1. Suits is an American legal drama television series created and written by Aaron Korsh.
2. The series premiered on June 23, 2011, on the cable network USA, and is produced by Universal Cable.
3. Suits is set at a fictional law firm in New York City.
4. The focal point of the show follows talented college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who initially works as a law associate for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) despite never actually attending law school. The show focuses on Harvey and Mike managing to close cases while maintaining Mike’s secret.
5. Suits has been nominated for several awards since 2012, with Gina Torres and Patrick J. Adams receiving individual praise for their roles as Jessica Pearson and Mike Ross respectively.
6. The show was nominated for Best Drama at the 2014 TV Guide Awards and Favorite Dramedy at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards.
7. Torres was nominated for Favorite TV Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2012 ALMA Awards and as Best Supporting Actress in Television at the 2013 Imagen Foundation Awards, while Adams was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
8. As of March 2016, five seasons have aired. Suits was renewed for a 16-episode sixth season on July 1, 2015.
9. Suits first appeared on USA network’s development slate under the title A Legal Mind in April 2010.
10. On April 5, 2010, USA announced that it was developing seven new pilots for its 2010-2011 television season, including A Legal Mind, which would later become Suits.
11. The premiere was written by Aaron Korsh, and David Bartis and Gene Klein served as executive producers.
12. It was later announced on May 17, 2010 that USA ordered a ninety-minute cast-contingent pilot for the series.
13. The network later picked up A Legal Mind on January 19, 2011 and ordered eleven one-hour episodes in addition to the 90-minute pilot.
14. Creator Aaron Korsh, whose Notes from the Underbelly sitcom was canceled during the 2007-2008 Writers’ Strike, wrote a spec script intended to be a “half-hour Entourage-type based on my experiences working on Wall Street.” He later realized that the project should have hour-long episodes.
15. Korsh and his agent took the script to several production companies and wanted to give the script to Universal Media Studios. However, Korsh found it odd that the studio did not want to sell the script to NBC, the network the studio typically worked with. Korsh’s agent convinced USA Network executive Alex Sepiol that although the series was neither a procedural nor what the network typically did, he would like the characters. Sepiol approved of the script, and by then, Hypnotic Films & Television signed on to the project. The team pitched the script to USA, which bought the script after the pitch. Korsh did not pitch it to anyone else.
16. When rewriting the script, Korsh made only small changes to the first half-hour, up to when Mike is hired. Originally, Mike did not take LSATs for others and only pretends to have attended Harvard, as opposed to pretending he attended Harvard and has a law degree. Korsh noted that there is no degree or test needed, to work on Wall Street and be a mathematical genius, unlike the bar examination in law. He decided to “embrace” this difference and change the premise.
17. The pilot episode was filmed in New York City, where the series is set. The rest of the series is filmed in Toronto, where the sets are built to be identical to the New York law offices seen in the pilot.
18. To promote the series debut, USA had an advance screening of the pilot on June 2, 2011, at the Hudson River Park and distributed free Häagen-Dazs Sundaes cones at the viewing.
19. The network also had a branded ice cream carts, bikes, and scooters give away at the Sundaes and USA/Entertainment Weekly 2011 promotion summer guides on June 22 and 23. They also held the promotion in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston to endorse the pilot.
20. The season was created by Aaron Korsh and was aired on the USA Network in the United States. The season was produced by Hypnotic Films & Television and Universal Cable Productions.
21. The executive producers were Korsh, Doug Liman, and David Bartis. The staff writers were: Korsh with three writing credits; Sean Jablonski, Jon Cowan, Ethan Drogin, and Rick Muirragui with two each; and Erica Lipez with one.
22. The directors throughout the season were Kevin Bray, John Scott, Dennie Gordon, Kate Woods, Terry McDonough, Tim Matheson, Norberto Barba, Felix Alcala, Jennifer Getzinger, and Mike Smith.
23. The first role in which a casting spot was filled was for Patrick J. Adams, who was cast in the lead role of Mike Ross in July 2010.
24. The first role in which a casting spot was filled was for Patrick J. Adams, who was cast in the lead role of Mike Ross in July 2010.
25. Rick Hoffman came on board in mid-August to portray Harvey’s competition, Louis, at the law firm.
26. Meghan Markle and Gina Torres soon joined the cast in late August, who were set to play Rachel Zane and Jessica Pearson respectively.
27. Sarah Rafferty completed the main cast as Donna, and the pilot was filmed in New York City in the fall of 2010.
28. The series was soon commissioned with a 12-episode order on January 19, 2011.
29. The series began filming in Toronto on April 25, 2011, and completed on August 12, 2011 in New York City.
30. Post production for the series was done at Cherry Beach Sound.
31. A deleted scene leaked onto YouTube shows Victor Garber as Phillip Hardman, originally part of the pilot, but was ultimately cut during script rewrites. It shows that Hardman had retired from the firm on his own accord. Despite being cut for US audiences, the scene was left in for British viewers when it was first aired, and the scene continues to be included in re-runs.
