Unbleeped swearing muddies a good message.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show hints at the consequences of poor choices, and most of Mike and Harvey's lies and bluffs are a means to a positive end -- ie., helping an innocent client. Mike repeatedly reminds Harvey that lawyering can involve both winning and caring.

Positive role models

Mike has made big mistakes in the past (including lying, cheating, and getting involved in a drug deal). But now that he's put his smarts to good use, he tries to do the right thing. Harvey is outwardly selfish and arrogant, but beneath the surface, he genuinely cares for Mike and wants to see him succeed. That said, they're both lying about Mike's lack of a real legal background.

Not applicable

Kissing and sexual tension with implied sex. A woman wears lingerie, etc.


Unbleeped swearing includes the words "s--t," "d--khead," "balls," and "douche."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking. A secondary character smokes and sells pot and uses terms like "weed" and "bud."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adult-oriented courtroom drama delivers a generally positive message about using strategy and smarts to help deserving clients. But it does so under a cloud of unbleeped swearing (including terms like "s--t" and "d--khead," although the main characters don't tend to talk that way). There's also some sexual innuendo, social drinking, and a secondary plot involving a drug dealer.

What's the story?

When brilliant college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) stumbles into an interview for an associate’s job at a top New York law firm, arrogant closer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) hires him on the spot -– in spite of the fact that he’s got no legal background. But while Mike learns to walk and talk among the SUITS -- including Harvey's bitter rival (Rick Hoffman) and their razor-sharp boss (Gina Torres) -- he must keep his secret under wraps.

Is it any good?


USA welcomes two more characters to its primetime roster with this likable legal drama that toes the line between earnestness and edge. In many ways, it's a familiar formula, pairing two polar-opposite characters and pointing them toward a common goal (which seemed to work pretty well for White Collar).

But it also introduces a bright, new talent in relative newcomer Patrick J. Adams, a Canadian actor who brings just the right mix of boyish charm and believability.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the trend of unbleeped language on cable television. Why does a word like "s--t" get a pass when it used to be censored? What are the upsides and downsides of relaxed standards?

  • What are the real-life consequences to the bad behavior you see on the show, including lying about your credentials or cheating on standardized tests? Are iffy choices easier to forgive if a character has good intentions?

  • Why would a highly intelligent person like Mike make irresponsible choices? What can parents and friends do to make sure the people they love stay on the right path?

TV details

Cast:Gabriel Macht, Gina Torres, Patrick J. Adams
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 14 year old Written byWilliam Brid February 20, 2014

Whats so bad?

Some of the reviews I've been reading condemn this extraordinary show because of its supposed excessive use of bad language. To be honest, kids these days swear, and so do I. I'll admit, this show isnt for under 12s. It has drugs, somewhat bad role models, a bit of sex (v.mild) and some bad language, but so does life, its not a little kids show, but over 12's should have no problem. The role models may be somewhat negative (see Harvey Spectre), but then again its american TV there all very likable and somewhat admirable. The drugs in the show are never promoted during the and instead seen as very inadvisable by the lead characters. There is only one sex scene (season 2 ep 12) in the whole thing, and its very mild (although not something I'd show to a 11 yr old) Finally, the bad language. Under 11's know this stuff anyway. There's no F or C words, the worst it gets is sh*t, and lets face it, 12 year olds hear a lot worse than that. My advice is this. If you have a problem with sex, leave out the last 5 mins of Season 2, and unless you have strict language policies, there should be no issue here. Excellent, excellent show.
Educator and Parent of a 14 year old Written bydawgmom July 14, 2011

Unacceptable language

This is a highly entertaining show that offers much clever dialogue and a unique premise. However, the frequent use of unacceptable language makes it off limits at our house. I gave it three viewings, but the increased use of "G--d-----" was diappointing. My 14 year old and I love the show, and she is not happy about my decision. However, I would not allow a person in my house to use those words, so how can I allow the television to do so? If USA backs off on the language, Suits will be on in our house. Otherwise, it's a no go.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Parent Written bycommonsence101 July 5, 2011

Great show, a little bad language

I think that this show is great to show that not all big ceo's and rich people are all evil people the show shows that any one can get a head if the try hard and are determined to get a head you will succeed. there is some bad language but i think if you are 14+ you have heard it before and they are not using it alot just enough for the show to show character there is alot of good life lessons
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