What parents need to know
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?