32. The first season premiered on June 23, 2011 and concluded on September 8, 2011. It ran for 12 episodes, including a 90-minute pilot. The complete first season was available on Region 1 DVD on May 1, 2012 and Region A Blu-ray on March 11, 2013.
33. Suits was renewed for a second season consisting of 16 episodes on August 11, 2011, which premiered on June 14, 2012. The mid-season finale aired on August 23, 2012, with the remaining six episodes returning on January 17, 2013. The complete second season was available on Region 1 DVD on December 2, 2013, and Region A Blu-ray on January 11, 2014.
34. On October 12, 2012, the show was renewed for a third season of 16 episodes. Season 3 premiered on July 16, 2013, with the final six episodes airing after March 6, 2014. The complete third season was available on December 22, 2014, on Region 1 DVD and was released on Region A Blu-ray on January 3, 2015.
35. A fourth season of 16 episodes was announced on October 24, 2013. Season 4 premiered on June 11, 2014, with the mid-season finale on August 6, 2014. The complete fourth season was available on June 8, 2015, on Region 1 DVD and was released on Region A Blu-ray on July 11, 2015.
36. On August 11, 2014, USA Network announced a fifth season of 16 episodes, which premiered on June 24, 2015.
37. On July 1, 2015, Suits was renewed for a sixth season consisting of 16 episodes.
38. The series is available through streaming services on Amazon Video, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu, and Xfinity.
39. Stephen Macht (Professor Gerrard) is the real life father of Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter).
40. In two of the episodes – Sucker Punch (2.7), Rewind (2.8) and (2.10) – Jacinda Barrett makes an appearance as ‘Zoe Lawford’. Jacinda in real life is married to Gabriel Macht, who plays Harvey Specter.
41. The role of Jessica (Gina Torres) was originally written as a male character, but both the studio and the network suggested creator Aaron Korsh to change the gender.
42. The act of Louis Litt talking to his assistant Norma despite not showing her character even once is inspired from the character FBI agent Dale Cooper in the hit TV series “Twin Peaks”
43. Meghan Markle (Rachel Zane) and Abigail Spencer (Dana “Scottie” Scott) were both born on the same day: August 4, 1981.
44. BuddyTV rated this series the second best new show of 2011. Game of Thrones (2011) was number one.
45. Patrick J. Adams (Mike) and Troian Bellisario (Claire) are currently engaged.
46. References to the TV show Game of Thrones are made in numerous episodes of Suits. Michelle Fairley and Conleth Hill are guest stars in seasons 2 and 3 of Suits. They both had parts in Game of Thrones.
47. Gabriel Macht and Patrick J Adams who play Harvey Specter and Mike Ross respectively made their directorial debuts in Season 4 with Gabriel Macht directing 11th Epsiode and Patrick J Adams directing 14th Episode
48. The whole view of the city landscape in the background of the main characters’ offices aren’t real, they are curtains.
49. The miniature bike Harvey has in his office is Brough Superior SS100 (1932) made by Minichamps in 1:6 scale. This was the motorcycle T.E. Lawrence (a.k.a Lawrence of Arabia) was riding when killed.
50. Louis pronounces Order of the Coif as though it’s French (“kwaff”). But lawyers actually say it “koyf.”
51. D.B. Woodside and Gina Torress who play lovers, also played lovers in 24 TV series.
52. Every suits season except season 1 contains a flashback episode.
53. If you change the order of the letters in the name Specter you get the word respect.
54. Both Vanessa Ray and Troian Bellisario have played love interests of Patrick J. Adams. Both women never shared scenes in Suits but shot several scenes together on Pretty Little Liars. Troian is Patrick’s real life fiancé and he has appeared on Pretty Little Liars too but not shared scenes either with her or Vanessa.
55. Harvey Specter received his undergraduate degree from New York University.
56. Meghan Markle and Wendell Pierce both appear in Horrible Bosses(2011)
57. Amanda Schull is yet another actor to appear on both Pretty Little Liars and Suits along with Troian Bellisario, Vanessa Ray, and Patrick J. Adams. Apart from Patrick, she doesn’t share scenes with Troian or Vanessa in Suits. She doesn’t share scenes in Pretty Little Liars with either of her Suits co-stars.
58. The full name of Meghan Markle is in fact ‘Rachel Meghan Markle’.
59. The sharp suits worn by Harvey Specter are the “Windsor” model by American fashion designer Tom Ford. They are characterized by wide peak lapels and a British-style ticket pocket on the jacket. They also occasionally come with a vest/waistcoat to make a three-piece suit.
60. Troian Bellisario (Claire), Amanda Schull (Katrina), Vanessa Ray (Jenny) and Andrea Parker (Tory), who have all played characters in the show also all appear in the TV show Pretty Little Liars (2010).