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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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USA

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English

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28 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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Burn Notice See more »

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Miami, Florida, USA

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1.78 : 1
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The building that is supposed to be Michael's loft, is located on NW 7th Avenue, between NW 6th Street and NW 5th Street (528 NW 7th Avenue) Miami, Florida 33136. It can be found in Google Maps at 25.779033,-80.20706. See more »

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Miami is relatively small (less than 40 square miles, making it smaller than San Francisco and Washington D.C.) and yet no one ever recognizes Michael Weston, despite his interacting with HUNDREDS of people during the series' run. See more »

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[season 1 opening except pilot]
Michael Westen: [voice-over] My name is Michael Westen. I used to be a spy, until...
voice on phone: [phone rings] We got a burn notice on you. You're blacklisted.
Michael Westen: [whistles]
Michael Westen: [voice-over] When you're burned, you've got nothing: no cash, no credit, no job history. You're stuck in whatever city they decide to dump you in.
Michael Westen: [groggily] Where am I?
Fiona Glenanne: Miami.
Michael Westen: [voice-over] You do whatever work comes your way. You rely on anyone who's still talking to you:
Michael Westen: [laughs tightly]
Michael Westen: [voice-over] ... a trigger-happy ...
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excellent escapist stuff that knows how to entertain
23 April 2008 | by inkslugSee all my reviews

After completing episode 4 just now, I'm hooked. I think I'll probably finish the series tonight. Don't judge it on the pilot episode alone though because although good, it's the weakest of those that I've seen.

The show's main humour and style owes a lot to Monk and The Rockford Files. There are also comedic and plot devices reminiscent of The 'A' team, Macguiver, and The Equalizer. This hilarity is all served up upon a bed of Bourne Identityesque back story. There's even been the odd moment that I have been reminded of the BBC's The Hustle.

So if you like any of those shows you can just sit back and relax because you know you're going to be entertained.

The Premise:

A disavowed (under a Burn Notice) US spy is abandoned to his own devices in Miami with all his assets seized. To make ends meet while he tries to find out why he's been 'Burned', he agrees to take on a different job each episode that his talents are uniquely suited to. Matters are complicated by his ex-girlfriend (with IRA connections) who turns up, his semi-retired friend and colleague spying on him for the Feds, and his hypochondriac mother pestering and nagging him all the time. In addition to the weekly 'job' these characters get involved in each episode, another piece of the 'Burn Notice' puzzle is discovered or tracked down. This too can come with complications, and let's also not forget that since he has been 'Burned' he no longer has the protection of the US government and is a free target. Anybody from his past could show up.

The show has plenty going on all the time and is never boring. His dysfunctional family adds massively to the proceedings and makes our hero more of a 3D character. There are many clichés and influences throughout the show but they just add to the fun. The result is a sharp, clever, and witty comedy action drama show.


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