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12 Exhibits Like Fits if You Take pleasure in A Good Dose of Authorized Drama

12 Exhibits Like Fits if You Take pleasure in A Good Dose of Authorized Drama

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Even after years of Suits releasing its finale season in 2019, we continue to binge-watch episodes of the series. After a nine-season run, Suits remains one of the most-watched legal dramas of all time with witty lines and relatable characters portrayed by an enigmatic cast, including Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. So, for those looking for new shows like Suits to watch, we have handpicked the best ones that keep courtroom drama alive.

The OTT platforms have tapped into law practice as a genre and expanded their library with outstanding legal shows spanning various subgenres. From the hit Korean series Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022-) to the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul (2015-2022) which is based on the titular character Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), as well as older series like Psych (2006-2014) and The Good Wife (2009-2016), Suits fans will have no dearth of legal shows to watch.

Suits: An easy-to-digest legal drama that captivated the world

Shows like suits to watch
Image: Courtesy Suits/ Photo by USA Network/Shane Mahood/USA Network – © 2016 USA Network Media, LLC/ IMDb

Created by Aaron Korsh, Suits debuted in 2011 and turned legal drama into a successful segment. The USA Network series revolves around Mike Ross, whose photographic memory and a thorough knowledge of the LSAT and bar exams impress the arrogant yet charming lawyer Harvey Specter. Such is Mike’s charisma that he becomes Harvey’s sought-after apprentice and is even hired by his law firm. All this without ever attending law school. Over time, the two become each other’s strong accomplices.

Suits focuses on the characters’ partnerships both inside and outside the courtroom. The drama also features fabulous performances from Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane, Wendell Pierce as Robert Zane, Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen and Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson.

If the legal system and this hit drama had you hooked on to the screens, there’s a world of other shows like Suits that deserve to be on your watchlist.

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok

Here are the best shows like Suits to watch right now, based on IMDb ratings

IMDb rating: 7.7

Created by: David E. Kelley

Cast: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Becki Newton, Angus Sampson

Episode: 10

Synopsis: Mickey Haller (Garcia-Rulfo) is not your regular lawyer. He operates from his Lincoln Navigator and is driven by a former client-turned-chauffeur. Taking up all sorts of cases as he drives through Los Angeles, Mickey tries to revive his career as a criminal defence attorney. Will he become a popular name in the city’s legal circuit while dabbling in his personal life with two ex-wives?

About the series: The Lincoln Lawyer is a humorous legal show like Suits that gives a peek into LA’s glamorous legal world. It is based on Michael Connelly’s book of the same name.

IMDb rating: 8.1

Created by: David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Nina Arianda, Tania Raymonde

Episode: 32

Synopsis: Once a powerful attorney, Billy Mcbride (Thornton) is now an ambulance chaser. He had helped establish the Cooperman McBride legal firm. After getting fired, Billy quits practice and spends his time drinking. However, he is forced to return to the courtroom when a lady named Patty Solis-Papagian (Arianda) approaches him to represent her in a wrongful lawsuit against the same firm he once built. Billy sees this as an opportunity to redeem himself in the public eye. However, corruption runs rampant in the courtroom, and he must defend himself while seeking revenge.

IMDb rating: 8.1

Created by: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Vishal Furia

Cast: Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Jackie Shroff, Rucha Inamdar

Episode: 10

Synopsis: One night, Mumbai cab driver Aditya Sharma (Massey) picks up a girl who is intoxicated. He ends up spending the night with her under the influence of drugs. The next morning when Aditya wakes up, she is found dead with Aditya holding a knife. He is arrested for murder and is tortured in jail. What follows is a gripping court case to reveal the truth, as Aditya is faced with numerous pieces of evidence that go against him.

About the series: The show, like Suits, rests on character performances and highlights courtroom drama in the Indian context, but has a darker theme. While this is the first instalment, the Criminal Justice series franchise has two more parts.

