Suits (TV series)
|Created by||Aaron Korsh|
|Opening theme||"Greenback Boogie" by Ima Robot|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||90 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original network||USA Network|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||June 23, 2011– present|
Suits is an American legal drama television series created and written by Aaron Korsh. The series premiered on June 23, 2011, on the cable network USA, and is produced by Universal Cable. Suits is set at a fictional law firm in New York City. The focal point of the show follows talented college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who initially works as a law associate for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), despite never actually attending law school. The show focuses on Harvey and Mike managing to close cases while maintaining Mike's secret.
Suits has been nominated for several awards since 2012, with Gina Torres and Patrick J. Adams receiving individual praise for their roles as Jessica Pearson and Mike Ross respectively. The show was nominated for Best Drama at the 2014 TV Guide Awards and Favorite Dramedy at the 2014 People's Choice Awards. Torres was nominated for Favorite TV Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2012 ALMA Awards and as Best Supporting Actress in Television at the 2013 Imagen Foundation Awards, while Adams was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
- 1 Series overview
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Production
- 4 Broadcast and home media
- 5 Reception
- 6 Spin-off
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||12||June 23, 2011||September 8, 2011|
|2||16||June 14, 2012||February 21, 2013|
|3||16||July 16, 2013||April 10, 2014|
|4||16||June 11, 2014||March 4, 2015|
|5||16||June 24, 2015||March 2, 2016|
|6||16||July 13, 2016||March 1, 2017|
Season 1 (2011)
Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a highly intelligent former college student who was expelled and who, with his natural intelligence and eidetic memory, makes a living illegally taking the LSAT for others. To keep raising money to pay for care for his elderly grandmother, he agrees to deliver a large case of marijuana for his best friend drug dealer Trevor (Tom Lipinski). The deal happens to be a sting operation which Mike astutely discovers and narrowly avoids, only to stumble into a job interview with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), a lawyer at Pearson Hardman and said to be the "best closer in New York City". Recently promoted to senior partner, Harvey must hire a Harvard Law–educated associate. Mike uses his street-smarts and knowledge of the law to prove he is undoubtedly the best choice, even though a fraud. Mike is consequently hired, despite having neither received a college degree or attended Harvard Law. The series focuses on Mike and Harvey as they try cases for the firm while maintaining their secret.
Season 2 (2012–13)
Following Trevor's revelation of Mike's secret to Jessica (Gina Torres), she continues to let Mike work at the firm, which also coincides with co-founding partner Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) returning to the firm. Both Jessica and Harvey fear he wishes to return to his former position as managing partner, which will result in Jessica and Harvey being fired. A lawsuit charging fraud is filed against Pearson Hardman, and Harvey is accused of burying evidence and faces disbarment. Despite Harvey maintaining his innocence, Donna (Sarah Rafferty) finds and destroys the buried evidence, but is fired once Jessica finds out. Hardman and Jessica disagree on how to settle the case, which leads Hardman to challenge Jessica for the position of managing partner. Hardman battles with the firm, working as a contract lawyer for Rachel's father, well-known trial attorney Robert Zane, on multiple gender discrimination suits against one of the firm's clients. As a way to defeat Hardman, Jessica agrees to a merger with the British firm of Harvey's competitor and rival, Dana Scott (Abigail Spencer), which is led by Edward Darby (Conleth Hill). With frequent protests, Harvey tries to stop the merger out of fear that Edward and Scottie would gain complete control over Pearson Hardman. Mike, following the death of his grandmother, finds himself in a romantic entanglement with his now-married first love, Tess. Rachel (Meghan Markle) sees them together, which leads to a rift in their relationship, until Mike reveals his secret to Rachel.
