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Title card
GenreLegal drama
Created byAaron Korsh
Theme music composerIma Robot
Opening theme"Greenback Boogie" by Ima Robot
ComposerChristopher Tyng
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes134 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Gene Klein
  • Gabriel Macht
  • Patrick J. Adams
  • JM Danguilan
Production locations
CinematographyDan Stoloff
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42 minutes
Production companies
Original networkUSA Network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseJune 23, 2011 (2011-06-23) –
September 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)

Suits is an American legal drama television series created and written by Aaron Korsh. It premiered on USA Network on June 23, 2011, produced by Universal Content Productions.

Set at a fictional New York City law firm, it follows Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who uses his photographic memory to talk his way into a job as an associate working for successful closer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), despite being a college dropout who never attended law school.[1] Suits focuses on Harvey and Mike winning lawsuits and closing cases, while at the same time hiding Mike's secret.[2] It also features Rick Hoffman as neurotic financial lawyer Louis Litt, Meghan Markle as ambitious paralegal Rachel Zane, Sarah Rafferty as Harvey's legal secretary and confidante Donna Paulsen, and Gina Torres as the firm's managing partner, Jessica Pearson.

On January 30, 2018, the series was renewed for an eighth season although Torres, Adams and Markle all left the show,[3] with Katherine Heigl joining the cast as Samantha Wheeler. Recurring characters Alex Williams (Dulé Hill) and Katrina Bennett (Amanda Schull) were promoted to series regulars.[4] The show was renewed for a 10-episode ninth and final season on January 23, 2019, which premiered on July 17, 2019.[5][6]

Throughout its run, Suits was nominated for numerous awards, including individual attention for Torres and Adams. Besides two nominations recognizing her role as a supporting actress, Torres was awarded Outstanding Performance in a Television Series at the 2013 NHMC Impact Awards. Adams was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The show itself was nominated for two People's Choice Awards. The show's success spawned a short-lived spin-off, Pearson, centered on Jessica Pearson's entry into Chicago politics, which premiered alongside the final season of Suits on July 17, 2019.[7][8][9] Suits concluded on September 25, 2019, after nine seasons and 134 episodes.

Series overview

Main article: List of Suits episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112June 23, 2011 (2011-06-23)September 8, 2011 (2011-09-08)
216June 14, 2012 (2012-06-14)February 21, 2013 (2013-02-21)
316July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16)April 10, 2014 (2014-04-10)
416June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11)March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)
516June 24, 2015 (2015-06-24)March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02)
616July 13, 2016 (2016-07-13)March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01)
716July 12, 2017 (2017-07-12)April 25, 2018 (2018-04-25)
816July 18, 2018 (2018-07-18)February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)
910July 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)September 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)

Season 1 (2011)

Main article: Suits (season 1)

Expelled student Mike Ross makes a living illegally taking the Law School Admission Test for others. He decided to start doing this to pay for his grandmother's care. In the show's pilot episode, Mike agrees to deliver a case of marijuana for his best friend Trevor, a drug dealer, for a large payout. Mike astutely avoids being arrested in a sting, only to stumble into a job interview with Harvey Specter, called the best closer in the city. Mike's tenacity and knowledge of the law impress Harvey enough to win him the associate position, even though Mike didn't attend Harvard, a usual prerequisite, and lacks credentials to practice law legally.[10] Together they try cases for the firm Pearson Hardman while maintaining the secret that Mike is a fraud. The first season also introduces us to Mike's and Rachel's chemistry. It gives the audience a romantic perspective, creating a parallel storyline throughout the first season.

Season 2 (2012–13)

Main article: Suits (season 2)

Jessica Pearson, the managing partner, learns Mike's secret, but other issues take precedence when co-founding partner Daniel Hardman returns to the firm, pressuring Jessica and Harvey. Tensions rise between the Jessica and Harvey duo against Louis Litt as he takes Daniel Hardman's side to be named senior partner. Mike begins to foster a relationship with paralegal Rachel Zane but finds himself pursuing other romantic entanglements after his grandmother's sudden death. Harvey and his secretary Donna face accusations of burying evidence and must discover the truth while keeping incriminating evidence from Hardman, who would use it to leverage a managing partner position. The intensifying threat from Hardman forces Jessica into a merger with a British firm headed by Edward Darby. Mike tells Rachel his secret.

Season 3 (2013–14)

Main article: Suits (season 3)

Darby's presence in the firm gives Harvey leverage to seek a position as a named partner. Meanwhile, the merger causes senior partner Louis Litt to clash with his British counterpart. Darby International client Ava Hessington draws Harvey into a lengthy trial against his former mentor, and the lawsuit turns into a murder charge. Realizing that his fraud can't continue forever, Mike leaves newly renamed Pearson Specter to take a position as an investment banker.

