Burn Notice (2007–2013)
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Michael Weston, a contract agent for various agencies including the CIA, finds that a burn notice has been issued for him. Stranded in Miami, he takes the case of a caretaker accused of stealing millions from his boss.

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... Michael Westen
... Fiona Glenanne
... Sam Axe
... Madeline Westen
... Javier
... Mr. Pyne
... Dan Siebels
... Lucy Chen
... Oleg
... Vincent
... Agent Harris
... Agent Lane
Mauricio Suarez ... David
... Boris
... Abednego
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Storyline

Michael Westen is a US freelance secret agent, takes on assignments the government can't officially recodnise. During an operation in Nigeria, he finds himself the victim of a 'burn notice' - he's discredited and his accounts are frozen. Until that's cleared-up he's effectively constrained to Miami. Meanwhile a sleazy contact helps him find lodgings and look for an income as a PI/problem fixer. Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

When Michael learns that he's been burned, the voice on the other end of the phone call is series creator Matt Nix. See more »

Goofs

For what it's worth, the correct terminology is "CIA officer," not "agent." To CIA, an agent is a recruited spy, not a full-time, official CIA field employee. Apparently either a CIA officer or a CIA agent could be called a spy. This confusing terminology probably is because the FBI calls its folks "FBI agents". See more »

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Michael Westen: [voice-over] Covert intelligence involves a lot of waiting around. Know what it's like being a spy? Like sitting in your dentist's reception area twenty-four hours a day. You read magazines, sip coffee, and every so often, someone tries to kill you.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Clair De Lune
Written by Claude Debussy
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A rude awakening in Miami
1 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Anything I know of "Burn Notice" came from the (darker) later seasons, so this pilot stands in somewhat of a contrast. What it lacks in Goby Bell's presence, it makes up for in sun-soaked breezy espionage. But in even in its lighter days, it was still MacGyver-as-government-spook . . .

"For a job like getting rid of the drug dealer next door, I'll take a hardware store over a gun any day. Guns make you stupid; better to fight your wars with duct tape. Duct tape makes you smart."

. . . and it still wields Bruce Campbell as its secret weapon.

It's easy to see why this show was a hit; that swagger was there right from the start.

7/10


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