Season 3 (2013–14)
The merger between Pearson and Darby International is now complete and Harvey, stinging from Jessica's refusal to make him a name partner, begins plotting with Darby to take her down. After Harvey manages to settle a case with his old mentor, Cameron Dennis (Gary Cole), Harvey's client, Ava Hessington (Michelle Fairley), is arrested for murder. Darby sends his "fixer", Stephen Huntley (Max Beesley), to help with the case. After first accepting Huntley after renegotiating Ava as a client, Harvey realizes Darby wants Huntley to help him completely take the firm from Jessica. Harvey informs Jessica, who says that if he wins the case, she will add him as name partner. Ava looks set to be convicted until Mike discovers Huntley was actually responsible for the murders, something of which Darby had no previous knowledge. Darby eventually agrees to testify against Huntley, only later realizing his own plea bargain will leave him unable to practice law in the United States. This allows Jessica to begin dissolution of the firm, and she allows Louis to lead on the dissolution talks, which leads to complications. Darby appoints Scottie to negotiate in the dissolution case, promising her a named partnership if she wins. After Harvey wins the trial, Ava sues the firm for malpractice and appoints Travis Tanner (Eric Close) as her attorney. Harvey is soon able to get Ava to withdraw the suit.
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 to work there as a lawyer upon graduation from Columbia. Mike's secret is nearly discovered by Louis, but he is eventually convinced that Mike only "fixed" a grade in a single class. After Louis almost finds out about Mike's deception, 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 after being offered a job as an investment banker by Jonathan Sidwell (Brandon Firla). In the season's finale, Mike is arrested alongside Harold Gunderson (Max Topplin) for supposedly bribing witnesses in the Ava Hessington trial, which threatens to expose him. After Louis and Harvey manage to release them both, Mike realizes the problems that his situation causes for the firm and takes the job offered by Sidwell. This new job makes Mike a client of the firm, which now makes Harvey, technically, work for Mike.
Season 4 (2014–15)
As Mike begins working as an investment banker for Jonathan Sidwell, he finds himself in an awkward situation when a takeover battle for Gillis Industries pits Mike against Pearson Specter client (and Rachel's former boyfriend) Logan Sanders (Brendan Hines). This leads to a battle between Mike and Harvey, who are accused of colluding by the SEC. A team led by Sean Cahill (Neal McDonough), who is determined to defeat Pearson Specter, investigates the claim under direct orders from Eric Woodall (Željko Ivanek). Jeff Malone (D. B. Woodside) is hired by the firm after revealing the impending investigation against Pearson Specter to Jessica and Harvey.
Following an exchange of takeover attempts between Mike and Logan, Mike turns to Charles Forstman (Eric Roberts), a shady billionaire investor who agrees to invest to save Gillis Industries, under the condition that Mike cut Sidwell out, giving Sidwell nothing from the Gillis Industries takeover. Mike reluctantly agrees to the deal, but Forstman informs Sidwell about the secret condition in order to get Mike fired. Forstman's plan works and he offers Mike a job, but while Mike is on his way to Forstman to accept, he runs into Louis and is persuaded to come back to Pearson Specter. Rachel and Logan find themselves working late on the case together, and share a moment of passion. Rachel informs Donna of their kiss, and Donna advises her to act with caution, so she decides against telling Mike. When she does tell him, Mike fights with Logan before briefly moving out.
Louis prevents Forstman from investing in Gillis, but is told to route Forstman's money through international banks to avoid United States taxes. Jessica offers Louis a reward, and when Louis' request to be made name partner is denied, he eventually decides on altering his partnership agreememt to allow for more time away from the office of Pearson Specter. Ultimately, Louis uses his reward when he informs Jessica and Harvey that he has rehired Mike at the firm. Following the SEC investigation and Jessica finding out about Louis' wrongdoings, Louis resigns from Pearson Specter. He asks to take clients with him, but is stonewalled by his non-compete clause, as well as Jessica. Mike gets Louis an interview with Robert Zane, but Zane informs Louis he won't be hired unless he can bring any one client, to prove that Louis is capable of "breaking down a door", and finding a way out of his partnership agreement by bringing a Pearson Specter client, which Mike prevents him from doing. When Mike visits Louis and repeatedly fails to recognize the Order of the Coif key that the top 10% of graduates receive at Harvard, Louis realizes Mike's secret and uses it to blackmail Jessica into rehiring him as a name partner. His pride in this victory leads to severe tension and problems within the firm. Louis and Mike have a physical altercation, after which Louis forgives Mike and manages to get the SEC to drop the case against Pearson Specter. Malone learns that Jessica lied to him about why Louis was made name partner, and resigns from the firm, ending his romantic relationship with Jessica in the process.