Season 4 (2014–15)

Main article: Suits (season 4)

Mike's new job puts him and Harvey on opposite sides of a takeover battle, causing the SEC to accuse them of collusion. To satisfy Harvey, Louis goes the distance with Forstman with an illegal route. When Mike is fired, Louis goes to extreme lengths to persuade Mike to return to Pearson Specter rather than work for shady billionaire investor Charles Forstman as working for him might expose Louis' wrong doing. In order to do that, Louis demands Jessica to rehire Mike Ross. When Louis realizes Mike never went to Harvard, he blackmails Jessica into rehiring him with the promotion he desired. Mike proposes to Rachel; Donna leaves Harvey to work for Louis.

Season 5 (2015–16)

Main article: Suits (season 5)

Harvey struggles with losing Donna and begins to open up to a therapist about his broken relationship with his mother. Louis' insecurity, however, and desire to undermine Harvey create an opening for Jack Soloff, an ambitious partner who Hardman is manipulating. Rachel's wedding plans and her relationship with her parents are both overshadowed by Mike's secret. Mike and Harvey both resign to protect their future, but Mike is abruptly arrested for fraud. More and more people involved realize the allegations are true, and facing tenacious prosecutor Anita Gibbs, Mike accepts a plea bargain, pleads guilty, and turns himself in so that no one else will go to jail. At the wedding, Mike tells Rachel that he will not marry her now, but if she still wants him in two years, he will marry her after getting out of prison. Harvey escorts him to prison, making their last few goodbyes.

Season 6 (2016–17)

Main article: Suits (season 6)

A two-year prison sentence puts Mike at the mercy of Frank Gallo, an inmate with a grudge against Harvey. At Pearson Specter Litt, few employees remain to help. Rachel works an Innocence Project case for her law professor; Jessica assists pro bono but is distracted from matters at the firm and chooses to leave her position to pursue her own life. Mike's cellmate proves pivotal in a deal for Mike's freedom, which he ultimately wins when he secretively catches a murder attempt by Frank on camera. He struggles with his fraud being public knowledge but obtains a job at a legal clinic. Harvey helps both Rachel and Mike pass the bar and persuades Mike to come back to the firm.

Season 7 (2017–18)

Main article: Suits (season 7)

Everyone at the firm struggles to adjust to a new normal without Jessica. Donna takes a position as COO, and Harvey's friend Alex joins the team. Harvey begins dating his former therapist, Paula; Louis' sessions with Dr. Lipschitz, his therapist, have mixed results. Rachel begins her career as an attorney, having passed the bar. Mike continues to work pro bono cases at the clinic, with Harvey's blessing, but one of the cases puts Alex, Harvey, and others at risk. Louis and Sheila reconnect, as does Jessica with her family in Chicago. Mike and Rachel accept a job offer in Seattle to run their own firm that takes on class-action suits and get married before leaving. As the season closes, a case that puts Specter Litt in danger is the work of Robert Zane's partners, Ellen Rand and Eric Kaldor. When Zane finds out, he joins forces with Specter Litt.

Season 8 (2018–19)

Main article: Suits (season 8)

As Mike and Rachel leave after getting married, Robert Zane is now the managing partner of Zane Specter Litt, with Donna remaining in her COO role. Robert hires a new senior partner, his right hand and fixer Samantha Wheeler. Wheeler later becomes a name partner alongside Alex Williams. Louis learns that Sheila is pregnant. Katrina Bennett makes a senior partner and struggles with romantic feelings for her married personal associate. Donna and Harvey finally admit their feelings for one another as Season 8 ends, but Donna's mishandling of client/boyfriend Thomas Kessler forces Zane to sacrifice his legal career for the good of the firm.

Season 9 (2019)

Main article: Suits (season 9)

With Robert now disbarred, Faye Richardson, a special master from the bar, is sent to oversee the firm due to the perception of the underhanded tactics they have been involved with for years. Faye is out to dismantle and destroy the firm but has a few skeletons of her own that can be used to take her down. At the end of the season: Louis marries Sheila, Sheila gives birth to their baby, Harvey marries Donna, and they move to be with Mike and Rachel in Seattle. Louis makes Katrina a name partner and remains to lead the firm, now known as Litt Wheeler Williams Bennett.

