Suits (TV series)
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|Created by||Aaron Korsh|
Patrick J. Adams
|Opening theme||“Greenback Boogie” by Ima Robot|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||54 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Doug Liman
|Location(s)||New York City, NY, USA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Universal Cable Productions
Hypnotic Films & Television
Untited Korsh Company
Open 4 Business Productions
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|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 Hardman, a fictional 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". Recently made senior partner, Harvey must hire a Harvard-educated lawyer as an associate, as per firm policy. Using his eidetic memory and legal knowledge, Mike proves to Harvey he is undoubtedly the best candidate and is consequently hired, despite neither receiving 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 six 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 October 15, 2013, on Channel 7 Australia. The season was split, with six episodes airing after March 6, 2014. On October 24, 2013, Suits was renewed for a fourth season of 16 episodes which premiered June 11, 2014. The first 10 episodes aired in 2014, and the remaining six episodes will air in 2015. On August 11, 2014, Suits was renewed for a fifth season which will again consist of 16 episodes and premiere in the summer of 2015.
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's best attorneys. He hires Mike (who noticed that the delivery he has to do was a trap from policemen) 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.
At the firm, junior partner Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Harvey's jealous rival and direct supervisor of the associates, is suspicious of Mike's Harvard credentials. Meanwhile, Mike struggles to distance himself from Trevor, who has stopped dealing drugs but cannot escape his past. When Trevor leaves the state, Mike begins dating Trevor's ex-girlfriend Jenny Griffith (Vanessa Ray). At the same time, Mike befriends paralegal Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) at the office, and the two soon develop a mutual attraction, complicating his relationship with Jenny. Trevor returns to New York, only to learn that Mike is dating Jenny. In revenge, he tells the firm's managing partner Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) the truth about Mike.
Season 2 (2012–2013)
Co-founding partner, Daniel Hardman, 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 finds 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 (Conleth Hill), enabling them to defeat Hardman. Harvey tries but fails 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 (Michelle Fairley), is arrested for murder. Darby sends his "fixer", Stephen Huntley, to New York to help with the case, but Harvey realizes 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 realizing 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. Mike's secret is nearly discovered by Louis, with the latter eventually being convinced that Mike only "fixed" a grade in a single class.
Mike realizes he will never be able to make a name for himself in law with the threat of his fraud being discovered, and considers a career change. In the season three finale, Mike is arrested, which may expose him, and Harvey and Louis try to free him. Mike realizes the problems his situation causes for the firm, however, and decides to take a job offer as an investment banker to resolve things. This new job makes Mike a client of the firm, and he jokes with Harvey, telling him that Harvey now technically works for him.
Season 4 (2014)
Suits was renewed for a fourth season, with the first episode airing on June 11, 2014. It aired every Wednesday on USA network.
The season begins with Mike working for investment banker Jonathan Sidwell, creating an awkward situation when a takeover battle for Gillis Industries pits Mike's company against Pearson Specter client (and Rachel's former boyfriend), Logan Sanders. This leads to a battle between Mike and Harvey and a collusion claim between the two by the SEC. Mike and Rachel are at odds due to a moment of passion between her and Logan Sanders, causing Mike to move out for a short period.
By the season's sixth episode, Charles Forstman, an investor Mike went to in a last-ditch effort to save Gillis Industries, tells Sidwell that Mike was going to cut him out of the deal and Mike is fired. In actuality, Louis is the one who has made a shady deal with Forstman, forcing him to embezzle money through international banks. Jessica and Harvey offer Louis a reward for his work. He wants to be named partner, but Jessica declines. When Mike decides to accept a job with Forstman, which Louis cannot allow, Louis uses his reward to re-hire Mike at Pearson Specter instead. Mike officially starts working back at the firm in the eighth episode. In the ninth episode, Louis resigns after the SEC looks into the deal between Forstman and Sanders. Louis tries to find a way to take clients with him to help him get a new job, but is stonewalled because of his non-compete clause. Mike helps Louis by getting him an interview with Robert Zane, who later tells Louis he will only hire him if he can steal one of Harvey's clients. Katrina Bennett gives Louis the name of a company to go after, which Louis successfully steals, though Mike is able to use Walter Gillis to get the company back for Harvey. Mike visits Louis for a second time, and inadvertently gives away a clue to Louis that he never went to Harvard. Louis confronts Jessica, getting her to admit her hypocrisy, then threatens to expose Mike unless he is made a named partner.
Cast and characters
|Gabriel Macht||Harvey Reginald Specter||A corporate lawyer (named partner) at Pearson Specter (formerly senior partner at Pearson Hardman, Pearson Darby, and Pearson Darby Specter), top 3 Harvard graduate, NYC's best closer. He serves as Mike's seemingly selfish and uncaring mentor. He remains emotionally distant from clients and is willing to do anything to win, except alter the truth. He prefers to settle cases out of court, because trials present too many variables.|
|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. 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.|
|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. Donna and Rachel are good friends, and have ongoing discussions about their personal as well as business relationships.|
|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.|
|Rick Hoffman||Louis Marlowe Litt||Harvey's rival and fellow Harvard alum, and senior 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.|
|Sarah Rafferty||Donna Roberta 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.|
- Abigail Spencer portrays Dana "Scottie" Scott, Harvey's rival at Harvard and in the professional world who works at Darby International. During Season 3, she is dating Harvey and is a senior partner at Pearson Specter.
- 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. She later becomes Louis' personal associate.
- 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 during Season 3, with 51% control of the merged firm.
- Adam Godley portrays Nigel Nesbitt, Louis' British counterpart, who is in charge of the associates of Pearson Darby (Season 3).
- 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. Angry after finding out that Mike is dating Jenny, it is Trevor who reveals to Jessica that Mike is a fraud.
- 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' 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. This deal ultimately lands him in trouble with the Bar Association, as both he and Mike are investigated in the third season finale.
- Wendell Pierce portrays Robert Zane, Rachel's father and a named partner at Rand, Calder, and Zane.
- Brandon Firla portrays Jonathan Sidwell, an investment banker working for Tony Gianopolous, whom Mike helps start his own company. He eventually hires Mike near the end of season 3, but fires him in season 4.
- Željko Ivanek portrays Eric Woodall, a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office who is now working as an SEC prosecutor. He has a personal vendetta against Harvey that dates back to his days at his previous job.
- D. B. Woodside portrays Jeff Malone, an SEC prosecutor and Jessica's lover, whom Jessica hires at the firm primarily to help the firm avoid impending SEC sanctions.
- Michael Gross portrays Walter Gillis, the CEO of Gillis Industries who is trying to protect his company from a hostile takeover.
- Brendan Hines portrays Logan Sanders, Harvey's client in the season 4 battle against Mike over the acquisition of Gillis Industries; he is revealed to be Rachel's former boyfriend.
- Neal McDonough portrays Sean Cahill, a zealous SEC prosecutor who is determined to take down Pearson Specter on collusion charges in the Gillis Industries deal.
- Eric Roberts portrays Charles Forstman, a corrupt billionaire investor to whom Mike (while working for Sidwell) goes when he sees no other option to save Gillis Industries. Forstman eventually settles with Louis in a deal that allows Logan Sanders to make the Gillis purchase, while he also sells out Mike to his boss, Sidwell. It is later revealed that Forstman did this because he wants to hire Mike himself.
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Thursday 9:00 pm (March 6, 2014 – April 10, 2014)
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. This scene was left in for the U.K. when it was first aired and continues to be included in re-runs.
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Suits premiered in the United States 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 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 airs in Israel and has finished running season 3 on Comedy Central.
Adams was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role as Mike Ross.
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