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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 23, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Summary: A new position for Mike changes his relationship with Harvey as Pearson Specter faces more threats.
  • Genre(s): Drama
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  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 11, 2014
    80
    The reset on USA’s breezy legal drama Suits turns out to be more like ordering a different flavor latte at the same coffee shop. That’s okay, because it’s a good coffee shop.
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  1. Jun 14, 2014
    10
    Its been three months since the events of Suits' Season 3 finale, and Mike sucks at his banker job because he has a soul and can’t bring himself to screw the poor rich people over. Lol, this show.
    Prior to this premiere, we'd already seen hints of impending conflict, given the near-disaster that facilitated Mike’s exit from Pearson Specter in search of greener pastures, and “One-Two-Three Go” delivered multiple upsets. In one swift career move, Mike went from being Harvey’s underling to being Harvey’s client, and the pseudo-superiority that role grants him led to our first Mike-Harvey smackdown of the season. But it’s okay, because they eventually got over it when Harvey admitted he was being an ass (as Harvey does), plus Mike is going to need that fake-lawyer job back eventually.Uncharacteristically, however, the usual Mike-and-Harvey drama didn’t dominate the episode. Instead, the shift away from cringeworthy cases and toward a focus on the interpersonal stories of Suits' main characters—which began in the latter half of Season 3—really came through in this premiere. Even with Mike out of the office and Rachel spending half her time at law school, the political drama at Pearson Specter is threatening to invade the couple's blissful existence. Scottie and Harvey are dunzo (for now), and Jessica got to have a sex life for a hot second before prioritizing her career and the thing that her firm likes to pretend is integrity.
    From the outside, it’s easy to see that the drama and political maneuvering of Suits' first three seasons has created a sort of toxic environment at the firm formerly known as Pearson Hardman, formerly known as Pearson Darby, and now known as Pearson Specter. (Srsly, which show has the most name-change craziness? Suits or Mad Men?) When Suits first debuted, the firm was presented as the gold standard among NYC law outfits. Harvey was a rockstar. Jessica was a goddess. The show made the courtroom genre look glamorous again.But it’s understandable, given the upheavals the firm has experienced, that its luster has faded, that its reputation has tarnished, and that the negative connotations associated with those blows have trickled down to the staff. Pearson Specter curently seems like a pretty god-awful place to work, with zero stability and a corporate culture and direction dictated by the whims of the senior partners. That's probably true of a lot of places, but it’s so obvious—and in the cases of Harvey and Jessica, so infuriatingly petty—that it’s tough to watch. Anticipating Mike’s inevitable return to the firm is like watching a man who just escaped a burning ship jump back in because he just doesn’t know any better. And Rachel’s game of hardball to secure a spot on the team as a lawyer following the completion of her degree—despite that degree not coming from Harvard—seems inexplicable, considering how intimately she knows the inner-workings of Pearson Specter.There was a time when Pearson Specter was among TV's “cool places to work,” but that hasn’t been the case for about two seasons now, and that’s okay. The firm’s hardships are no secret, and Suits' return to personal stories that focus on Jessica, Harvey, Mike, Louis, and the others could make for a strong fourth season, particularly with regard to the mess that Pearson Specter currently finds itself in. The outside influences are finally gone; it’s time for The Harvey and Jessica Show. They’ve spent season after season ranting about how they would run the organization, how much better they would do, and how great it would become under their leadership. There are no more Hardmans or Darbys to ruffle feathers and turn the partners against one another. Even Louis has been tentatively brought into the fold. Pearson Specter has room to grow and the tools and leadership to do it. Now is the time to show us what they’ve got.
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  2. Jul 7, 2014
    6
    I am an avid watcher of suits, waiting for the time the show is about to start to catching the reruns (if there is not another show I am also addicted to airing). I have loved getting to know all the different characters, their quirks, seeing their highs and lows, most of which are created from the other characters, and the way these completely different individuals come together to help their company succeed and providing without them, there would be a gap that needed to be filled. I could not imagine a show without a single main character.

    The initial draw was the brilliant way they would find to win the cases, coming up with innovative ideas and being open to trying and learning something new in order to accomplish the task at hand. Their confidence being challenged in every scene only to grow stronger by the end. That is what I watch for, how they start at the bottom and rise to the top against all odds through partnering with each other and admitting someone else might have a better game plan that might save the day.

    In addition, the scenes were bright with the beautifully decorated offices, views, homes. It made you crave to move to New York and join a high-rise law firm. The opulence was evident from every scene through the chic clothes to the fancy offices to the fancy homes. That was why I watched and looked forward to each coming season and would watch them over again.