Rachel hands Mike an ultimatum, and Mike moves back into his apartment with her. At the end of the season, Mike proposes to Rachel by giving her the ring Mike's grandmother had when she got married.
When Mike was struggling with a case, Donna illegally obtained evidence for him. When this is discovered, Harvey, Rachel, and Mike rush to prove the company's guilt so that the charges against Donna will be dropped. Harvey tells Donna that he loves her, but remains non-committal, leaving her confused. Donna helps Louis get over the death of his abrasive but loyal secretary Norma, and decides to leave Harvey to work for Louis, devastating Harvey.
Season 5 (2015–16)
Harvey hires a new secretary who appears the opposite of Donna, but proves herself capable. However, he still struggles with losing Donna. After experiencing a serious panic attack, he seeks therapy, but finds it difficult to open up to a therapist who wants to address his abandonment issues. She slowly gets him to talk about his mother's affair throughout the season.
Meanwhile, Louis worries that Donna will leave him and return to Harvey. When he finds out that Harvey had been paying most of Donna's extremely high salary, he conspires with partner Jack Soloff (John Pyper-Ferguson) to alter the firm's compensation structure and undermine Harvey, which gets him in trouble with Jessica as Soloff makes a power play. When Louis's sister Esther comes to the firm seeking legal advice, Louis makes Harvey promise not to sleep with her. Harvey does anyway, and when Louis finds out it leads to a physical altercation and in turn Louis tries to get Harvey suspended. Jessica finds out that Soloff got advice from Daniel Hardman, and gives him one last chance at the firm. When Soloff tries to break ties with Hardman, though, the former managing partner finds ways to keep manipulating him.
Although jubilant about their engagement, Mike and Rachel keep quiet about it as they work to help Harvey deal with Donna's departure. Mike works a case with Robert Zane; Rachel decides not to sign a prenup suggested by her father. When Soloff proposes working a case with Mike, he initially refuses, not trusting the man who nearly caused one of Mike and Louis's clients to be dropped. Mike and Soloff come to a mutual respect through the case, but this only causes more problems for Mike when Soloff recommends him for junior partner. The opposing counsel on Mike's first case is a former girlfriend who knows his secret, and Rachel is forced to handle the situation. Rachel is hurt by friction with her mother when Mike's secret forces her to give up her dream of a huge wedding.
Hardman threatens a hostile takeover of Pearson Specter Litt, with Soloff as his involuntary right-hand man. Louis fails to discover what Hardman is holding over Soloff. Harvey realizes Charles Forstman, now in jail, is funding Hardman as an act of revenge, and Forstman demands Harvey's resignation. When Hardman makes another move, Harvey agrees to resign and reveals the whole situation to the partners, leading them to vote to keep Jessica as managing partner. Mike also resigns after a difficult decision to protect his new family with Rachel, but is arrested before he can leave the office by two agents who accuse him of conspiracy to commit fraud.
Harvey and Mike find themselves facing the tenacity of Anita Gibbs as they fight to keep Mike out of jail. Donna returns to Harvey's desk to support them. Although Harvey decides to represent Mike in court, Mike argues that he needs to prove to the jury that he is a real lawyer by representing himself. As more and more people involved realize that the allegations are true, the risk of someone turning Mike in for a deal rises. Even though Rachel begs Mike to have faith in himself, he chooses at the final hour to turn himself in for a two-year prison sentence so that no one else will go to jail for his mistake. Harvey discovers that the jury verdict would have been not guilty, devastating everyone. Mike decides to marry Rachel before he leaves, but seeing that her parents felt forced to come to the wedding, he leaves the church to start his prison sentence. With Mike's confession, Pearson Specter Litt's non-compete clause is rendered invalid, and Louis, Jessica, and Donna return to the firm's office to find it completely empty of employees.
