Burn Notice

USA (ended 2013)



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Spies don't get fired; they get burned. Michael Westen has received a "burn notice". Dumped in his hometown of Miami, Florida, he's been left in the cold with no money, no job and no information. With no job history, cash or credit, he becomes a private eye with the skills he picked up as an intelligence operative. With the help of his old friend, the drinking, womanizing Sam Axe, and his gun-running, trigger-happy ex-girlfriend Fiona, he makes people's problems go away. But when he's done, Michael's biggest problem becomes finding out who burned him and trying to get back into the game. Burn Notice is produced by FOX Television Studios in association with Fuse Entertainment and filmed on locations in Miami.

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    Fan Reviews (214)

    • All time classic

      Best show ever in tv, worldwide, in terms of... well everything!

      I only wish they could bring it back with more seasons and more Michael's adventures.

      I truly miss it...
    • Best Show On TV In The Last 20 Ever! *CONTAINS SPOILERS*

      I created an account just to review Burn Notice. I wonder about the people who say this TV show is anything less than spectacular. What do those people consider to be "great" if Burn Notice is "terrible", because surely, whatever show it is, that is so much better than Burn Notice, I would really like to watch it! Realistically, no such show exists, that be much better than Burn Notice. The only possible reasons a person could hate this show that much, is because they are likely a miserable person inside, and by default,they just hate anything, simply because other people like it! Personally, I got rid of cable and satellite TV many years ago; it's nothing but trashy garbage and brainwashing. A friend gave me Season 2 on DVD about 5 years ago. I had never seen it, so it sat around collecting dust.. until one rainy springtime Sunday afternoon... I finally decided I would give it a try after a few friends told me I had to watch it. I wasn't expecting much more than a typical, worn out, cliche, over-used 007 spy genre type show.. My friend that owed me a lot of money, had just given me his 50-something inch SONY HDTV as payment and I was kind of looking to try it out anyway... As soon as the intro was over and the show started, the room brightened up with clear blue Miami skies, tropical green oceans, girls in bikinis, and a very surreal Hispanic-Cuban-Miami vibe, that was SPOT on. It seemed that the cast were all well experienced actors, which gave me high hopes as well. The beautiful scenery alone started to brighten my mood somehow, and surely the good TV helped. Right off the bat, after only a half hour or so, I noticed that the cast were all EXCELLENT, and that they all meshed together in such a harmonious way. So far it had these huge positives working for it. As the first episode finished, I was in disbelief that one episode was already finished. It felt like only 15 minutes had passed.. but no, it was the full episode. I realized that it had already captivated me and completely drawn my attention 100%. There was not a second of boredom or redundancy. I couldn't remember feeling this way about a show since I was much younger. When the second episode started, I already knew that I wanted more. I quickly threw some shoes on, ran to the store, grabbed some munchies because I knew I was locking myself in my living room, phone off, Facebook off, laptop and all devices - OFF! I spent the ENTIRE day watching all of season 2. When the last episode drew closer to the end, and Michael had to kill Victor, and started tearing up, so did I. A show had actually made me cry - first time, ever, that a show had made me tear up. I remember sitting there on my couch, almost in shock, thinking, "What in the Hell did I just watch?! Why have I never watched this show before?!" I knew already that this was going to be my all time favorite TV show! That same night, I went online and ordered all of the first 3 seasons on DVD, and over the years I bought every season as soon as they came to DVD. The way Michael, Maggie, Sam and Fiona were all PERFECT for their roles was something I had never seen in any movie or show. I had never, and still have not see a cast that was so perfect, and so natural in their characters, with no exceptions. Each episode seemed to be written and executed so smoothly. I noticed that the shows had plots that carried over through the season, the entire show, and included multiple sub-plots in each episode. Another thing that stands out in Burn Notice, is that unlike the majority of shows (especially action/ mystery/ suspense and crime genres), the writers and directors usually use simple, predictable, desperate, lazy, unrealistic, and just plan stupid events to move the plot along, Burn Notice uses well thought, seamless, realistic, original and unexpected events and twists to naturally move the plot forward. And yet another good quality of this show, is that it actually has substance and is not geared towards people with 6th grade levels of intelligence (as almost all other shows are, because most people are immensely ignorant). It is actually packed with intelligence and a wealth of knowledge. I don't care who you are - if you have half a brain, and are not a miserable heathen, Burn Notice is an absolute MUST watch!moreless
    • One of the most underrated shows ever

      This show is just perfect. From start to finish. Every episode is fun to watch, has amazing pacing, has amazing characters. This is the kind of show that only comes along once in a decade. Anyone who refuses to watch it is an idiot!
    • Fan Too Late

      Only started watching after Burn Notice had been cancelled, but love the show. They left it in a great place to pick up again with a movie or spin-off, so we'll just have to hope...

      Spin-off Ideas:

      Axe / Chuck Findley, PI

      The Charley Westen Chronicles: (8-10 years later) Hardy Boys meets Spy Kids meets Mission Impossible
    • Looking for those sun glasses..

      My son wants to dress up as Micheal from Burn Notice for his piano recital. Running around looking for the beige suit and aviator glasses. He will look just like him. I just got a TV that I gave to my mother (didn't care to have one before) and I am impressed and watch from eight AM to three AM and getting other people to watch Burn Notice.

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