Suits: Season 1 (2011)

Season 1

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Suits can feel bland and bloated, but flashes of sharp dialogue help bring the show to life.



Critic Ratings: 20


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User Ratings: 583

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Air date: Jun 23, 2011

In the premiere of this legal drama, successful lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) hires brilliant college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) as a new associate at a top law firm despite the fact that Mike doesn't have a degree. In order to work together, both parties have to keep up the ruse to convince their coworkers that Mike is a real lawyer.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2011

Mike has an ethical dilemma when Louis forces him to make a decision that could hurt his relationship with Harvey. Elsewhere, Harvey's past comes back to haunt him during a case.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2011

Harvey goes rogue in order to fix a crisis with a client despite Jessica's desire to reign him in. Elsewhere, Mike turns to Rachel for guidance when he learns he'll be hosting a dinner for rookies, an important tradition at the firm.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2011

Harvey defends a figure from Jessica's past, making it difficult for Jessica to detach herself from the case. Elsewhere, Mike is eager to take on a pro bono case but soon learns it won't be an easy win.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2011

An old friend surfaces to ask Mike for help. Elsewhere, Harvey has a chance to close a lucrative deal or help his driver defend himself from a lawsuit.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2011

The guys defend a woman falsely accused of insider trading. Elsewhere, Mike helps Rachel study for the LSAT and realizes she's close to discovering his secret.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2011

Mike takes on Louis' protégé during a mock trial, but his conflict with Rachel could hurt his chances of winning. Elsewhere, Harvey works on a merger between two hotel chains, but his past with the opposing counsel complicates matters.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2011

Harvey and Louis are forced to work together to go after an investment firm that ripped off a nonprofit. But Louis, anxious to make a good impression, inadvertently hurts the case. Elsewhere, Mike tries to contain a modern-day Robin Hood whose actions are damaging a client's business.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2011

Harvey takes on an undefeated lawyer from Boston during a class-action lawsuit.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2011

Mike questions the firing of an executive, whom Harvey dismissed at the request of a client.

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"Suits" will launch its freshman season with stars Gabriel Macht ("Love and Other Drugs"), as one of Manhattan's top corporate lawyers sets out to recruit a new hotshot associate and hires the only guy that impresses him - Patrick J. Adams ("Lost") as Mike Ross, a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout. Though he isn't actually a lawyer, this legal prodigy has the book smarts of a Harvard law grad and the street smarts of a hustler. However, in order to serve justice and save their jobs, both these unconventional thinkers must continue the charade. The series also stars Meghan Markle ("CSI Miami"), Gina Torres ("Gossip Girl") and Rick Hoffman ("Samantha Who").

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Critic Reviews for Suits Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (13)

It's too bland to elicit very strong feelings either for or against.

Jun 14, 2012 | Full Review…

There's no shortage of character fodder here, and the dialogue is snappy with a pop-culture flavor.

Jun 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Once again, it looks as though we have a winner on a network that knows what it's all about.

Jun 14, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

These stylish suits aren't empty, by any means.

Jun 14, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Inessential stuff, of course, but entertaining. Watching it, I could feel myself becoming a little bit of a Suits nerd. Just a very little bit...

Aug 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Impressive out of the gate.

Sep 28, 2016 | Full Review…

This first episode of Suits isn't bad, but it ain't great either.

Jan 14, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Yes, Suits is a soap opera with hot actors and a decent locations budget. That's why it works.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Suits fits USA like a glove.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Suits needed just 90 minutes to become one of this reviewer's summer favorites.

Mar 7, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

What I liked about this show, despite the already amazing chemistry between the two leads, was the fact that neither of them were set up as infallible.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The fun comes in watching the uncynical Adams learn to undercut everyone else's cunning.

Sep 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Suits: Season 1

  • Aug 06, 2020
    Rating: 7/10. 79/100
  • May 31, 2020
    For me, this is the best season. Gripping story, excellent actors and very pro shots. With elegant clothes and modern musicalization.
  • Apr 22, 2020
    season 1 was good brought lawyer and the relationship between everyone is amazing
  • Feb 05, 2020
    Strong first season! The chemistry between Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams is superb, S1 would've been so much weaker without those two; especially Macht.
  • Sep 29, 2019
    Suits is 9 seasons of getting 'Litt'-up! What a great show and cast of actors. While Louis may have been my favorite character to watch develop, a big thumbs up to the entire cast because everyone was amazingly good and a lot of fun to watch.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    First few seasons are great; jumped the shark and turned into more of a soap opera the past couple seasons.
  • Aug 24, 2019
    I started watching Suits 2 weeks ago and today I finished s4. When I look at s1 after watching 3 other seasons I feel like it was the least good season. It was just a season to Prepare the viewer to the upcoming seasons. every episode there was a case and somehow they fix everything and come on to the next episode. In s2 the series is really starting.
  • Feb 22, 2019
    Well written and engaging. I think good character development. not bad for a lawyer show.
  • Oct 20, 2018
    Season One launches a compelling story with lovable characters you always root and care for. The show does a good job at connecting the mentality of the biggest players in the 'Suits' universe to the city of New York, despite the show being filmed in Toronto.
  • Oct 11, 2018
    Somehow, this brilliant cast of characters manages to simultaneously turn this show into a laugh-out-loud comedy and top-notch drama. Be warned, though: these people are willing to get down and dirty in order to get what they want, and that is not something you want them to pass on to you.

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