Season 6 (2016-17)
Season 6 premiered on July 13, 2016. The summer season's episodes focus on Mike's struggles in prison, where he is continually threatened by inmate Frank Gallo whom Harvey prosecuted and put away 13 years ago when he was working in the DA's office. Mike befriends his cellmate Kevin, only to later find he has to inform on Kevin to fulfill a deal Sean Cahill made with Harvey to get Mike released early. At the firm, the few remaining employees try to recover from the loss of all the partners and possible lawsuits stemming from any cases Mike worked on. Rachel's law professor gets her involved in an Innocence Project case, which Jessica grudgingly agrees to take pro bono in order to restore some of Pearson Specter Litt's damaged reputation. Louis pursues a new love interest, Tara, whose current relationship status can only be described as "complicated". In the summer finale, Jessica leaves the firm to Harvey and Louis, stating she is rethinking her priorities in life. She then goes to visit Jeff Malone and asks if she can follow him to Chicago.
Cast and characters
- Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter:
- A mail room employee at Gordon Schmidt Van Dyke turned corporate lawyer, who became senior partner at Pearson Hardman and later name partner at Pearson Specter Litt, Harvey is a top 3 Harvard graduate and New York City's self-proclaimed "best closer". He remains emotionally distant from clients and acts as though he is willing to do anything to win, but holds true to his own sense of morality. He prefers to settle cases out of court as trials present too many variables, but is not unwilling to take them to court if he feels the need to do so.
- Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross:
- Mike has an encyclopedic knowledge of law thanks to his eidetic memory, but never attended law school or passed the bar exam, at least not under his own name. He was hired by Harvey after impressing him with his knowledge of the law and his drive to become a good lawyer. His idealism and sympathy for clients (and sometimes opponents) put him at odds with Harvey, and lead him to act sometimes without regard for whether he will win or lose.
- Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt:
- Harvey's rival and fellow Harvard alumni, Louis oversees the first year associates at the firm. He is a very emotional man, and while this provides him with the capacity to genuinely care about the associates and push them to learn, it also leads him to feel like he is constantly ignored and unappreciated by both Jessica and Harvey, even though both have spoken highly of his legal ability, especially in regard to corporate finance. His position as the office hatchet man has made many associates despise him, and he is often quick to take revenge on colleagues when he feels he has been slighted or overlooked. Louis has always wanted to be name partner, and finally achieves the position after discovering a firm secret. He is a devoted cat lover, as well as an aficionado of ballet, tennis, Shakespeare, and mud baths.
- Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane: A highly intelligent senior paralegal at the firm who starts the series with buried ambitions of being a real attorney. Her storylines include her romantic relationship with Mike and her quest to pass the bar exam to become a lawyer.
- Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen: Harvey's legal secretary and close confidante, Donna worked with Harvey since his first year as an assistant district attorney and is extremely loyal to him. She oversaw all of Harvey's personal and business decisions, and is not afraid to give him advice or point out personal faults. She then left to work for Louis and this made Harvey become very angry at Donna, but he later forgives her. However during Mike's trial Donna goes back to work for Harvey.
- Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson: Jessica is the co-founding and managing partner of Pearson Specter Litt, who was mentored by Daniel Hardman as a recently graduated associate. Her stature in the firm grew after Hardman and her forced out three other name partners (Gordon, Schmidt and Van Dyke) from the firm. 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.
