his role as overseer to the first year associates.|
|Meghan Markle||Rachel Elizabeth Zane||A paralegal who befriends Mike and later becomes his girlfriend. She aspires to be an attorney, but her test anxiety prevents her from scoring well enough on the LSAT to attend Harvard Law School. In Season Two, she finally achieves a Harvard-worthy score on the LSAT but fails to get accepted into Harvard as she is competing with so many qualified applicants. Rachel has eschewed the help of her father, famous trial attorney Robert Zane, in an attempt to show him she can make it in the legal profession on her own. Mike recently told Rachel his whole story about not really being a lawyer. Donna and Rachel are really good friends, and have ongoing discussions about their personal as well as business relationships.|
|Sarah Rafferty||Donna Evelyn Paulsen||Harvey's legal secretary and close confidante. She has worked with Harvey since his first year as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA's office and is extremely loyal towards him. Harvey accepted the offer of associate at Pearson Hardman with the condition that he could bring Donna with him, and her salary was subsequently paid by him until he made partner. Donna is willing to do anything to protect Harvey and vice versa, even when it affects their personal lives. It is later revealed that Donna had been romantically pursued by Harvey when they first met, but she turned him down, citing a personal rule against dating coworkers. In Season Three, she begins a brief affair with Stephen Huntley, a managing partner from an associated London office. She later ends the relationship after discovering he betrayed the firm and Harvey.|
|Gina Torres||Jessica Lourdes Pearson||Co-founding and managing partner of Pearson Hardman, who was mentored by Daniel Hardman when she was an associate fresh out of Harvard Law School. Her stature in the firm grew, with Hardman and her writing off three other named partners Gordon Schmidt Van Dyke from the firm's door. She has a close relationship with Harvey, originating from observing and sponsoring Harvey's rise through the firm, as well as paying his way through Harvard Law School. She was once married to Quentin Sainz, the managing director and President/CEO of Sainz Pharma, one of the U.S.A.'s leading pharmaceutical companies. At the end of Season Two, after successfully fending off Hardman for managing control of the firm, she merges with Scottie's firm, Darby International, to create Pearson Darby, of which Darby controls 51% and Jessica controls 49%.|
- Abigail Spencer portrays Dana "Scottie" Scott, Harvey's rival both at Harvard and in the professional world. She works at Darby International and creates a merger situation that will make both Harvey and herself name partners at the joint Darby/Pearson firm. Because of what she gave to Harvey and Mike, Darby personally fires her. Eventually Harvey convinces Darby to keep Scottie but place her in the London office instead of moving her to the New York office, because without her, Darby wouldn't have this merger.
- Amanda Schull portrays Katrina Bennett, a "fifth year associate" recently hired by Harvey Specter. She previously worked as an Assistant DA in Manhattan's DA office. She was hired solely to protect Mike from being investigated after he broke privilege in a hit-and-run accident case involving the son of a longtime client of Harvey's; Katrina was the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case. She is constantly using her fifth year status to intimidate others at the firm, feeling that Harvey should be working more cases with her, not exclusively with Mike. Ultimately her actions in an office prank against Mike lead her to be left to only work with Louis, who eventually gives in and gives her a case to work on.
- Eric Close portrays Travis Tanner, formerly a senior partner at Clyde McPhee, a law firm based in Boston. He develops a grudge against Harvey after Harvey outmaneuvered him in a season one case. In season two, after joining the New York-based Smith & Devane firm, he attacks Harvey by threatening to re-open the Costal Motors case.  He accuses Harvey of burying key evidence with the hope of getting Harvey disbarred. Tanner can be considered Harvey's equal, by having never lost a case, having a personal driver, a style similar to Harvey, as well as being an avid boxer. The one major difference is that Tanner isn't afraid to alter the truth and evidence to win cases. Harvey threatened to commit perjury to win their first encounter, but it was a bluff and the case against Harvey became the first case Tanner had ever lost.