White Collar (2009-2014)

IMDb rating: 8.2

Created by: Jeff Eastin

Cast: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen

Episode: 81

Synopsis: Neal Caffrey (Bomer) is a master thief and con artist who has been on the FBI’s wanted list for years. He has always been successful in evading the feds until FBI agent Peter Burke (DeKay) catches him. However, he manages to escape and when caught again, is faced with a proposal. In exchange for his freedom, Caffrey must help the FBI to get hold of other white-collar criminals on the loose. Neal agrees, and there begins an unusual partnership between the two.

About the series: Like Suits, White Collar shows a mentoring bond and takes viewers into the fabrics of New York’s legalities. Although it is a police procedural at its core, the suave Caffrey and rule-abiding Burke have the Harvey-Mike like chemistry.

Image: Courtesy White Collar/ Photo by USA Network/Virginia Sherwood – © 2014 USA Network Media, LLC/ IMDb

IMDb rating: 8.3

Created by: Brian Koppelman and David Levien

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff

Episode: 84

Synopsis: Astute and cunning US attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) is pitted against the hedge fund lord Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) in a risky game of high stakes and finances running into billions. When pieces of evidence start popping up against Bobby, Chuck, who hasn’t lost an insider trading case, cautiously builds allegations of fraud and bribery against him. However, both use their influence, power and networks to bring the other down.

IMDb rating: 8.3

Created by: Robert King and Michelle King

Cast: Christine Baranski, Sarah Steele, Nyambi Nyambi, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie

Episode: 60

Synopsis: Set a year after the final events of The Good Wife, a major Ponzi scheme severely hits the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell (Leslie) and depletes her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s (Baranski) savings. The women are forced to quit Lockhart and Lee and take up new low-lying jobs at Chicago’s well-known law establishment Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad. Here, they work with Lucca Quinn (Jumbo) while a determined Diane vows to get wealthy clients to keep the firm profitable.

About the series: Though a spin-off, The Good Fight itself is a strong character-driven series that showcases Chicago politics and intense courtroom drama like done in Suits.

IMDb rating: 8.4

Created by: Steve Franks

Cast: James Roday Rodriguez, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Juliet O’Hara, Corbin Bernsen


Synopsis: Shawn Spencer (Rodriguez) uses his keen observation skills to solve crime cases. Without any formal training and high ambitions, he deceives the system when it wrongly accuses him of committing a crime. He eventually ends up working with the Santa Barbara Police Department as a psychic detective who can recall enormous amounts of details and information. He gains popularity by solving cases with his friend and ally Burton ‘Gus’ Guster. Together, they run a psychic company to take on such cases, but how will their deception work?

About the series: The light-hearted comedy-drama takes the deception game of Suits’ Mike and takes it notches higher. However, instead of practising law, the protagonist in Psych joins the police force. The series has eight seasons and has given rise to several spin-offs.

The Good Wife (2009-2016)

IMDb rating: 8.4

Created by: Michelle King, Robert King

Cast: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

Episode: 156

Synopsis: Alicia Florrick (Margulies) has been a faithful and loving wife to her husband Peter Florrick (North), former Cook County State’s Attorney. She is again thrust into the courtroom when Peter is arrested for a sex and political corruption scandal. Alicia must fight for her family and navigate through workplace tension, political pressure and personal life.

Awards won: The Good Wife has won five Emmy Awards and two SAG Awards among innumerable nominations.

Image: Courtesy The Good Wife/ IMDb

Boston Legal (2004-2008)

IMDb rating: 8.5

Created by: David E. Kelley

Cast: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Mark Valley

Episode: 101

Synopsis: Ethically dubious and unctuous lawyer Alan Shore (Spader) joins the high-end Boston law firm Crane Poole & Schmidt where he works with the veteran attorney Denny Crane (Shatner). In a short span, Alan makes a name for himself, as he wins civil cases that no one would take, albeit through dishonest means, and picks up a few rivals along the way. At the office, his colleague Brad Chase (Valley) has been placed to keep the eccentric Denny in place, who goes on to become Alan’s strong competitor. However, the latter would not let anything come his way.

