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TV Series Review

Mike Ross is not a lawyer. He just plays one ... in a law firm.

Or, I should say, he used to.

Practicing Law?

A great deal of upheaval has taken place on USA's Suits, the drama that has chronicled the bumpy path of a prestigious New York City law firm since 2011. Mike was the show's original linchpin—an incredibly bright, somewhat unprincipled attorney who never let the fact that he didn't actually go to law school slow him down. Initially, the show was about his bulldog work in the legal trenches for boss Harvey Specter (the only person who knew Mike's secret), and whether Mike would ever get caught.

But it's hard to keep that sort of peccadillo under wraps for multiple seasons. Eventually Mike did get his law degree, went to prison anyway, got married to office mate Rachel Zane (played by now real-life princess Meghan Markle) and zipped off to Seattle to run his own firm. So the original character catalyst for the whole series is gone now, remembered only in pictures and occasional asides.

But that's hardly reason to stop a semi-successful basic cable show, is it?

While Mike may be gone, Harvey's replaced him with a new legal hitman, Alex Williams, who is joined by a bevy of other top-notch lawyers and prosecutors: Harvey’s lover, Donna Paulsen, the fiery Louis Litt, and tough-as-nails prosecutor Sean Cahill.

But while the former law firm of Pearson Specter Litt has gone through more name changes than an on-the-lam drug dealer, the cutthroat office politics remain very much the same.

Disorder in the Court

Suits is all about internal power struggles, gratuitous grudges and—every now and then—courtroom drama. It's House of Cards without Capitol Hill, Game of Thrones without swords and nudity. Oh, and of course Suits must also live without any Emmy love; it's just not the sort of show you'd expect to see taking home a lot of awards.

Nor will it make many friends here at Plugged In. For some viewers, this may qualify as a soap-based guilty pleasure, but the emphasis is on the guilt, not the pleasure: Sex, seriously sour language and rampant bad behavior weigh as heavily on this show as a dumpster full of illicit legal briefs.

While it's certainly not the worst thing on television, it is a show that shamelessly shoots low. It doesn't try to be clean. It doesn't try to be meaningful. It doesn't even try to be good. It, like Harvey Specter, only wants to "win"—presumably its time slot.

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Episode Reviews

Sept. 11, 2019: "Prisoner's Dilemma"
July 17, 2018: "Right-Hand Man"
Suits: July 20, 2016 "Accounts Payable"
Suits: 8-6-2014
Suits: 8-6-2013



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Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter; Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross; Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt; Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane; Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen; Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson; Dulé Hill as Alex Williams; Wendell Pierce as Robert Zane; Katherine Heigl as Samantha Wheeler; Rachel Harris as Sheila Sazs; Neal McDonough as Sean Cahill; Amanda Schull as Katrina Bennett






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