- Rebecca Schull as Edith Ross: Mike's late grandmother who raised him after his parents' deaths
- David Costabile as Daniel Hardman: Founding partner and former managing partner of Pearson Hardman; he and Jessica once worked closely to overtake the firm's other managing partners, until Jessica discovered Hardman's embezzling and got him removed
- Amanda Schull as Katrina Bennett: A former fifth-year associate hired by Harvey, she later becomes Louis' personal associate; following the fallout when Louis almost left the firm, she went to work for Robert Zane, Rachel's father
- Max Topplin as Harold Gunderson: A socially awkward former Pearson Hardman associate who was repeatedly bullied by Louis; he now works at the firm Bratton Gould, and occasionally still crosses paths with Mike
- David Reale as Benjamin: The "IT guy" at the firm who has made occasional appearances since season one; in season six, he is one of the few employees who does not quit following the fallout from Mike's conviction on fraud charges
- Abigail Spencer as Dana "Scottie" Scott: Harvey's rival at Harvard, former girlfriend and former senior partner at Pearson Specter
- Tom Lipinski as Trevor Evans: Mike's former best friend, a drug dealer who has since turned his life around
- Vanessa Ray as Jenny Griffith: Trevor's girlfriend who later (briefly) became Mike's girlfriend
- Eric Close as Travis Tanner: A rival lawyer of Harvey's who's a senior partner at Clyde McPhee, a firm in Boston
- Gary Cole as Cameron Dennis: A former New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney and Harvey's mentor until Harvey discovers his illegal practices
- Conleth Hill as Edward Darby: Was Jessica's partner at the firm during season 3, with 51% control of Pearson Darby
- Adam Godley as Nigel Nesbitt: A senior partner at Darby International
- Max Beesley as Stephen Huntley: Darby's right-hand man and "fixer", people refer to him as Harvey's British counterpart
- Rachael Harris as Sheila Sazs: A high-ranking official in Harvard's placement department who is also Louis' on-and-off love interest
- Diane Neal as Allison Holt: The managing partner of Bratton Gould and a friend of Daniel Hardman
- Wendell Pierce as Robert Zane: A high-powered attorney, Rachel's father
- Michelle Fairley as Ava Hessington: CEO of British oil company Hessington Oil; her father was Darby's first ever client
- Brandon Firla as Jonathan Sidwell: An investment banker who Mike helps to start his own company; he hires Mike at the end of season 3, and fires him in season 4
- Željko Ivanek as 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
- Eric Roberts as Charles Forstman: A corrupt billionaire investor who crosses paths with Mike and Harvey; he later lands in prison for bribing the SEC
- D. B. Woodside as Jeff Malone: An SEC prosecutor and Jessica's lover, hired by the firm for a time, until he leaves and breaks up with Jessica
- Brendan Hines as Logan Sanders: Harvey's client in the case regarding the acquisition of Gillis Industries; he is revealed to be Rachel's former boyfriend
- Neal McDonough as Sean Cahill: A zealous SEC prosecutor who is determined to take down Pearson Specter; he and Harvey later exchange favors, despite their adversarial relationship
- Christina Cole as Dr. Paula Agard: Harvey's therapist
- Aloma Wright as Gretchen Bodinski: Harvey's new secretary after Donna goes to work for Louis
- John Pyper-Ferguson as Jack Soloff: An ambitious senior partner at Pearson Specter Litt
- Billy Miller as Marcus Specter: Harvey's younger brother
- Leslie Hope as Anita Gibbs: The prosecutor who puts Mike on trial for fraud, with the ultimate goal of getting Mike to turn on Harvey in order to save himself
- Farid Yazdani as David Green: The prosecutor's associate who has a shady past with Mike Ross
- Paul Schulze as Frank Gallo: Mike's antagonist in prison; it is revealed Harvey prosecuted Gallo while still working for Cameron Dennis
- Erik Palladino as Kevin Miller: Mike's cellmate and confidante in prison, he is revealed to be William Sutter's son-in-law
- Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Julius Rowe: A prison counselor
- Glenn Plummer as Leonard Bailey: A death row inmate whom Rachel tries to help exonerate when she takes an assignment for the Innocence Project
- Ian Reed Kesler as Stu Buzzini: An investment trader who sublets space in the Pearson Specter Litt offices and becomes a thorn in the side of Louis
- Alan Rosenberg as William Sutter: The target of an insider trading investigation by Sean Cahill; he is the key person in a deal Cahill makes with Harvey to get Mike out of prison early
- Carly Pope as Tara Messer: Louis' new love interest
Suits first appeared on USA network's development slate under the title A Legal Mind in April 2010. On April 5, 2010, USA announced that it was developing seven new pilots for its 2010-2011 television season, including A Legal Mind, which would later become Suits. The premiere was written by Aaron Korsh, and David Bartis and Gene Klein served as executive producers. It was later announced on May 17, 2010 that USA ordered a ninety-minute cast-contingent pilot for the series. The network later picked up A Legal Mind on January 19, 2011 and ordered eleven one-hour episodes in addition to the 90-minute pilot.