- David Costabile portrays Daniel Hardman, founding partner and former managing partner of Pearson Hardman. Five years before the events of the series, he was ousted for embezzling from clients' escrow accounts and using the money to finance his affair; to protect the firm, he was blackmailed into surrendering his position to Jessica. In the season two premiere, his wife dies, and he returns to the firm a self-professed changed man, though Harvey and Jessica do not believe him. In the wake of defeating Tanner's fraud lawsuit, he calls a partner vote in "Sucker Punch" and challenges Jessica for the position of managing partner. After he wins, Mike and Harvey soon uncover that Hardman orchestrated the entire Coastal Motors affair indirectly with Tanner to regain control of the firm from Jessica, costing the firms partners to pay $100,000 each (for a combined total of $3 million) in order to settle the case (when the basis for the suit wasn't legitimate to begin with). Once this is discovered, the partners vote to terminate his partnership, voting him out of the firm. As part of Pearson Hardman's standard non-compete clause, Hardman cannot be employed by a New York law firm; he gets around this by obtaining a New Jersey law license and practicing as an independent contractor for Robert Zane (a former classmate during their time at Harvard Law) who's firm of Rand, Calder & Zane is the opposing counsel opposite Jessica's firm in its class action multi-jurisdictional gender discrimination suit against Folsom Foods, until Jessica merges the remainder of the firm with Edward Darby's British firm, and, in accordance with mergers & acquisitions law, turns over the firm's financials for due diligence reasons; together, Darby threatens to reveal Hardman's prior embezzlement to Daniel's own client unless Daniel accepts Jessica's settlement demands and drops any further legal action against Jessica and Darby.
- Conleth Hill portrays Edward Darby, Jessica's new named partner as of the Season 2 finale. It is revealed in the Season 3 premier that the merger caused the firm to be officially renamed Darby Pearson, but as a show of good faith Darby let the New York office sign read Pearson Darby. However, Darby retained 51% control over the combined firm, leaving Jessica as a 49% minority stakeholder. He has a past with Dr. Ava Hessington and her father dating back to her father being Edward's first client and former companion. 
- Adam Godley portrays Nigel Nesbitt, Louis' British counterpart. He tried to make a deal with Louis to prevent each other from getting fired after the merger went through. He found a way to keep his job as quartermaster at the new Pearson Darby, until Louis ultimately was tricked by him into stealing the position so Nigel could then be in charge of the associates of the combined law firm.
- Max Beesley portrays Stephen Huntley, Darby's right hand man and "fixer", Harvey's British counterpart. Jessica tells Harvey of him, "He is to Darby what you are to me." He is introduced to the firm under the false pretense of transitioning the new combined firm's culture differences. In reality, he has been sent by Darby to help Harvey take over the New York office for him. Stephen is seen attempting to ask out Donna to see a production of Macbeth with Daniel Day-Lewis, hinting at a possible romance between the two.
- Michelle Fairley portrays Dr. Ava Hessington, CEO of British oil company Hessington Oil, her family's successful international oil company. The US Attorney's office is investigating her for bribing foreign government officials to gain access to their oil fields for a pipeline -- a crime that she admits (to Harvey) to being guilty of, but something that is considered "standard practice" in the oil business, especially in countries that are less than politically stable. Harvey looks into her background and discovers that she bribed a corporate whistleblower in 2010, covered up an oil spill in 2008, and had an environmental study doctored in 2006. She has PhDs in petroleum exploration and chemical engineering. She and her father have been clients of Darby's firm for some time, dating back to her father being Darby's first client.
- Gary Cole portrays Cameron Dennis, the formerly disgraced New York County (Manhattan) DA . He was Harvey's original mentor straight out of Harvard Law. He had a history of altering the evidence in cases to ensure high conviction rates, even at the cost of sending the innocent to jail. In season one he makes a deal with the state attorney's office to save himself by selling out Harvey. Jessica and Donna work together to present Cameron with proof of his shady alterations of key evidence in a few cases, resulting in Dennis changing his deal with the state attorney's office and resigning his position as DA. In season three, Dennis returns after being appointed as special prosecutor in the state attorney's case against Dr. Ava Hessington and her oil company, and he later brings murder charges against her when six dissidents are killed by the foreign colonel she bribed.
