‘Suits’ Slips Under the Radar as an Unusually Profane Show

A standout series that is notable for one cast member, in particular, Suits has been off the air since late 2019. Still, the series has a number of fans, and even though it is no longer airing new episodes, viewers can find plenty in the show to examine. Suits was often cited for the realistic jargon used by the aspiring lawyers featured, but some language in certain episodes was a little less savory — and according to a 2018 report, Suits actually included a great deal more profanity than was normal for similar TV shows. 

(L-R) Amy Acker as Esther, Gabriel Mact as Harvey Specter, Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane seated at a table on 'Suits'
(L-R) Amy Acker as Esther, Gabriel Mact as Harvey Specter, Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane | Shane Mahood/Getty Images

What is ‘Suits’ about?

Suits premiered on television in 2011. Set at a fictional law firm in New York City, Suits follows a young man named Mike Ross who begins working at a prestigious law firm, with intentions of becoming a lawyer. There is only one problem — he never actually attended law school. Along his path to success, Mike encounters a plethora of interesting characters, from Rachel Zane, played by Meghan Markle, to Harvey Specter, played by Gabriel Macht.

Suits quickly became a hit, and fans responded eagerly to the glamorous characters and humorous situations portrayed in the series. The show was nominated for several awards during the course of its run, and many of the actors were given a nod for their expert characterizations. One of the show’s stars who never won an award was Meghan Markle — of course, as many fans now know, she ended up going on to much greater fame than what she achieved on Suits

‘Suits’ made Meghan Markle a star

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When Meghan Markle was cast on Suits, she was best known for her string of roles in smaller movies and made-for-television films. She appeared in several Hallmark Channel productions and was even cast in some television commercials. Still, it was her work on Suits as Rachel Zane that really made a splash, resonating with audiences around the world. 

Of course, Markle began dating Prince Harry in the summer of 2016, getting engaged the following year. Markle became an official member of the royal family in May 2018. Although she took a lengthy hiatus from acting, with her recent resignation from her role as a senior royal, Markle could be getting back into the acting game in some capacity. Unfortunately, it won’t be on Suits, as the fan-favorite series went off the air in 2019. 

There was a lot of profanity in ‘Suits’

The ninth and final season of Suits aired in the summer of 2019. Although fans were sad to see the series go, it did spawn a short-lived spinoff based around the character of Jessica Pearson, that lasted for a few months before getting canceled. These days, fans are still able to stream their favorite episodes of Suits on a wide variety of platforms, including Peacock and Prime Video. For new fans who decide to stream the show, they might notice one rather jarring feature — the amount of swearing included in the series.

According to ScreenRant, the USA network was operating under their dual brand of Characters Welcome when Suits first started airing in 2011. This partnership meant that showrunners for Suits were a little more lax with the amount of profanity allowed in the series. Therefore, viewers will notice that the characters in Suits drop the f-bomb on a fairly frequent basis, much more often than the characters in other TV shows. This gives Suits a gritty edge that makes it stand out, even to this day.