    Now to season 4 and the splitting of Mike from the team, leaving Litt behind in lieu of a second Harvey in arrogance (and brilliance and good looks) but one that got to sleep with the boss so you could add back the office romance issues that ended with Mike getting the girl, put Mike in an office that is mostly displayed in a dark setting and a home that is portrayed without the scenic windows of the others. It's all become very dark and it is no longer about the multiple cases that are different and separate groups coming together for a common goal.

    I now find I have no one I am rooting for because there is hardly a positive moment or person in any scene. The comradery has diminished and each person's goal is to find fault in what the other person is doing to get them to do better only for it to backfire. If it wasn't for Litt's hilarity the show would have nothing for me to look forward to but you still feel sorry for him that he finally got to rise only to be pushed back down again and try to crawl back up without any of the ego that made him Litt, only the groveling to the hands that control his destiny which now include Harvey #2.

    I watched for the brilliant ideas, the beautiful scenery, and comradery with the competition with every scene and they have all been left behind with it being the Harvey vs. Mike show over one case. The other cases that have come up don't even come to mind anymore because they are such an insignificant part of the soap opera that is the personal drama with each character who used to come together because of their differences towards a solution and instead now create more friction with every new scene.

    Yes I will continue to watch in hopes that there is a bright light at the end of the dark scenes and moods to find that they can come together again and raise each other up instead of tear each other apart and hopefully it will happen before it's too late and enough of us tire of even seeing any new reruns and will glad opt for the previous seasons to watch instead.
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  3. Aug 10, 2014
    4
    I watched the first 6 episodes of this season. And I won't be watching the rest.

    Season 1-3 were great. As one of the other users
    mentioned, suits has turned into some sort of soap opera with a lawyering twist. I had to fast forward every 5 minutes so i didn't have to watch Mike and his gf waking up or going to bed together. No thanks. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2014
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I concur with a couple of the other negative reviews for the same reasons. The show began a downward spiral in season 3 with a shift away from any focus on "closing" to internal drama.

    That would be bad enough , but then the character conflicts so often feel completely contrived and nonsensical. Mike's way over-the-top reaction to Rachel's momentary lapse of judgement in, *gasp* kissing someone for 2 seconds before immediately realizing it was wrong, literally lasted most of the season. A hapless viewer that missed the torrid transgression may have assumed Mike found out that Rachel was instead responsible for his grandmother's death. I half expected Mike to take one of the staples out of Rachel's desk and use it to pin a Scarlet A on her back. Louis getting upset at Donna for not confiding to him that Mike did not go to Harvard?! C'mon.

    The really disappointing thing is that the season started off so promising. We had a tidy solution to the issue of Mike's fraudulent education credentials with his new job in investment banking. We had a new industry in which Mike's genius could shine. Instead we get more lame internal drama at his new company and Mike falling on his face time and time again with his overwrought sense of do-gooder that did more to show the writers' ignorance of economics than entertain the audience. (To Suits writers: Investment banking is not all or mostly evil, quite the opposite. It is not a good thing for companies to stay alive just for the sake of the people they employ.)

    "Suits" is better tailored in the vain of "Criminal Minds." Not so much "Grey's Anatomy."
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  5. Jul 27, 2014
    2
    I had been an avid viewer of Suits since the show's first episode.

    I completely agree with the first three paragraphs @neelani0769 wrote,
    so I won't repeat them here. (btw, props to neelani0769 for writing that)

    Season 4 for me has been a major disappointment. Suits, an awesome legal drama, has turned into Suits, a mediocre soap opera. Geesh, if I had wanted to watch (and have to keep track of) so many plot twists and turns, and so many sub-plots, I'd watch daytime TV.

    It has become far too much of an effort to keep up with what is going on in Suits. And it is just not worth it anymore.

    The brilliant legal writing is gone, replaced by soap-opera-level sub-plots and plot twists.

    Earlier this evening I started to watch the episode that was first broadcast last week. Halfway through the show, I went to the menu of the DVR, and removed the repeating option to record this show, and I deleted the episode without even watching the whole episode. Odd thing is ... I don't even feel as if I missed anything. I actually feel relieved that i do not have to watch Suits anymore. Yes, I feel relieved that I no longer need to watch this show. It had become *that* burdensome.

    Suits had so much going for it, and it has squandered away all of the genius of the show.

    Now it is little more than a grade C soap opera.
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