Creator Aaron Korsh, whose Notes from the Underbelly sitcom was canceled during the 2007-2008 Writers' Strike, wrote a spec script intended to be a "half-hour Entourage-type based on my experiences working on Wall Street." He later realized that the project should have hour-long episodes. Korsh and his agent took the script to several production companies and wanted to give the script to Universal Media Studios. However, Korsh found it odd that the studio did not want to sell the script to NBC, the network the studio typically worked with. Korsh's agent convinced USA Network executive Alex Sepiol that although the series was neither a procedural nor what the network typically did, he would like the characters. Sepiol approved of the script, and by then, Hypnotic Films & Television signed on to the project. The team pitched the script to USA, which bought the script after the pitch. Korsh did not pitch it to anyone else. When rewriting the script, Korsh made only small changes to the first half-hour, up to when Mike is hired. Originally, Mike did not take LSATs for others and only pretends to have attended Harvard, as opposed to pretending he attended Harvard and has a law degree. Korsh noted that there is no degree or test needed, to work on Wall Street and be a mathematical genius, unlike the bar examination in law. He decided to "embrace" this difference and change the premise.
The pilot episode was filmed in New York City, where the series is set. The rest of the series is filmed in Toronto (at Downsview Park Studios), where the sets are built to be identical to the New York law offices seen in the pilot. To promote the series debut, USA had an advance screening of the pilot on June 2, 2011, at the Hudson River Park and distributed free Häagen-Dazs Sundaes cones at the viewing. The network also had a branded ice cream carts, bikes, and scooters give away at the Sundaes and USA/Entertainment Weekly 2011 promotion summer guides on June 22 and 23. They also held the promotion in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston to endorse the pilot.
Casting and marketing
The season was created by Aaron Korsh and was aired on the USA Network in the United States. The season was produced by Hypnotic Films & Television and Universal Cable Productions. The executive producers were Korsh, Doug Liman, and David Bartis. The staff writers were: Korsh with three writing credits; Sean Jablonski, Jon Cowan, Ethan Drogin, and Rick Muirragui with two each; and Erica Lipez with one. The directors throughout the season were Kevin Bray, John Scott, Dennie Gordon, Kate Woods, Terry McDonough, Tim Matheson, Norberto Barba, Felix Alcala, Jennifer Getzinger, and Mike Smith. The first role in which a casting spot was filled was for Patrick J. Adams, who was cast in the lead role of Mike Ross in July 2010. In late July, Gabriel Macht joined the main cast as Harvey Specter. Rick Hoffman came on board in mid-August to portray Harvey's competition, Louis, at the law firm. Meghan Markle and Gina Torres soon joined the cast in late August, who were set to play Rachel Zane and Jessica Pearson respectively. Sarah Rafferty completed the main cast as Donna, and the pilot was filmed in New York City in the fall of 2010.
The series was soon commissioned with a 12-episode order on January 19, 2011. The series began filming in Toronto on April 25, 2011, and completed on August 12, 2011 in New York City. Post production for the series was done at Cherry Beach Sound. "Greenback Boogie" by Ima Robot serves as the theme song of the show and was released as a single on September 18, 2010, and is included on the band's third album, Another Man's Treasure.
