Pearson (TV series)

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Pearson TV logo.svg
GenrePolitical drama
Legal drama
Created by
Composer(s)Christopher Tyng
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
CinematographyCort Fey
Production company(s)
Original networkUSA Network
Original releaseJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17) –
present (present)
Related showsSuits
External links
Official website

Pearson is an American political drama television series created by Aaron Korsh and Daniel Arkin that premiered on USA Network. It is a spin-off of the show Suits and stars Gina Torres reprising her role of Jessica Pearson. It premiered on July 17, 2019.[1]


Pearson follows "powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson, as she enters the dirty world of Chicago politics."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]




SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Backdoor pilot1April 25, 2018 (2018-04-25)
110[4]July 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)September 18, 2019 (2019-09-18)[4]

Backdoor pilot (2018)[edit]

For the backdoor pilot, "No. overall" and "No. in season" refer to the episode's place in the order of episodes of the parent series Suits.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
10816"Good-Bye"Anton L. CropperAaron Korsh & Daniel ArkinApril 25, 2018 (2018-04-25)1.07[5]
Harvey is forced to help Jessica in Chicago, leaving Louis and Mike to deal with a lawsuit brought by former PSL partners and headed up by Stanley Gordon. In a bold move, Zane agrees to join Specter Litt as a name partner and bring enough of his senior partners to have a majority in any vote. Gordon then chooses to drop his suit, but claims they haven't seen the last of him. Jessica resolves her issues in Chicago by agreeing to work for the mayor. Harvey returns to New York in time for Mike and Rachel's wedding. Rachel learns that the offer to head up a victim-oriented legal firm in Seattle is real, causing her and Mike to move up their wedding date. Mike gives Harvey the news that he and Rachel are moving to Seattle.

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"The Alderman"Kevin BrayDaniel ArkinJuly 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)0.57[6]
Jessica Pearson make waves on her first day as the right-hand fixer of Chicago's mayor. Pat is angry about Jessica’s new position, but Bobby sees it as keeping his enemies close. However, he got a bit more than he could handle with Jessica, who goes off-book while dealing with a hunger strike, a bus manufacturer and one of Bobby’s closest allies in the city council. In the process, she also angers Keri, who doesn’t take kindly to Jessica treating her like a lowly associate.
2"The Superintendent"Silver TreeJameal TurnerJuly 24, 2019 (2019-07-24)0.56[7]
Lillian pays a visit to Jessica at her apartment and recognizes her dead neighbor in the crime scene photos. Jessica’s cousin, Angela is still not cool with her. Derrick and Mayor Bobby Golec are having trouble answering questions from the press. Nick rescues Jessica from a swarm of reporters. Following Pat McGann’s orders, he follows Jessica and drives towards her family’s home. While investigating her, Jessica also wants Nick to be her driver. The Press Secretary is trying to stop the tweet from going viral. Derrick wants Yoli to delete her tweet because she works for City Hall. When Yoli opposes him and decides not to, Derrick fires her. While arguing with her cousin, Jessica doesn’t realize someone is taking pictures of her.
3"The Union Leader"Stefan SchwartzSonay HoffmanJuly 31, 2019 (2019-07-31)0.47[8]
The Alderman post is up for grabs and Pat recommends Betsy Sullivan. This doesn't sit well with Jessica after she realizes Sullivan is not the right one to do the job. Meanwhile, things aren't too good for Keri after it dawns on her that her affair with Bobby is just pushing her down in life as Novak doesn't contribute much to the relationship. Nick has a tough time adjusting to Jessica as her new driver, but quickly learns her ways of working. In a bid to get an extension on the public housing development, Jessica is forced to blackmail the man entrusted with the job of razing down the public housing and that sees her breakdown after she's forced to do the task so she could save her cousin's family from becoming homeless.
4"The Deputy Mayor"Alexis OstranderChris DowneyAugust 7, 2019 (2019-08-07)0.55[9]
5"The Former City Attorney"Salli Richardson-WhitfieldLauren HerstikAugust 14, 2019 (2019-08-14)0.47[10]
6"The Donor"[4]TBATBAAugust 21, 2019 (2019-08-21)TBD
7"The Immigration Lawyer"[4]TBATBAAugust 28, 2019 (2019-08-28)TBD



On February 22, 2017, it was announced that USA Network was developing a spin-off series of their show Suits set to star Gina Torres as her character Jessica Pearson. The spin-off had been talked about for about a year-and-a-half prior to the announcement. Meetings and negotiations were reportedly in the preliminary stages with no deals with cast and crew members yet in place. The series was expected to be written by Suits creator and showrunner Aaron Korsh who was also expected to executive and showrun the potential new series. Production companies involved with the potential series were expected to include Universal Cable Productions.[11][12] On March 1, 2017, it was reported that Gina Torres had signed a deal to produce the series, based on an idea she pitched to Universal Cable Productions, alongside Aaron Korsh.[13]

On August 16, 2017, it was announced that the season seven finale of Suits would serve as a backdoor pilot to the spin-off series. The episode was expected to be written by Aaron Korsh and Daniel Arkin, and be directed by Anton Cropper. Additionally, it was reported that executive producers for the new series would include Korsh, Arkin, Torres, Doug Liman, David Bartis, and Gene Klein.[14] On March 8, 2018, it was reported that USA Network had given the production a series order.[2] On May 14, 2018, Gina Torres announced at NBCUniversal's annual upfront presentation in New York City that the series would be titled Second City.[15] On January 17, 2019, it was announced that the series had been retitled Pearson.[16] On May 1, 2019, it was reported that the series would premiere on July 17, 2019.[1]


Alongside the report of her hiring as producer, it was confirmed in March 2017 that Gina Torres would officially star in the potential series.[13] On November 10, 2017, it was announced that Rebecca Rittenhouse and Morgan Spector had joined the main cast of the series.[17] On September 20, 2018, it was reported that Rittenhouse's role had been recast with Bethany Joy Lenz assuming the part. Additionally, it was further announced that Chantel Riley would reprise her guest role from the backdoor pilot in a series regular capacity and that Isabel Arraiza and Eli Goree had been cast in main roles as well.[18]


Principal photography for the series commenced on September 20, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Filming took place in Chicago, Illinois during the week of October 15, 2018 with locations including the Chicago Cultural Center, Grant Park, Chicago City Hall, Millennium Park, and The Loop.[19]


Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 72% with an average rating of 6.74/10, based on 18 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though Pearson trades the juicy intrigue of Suits for straightforward political drama, it works thanks to Gina Torres commanding performance."[20] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 54 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[21]


No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "The Alderman" July 17, 2019 0.1 0.57[6] 0.2 0.78 0.3 1.35[22]
2 "The Superintendent" July 24, 2019 0.1 0.56[7] 0.2 0.79 0.3 1.35[23]
3 "The Union Leader" July 31, 2019 0.1 0.47[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "The Deputy Mayor" August 7, 2019 0.1 0.55[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "The Former City Attorney" August 14, 2019 0.1 0.47[10] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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