Cast and characters

Main article: List of Suits characters

Gabriel Macht at a promotional event for Suits
Gabriel Macht at a promotional event for Suits



Suits first appeared on USA Network's development slate under the title A Legal Mind in April 2010.[15] On April 5, 2010, USA announced that it was developing seven new pilots for its 2010–2011 television season, including A Legal Mind, which would later become Suits.[16][17] The premiere was written by Aaron Korsh, and David Bartis and Gene Klein served as executive producers.[17][18][19][20]

Creator Aaron Korsh, whose Notes from the Underbelly sitcom was canceled during the 2007–2008 Writers' strike, wrote a spec script intended to be a "half-hour Entourage-type based on my experiences working on Wall Street." He later realized that the project should have hour-long episodes. Korsh and his agent took the script to several production companies and wanted to give the script to Universal Media Studios. However, Korsh found it odd that the studio did not want to sell the script to NBC, the studio's network typically worked with. Korsh's agent convinced USA Network executive Alex Sepiol that although the series was neither a procedural nor what the network typically did, he would like the characters. Sepiol approved the script, and by then, Hypnotic Films & Television signed on to the project. The team pitched the script to USA network, which bought the script after the pitch. Korsh did not pitch it to anyone else. When rewriting the script, Korsh made only small changes to the first half-hour, up to when Mike is hired. Originally, Mike did not take LSATs for others and only pretends to have attended Harvard instead of pretending he attended Harvard and has a law degree. Korsh noted that no degree or test is needed to work on Wall Street and be a mathematical genius, unlike the bar examination in law. He decided to "embrace" this difference and change the premise.[21]

The pilot episode was filmed in New York City, where the series is set.[22] The rest of the series is filmed in Toronto (at Downsview Park Studios), where the sets are built to be identical to the New York law offices seen in the pilot.[23] To promote the series debut, USA had an advance screening of the pilot on June 2, 2011, at the Hudson River Park and distributed free Häagen-Dazs Sundaes cones at the viewing.[24][25] The network also had a branded ice cream carts, bikes, and scooters give away at the Sundaes and USA/Entertainment Weekly 2011 promotion summer guides on June 22 and 23. They also held the promotion in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston to endorse the pilot.[24][26]

Casting and marketing

The season was created by Aaron Korsh and was aired on the USA Network in the United States. The season was produced by Hypnotic Films & Television and Universal Cable Productions. The executive producers were Korsh, Doug Liman, and David Bartis. The staff writers were: Korsh with three writing credits; Sean Jablonski, Jon Cowan, Ethan Drogin, and Rick Muirragui with two each; and Erica Lipez with one. The directors throughout the season were Kevin Bray, John Scott, Dennie Gordon, Kate Woods, Terry McDonough, Tim Matheson, Norberto Barba, Felix Alcala, Jennifer Getzinger, and Mike Smith. The first role in which a casting spot was filled was for Patrick J. Adams, who was cast in the lead role of Mike Ross in July 2010.[27] In late July, Gabriel Macht joined the main cast as Harvey Specter.[28] Rick Hoffman came on board in mid-August to portray Harvey's competition, Louis, at the law firm.[29] Meghan Markle and Gina Torres soon joined the cast in late August, who were set to play Rachel Zane and Jessica Pearson respectively.[30] Sarah Rafferty completed the main cast as Donna, and the pilot was filmed in New York City in the fall of 2010.[31][32]

The series was soon commissioned with a 12-episode order on January 19, 2011. The series began filming in Toronto on April 25, 2011, and completed on August 12, 2011, in New York City.[33][34] Post production for the series was done at Cherry Beach Sound.[35] "Greenback Boogie" by Ima Robot serves as the theme song of the show and was released as a single on September 18, 2010, and is included on the band's third album, Another Man's Treasure.

A deleted scene leaked onto YouTube shows Victor Garber as Phillip Hardman, originally part of the pilot, but was ultimately cut during script rewrites. It shows that Hardman had retired from the firm on his own accord. Despite being cut for American audiences, the scene was left in for British viewers when it was first aired, and the scene continues to be included in re-runs.[36]

Broadcast and home media

The first season premiered on June 23, 2011, and concluded on September 8, 2011. It ran for 12 episodes, including a 90-minute pilot. The complete first season was available on Region 1 DVD on May 1, 2012, and Region A/B Blu-ray on April 10, 2014.

Suits was renewed for a second season consisting of 16 episodes on August 11, 2011,[37] which premiered on June 14, 2012.[38] The mid-season finale aired on August 23, 2012, with the remaining six episodes returning on January 17, 2013. The complete second season was available on Region 1 DVD on December 2, 2013, and Region A/B Blu-ray on June 26, 2014. On October 12, 2012, the show was renewed for a third season of 16 episodes.[39] Season 3 premiered on July 16, 2013, with the final six episodes airing after March 6, 2014. The complete third season was available on December 22, 2014, on Region 1 DVD and was released on Region A/B Blu-ray on September 1, 2014. A fourth season of 16 episodes was announced on October 24, 2013.[40] Season 4 premiered on June 11, 2014, with the mid-season finale on August 6, 2014. The complete fourth season was available on June 8, 2015, on Region 1 DVD and was released on Region A/B Blu-ray on June 8, 2015. On August 11, 2014, USA Network announced a fifth season of 16 episodes,[41] which premiered on June 24, 2015.[42] The complete fifth season was available on May 31, 2016, Region 1 DVD and was released on Region A/B Blu-ray on June 6, 2016. The complete sixth season was available on Region 1 DVD on May 30, 2017, and was released on Region A/B Blu-ray on May 29, 2017.

