Burn Notice

 (909)7.92007X-RayTV-PG
Michael Westen is a trained spy who receives a "burn notice" for an unstated reason & effectively is fired. Penniless, he returns to his hometown in Miami and freelances while trying to find who burned him.
Starring
Jeffrey DonovanGabrielle AnwarBruce Campbell
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Pilot
    1 h 6 min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    While in the middle of a dangerous mission in Nigeria a covert operative receives a burn notice, which is effectively a death sentence for a spy; and after being dumped in Miami with no money or resources (and being tailed by the FBI), he uses his Special Ops training to find out why he's been burned, and how he can get his life back. From Executive Producers Matt Nix and Mikkel Bondesen.
  2. 2. Identity
    July 5, 2007
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Michael's mother has some information on the men who may have ordered his burn notice, but first she wants him to help her friend who was beaten and robbed by a scam artist.
  3. 3. Fight or Flight
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Michael protects a single mom from a drug trafficker who wants to prevent her from testifying against him.
  4. 4. Old Friends
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Michael dodges assassination attempts by a Czech assassin from his past while trying to rescue a friend's daughter from a prostitution ring.
  5. 5. Family Business
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After they threaten an airport supervisor, Michael infiltrates a family of gunrunners in order to scare them off; and the FBI is pressuring Sam to produce more intel on Michael's activities.
  6. 6. Unpaid Debts
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Michael discovers a surprise aboard a boat he repossessed from Jamaican gangsters; and a new surveillance team urges Michael to stop his investigation into his burn notice.
  7. 7. Broken Rules
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In order to set up an elaborate scheme to ensnare the government agent sent to handle his case, Michael accepts a job protecting a convenience-store owner from the extortion of a local crime boss.
  8. 8. Wanted Man
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Fiona's new job as a bounty hunter places her in contact with a fugitive who insists he did not steal a 2-million-dollar broach; and Michael gains access to the man behind his burn notice.
  9. 9. Hard Bargain
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Michael and his crew help a man whose fiancée is kidnapped from the house he is looking after; and Michael considers taking a meeting with someone who may be able to revoke his burn notice.
  10. 10. False Flag
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Michael comes to the aid of a woman whose estranged husband has disappeared with her son.
  11. 11. Loose Ends Part 1
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam takes on a case of a woman who is being blackmailed by drug smugglers, and becomes a victim himself; and Michael meets with Cowan, only to find that the people behind his burn notice have big plans in store for him.
  12. 12. Loose Ends Part 2
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam takes on a case of a woman who is being blackmailed by drug smugglers, and becomes a victim himself; and Michael meets with Cowan, only to find that the people behind his burn notice have big plans in store for him.

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Producers
Matt NixMikkel Bondesen
Season year
2007
Network
USA
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Bob OReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2019
2.0 out of 5 starsI like the premise but....
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Warning : this is a very silly, far fetched, trite, predictable and not all that funny show. A little MacGyver, a little Miami vice, but not as well executed. Jeffery Donavan is certainly likeable (see Fargo, the TV series) but the other characters are ultimately forgettable. I realize its supposed to be tongue in cheek, not to be taken too seriously, and that said, there is plenty of action and great Miami scenery and is mildly amusing, but expected so much more after seeing so many 5 star reviews
19 people found this helpful
Douglas KaiuraReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsSly Humor, Lots of Action!
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Jeffrey Donovan is a secret agent for the government, he has been burned, his credentials frozen, his bank accounts frozen and he is flown to Miami. Donovan plays his role with a quiet coolness, as he searches for the reason why he has been burned. He is very adept at manufacturing implements out of old telephones, some of them rather explosive. He is reacquainted with his ex girlfriend played by Gabrielle Anwar, very beautiful. His mother also lives in Miami played by Sharon Gless, (Cagney & Lacey) smoking addiction, her friends very needy needing his assistance. Bruce Campbell (Brisco County) plays a former agent who is supposed to keep tabs on him for the FBI. Very stylish, lots of action.
23 people found this helpful
robert chrismanReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome action
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I loved this series. Wish it had 5 more years. Writing is awesome, acting is awesome and filming location is south East Florida with lots a familiar areas.
3 people found this helpful
VeronicaReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsI just Love it!!!!!
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I started to watch this show, and I was in love with the show when the episode one was finished. I just ordered another seasons of Burn Notice even though I did not finish the season one yet.

I have been watching many TV dramas and this one is my top 3! (Maybe one.)
I'm really impressed how the show is made. It's just amazing and fun to watch.
A comment from the back of the DVD package describes the show very well.
This show is very enjoyable and makes me watch more.
I love Michael. He is a great character and adorable. Fiona has good job being around Michael.
I'm really happy to meet this show!
19 people found this helpful
CooljonnorrisReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2010
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat show
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Most TV these days is not worth even switching past with the remote, it is so bad. I have stopped even looking for good shows unless something catches my attention in another way.

