quote from the season three episode Stay | title
Have you seen the series Suits? I wasn’t convinced when I first heard of it. In fact, two years went by and I never gave it a second thought, until some months ago I was a bit bored from the series winter-break, and decided to give this a try because, well, it’s about lawyers, and it’s been some time since I’ve seen a good law-themed show.
The premise is simple enough: you’ve got two lawyers, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Abrams). The first one is a senior partner at a major NY law firm. He wears expensive looking suits, thinks he’s better than you, and will probably say that to your face more than once. You’ll love him because he’s honestly passionate about his job.
The other is a young man with a killer memory who used to take other people’s exams for money, until one day he walks into an interview series being run by Harvey, impresses the hell out of him, and gets the job – even though he doesn’t have a Law degree, which Harvey knows. You’ll love him because he has a huge heart.
The supporting actors play important parts as well – especially Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Louis (Rick Hoffman), without whom the series would really not be the same. Donna has been Harvey’s secretary for a long time, while Louis is his sort of the enemy / colleague to make fun of but still respect, deep down, and they both are hilarious.
I’m not sure how interesting Suits is to someone who doesn’t care about the inner workings of the legal system, but I can imagine that won’t matter much. If the topic sparks you curiosity, great; if not, know that this is not a huge part of plot. Even though there’s roughly one case per episode, and it is about winning in the end, there’s all sorts of story lines going on like Mike’s secret, the firm’s future, love interests, battles between colleagues…. plenty of entertainment, with a bit of drama, romance, even thriller at times but, most of all, comedy – because Suits is simply good fun.
So don’t go in expecting an exquisitely written piece that aims for the Emmy at the end of each season, because that’s not the point here. This isn’t Mad Men: Law Edition, but then, from what I said, I suppose you already knew that. It’s funny and light, a bit heavy on movie references (but I would never complain about that), with just enough suspense to have you anticipating the next episode – that’s how I watched the whole thing in two weeks.
Just watch it and let me know what you think!
And if you’re already a fan, did you catch this week’s premiere?
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