USA Network’s new original series Suits centers around Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), a brilliant and successful attorney with a rebellious streak, and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a genius college drop-out with perfect recall who has squandered his potential. Ross gets a second chance when he meets Specter, who agrees to hire him as an associate. The unlikely duo work together to close cases, all while having to pretend to others that Ross graduated from Harvard Law.
The show requires some suspension of disbelief to accept the basic premise, but it’s easy to overlook some of the more farfetched plot points once you start watching. Suits is, in a word, charming. In the family of lawyer shows, with Law & Order being the staid patriarch and Ally McBeal the wayward sister, Suits would be the cheeky younger brother who everyone can’t help but like.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Suits yet, here are five reasons why you should start.
5. EPIC BROMANCE
Let’s face it, USA Network is no stranger to bromance. Psych and White Collar have already paved the way for Suits, a show that abandons all pretense and embraces the bromance right off the bat. The pilot episode ends with Ross teasing Specter: “Would you admit it? You care about me. I saw you smile when I showed up for work this morning.” The show is founded on the chemistry between these two characters, and their relationship moves at a pretty fast clip. They’ve already passed the honeymoon phase and have a falling out when Ross shows up to work high (after being coerced by his superior and Specter’s rival, Louis Litt). Specter’s assistant tells Ross: “I read it on his face. You hurt him.” Being angry is one thing, but being hurt indicates a certain level of intimacy that this show doesn’t shy away from. Specter confronts Litt and warns him to back off his associate, conspicuously ignoring Litt when he asks: “What are you, jealous?” Later, Ross entreats him: “I said I’m sorry and I meant it. Harvey, I want you to trust– I need you to trust me.” They reconcile, and Specter lets slip an affectionate “Good boy” as he watches Ross go off to face Litt for himself. … And this is just in the second episode, folks.
4. SO VERY PRETTY
Suits is an incredibly attractive show. And not just because of Macht’s 5,000-watt smile or Adams’ baby blue eyes, although those certainly don’t hurt. The pilot was filmed on location in New York City but have since moved production to Toronto. Despite the change, the show manages to maintain the aesthetics set in the first episode. Scenes are framed beautifully and shot at interesting angles, and everything seems brighter and more colorful. Much like White Collar, the show portrays the more glamorous parts of the city, looking up and glossing over the grittier parts.
3. SUIT PORN
Admittedly, this could fall under #4, but the suits on Suits deserve special consideration. Specifically, the suits worn by Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. Macht has mentioned in several interviews that every suit he wears is by Tom Ford. They are flawlessly tailored and have a classic cut, with peaked lapels and ticket pocket. Mike Ross serves as an excellent contrast, and his suits sport a more youthful, modern look with skinny ties and thin lapels. The women in Suits are also dressed to the nines in high-waisted pencil skirts and beautiful jackets.
2. SMART WRITING
Harvey Specter and Mike Ross are both hyper-intelligent and capable, the smartest guys in the room at any given time. If the writing didn’t step up to their level, it would be difficult to buy into this characterization. Fortunately, the writing on this show is fast-paced and witty, and it doesn’t slow down for anyone. A show that expects its audience to keep up is one that’s truly worth watching, and Suits definitely falls into this category. There is a lot of fun banter on this show (another hallmark of a USA Network series), and there is a wonderful sense of levity to the writing. The jokes don’t feel forced, and the humor isn’t restricted to a specific demographic. Some of the most memorable quotes are from Specter, who has the perfect mix of wry satire and frat-boy humor:
- “I’d say the ball’s in your court, but the truth is, your balls are in my hand.”
- (Litt: I’m a member of this firm, just as much as you.) “I think we both agree that you’re a ‘member.'”
- “I’ve never had anyone, let alone a judge I’ve never met, address me as ‘Harvey’ in open court. But if you’re gonna screw me, I guess it’s only fair that you call me by name.”
- “I refuse to answer that on the grounds that I don’t want to.”
1. CHARACTERS YOU CARE ABOUT
USA Network boasts the motto “Characters welcome,” and they consistently put out shows that develop characters and their relationships, first and foremost. Suits is no exception. The show is set in the world of corporate lawyers, but there’s very little of the courtroom that makes it onto the screen. The series follows a “case of the week” formula for each episode, but the cases themselves are secondary and only serve as a backdrop to the characters’ lives. Specter and Ross are joined by a large cast of fully developed supporting characters, and none of them feel “minor.” They aren’t cardboard cutouts simply there to take up space and make the main characters look good, but have distinct personalities and stories of their own to tell. Fans of Firefly will especially be interested in Harvey’s mentor/boss Jessica Pearson, played by Gina Torres.
So if you’re looking for a summer show to enjoy, check out Suits! New episodes air on Thursday nights at 10PM on USA Network.