Suits

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Unbleeped swearing muddies a good message.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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.

Violence
Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Suits is adult-oriented courtroom drama that 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 day... Continue reading
Adult Written byMeredith95 July 16, 2018

Not As Clean as Expected

My husband and I really enjoyed the show "White Collar" (which has some issues for sure, but generally has good morals), and we had heard this show wa... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJust_Another_Girl May 20, 2019

Good show, but definitely some bad things here and there.

The show is entertaining. When you start watching it, you can't stop because the plot is so interesting.
As the seasons go on the show is still so so good... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLILYROSE04 May 29, 2018

A wonderful show

This show is brillant. It has the humour and storyline. However the most amazing thing is the way the characters develop over time and you start to see a bit mo... Continue reading

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 Suits 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the trend of unbleeped language on cable television shows like Suits. 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

For kids who love drama

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