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About the series: Just five seasons long, Boston Legal is a spin-off of The Practice and is one of those rare instances where it received higher acclaim than the original title.

Awards won: Boston Legal snagged five Emmy Awards.

Image: Courtesy Boston Legal/ Photo by Craig Sjodin – © American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved. For editorial use only./ IMDb

IMDb rating: 8.6

Created by: Yu In-sik

Cast: Park Eun-bin, Kang Tae-oh, Kang Ki-young

Episode: 16

Synopsis: Woo Young-woo (Park) is a young bright girl with a high IQ of 164. Despite being autistic, she attended law school and graduated with flying colours, thanks to her sharp eidetic memory. She gets hired by a law firm and begins her career as a trainee. Young-woo goes on to tackle critical cases, regardless of the prejudice of her peers.

About the series: Park’s outstanding performance and unique storyline have earned Extraordinary Attorney Woo a 100 per cent Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Mad Men (2007-2015)

IMDb rating: 8.7

Created by: Matthew Weiner

Cast: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

Episode: 92

Synopsis: Don Draper (Hamm) is an elusive ad executive working for Sterling Cooper advertising agency in New York City’s Madison Avenue. He has a well-developed relationship with his mentee Peggy Olson (Moss). Office drama in the glamorous world of the 1960s and 1970s reaches its zenith as Don strives to hold his professional success while trying to be someone he is not in his personal life. Don’s childhood experiences and traumas shape him as an adult and affect his work. The charm and confidence that he exudes are also an attempt to mask underlying insecurities, manifested by many vices that in turn trouble his family life.

About the series: Mad Men shares several similarities with Suits — protagonists trying to put on a facade and maintaining mature relationships with mentors being some of them. Both are excellent workplace dramas that intertwine personal lives.

Awards won: Mad Men has won 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and two BAFTA Awards among innumerable accolades.

Image: Courtesy Mad Men/ Photo by Michael Yarish/AMC – © AMC Network Entertainment LLC and Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved./ IMDb

IMDb rating: 9

Created by: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould

Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, Mark Margolis

Episode: 63

Synopsis: Saul Goodman was Jimmy McGill (Odenkirk), a con artist, before becoming the morally challenged defence attorney to notorious criminals. The inner workings of Albuquerque’s underworld and Jimmy’s personal life take centre stage as he would not let anything hinder his way to the top as Saul. He teams up with Mike Ehrmantraut (Banks), a former Philadelphia cop who recently shifted to the Southwest. Mike has a special talent — he can fix practically every sticky situation, something that Jimmy soon capitalises on. After representing countless criminal underdogs, Jimmy lets go of his good nature in his final courtroom scam to protect Kim Wexler (Seehorn).

About the series: This show is set six years before Saul Goodman entered the Breaking Bad universe and became a lawyer to Walter White and ran for six seasons.

Awards won: Better Call Saul has won three Critics Choice Awards and over 50 Emmy Awards nominations.

(Hero and feature image: Courtesy Suits/ Photo by USA Network/Shane Mahood/USA Network – © 2016 USA Network Media, LLC/ IMDb)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– Are there any series like Suits?
There are many shows like Suits which cover various aspects of a legal drama. White Collar, Better Call Saul, The Good Wife, The Goo Fight and Boston Legal are some of them.

– Is White Collar as good as Suits?
White Collar is a highly acclaimed series with an IMDb rating of 8.2. It is as good as Suits, which has an 8.4 rating.

– Why did Mike leave Suits?
Mike Ross’ (Patrick J. Admas) departure from Suits was a creative step taken by the actor as he felt his character arc was complete. Meghan Markle’s (whose character Rachel Zane marries Mike) exit from the series to join the British royal family also influenced Mike.

– Is Suits based on a true story?
Suits is not particularly based on any true events though certain elements might resemble prevalent incidents.

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