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Suits Season 9: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

Updated July 3, 2019
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‘Suits’ is an American legal drama series that airs on the USA Network, and first premiered on June 23, 2011. The show has been created and written by Aaron Korsh. ‘Suits’ has the distinction of being the network’s longest-running show in terms of episodes and seasons.

The show is set in a fictional law firm in New York City that has changed its names over the seasons as partners have come and gone from the firm. The series gets into top gear when a talented dropout is hired by a hotshot lawyer at the firm. Together they close cases and walk among the movers and shakers of the corporate world while trying to keep the young recruit’s educational background a secret.

The series is one of the most popular legal drama and has a huge fan following around the world. It is a great show and features amazing performances from each member of the cast. In fact, the popularity of the show has prompted the need for a spinoff titled ‘Pearson’, after Jessica Pearson, who managed the firm when it was called Pearson Hardman in the initial days of the show. Since then she moved to Chicago and one of the episodes explored how she was making a name for herself in the Windy City as well. Seeing that fans were excited to see Pearson making headway there, and tangling with the local bigshots, the network decided that the spin-off would air sometime in the summer of 2019. ‘Suits’ also inspired its own Korean and Japanese adaptations which goes to show how the show made waves across the world.

Suits Cast: Who is in it?

‘Suits’ started off with the main cast consisting of Gabriel Macht, who played the hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter. He was joined by Patrick J. Adams as the genius recruit Mike Ross. Sarah Rafferty plays Donna Paulsen, who starts out as Harvey’s secretary before making her way up in the firm. Rick Hoffman plays Louis Litt who starts out as an outright dislikable character but goes on to become friends with Mike and Harvey. Meghan Markle plays Rachel Zane, a paralegal, and Mike’s love interest. Rounding off the initial cast was Gina Torres in the role of Jessica Pearson, the matriarch and lawyer extraordinaire who headed the firm.

Although much of the initial days of the show was built on the chemistry between Mike and Harvey, not to mention Harvey and Jessica, all of whom filled the episodes with movie references, the series has seen the initial cast change as some actors left the show. Most notable among these were the departures of Adams, Torres, and Markle. Markle departed due to her marriage to Prince Harry, which made her part of the English royal family as the Duchess of Sussex.

The later seasons of the show saw a cast change following these departures. While Macht, Hoffman, and Rafferty stayed on, they were joined by new members like Amanda Schull, who plays the wily Katrina Bennett who was a recurring character before being made a series regular. Dule Hill also came on as Alex Williams, Harvey’s old friend, along with Wendell Pierce as a powerful attorney and Rachel’s father, Robert Zane. However, the most striking addition to the cast has been Katherine Heigl‘s Samantha Wheeler, who is like a female counterpart to Harvey and challenges the status quo of the firm’s new management. The upcoming season is likely to continue with this cast while throwing some new characters into the mix who will serve to challenge the legal minds and resourcefulness of this law firm.

Suits Plot: What is it about?

‘Suits’ revolves around its characters and how their arcs over seasons. Thus, we started off seeing Harvey as a suave closer, who gets the job done and often sees the end justify the means. He also prides himself on his intelligence and comes across as slightly arrogant when he is on the scent of money. All of this changes when he meets Mike Ross, who incidentally is on the run from the cops when a drug deal goes wrong and stumbles into Harvey’s interview. Impressed with Mike’s legal knowledge and street smarts, Harvey takes a liking to him, and against all rules hires someone who does not even have a law degree. Mike is the moral foil to Harvey and the two make a great team.

The initial seasons of the show are concerned with hiding the fact that Mike is not a lawyer, from pretty much everyone at the firm. However, a secret as big as this is bound to get out and eventually Jessica takes the fall for their actions, having known for some time about Mike’s secret but having protected him since he was an invaluable asset to the firm. As the show progressed, we saw Harvey becoming more humane and emotionally available. Louis, who started out as the office jerk also made a turnaround to become a vulnerable and likable character who sticks his neck out for his friends. We also see Donna begin to assert her way even with Harvey, which is a strong stance considering how the upper echelons of the firm are male-centric following Jessica’s departure.

However, if all the seasons were to have one unifying theme tying them together, it would be the protection of the firm at all costs. The firm has changed names from Pearson Hardman to Pearson Specter, to Pearson Specter Litt, and has recently added Zane to the name as well. However, the essence of the firm is what forces the characters to fight tooth and nail, against other lawyers who might as well be sharks in disguise, because they start circling at the first sign of blood. Combining their brains and the firm’s resources, the various seasons of ‘Suits’ has seen the characters fight tooth and nail to cling on to what has become a home to them. ‘Suits’ stands out for its use of humor, smart dialogue, and balance of coolness and emotions.

Hopefully, the upcoming season will continue in the same way and will get an explosive run since there have been talks about this season being the final one for the beloved legal drama.

Suits Season 9 Release Date: When does it premiere?

‘Suits’ Season 8 released on July 18, 2018. The good news for the fans is that the wait for the next season is finally over. ‘Suits’ Season 9 is all set to release on July 17, 2019. Time to mark your calendars, so that you don’t miss your favorite show.

Suits Trailer:

Check out the trailer for Season 9 below to get a better idea of what this season has in store.

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