I must admit, I am a sucker for a legal drama. Having said that, despite being UK-based, I tend to find American imports far more entertaining than home-grown versions. Perhaps it is the fact that Americans don’t shy away from potentially soapy moments. Or maybe it is simply that the American legal system is naturally more drama-laden.

A particular favourite of mine is Suits. I have covered this in a previous blog, but as with Grimm and Revenge, a revisit appears in order. On doing so, the biggest change I have noticed over the past couple of seasons is a growing reliance on long-running cases. Most now take half a season to resolve, and even the consequences can spin out for a good few episodes after. This not necessarily a bad thing, if anything it allows more nuances to play out. For instance, the resolution to the Gillis Industries storyline has led to Mike’s return to the firm, the firing and re-hiring of Louis, and the slaying of the SEC. No doubt there are other reverberations still to play out, we still have 5 episodes of season 4 left here in the UK so no spoilers please.

Another change has been the character of Louis. Having spent the first two seasons being a bulldog we have seen an emotional, compassionate, and even a naïve side to him. Of course, all of that has got flipped reverse over the last couple of episodes as he discovers betrayals against him. The snarl has returned, but as a viewer we understand more why he does what he does. He has made personal sacrifices for people who he considered friends, only to find they had been stringing him along. The episode where he played Shylock was a masterstroke – someone cut into the role as the villain only to find that all they wanted was people to uphold their end of the bargain.

There are some weaknesses though. I have little interest in the personal relationship between Mike and Rachael, although thankfully with Logan Sanders out of the picture that appears to be less of a priority. Likewise, Jessica and Jeff don’t excite me either. Yes, it’s nice that everyone is finding some happiness, but legal dramas are much more engaging when it focuses on the office and the courtroom as opposed to the bedroom.

Despite this, I still think Suits is easily one the best shows on TV. It has class, intellect, and wit. Maybe if someone over this side of the Atlantic could see how good it was, maybe we would get our own version. Having said that, why tarnish its reputation with something that might not work? Perhaps Americans do it better after all.

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