Suits Season 1
I knew nothing about Suits when it came up on the release sheet, hadn’t heard about it on Twitter, no one had told me, ‘you have to watch this.’ If it hadn’t been on the release sheet I would have never known it existed. Suits is essentially an American legal drama, a genre that has already been over-serviced, but this time with an interesting twist. When hotshot attorney Harvey Specter has to hire a new graduate to take under his wing, he dreads the process of having to sit through a day of mind-numbing interviews and having to pick the least annoying candidate and mentor them for a year. But this year, things go different as Mike Ross is on the run after a drug deal gone south and accidentally stumbles into the interview room, in a nice suit and a briefcase that flies open spilling nicely packaged drugs all over the room. Harvey takes it for a welcome respite and a bit of entertainment, but when he discovers that Mike can hold his own intellectually, and has a photographic memory for all things law, Harvey decides to take a risk, and hires Mike despite his lack of qualifications.
The two men, Harvey, callous and superficial, and Mike, scruffy and compassionate turn out to be a perfect match, each learning from each other, even though sometimes begrudgingly so. And the actors, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J Adams absolutely own their respective roles, and with a stellar supporting cast manage to take the legal drama genre and elevate it to it’s highest position.
It’s more than just the quirky humour and pop-culture references that make Suits such a spectacular debut show, it’s the writing and the focus on characters and character development that you seldom see on TV shows these days. The show is about Harvey and Mike, the legal stuff, whilst always interesting and the predominate vehicle for most of the shows small twists and turns, takes second place to the characters. And you actually care about these characters, so much so that rather having an over the top season cliffhanger, the show has a more grounded, more sedate one, but one that has you hanging out for Season 2 just as much, if not more, than some of the explosive endings of other shows, and it’s down to the fact that Suits has developed a group of characters that you actually care about, because you’ve come to know them as you’ve seen them grow.
It really is the best TV show I’ve seen this year.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read