I got turned on to this at Netflix and was blown away. This is the best TV show I have seen for a long, long time. Mix Miami Vice, Macguyver, the Bourne movies and add a touch of noir detective voice over, and you get the idea. The blend is fresh, exciting, enjoyable to watch, well written, shot, and acted. There is a great blend of drama, action, and comedy, and the writers manage to throw in plot twists and multiple story arcs which keep one guessing, yet do not feel contrived.

The characters seem real and believable. The mix and chemistry are great, and the development of characters and long term arcs is very well handled at all levels. Good job to everyone involved in this. In this day and age, it is not easy to create and maintain a good show like this.

Highly recommended. I am going to buy seasons 1 and 2, and am waiting anxiously for season 3.

UPDATE July 4, 2010:

I have now purchased the first three seasons and watched them all. The quality holds up nicely and the show remains really good. I am getting to see the 4th season on Hulu, and will buy it when it is out on DVD. The 4th season started out a bit slow, but seems to be getting back on track. Unless the quality of the show tanks, I will remain a fan and buy the series as it is available on DVD.
31 people found this helpful
Early AdopterReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2008
5.0 out of 5 starsAction, humor, and a Good Guy who is actually Good
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The best part of this show, in my opinion, is that the "Good Guy" is actually a good guy. He has ethics, and in doing the right thing avoids doing the wrong thing. Let me explain what I mean.

Pick an action hero, pretty much any will do, and they are the good guy, right? Well, sort of. If the "Bad Girl," the one who just killed some innocent person, throws herself at our hero, he'll do the honorable thing and have sex with her, and then turn her in. Wait, honorable?

Or our hero will engage in a high speed chase through city streets and residential neighborhoods, with no regard for the potential loss of innocent life. Hey guys, there is a reason the police don't do high speed chases, and it is an ethical one.

Or our hero, trying to get away from police who are chasing him, will execute some cool driving maneuver that results in half the police fleet crashing and flipping spectacularly and, often, in slow motion. Wait, what happens when the 911 calls go out tomorrow?

Or the hero is an ex-CIA man who wipes out a dozen agents because some nutball at the top wants him terminated and he wants to live. Hard to root for one of our guys killing, um, our guys.

And so on.

Burn Notice takes a different tack. The hero tries to do the right thing at all times, and, when he cant' he admits it and still does the most ethical thing he can. This is refreshing.

For example, the female lead throws herself at him, and he keeps throwing her back because she's a trigger happy bomber. Not many men, hero or otherwise, would through her back. At one point he has to get rid of a drug dealer who has pulled a gun on him before, so he shoots the guy in the leg, and gives him antiseptic and a bandage so he won't walk with a limp after it heals. He steals a car because he has no option, but the voice over says he he will have it back by 5 PM, and he keeps his mother from smoking in it and stinking it up because it isn't his car.

This may all seem trivial, but it sets the show and the hero apart from so many others. It gives the show character and depth, and adds to the fun.

Highly recommended.
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LeahnaReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2009
5.0 out of 5 starsdon't ask, just buy it
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Burn Notice is one of the best shows to come along in a long while. I am so glad that I decided to give this show a try. It is clever and smart. Well written and well acted. I admit that I watched the first episode because of Bruce Campbell, but I was completely hooked long before the end of that episode. On the surface, it sounds like another "smart but misunderstood guy with quirky family and friends" show. But believe me it is so much more than that thanks to excellent writing and perfect casting.
The kooky mother is played to perfection by Sharon Gless; she walks that fine line and keeps an over-the-top character real. I've known people like her! Michael Westin (played by Jeffery Donovan) is someone you would want to know and keep on your good side. It is so much fun to just watch his expressions, but he is good action-wise too. And his smile could knock you out. Bruce Campbell is Bruce Campbell....always a joy. Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) was a bit shaky at first with her Irish accent which couldn't have fooled a 2 year old, but she has dropped the accent and gotten a good hold on the character.
I shared the box set with my daughter and her husband and they are hooked as well. We are all anxiously awaiting season 2 on DVD. I love this show. Everyone should at least give it a try.
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KMochaReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2009
5.0 out of 5 starsLove this show!
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Michael is fun to watch and I love all the 'tricks of the trade' he shares with the viewers. He's the central character but I have to confess that my favorite character is Fiona! *Finally* a female character that doesn't faint at the sight of blood or run away screaming when faced with danger!

It's so good to see Sharon Gless again, she's so perfect as Michael's mother. And I absolutely loved the Cagney and Lacy reference in the second episode, that was great! She knows just how to get what she wants from everyone around her, even the criminals who occassionally come to visit her.

As far as I can tell, Sam's role is one of comic relief. He's willing to do anything for a free meal and a drink. But he does have access to extremely useful information and also Miami's rich women who apparently fall for him by the dozen.

Another favorite is Barry the money launderer, what a fun guy he is! And also the arms dealer guy, Seymour, he's just hilarious.

Michael does get very selfish and whiney sometimes but he's cute so he gets away with it. Peronally, I think Fiona could do much better for herself but he'd be lost without her.

This series keeps getting better and I look forward to watching it for many years!
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