Aaron Korsh's legal drama Suits is coming to an end, with the ninth and final season set to premiere on July 17, 2019. Suits kicked off its nine-year run on the USA Network in 2011 and over the years it has developed a loyal following. Even though the show suffered a huge blow when Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle left after seven seasons, it managed to come back with one of the strongest seasons.
With Suits approaching its end, many fans are looking for another series to take its place. We did some digging and found ten TV shows that can fill that Suits-shaped hole in your schedule.
10 Better Call Saul
A Breaking Bad spin-off created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, Better Call Saul takes place in the early 2000s. It follows the story of con-man turned small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill, showing his transformation into Saul Goodman. The series received wide critical acclaim and it’s been renewed for a fifth season.
If witty dialogue, humor, and moral ambiguity are things that you enjoy about Suits, then Better Call Saul might be the show for you. It will give you a different perspective on the legal world in a delightfully brutal yet comic way. The acting, writing, and directing are top-notch, and you will not regret giving this one a go.
9 Boston Legal
An oldie but a goodie, Boston Legal is the quintessential legal TV show and one of the strongest recommendations for fans of Suits. Created by David E. Kelley as a spin-off of The Practice, Boston Legal stars James Spader and William Shatner as Alan Shore and Danny Crane. The show follows their exploits at the legal firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt.
Known for its quirky comedy and the excellent chemistry between Spader and Shatner’s characters, Boston Legal is a show that will certainly tick a lot of boxes on any Suits fan’s list. Interesting characters, legal savviness, and dry humor – what more could you ask for?
Showtime’s drama series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Billions centers on ruthless financial warfare between rich people from different walks of life. The main draw of the show is the rivalry between Chuck Rhoades, a US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (played by Paul Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod, an ambitious billionaire played by Damien Lewis.
With a star-studded award-winning cast, outstanding performances, and enthralling plotlines, Billions has become one of TV’s best dramas. If sharp one-liners are what drew you to Suits, then you should give Billions a chance.
Castle may not be the most obvious recommendation, but we think we have a pretty strong argument. While Castle is a police procedural that relies heavily on tired genre tropes, it is one of those shows that prove that even rehashed ideas can feel fresh with enough charm, intrigue, and creativity. The writing is pretty stellar, so you can expect quippy dialogue and dry humor, which a Suits fan will certainly appreciate.
The show follows the unusual crime-fighting duo of mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) as they catch killers, usually by relying on Castle’s unconventional methods. The chemistry between the main characters is a major draw of the show and the main source of its witty humor and compelling drama. If you want something light-hearted but engaging, you should watch Castle.
6 How To Get Away With Murder
If you’re looking for something current to jump into, maybe you should consider How to Get Away with Murder. This crime/legal drama was created by Peter Nowalk and is produced by Shonda Rimes. The series follows Annalise Keating (a law professor at a distinguished Philadelphia university played by Viola Davis) and her aspiring law students who become entwined in a murder plot.
If morally ambiguous characters and stories that are built on suspense are your jam, then How to Get Away with Murder is a must-watch. It may not have the witty humor of Suits, but it will keep you glued to your seat.
5 Mad Men
AMC’s critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning period drama Mad Men takes place in the 1960s and centers on the business of an advertising agency as well as the personal lives of the characters. While the main focus of the show is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), an expert manipulator, financial wizard, and womanizer, the show thrives on its fascinating ensemble cast.
With interesting, morally ambiguous and flawed characters, top-notch writing, acting, and historic authenticity, Mad Men is considered one of the best TV shows of all time. Fans of Suits will find a lot of similarities between the two, from the business environment to the characters and witty dialogue.
4 The Good Wife
CBS’s legal and political drama The Good Wife, created by Robert and Michelle King, has received wide critical acclaim for its captivating mix of legal and personal drama. The series follows Alicia Florrick as she returns to the workforce as a litigator to provide for her two children (following her husband’s corruption and the scandal that landed him in jail). This rather simple premise paved the way for thought-provoking storytelling as the show matured over the years.
The show’s complicated storylines that lasted all throughout a season (which isn't what most CBS shows are known for) were highly praised by the critics. The mix of personal and legal drama and the season-long arcs is something that Suits fans should find appealing, since Suits follows a similar format.
3 The West Wing
Aaron Sorkin’s political drama The West Wing is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential TV shows of all time. The Emmy Award-winning series featured an ensemble cast to portray the many positions involved in the daily work of the federal government, with special focus on the President, the First Lady, the President’s senior staff and advisers.
Known for Sorkin’s rapid-fire and witty scripts and the now-famous “walk-and-talk” which it developed, The West Wing is a top recommendation for Suits fans. Even though its focus is on politics rather than the legal system, the brilliantly written dialogue and compelling characters will be more than enough to keep you watching.
2 White Collar
White Collar may well be our strongest recommendation. While it’s not a show about lawyers, it has a similar feel to Suits. Much like Suits, White Collar relies on the budding relationship between its unconventional partners, the genius con-man turned FBI consultant Neal Caffrey and the by-the-book FBI Agent Peter Burke.
Most importantly, you will also find that White Collar has a similar brand of witty humor and intelligent writing, as well as a cast of fascinating characters, a nice blend of procedural and personal drama, and a lot of heart. If you enjoy Suits because of its well-developed characters and their relationships, White Collar is a must-watch.
Last but not least, Pearson, the Suits spin-off starring Gina Torres (aka Jessica Pearson). As one show comes to an end, the other one begins. Recently, Suits and Pearson got a shared premiere date, July 17, 2019.
In season 6, Jessica left the firm and New York, relocating to Chicago. Pearson will focus on Jessica Pearson’s new life in Chicago. We will get to see Jessica take on the dirty world of Chicago politics, which will certainly be a different experience than leading a law firm in New York. We’re extremely excited to have Jessica back and to see what stories Aaron Korsh has come up with.