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A spy recently disavowed by the U.S. government uses his special ops training to help others in trouble.

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Series cast summary:
Jeffrey Donovan ...  Michael Westen 111 episodes, 2007-2013
Gabrielle Anwar ...  Fiona Glenanne 111 episodes, 2007-2013
Bruce Campbell ...  Sam Axe 111 episodes, 2007-2013
Sharon Gless ...  Madeline Westen 111 episodes, 2007-2013
Coby Bell ...  Jesse Porter 67 episodes, 2010-2013
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Michael Westen, a seasoned U.S. spy, is suddenly "burned", i.e. discredited, without any form of procedure. He survives by doing impossible jobs for desperate people in Miami, where his mother lives. Michael is usually aided by his ex-girlfriend Fiona and trusted former FBI informer Sam. Written by KGF Vissers

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Burned man. Smoking woman. See more »


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English

Release Date:

28 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Odstrel See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Having a name with the same pronunciation, but different spelling as the character "Michael Westen", actor Michael Weston appeared in season three, episode five, "Signals and Codes", where he played "Spencer Watkowski". See more »

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During the opening montage, we see Michael boarding a tricycle-gear aircraft, but the aircraft seen flying out is a DC-3, a tail-dragger. See more »

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Sam Axe: ["Characters Welcome" crossover ad with "Royal Pains": Sam's drinking a mojito when Evan R. Lawson calls him on his cellphone] Evan! How's HankMed?
Evan R. Lawson: Forget HankMed. One word: "Spyami."
Sam Axe: "Spyami?"
Evan R. Lawson: The future #1 spy-for-hire agency in all of South Florida.
Sam Axe: [incredulous] Uh-huh?
Evan R. Lawson: Just imagine benches and T-shirts and coffee mugs! We're going to be rich but it's going to be amazing!
Sam Axe: Oh no, I'm going into a canyon here in Miami.
[makes garbled noises]
Evan R. Lawson: I'm going to call you right back. You stay right there...
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Excellent offering
28 June 2007 | by caa821See all my reviews

Jeffrey Donovan is an engaging lead in an interesting program - which combines an interesting dramatic story line with a good balance of lightness and humor -- much like the outstanding "Monk," also a USA Network production.

The premise has been well-publicized; he's a crack covert operator, who's now been ostracized by his agency, and is seeking to learn why, as well as exist amidst the barriers they've erected in terms of his credit and finances, availability of former colleagues, and while he is under surveillance from multiple agency operatives.

During the course of this program, he also assists a man whose former boss - a powerful citizen - has placed both his livelihood and son in jeopardy.

Again, done with both serious drama and whimsy, this is a show which is a breath of proverbial "fresh air," especially among the lame quiz programs and reality shows impossible to avoid today.

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I entered this comment a year ago, upon seeing initial episode of the series. In continuing to watch, I've found Jeffrey Donovan's performances and character to remain interesting and engaging, the remaining cast excellent, and the episodes, overall, also interesting and well-written. Along with "Monk" and the recently-added "In Plain Sight," the USA Network is producing, in my opinion, better fare than the four networks.


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