On July 1, 2015, Suits was renewed for a sixth season consisting of 16 episodes and premiered on July 13, 2016.[43] The series is available through streaming services on Amazon Video,[44] iTunes,[45] Vudu,[46] and Xfinity.[47] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the first six seasons of Suits were broadcast on Dave, but the channel chose to drop the series before Season 7, causing Netflix to pick up the UK rights, streaming the programme less than 24 hours after its U.S. broadcast. Netflix did not pick up the rights for Ireland.[48] The series has not been released on Blu-ray in the United States or in Canada, but Region A/B releases are readily available in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain.


Critical reception

On Metacritic, the show has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on reviews from 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews" [49][50][51] On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 91% approval rating with the Season 3 consensus reading, "Though it's occasionally overly wordy, Suits stimulates with drama derived from the strength of its well-developed characters' relationships."[52] Carrie Raisler of The A.V. Club said, "Suits has more internal forward momentum than [al]most anything else on television right now, and when it's on, like it mostly is here, it just cooks."[53] Julie Hinds of The Detroit Free Press said, "The combination of Gabriel Macht as slick attorney Harvey Specter and Patrick J. Adams as unlicensed legal genius Mike Ross has been a winning one."[54]


See also: List of Suits episodes § Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of Suits
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
Avg. 18–49
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Thursday 10:00 pm 12 June 23, 2011 (2011-06-23) 4.64[55] September 8, 2011 (2011-09-08) 3.47[56] 4.28 1.4[57]
2 16 June 14, 2012 (2012-06-14) 3.47[58] February 21, 2013 (2013-02-21) 3.20[59] 3.60 1.2[57]
3 Tuesday 10:00 pm (1–10)
Thursday 9:00 pm (11–16)
16 July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16) 2.93[60] April 10, 2014 (2014-04-10) 2.40[61] 2.73 0.9[62]
4 Wednesday 9:00 pm 16 June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11) 2.50[63] March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04) 1.55[64] 2.26 0.7[65]
5 Wednesday 9:00 pm (1–10)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (11–16)
16 June 24, 2015 (2015-06-24) 2.13[66] March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02) 1.71[67] 2.01 0.6[68]
6 16 July 13, 2016 (2016-07-13) 1.85[69] March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01) 1.13[70] 1.60 0.4[71]
7 Wednesday 9:00 pm 16 July 12, 2017 (2017-07-12) 1.40[72] April 25, 2018 (2018-04-25) 1.07[73] 1.30 0.3[74]
8 Wednesday 9:00 pm (1–10)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (11–16)
16 July 18, 2018 (2018-07-18) 1.27[75] February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27) 0.74[76] 1.02 0.2[77]
9 Wednesday 9:00 pm 10 July 17, 2019 (2019-07-17) 1.04[78] September 25, 2019 (2019-09-25) 0.86[79] TBD TBD

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Patrick J. Adams Nominated [80]
ALMA Award Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role Gina Torres Nominated [81]
2013 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actress/Television Nominated [82]
NHMC Impact Awards Outstanding Performance In A Television Series Won [83]
2014 TV Guide Award Favorite Drama Series Suits Nominated [citation needed]
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramedy Nominated [84]
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Anton Cropper for "One-Two-Three Go..." Nominated [85]
2016 People's Choice Awards Fantastic Cable TV Drama Suits Nominated [86]
2018 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actress/Television Gina Torres Won [87]


Main article: Pearson (TV series)

In February 2017, USA began early talks for a potential Jessica Pearson spin-off.[88] Gina Torres would star in and produce the spin-off.[89] In August 2017, it was revealed that the season 7 finale of Suits would serve as a backdoor pilot to the potential Jessica Pearson spin-off series.[90] On March 8, 2018, it was announced the Jessica Pearson spin-off was picked up to series.[7][91] On January 17, 2019, it was announced the spin-off would be called Pearson, titled after the main star's character.[92] On May 1, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on July 17, 2019.[9] In October 2019, the series was canceled after one season.[93]


Main articles: Suits (South Korean TV series) and Suits (Japanese TV series)

Jang Dong-gun and Park Hyung-sik star in a Korean remake of the series, which is produced by Monster Union and EnterMedia Pictures and was broadcast on KBS2 in 2018.[94]

Yūji Oda and Yuto Nakajima play leading roles in a Japanese remake broadcast by Fuji Television in 2018.[95]

An Arabic version (Suits بالعربي (ar)), starring Asser Yassin and Saba Mubarak, was filmed in Egypt, and aired during Ramadan in 2022.[96]


  1. ^ Known as Universal Cable Productions from (seasons 1–8).


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