Suits – Legal Deceit

I watched the pilot of Suits based on two things – an interesting promo ad and the fact that the show stars Gina Torres (Zoe on Firefly and Jasmine on Angel, among other things). I don’t typically watch legal dramas. In fact, the only lawyer-related things I’ve watched recently on TV shows were a few courtroom scenes on Bones and stuff related to Wolfram and Hart on Angel.

The Suits pilot didn’t wow me. I thought it was interesting, but I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Harvey initially appears to be a stereotypical lawyer – cutthroat, selfish, and possessing an almost magical knack for getting his way. Mike is likable enough as a brilliant college dropout, but didn’t seem distinctive. At the end of the episode, I wasn’t excited about watching the next one.

So I set the show aside and didn’t give it a second thought until my sister mentioned she was enjoying it. And with all my other USA network shows ending this week, I figured I’d give it another chance.

The show is smart and well-plotted. The twist of someone pretending to be a lawyer helps this show stand out from the rest. It’s nice to see Mike becoming more competent, and to see that Harvey does have a heart, after all. Lewis is great as the rival you love to hate, Rachel is a cute potential love interest for Mike, and Donna, Harvey’s assistant, steals every scene she’s in. We don’t get to see too many sides of Gina Torres as Jessica, the managing partner, though, which is a shame.

I’m still not thrilled about the show, but I think that may be because I don’t care for legal dramas in general. In fact, this is the first time I’m even blogging about one, and I can’t think of another show in the genre of which I’ve watched more than an episode. And based on this show, I don’t think I’d ever want to work at a law firm. Yet I’m still watching this seven episodes in, so take from that what you will. And just yesterday it was announced that the show has been renewed for a second 12-episode season, so it must be doing something right.

What is your favorite genre of TV show?

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