Thursday, August 18, 2011

{alltv} 'Suits': 5 Things we love about the USA lawyer drama

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suits-usa-poster.jpgZap2it readers, you know that we have your best interest in mind, especially when it comes to the status of your TV viewing schedule. Consider this article a public service announcement. You must watch "Suits" on USA. It's for your own good.

The drama, airing at 10 p.m. EST on Thursday nights, is arguably the most surprising, refreshing, entertaining, and downright awesome addition to our summer TV schedule. It follows Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a scrappy, stoner genius who finds himself presented with the opportunity to fake a Harvard Law Degree -- he's smart enough to pull it off -- and become an associate at one of NYC's most elite law firms, Pearson Hardman.

Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) is the partner who, bored with the parade of terrified Harvard grads interviewing for the gig, gives him that opportunity. And thus, a bromance is born.

We're completely addicted, and, because we're so concerned with your DVR-related well-being, we've put together a helpful list of our 5 favorite things about "Suits." We'd have listed more, but we don't want you to spend all day reading. We want you to spend all day catching up on "Suits."

1. The women are boss. On a show called "Suits" that takes place in a high-powered law firm, we were wary that the females would be relegated to submissive, sexy-secretary roles. This is because we're bitter, and jaded, and we've been burned before.

The Pearson of Pearson Hardman is Jessica (Gina Torres), and she bosses the boys around like she was born to do it. Rachel (Meghan Markle) is a paralegal who could do the big time lawyers' jobs for them with her hand tied behind her back. And then there's Donna (Sarah Rafferty). Donna is sexy, and Donna is Harvey's secretary, but Donna is no sexy secretary. She is arguably the most formidable character on the show, in a good way. Nothing gets past her, no one successfully feeds her bull, and the entire firm lives comfortably under her well-manicured thumb.

2. The men are hot. And also nuanced and stuff. If anyone is objectified on this show, it's Harvey Specter, with his magically tailored suits (seriously, we think tiny tailor elves do it) and the voice that makes us all melty inside. Mike cleans up nicely, too -- you'll recognize Adams as the hot businessman who hooked up with Tyra on "Friday Night Lights" and, perhaps, from a blink-and-you'll-miss-him guest gig on "Pretty Little Liars," where his real-life girlfriend Troian Bellisario is the HBIC.

The relationship between Harvey and Mike is undoubtedly the heartbeat of the show. With Harvey's insatiable drive to win and Mike's bleeding heart occasionally getting in the way of that -- plus the part where they're both lying about Mike's educational background -- you'll find yourself invested from the get-go.

3. Which brings us to the unpredictable nature of the show. There's a tendency for case-of-the-week procedurals to feel... well, procedural. This show doesn't give us the impression that the writers are entering plot details into a spreadsheet to see what spits out, though. Every case, and thus every episode, feels truly different. The wins are celebrated, and even the losses bite into the relationships and make a lasting impact. Some cases feel like a caper, full of hijinks. Others are dire and serious and methodical. Others are written like the rise and fall of a romance. You won't get bored.

4. You will laugh, and you will swoon. This isn't all about the cases. The characters have a backstory and a personal life that's equally as relevant as the mystery-of-the-week. The romances and love triangles and (in Harvey's case) hookups are always high-stakes and charged. Plus, it's been a while since a drama has offered the comedic edge that "Suits" has. Unless you are made of stone, you'll find yourself cracking up when Mike shows up drunk to Harvey's penthouse apartment or when Donna verbally castrates Louis (Rick Hoffman) without batting an eye.

5. There's more to come. There's nothing we love more than knowing we'll get more of a show when the current season is over. We have abandonment issues, okay? There are four episodes remaining in Season 1 (and you can catch up on the ones you've missed right here) and USA has officially announced a pickup of 16 episodes for Season 2. Get busy, Tom Ford.

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