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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Making poor choices has consequences. Lies and deceit will eventually catch up to you. Innocent people deserve help from those who can give it. You can achieve more through teamwork than by doing things alone. But good intentions don't always work out -- in this cutthroat world, being "soft" backfires. There's an emphasis on money and "alpha dog" masculinity that devalues other important life skills, such as selflessness, inclusion, and community-building.
Positive Role Models
Mike has made big mistakes in the past, including lying, cheating, and getting involved in a drug deal. But he puts his smarts to good use and always tries to do the right thing. Harvey is outwardly selfish and arrogant, but he genuinely cares for Mike and wants to see him succeed. Most of the characters in Suits act in morally gray ways, especially when it comes to bending the law in their favor. And they don't always treat each other very well -- yelling, mocking, and cheating are frequent themes. But in the end, characters grow to love and support one another.
Main characters are White men, but lawyers such as Jessica (played by Gina Torres, who's Afro-Cuban American), Rachel (Meghan Markle, biracial Black and White), and Alex (Dulé Hill, Black born to Jamaican parents) have important roles. Racial identity is never discussed, making the series' racial inclusion purely surface-level. Female characters are depicted as clever, but their lives revolve around men, and they fall into traditional gender norms: They mostly exist to support male characters (both literally as secretaries or emotionally as love interests), their appearances come up in conversation, the camera lewdly pans across their bodies (especially in earlier seasons), and male colleagues behave inappropriately, leering and making sexual comments ("So he's seen you naked?"). Women get excited about marriage, whereas a male character is called "a woman" for knowing that weddings have color themes. An important character, Louis, is Jewish; his religion seldom comes up, but in a late season he does discuss how his child will be raised with their Catholic mother. (They decide on blending traditions.) Issues of mental health come up when characters undergo immense stress and faint, take anti-anxiety medication, have panic attacks, etc. These issues are occasionally handled in positive ways, such as through therapy, but more often than not, characters are encouraged to "push through." The only openly LGBTQ+ character across the entire series is a minor character, Edward Darby, whose relationship with a man is mentioned in passing.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters frequently argue, yell, and belittle others. On rare occasions, they shatter objects, face slap, and throw punches (but no one is ever seriously injured). Prison scenes include fistfights, intimidation, and an attempted stabbing. Characters' parents pass away; sad scenes at funerals. A woman has complications while delivering a baby and is rushed into surgery (everyone makes it through safely).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters flirt, date, kiss, have romantic relationships, and get married. They frequently talk about sex, and there are several instances of adultery/cheating, both on-screen and verbally discussed. On screen, sex is implied in bedroom and shower scenes (nothing explicit is shown, with characters covered by blankets, seen with bare backs, dressed in lingerie, etc.).
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Frequent use of "s--t" and "goddammit." Characters also say "hell," "ass," "d--k," "p---y," "balls," and "douche." Sexual innuendo, usually played for humor ("I eat c--k for breakfast, lunch, and dinner").
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Products & Purchases
Characters frequently reference pop culture, especially sports teams, athletes, and quotes from movies. Mentions include the Brooklyn Nets, Michael Jordan, Daft Punk, Game of Thrones, Jerry Maguire, Subway, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink in social settings and with meals. A supporting character smokes and sells pot, using terms like "weed" and "bud." In one scene, main characters smoke joints and get high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Suits is a legal drama that centers around a man (Patrick J. Adams) whose photographic memory lands him a job at New York City law firm. Characters frequently say "s--t" and "goddammit," plus mentions of "hell," "ass," "d--k," "p---y," and various sexual innuendo ("I eat c--k for breakfast, lunch, and dinner"). Romantic relationships develop between characters, who talk about sex and adultery/cheating. On screen, sex is implied in non-explicit bedroom and shower scenes. Characters drink socially, and a supporting character sells pot; in one scene, main characters smoke joints and get high. Characters frequently argue, yell, and belittle others, but physical violence -- such as face slaps and punches -- is rare. Characters also experience loss and grief. There's surface-level diversity, with several Black characters in key roles, but main characters are White men who get the lion's share of screen time. And women fall into supporting roles as love interests and colleagues -- often both -- and there's a strong emphasis on "alpha dog" masculinity. Overall, Suits shows the serious consequences of lying and pretending to be someone you're not. But it also celebrates teamwork, even when characters use morally (and legally) gray tactics to achieve their goals.
Is It Any Good?
This likable legal drama toes the line between earnestness and edge. In many ways, Suits follows a formula, pairing two polar-opposite characters and pointing them toward a common goal (which seemed to work pretty well for White Collar). But the series also introduces a bright new talent in relative newcomer Adams, a Canadian actor who brings just the right mix of boyish charm and believability to playing Mike. Over the course of the series, Mike and his cutthroat mentor, Harvey, anchor Suits' rotating cast of lawyers, love interests, and corporate enemies, providing enough stability and chemistry to keep viewers bingeing episode after episode.
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