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||39 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Doug Liman
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Universal Cable Productions
Hypnotic Films & Television
Untited Korsh Company
Open 4 Business Productions
|Original channel||USA Network|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||June 23, 2011 – present|
Suits is a USA Network drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The series is set at Pearson Specter, a fictitious law firm in New York City. Mike, once a college scholarship recipient and on his way to becoming a law student at Harvard University, was kicked out of college for selling the answers to a math test he had memorized, ruining his chances of attending law school. Mike instead makes a living as a bicycle messenger, and is convinced by his friend, Trevor, to take part in a marijuana deal. The deal happens to be a sting operation which Mike astutely discovers and narrowly avoids, instead stumbling into a job interview with Harvey, a lawyer at Pearson Hardman and arguably the "best closer in New York City". Having recently made senior partner, Harvey must now hire a Harvard-educated lawyer as an associate, as per firm policy. Using his eidetic memory and knowledge of the law, Mike proves to Harvey that he is undoubtedly the best candidate for the position and is subsequently hired, despite neither having a college degree nor attending Harvard. The series focuses on Mike and Harvey as they try cases for the firm while maintaining Mike's secret.
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 15 October on Channel 7 Australia. The season is split, with the remaining six episodes slated to begin airing March 6, 2014. On October 24, 2013, Suits was renewed for a fourth season.
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 Yorksire 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. Jessica allows Mike to continue working, despite discovering his secret. Harvey is accused of burying evidence and faces being disbarred. Donna finds and destroys the document, and is fired by Jessica. Hardman and Jessica disagree over settling the case, eventually leading Hardman to challenge Jessica for the position as managing partner. 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. Mike's grandmother dies, and he finds himself in a romantic entanglement with his now-married first love. Rachel find them together, leading to a rift in their relationship. Hardman returns to battle with his old firm, working as a contract lawyer for Rachel's father, well-known trial attorney Robert Zane, on multiple gender discrimination suits. Jessica agrees to a merger with the U.K. firm of Harvey's competitor, Scottie, headed by Edward Darby, enabling them to defeat Hardman. Harvey tries but fail to stop the merger. Mike reveals his secret to Rachel after she is denied admission to Harvard.
Season 3 (2013-2014)
The merger between Pearson and Darby International is complete. Harvey, 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 and seeks to clarify his new relationship with Rachel.
Harvey settles a case with his old mentor and nemesis, Cameron Dennis, but his client, Ava Hessington, is arrested for murder. Darby sends his "fixer." Stephen Huntley to New York to help with the case, but Harvey realises Darby wants Huntley to help him take the firm from Jessica. Harvey plans to take control from Jessica, but she confides her own plans to add him as named partner. Ava looks set to be convicted, until Mike discovers Huntley was actually responsible for the murders. Darby eventually agrees to testify against Huntley, only later realising his own plea bargain will leave him unable to practice law in the US. This allows Jessica to begin dissolution of the firm. Louis takes the lead on this, which leads to complications. Darby appoints Scottie to negotiate in the dissolution case, promising a named partnership if she wins.
Ava sues the firm for malpractice, with Travis Tanner as her attorney, but Harvey is eventually able to get her to withdraw the suit. Harvey tells Scottie he wants her in his life. Jessica learns of Mike and Rachel's relationship and threatens to fire Mike unless Rachel signs an affidavit saying she knew of Mike's fraud. She does so on the condition that Jessica waive the firm's "Harvard rule" so she can apply there on graduation. She is accepted to Stanford but eventually decides to go to Columbia.
Cast and characters
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|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 senior 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 at Harvard and in the professional world who works at Darby International.
- Amanda Schull portrays Katrina Bennett, a "fifth year associate" hired by Harvey Specter who was previously an Assistant DA. She was hired to protect Mike from being investigated after he broke privilege in a hit-and-run accident case.
- Eric Close portrays Travis Tanner, formerly a senior partner at Clyde McPhee, a Boston law firm. He develops a grudge against Harvey after Harvey outmaneuvers him. Tanner, like. Harvey, has never lost a case, has a personal driver, is stylish and an avid boxer. The one major difference is that Tanner isn't afraid to alter the truth and evidence to win.
- 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 to finance his affair; to protect the firm, he was blackmailed into surrendering his position to Jessica.
- Conleth Hill portrays Edward Darby, Jessica's new named partner as of the Season 2 finale, with 51% control of the merged firm.
- Adam Godley portrays Nigel Nesbitt, Louis' British counterpart, who is 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."
- Michelle Fairley portrays Dr. Ava Hessington, CEO of British oil company Hessington Oil, her family's successful international oil company. 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.
- Tom Lipinski portrays Trevor Evans, Mike's best friend and a drug dealer.
- 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 for a time.
- 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 agrees to represent foreign witnesses against Ava Hessington in civil lawsuits.
- Wendell Pierce portrays Robert Zane, Rachel's father and a named partner at Rand, Calder, and Zane.
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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 United Kingdom, 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 also airs in India and Israel and has finished running season 3 on Comedy Central.
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