- Tom Lipinski portrays Trevor Evans, Mike's best friend and a drug dealer. After the pilot episode, Mike and Trevor's friendship deteriorates. Trevor eventually stops dealing drugs in "Bail Out" and wishes to be Mike's friend again. However, he learns that Mike is dating Jenny and, in revenge, tells Jessica about Mike's lie about his law degree in the season one finale. In a season 3 flashback episode ("The Other Time"), it is revealed that Trevor actually sold the calculus test answers that Mike memorized to the university dean's daughter, but Mike took the blame to protect his friend and cost himself a position in the next Harvard Law class as a result.
- Vanessa Ray portrays Jenny Griffith, Trevor's girlfriend. She breaks up with Trevor when he does not stop dealing drugs, and she becomes Mike's girlfriend. However, she breaks up with Mike in "She Knows" when she learns about his feelings for Rachel. In the second season it is revealed that Mike was originally interested in Jenny, but Trevor got her to date him instead.
- Rebecca Schull portrays Edith Ross, Mike's grandmother who raised him after his parents' deaths. She lives in a nursing home and pushes Mike to live up to his potential. She dies in the season two episode "Asterisk".
- Ben Hollingsworth portrays Kyle Durant, one of Louis's protégés who is frequently pitted against Mike during season one. His disappearance from the firm is never explained in the following seasons.
- Max Topplin portrays Harold Gunderson, an associate who is clumsy and socially awkward. He is constantly picked on by Louis. He was fired by Louis in the second season, and later hired by Bratton-Gould as part of a favor Jimmy owed Mike. In season 3, as a favor to Mike for getting him his job at Bratton-Gould, he agreed to represent foreign witnesses against Ava Hessington in civil lawsuits. This was done in order to prevent them from testifying against Ava in her murder trial, as legally they now can't be served subpoenas.
- Wendell Pierce portrays Robert Zane, Rachel's father and a name partner at Rand, Calder, and Zane. He was the lawyer originally representing Folsom Foods against the multi-case discrimination suit. Until his daughter personally got involved with the case, leading him to hire an independent counsel to take over, his Harvard Classmate Daniel Hardman.
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Development and production
Suits first appeared on USA network's development slate under the title A Legal Mind in April 2010. In May, the network placed a cast-contingent pilot order from a pilot script written by Aaron Korsh. Patrick J. Adams was cast in the lead role of Mike Ross in July 2010. In late July, Gabriel Macht joined the cast as Harvey Specter, the attorney who hires Mike. Rick Hoffman came on board in mid-August to portray Harvey's competition at the law firm. Meghan Markle and Gina Torres joined the cast in late August. Torres was cast as Jessica Pearson, the managing partner at the firm, and Markle portrays Rachel Zane, a paralegal who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law. Sarah Rafferty completed the main cast as Donna, Harvey's legal secretary and close confidant. The pilot was filmed in New York City in fall 2010.
A deleted scene leaked onto YouTube shows Victor Garber as Phillip Hardman, originally part of the pilot, but which was decided by the USA Network to be cut out completely. It shows that Hardman was a kinder fellow who retired from the firm by his own choice.
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Suits premiered in the U.S. on the USA Network on June 23, 2011. In Australia the Seven Network began broadcasting shortly after that on August 15, 2011. The Canadian network, Bravo!, followed on October 3, 2011. In the Republic of Ireland the show airs on RTÉ Two every Tuesday at 21:00.
In the UK the show premiered on January 17, 2012 on Dave. In South Africa the subscription channel M-Net, began airing the program on September 8, 2012. Suits is also aired in India and has finished running season 3 on Comedy Central.
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