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'Suits': An Unlikely Duo Crashes the Lawyer Party

An inside look at the freshman dramedy

What it's about When top Manhattan lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) is forced to hire an entry-level associate, he passes on the Harvard grads for a Harvard-grad impostor, Mike (Patrick J. Adams), who happens to be a legal prodigy. But to keep their jobs, they have to hide one small detail — that Mike isn't actually a lawyer.

What to expect ''This is a show about redemption, [and] that's reflected in the relationship of the two characters,'' says series creator and coexec producer Aaron Korsh, who based the show on his own experiences working on Wall Street. ''When you graduate from college, that first job just seems so important that if you have a mentor you bond with [him].'' In between the bonding, ace closer Harvey collaborates with Mike on the firm's trickiest cases, involving everything from insider trading to sexual harassment. Translation: Procedural fans will get their case-of-the-week fix, while fans of USA's trademark-pending style of buddy comedy will get their fill of quirk via Mike and Harvey's friendship. ''[The relationship] is almost like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,'' says Korsh. ''They're very competitive with each other. It's like hanging out with two really cool guys.''

Originally posted Jun 20, 2011 Published in issue #1159 Jun 17, 2011 Order article reprints