A deleted scene leaked onto YouTube shows Victor Garber as Phillip Hardman, originally part of the pilot, but was ultimately cut during script rewrites. It shows that Hardman had retired from the firm on his own accord. Despite being cut for US audiences, the scene was left in for British viewers when it was first aired, and the scene continues to be included in re-runs.
Broadcast and home media
The first season premiered on June 23, 2011 and concluded on September 8, 2011. It ran for 12 episodes, including a 90-minute pilot. The complete first season was available on Region 1 DVD on May 1, 2012 and Region A Blu-ray on March 11, 2013.
Suits was renewed for a second season consisting of 16 episodes on August 11, 2011, which premiered on June 14, 2012. The mid-season finale aired on August 23, 2012, with the remaining six episodes returning on January 17, 2013. The complete second season was available on Region 1 DVD on December 2, 2013, and Region A Blu-ray on January 11, 2014.
On October 12, 2012, the show was renewed for a third season of 16 episodes. Season 3 premiered on July 16, 2013, with the final six episodes airing after March 6, 2014. The complete third season was available on December 22, 2014, on Region 1 DVD and was released on Region A Blu-ray on January 3, 2015.
A fourth season of 16 episodes was announced on October 24, 2013. Season 4 premiered on June 11, 2014, with the mid-season finale on August 6, 2014. The complete fourth season was available on June 8, 2015, on Region 1 DVD and was released on Region A Blu-ray on July 11, 2015.
On July 1, 2015, Suits was renewed for a sixth season consisting of 16 episodes and premiered on July 13, 2016.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Suits is broadcast on Dave.
Suits has received generally favorable reviews on Metacritic. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 86% approval rating with the Season 3 consensus reading, "Though it's occasionally overly wordy, Suits stimulates with drama derived from the strength of its well-developed characters' relationships." Carrie Raisler of The A.V. Club said, "Suits has more internal forward momentum than most anything else on television right now, and when it's on, like it mostly is here, it just cooks." Julie Hinds of The Detroit Free Press said, "The combination of Gabriel Macht as slick attorney Harvey Specter and Patrick J. Adams as unlicensed legal genius Mike Ross has been a winning one."
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Avg. viewers
|1||Thursday 10:00 pm||12||June 23, 2011||4.64||September 8, 2011||3.47||2010–11||4.28||1.4|
|2||16||June 14, 2012||3.47||February 21, 2013||3.20||2012–13||3.60||1.2|
|3||Tuesday 10:00 pm (1–10)
Thursday 9:00 pm (11–16)
|16||July 16, 2013||2.93||April 10, 2014||2.40||2013–14||2.73||0.9|
|4||Wednesday 9:00 pm||16||June 11, 2014||2.50||March 4, 2015||1.55||2014–15||2.26||0.7|
|5||Wednesday 9:00 pm (1–10)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (11–16)
|16||June 24, 2015||2.13||March 2, 2016||1.71||2015–16||2.01||0.6|
|6||16||July 13, 2016||1.85||March 1, 2017||TBD||2016–17||TBD||TBD|
|Season||Ep. 1||Ep. 2||Ep. 3||Ep. 4||Ep. 5||Ep. 6||Ep. 7||Ep. 8||Ep. 9||Ep. 10||Ep. 11||Ep. 12||Ep. 13||Ep. 14||Ep. 15||Ep. 16|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Patrick J. Adams||Nominated|||
|ALMA Award||Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role||Gina Torres||Nominated|||
|2013||Imagen Foundation Awards||Best Supporting Actress/Television||Gina Torres||Nominated|||
|NHMC Impact Awards||Outstanding Performance In A Television Series||Gina Torres||Won|||
|2014||TV Guide Award||Favorite Drama Series||Suits||Nominated|||
|2015||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramedy||Suits||Nominated|||
|Imagen Awards||Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series||Anton Cropper for "One-Two-Three Go..."||Nominated|||
|2016||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Cable TV Drama||Suits||Nominated|||
USA is in early talks for a potential Jessica Pearson spin-off.
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