Burn Notice

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  • TV-PG
  • 2011
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.0  (79,030)

Burn Notice was an American television series that aired on the USA Network from June 2007 to September 2013. Created by Matt Nix, the show starred Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a former intelligence officer who finds himself “burned,” or blacklisted, by his own agency.

The show follows Westen, who is stuck in Miami with no job or resources, as he tries to find out who burned him and why. Along the way, he works as a freelance spy-for-hire, assisting clients with their own problems while trying to piece together the mystery of his own predicament.

To help him navigate the treacherous waters of espionage, Westen is joined by a rag-tag team of allies, including his ex-girlfriend Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar), a former terrorist who becomes his go-to expert on explosives and firearms; his best friend Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), a washed-up Navy SEAL who is always up for a good time and is an expert on local Miami politics; and his mother Madeline Westen (Sharon Gless), a chain-smoking hypochondriac who is fiercely loyal to her son.

As the series progresses, Westen and his team take on a wide range of cases, from fighting local gangsters to taking on international terrorists. Along the way, they also run afoul of a number of enemies, including agents working for the agency that burned Westen, as well as rival spies and mercenaries.

One of the hallmarks of the show was its unique blend of humor and high-stakes action. The witty banter between Westen, Fiona, and Sam provided a welcome counterpoint to the intense drama of their missions, while the show’s signature voice-over narration offered insights into Westen’s thought process and added to the show’s playful tone.

Another notable feature of Burn Notice was its attention to detail when it came to the spy craft. The show employed a team of technical advisors to ensure that the various gadgets and techniques used by the characters were as accurate and realistic as possible.

Throughout its seven-season run, Burn Notice proved to be a critical and commercial success. The show was praised for its compelling characters, sharp writing, and high-octane action, and earned several award nominations, including a Primetime Emmy nomination for Sharon Gless.

Ultimately, the series came to an end in 2013, with the finale leaving fans satisfied and wrapping up many of the show’s lingering plot threads. Although it is no longer on the air, Burn Notice remains a beloved fan favorite, known for its smart storytelling, memorable characters, and playful spirit.

Burn Notice is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (113 episodes). The series first aired on April 17, 2011.

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13. Reckoning
September 12, 2013
In the series finale, Michael attempts to regain the trust of those whom he betrayed, while James works feverishly to ruin him.
Sea Change
12. Sea Change
September 5, 2013
Michael is forced to reveal his true identity to James; Fiona and Jesse are concerned he has taken on more than he can handle.
Tipping Point
11. Tipping Point
August 22, 2013
As Michael becomes increasingly conflicted with his mission, he travels to Mexico with Sonya to assist James with an important job.
Things Unseen
10. Things Unseen
August 15, 2013
When Michael's cover is threatened, he must decide just how far he will go to protect the mission.
Bitter Pill
9. Bitter Pill
August 8, 2013
The team is desperate to find an antidote at the manufacturer's lab in order to save a poisoned Middle Eastern diplomat. Elsewhere, Madeline believes she's being followed.
Nature Of The Beast
8. Nature Of The Beast
August 1, 2013
Michael hunts a drug smuggler on the orders of the organization he's trying to infiltrate. Elsewhere, Fiona, Jesse and Strong visit a mental hospital in an effort to find out more information about James.
Psychological Warfare
7. Psychological Warfare
July 25, 2013
Michael is finally introduced to the head of the organization he's been assigned to dismantle, but when the leader drugs him at gunpoint in order to learn his deepest secrets, Michael must face his past in order to maintain his cover.
All or Nothing
6. All or Nothing
July 18, 2013
Michael and Fiona pose as hackers in an effort to steal information for Sonya. But Michael's things become complicated when working with Fiona stirs up painful memories. Meanwhile, Sam and Jesse help Barry track down a former girlfriend in exchange for falsified documents.
Exit Plan
5. Exit Plan
July 11, 2013
Michael encounters a former Russian operative who is involved with Burke's mysterious organization. In order to get out of Cuba, they must manipulate a bloodthirsty counterintelligence expert who's locking down the island. Strong convinces Fiona to help Michael's mission by making her an offer she can't refuse.
Brother In Arms
4. Brother In Arms
June 27, 2013
Michael works hard to learn about Burke's underground network; Fiona and Madeline must frame a corrupt Russian bureaucrat for treason.
Down Range
3. Down Range
June 20, 2013
Sam and Jesse travel to the Dominican Republic to assist Michael with a high-stakes trade; Fiona intervenes when a bookie threatens Madeline.
Forget Me Not
2. Forget Me Not
June 13, 2013
Michael is back in Miami on a manhunt for someone who is trying to blow his cover; Michael is forbidden from contacting his crew.
New Deal
1. New Deal
June 6, 2013
In the seventh season premiere, a terrorist seeks Michael's help in stealing equipment from a defense facility. Elsewhere, Sam and Jesse learn Michael's life may be in danger.
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Burn Notice is available for streaming on the USA website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Burn Notice on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, USA, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 17, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (79,030)