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5 shows to watch now that the 'Suits' season is over

Suits fans are probably already having withdrawal from Wednesday’s season four finale. Having to wait until this fall to see more of Harvey, Jessica, and the Pearson Specter Litt team likely sounds like an eternity. So what are you supposed to do with your Wednesdays until the start of season five? Well, we’ve got a few suggestions for you.

We’ve compiled five shows that should be of interest to Suits fans, depending on the various reasons why you love the hit USA series. Plus we’ll explain why we think they’ll fill that Harvey-shaped void in your schedule (though it won’t be easy!)

If you love USA shows … Check out USA’s DIG

DIG is USA’s next new series, a thriller about FBI agent Peter Connolly (Jason Isaacs) as he investigates a murder in Jerusalem that, naturally, turns into a conspiracy. Isaacs, who was gangbusters in NBC’s Awake and Showtime’s Brotherhood, is another casting coup for USA. Sure, his Connolly is no Harvey Specter, but he’s a character you definitely want to know more about. DIG starts Thursday at 10 p.m. and comes from executive producers Tim Kring (Heroes, Crossing Jordan) and Gideon Raff (Homeland). Added bonus: David Costabile, whom Suits fans loved to hate as former name partner Daniel Hardman, is a series regular.

If you love shows with complex writing or are a Harvey/Donna shipper … Check out FX’s The Americans

If you were watching Suits, you weren’t watching The Americans, because they shared the same time slot. That’s not all they had in common; the only other show we can talk about as much as we talk about Suits is The Americans, which is just as well written and well developed. It also boasts an ensemble that should’ve won several awards already. As in Suits, there are both self-contained and serial storylines that encourage the audience to really dive into the plot, and the characters have layers that continue to unfold week after week.

And for those die-hard shippers who love the relationship between Harvey and Donna, we’d like to introduce you to Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (a perfectly matched Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell). Philip and Elizabeth have their own long-running history—they’ve been groomed to work for the KGB since they were teenagers and have two kids together—as well as their own ridiculous sexual chemistry. Over four seasons, we’ve watched them come together, break apart, come back together, and now it seems like they’re hitting a rough patch again—but you will always be rooting for them. We’ve never been more grateful for DVR.

If you love lawyers … Check out NBC’s Law & Order (seasons 18 through 20)

The one TV lawyer with as much nerve as Harvey Specter was Michael Cutter, the Executive ADA who took over for Jack McCoy in the final three seasons of NBC’s long-running procedural. In fact, he might have been even more ballsy, because Harvey hasn’t yet led us to question his sanity. Cutter, on the other hand, spent three seasons doing things like convincing a foreign embassy that the guy they’d given asylum to was a spy—and then telling them to their faces he’d made the whole thing up. Or taking on the governor of New York. Or the federal government. He was the loosest of loose cannons.

He was also brilliant. Cutter was played by Vikings star Linus Roache, who, just like Gabriel Macht, had the confidence and charisma to convince you this guy really was the best lawyer in the room. And like Macht, you couldn’t take your eyes off him. Several episodes over his three seasons ended with Cutter delivering an impassioned cross-examination in which he’d get almost into somebody’s face and pick them apart with surgical precision. At least once, somebody cried. You grew to have this near excitement, waiting on the edge of your seat to see what he’d do next. Even Harvey would have been impressed by Cutter.

If you love Jessica or are a Jessica/Jeff shipper … Check out FOX’s 24 (season three)

If you’re a Gina Torres fan, we’re going to assume you’ve seen Firefly. But did you know that before she and D.B. Woodside played lovers in this season of Suits, their characters were also involved on a little show called 24? During the third season of FOX’s terrorism thriller, he portrayed Wayne Palmer, President David Palmer’s brother and chief of staff. It eventually came out that Wayne was having an affair with her character, Julia Milliken, the wife of hugely influential supporter Alan Milliken.

Wayne’s nefarious ex-sister-in-law Sherry Palmer (Castle‘s Penny Johnson Jerald) convinced Julia not to give her husband his vital medication, and that was it for Alan. Overcome with grief, Julia not only confessed to the cops, but then did what many people on the show probably wanted to do—went after Sherry. As for Wayne, he came back for seasons five and six. So while Jessica and Jeff Malone’s relationship wasn’t perfect, at least it didn’t involve anyone being murdered.

If you love inter-office drama … Check out CBS’s The Good Wife

There just never seems to be a quiet period in the offices of Pearson Specter Litt (let’s hope the name sticks this time!). It’s always old partners coming back, new partners coming up, ill-advised mergers, or everyone just not getting along. If you want to watch another legal team in similar constant upheaval, head on over to CBS on Sunday nights at 9 p.m.

That firm started as Stern, Lockhart & Gardner, and for a while it was Lockhart, Gardner & Bond, then finally just Lockhart/Gardner. Then … well, you probably already know that big plot twist, which we won’t spoil for anybody who hasn’t seen season five. But Alicia Florrick (deserved award-winner Julianna Margulies) seems like she hasn’t had professional stability in ages. One thing is for certain: Between Suits and The Good Wife, whoever makes the signs for these law firms is probably raking in the dough.

What shows are you planning to check out now that Suits is over?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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