Suits just hit Netflix — here’s why it’s the perfect summer binge
Suits is best known as the last acting gig for Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, before her marriage to Prince Harry. However, it deserves to stand on its own as a snappy legal drama with great characters and inspiring plots.
Netflix recently added eight of the nine full seasons of Suits on June 17 — coinciding (or not) with the very same day as King Charles III’s first Trooping the Color event. And in just a few days, it has risen to the top 10 shows on Netflix to sit just behind the new installment of Black Mirror. Pretty good for a show that premiered a dozen years ago.
Forget the royal drama and celebrity crushes, because Suits is a great show. Years ago, I bing the first three seasons on the way to a set visit, became a fan and tuned into the rest of the five seasons as they were broadcast.
And yes, Meghan Markle happens to be there. That’s way down the list of reasons you should watch Suits.
What is Suits all about?
Suits, created by Aaron Korsh, follows two main motivations in the New York City legal world. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a college grad with a photographic memory who makes money by taking the LSAT and bar exams for others. He goes into a job interview with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), a partner in the prestigious Pearson Hardman firm.
Impressed by Mike’s skills, Harvey hires him, despite his lack of credentials. They work as a team on various cases, aided by Harvey’s secretary Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty).
But they must keep Mike’s secret from everyone else in the firm, including managing partner Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) and financial law expert Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman). Mike’s case becomes even more complicated when he falls for paralegal Rachel Zane (Markle).
Over the course of the series, Harvey and Mike engage in corporate litigation on everything from mergers to fraud to malpractice. They must also contend with intra-firm politics, cutting-edge rivals, ethical quandaries and personal relationships in their quest to come out on top (and avoid prison themselves).
Suits has an amazing cast (including Meghan Markle)
In essence, Suits is not too different from the legal dramas that have been a television staple since the beginning. It mixes “cases of the week” with longer arcs about machinations among lawyers. In that respect, Suits feels like The Good Wife, The Good Fight, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, LA Law and How To Get Away With Murder.
But not all legal drama is created equal. The ones that stand out are well-written, three-dimensional characters portrayed by excellent actors. Fits into this category, thanks to the main cast members Adams, Macht, Markle, Torres, Rafferty and Hoffman.
Their different configurations are all pleasing. Mike and Harvey share a quick, smart-alecky ensemble, and Louis’ quirks provide a dose of humor. Harvey and Donna’s “will they/n’t they” chemistry sizzles, in contrast to Mike and Rachel’s simpler, more campy romance (but not too much, Suits was on basic cable after all).
Then, there’s an amazing revolving door of supporting players, who came in and out during the series and were regularly elevated at times. They include Katherine Heigl as a brand new partner; Wendell Pierce as a well-known attorney and Rachel’s father; Gary Cole as the Manhattan district attorney; Abigail Spencer as Harvey’s legal partner / Scottie’s love interest; and Željko Ivanek as US Attorney.
Outlook: Get fit for your summer binge
Now that (most of) Suits is now streaming on Netflix, it’s the perfect show for a summer binge.
The service has been a hit for eight of the nine seasons (season 9 is ongoing Video Prime; the whole series is on peacock). That’s 124 episodes, or almost 94 hours of viewing. You could watch an episode every night, and a few on the weekend, and get through the whole thing before Labor Day.
Clothes go down like fine wine – smooth, luxurious, delightful. It strikes the right balance between serious and frivolous. And I think you’ll find that any curiosity about a particular member of the British royal family will be overshadowed by the simple pleasures of a well-made TV show.
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