“Suits: Season One” DVD review

“Suits,” another of USA's ridiculously entertaining summer series, couples a clever if far-fetched legal drama premise with brilliant casting.
Published: July 13, 2012
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‘Suits: Season One'

USA wins another judgment in favor of its ridiculously entertaining summer slate of original programming with “Suits: Season One.”

Like most of the cable network's homegrown series, the slick, cagily written legal dramedy hinges on a clever if far-fetched premise coupled with brilliant casting. With their lively chemistry and wisecracking banter, co-stars Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams resemble a sort of Batman-and-Robin duo in swanky courtroom-ready suits.

The pilot introduces Harvey Specter (Macht, “The Spirit”), a hotshot, coldblooded attorney at the high-profile New York firm of Pearson Hardman, where he has just been elevated to senior partner.

The promotion means the suave, arrogant legal maverick has to take on an associate, a beginner attorney he'll train and who will assist him, with the caveat that Pearson Hardman only hires Harvard Law alumni.

But Harvey despairs that Harvard grads are so uptight and longs to find a young lawyer with a rebellious streak to match his own.

Enter Mike Ross (Adams, “Lost”), a charming college dropout and budding con man with a photographic memory and significant street smarts.

As usual, Mike has followed his ne'er-do-well pal Trevor (Tom Lipinski) into trouble, in this case, a drug drop that's actually a sting. Fleeing the cops, Mike stumbles into the plush hotel room where Harvey is interviewing associate candidates.