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Burn Notice is one of the biggest hit television shows of the summer, and is one of USA networks most successful shows ever. The drama centered around international spy Michael Weston, the show is shot almost entirely on location in Miami. The basic idea behind the show revolves around the story of Michael Weston receiving a "burn notice." In the pilot episode, viewers find out that "burn notice" is a term used to describe the process of firing a spy. When a spy gets fired from his job, he is essentially erased from existence. His bank accounts are frozen, passports are eliminated, and any trace of his past is removed from the record. The government agency that previously supported him no longer offers any kind of help or guidance. The spy is basically on his own.

The earlier seasons of the show revolve around Michael figuring out who burned him. This takes him on a journey through a collection of misfits, criminals, and corrupt government agents.

One of the interesting features of the show is how Michael and his friends help a "client" each week. Each episode features a side story of Michael and his team assisting his clients with their unique set of skills. Michael is assisted by his best friend Same Axe, Jesse Porter, and his girlfriend Fiona Glennane.

Through one way or another, they are introduced to a new client each and every week who is interested in taking advantage of the skills that Michael and his team bring to the table. In addition to working on the "case of the week," the overarching story of figuring out what happened to Michael and why he was burned is advanced as well.

One of the nice things about this series is how the characters are developed. In the early stages of the series, you really don't know much about Michael, Fiona, or the other characters. Throughout the series, you get to know Michael, his mother, his brother, and the other characters a lot better. The writers of the show do a great job of creating intriguing weekly stories while keeping the overall theme of the show advancing from one season to the next. The show also provides a nice mixture of action, adventure, humor, and slick spy tricks.

If you enjoy well-made spy dramas, Burn Notice is definitely a show that you should check out this summer on USA Network.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on USA
8 Seasons, 112 Episodes
April 17, 2011
Cast: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless
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  • In the series finale, Michael attempts to regain the trust of those whom he betrayed, while James works feverishly to ruin him.

  • Michael is forced to reveal his true identity to James; Fiona and Jesse are concerned he has taken on more than he can handle.

  • As Michael becomes increasingly conflicted with his mission, he travels to Mexico with Sonya to assist James with an important job.

  • When Michael's cover is threatened, he must decide just how far he will go to protect the mission.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Michael works hard to learn about Burke's underground network; Fiona and Madeline must frame a corrupt Russian bureaucrat for treason.

  • Sam and Jesse travel to the Dominican Republic to assist Michael with a high-stakes trade; Fiona intervenes when a bookie threatens Madeline.

  • Michael is back in Miami on a manhunt for someone who is trying to blow his cover; Michael is forbidden from contacting his crew.

  • 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.

  • The sixth season comes to a dramatic close when Sam is seriously injured and Jesse is captured during an ambush.

  • The sixth season comes to a dramatic close when Sam is seriously injured and Jesse is captured during an ambush.

  • Michael is caught in the crosshairs when a vicious smuggler seeks revenge on a former client. Nowhere to run, they are forced to take refuge in a remote warehouse.

  • Michael tries to sell an expensive piece of technology to a thief, but things get out of hand when Sam is dragged into a robbery.

  • Michael sacrifices himself to be captured by a former Syrian intelligence officer in an effort to save an unfortunate smuggler.

  • Michael is on the CIA task force radar after being accused of a crime. Senior officer Olivia Riley questions Sam and works to find Michael's whereabouts.

  • A smuggler Fiona met in prison seeks help to take on a corrupt detective. Elsewhere, Michael teams up with a former enemy to resolve a major issue.

  • The gang plot their escape from Panama, while Michael tries to skirt a Panamanian drug runner.

  • The team intends to take down an assassin, but he discovers their plans and sets a trap for them. Elsewhere, Madeline grills Card for answers.

  • The CIA recruits Fiona to break into a guarded safe when a civilian takes on more than she can handle with a black market entrepreneur. Meanwhile, Sam and Jesse visit a mercenary training camp in hopes of finding an exceptionally skilled sniper.

  • Michael allows himself to be arrested by the FBI in an attempt to capture a vicious Bostonian mobster. Meanwhile, Jesse and Pearce are forced to blackmail a weapons manufacturer in exchange for information... but things don't go as planned.

  • Sam helps his girlfriend's delinquent son with a relentless loan shark. Meanwhile, Michael and Fiona reconnect as they search for the person who sabotaged his last mission. But in order to see the truth, Michael will have to set aside his emotions.

  • Michael finally gets a solid lead on Anson, but his intention of rescuing Fiona from prison is put on hold when an MI-6 agent tries to prevent her release. Across town, Sam must protect Barry after a cold-blooded assassin traps them in a secluded beach house.

  • Michael and Sam try to get Rebecca's brother out of the crosshairs of a deadly gangster.

  • Michael, Sam and Jesse head down to the Everglades to track a lead, but things go awry when Sam is taken by an unlikely enemy. In prison, Fiona is in danger with a pair of dangerous inmates.

  • When Pearce learns the identity of her fiancee's killer, she recruits Michael for vengeance. Things get complicated, however, when they discover the man is under protection as a CIA asset.

  • After the CIA denies his request to see Fiona, Michael calls upon his old Mentor, Tom Card.

  • The sixth season finds Michael desperately hunting Anson through the streets of Miami, but time is running out. Meanwhile, Fiona is taken into federal custody after her surrender, where she's interrogated by an old enemy.

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'Buffy' Star Charisma Carpenter to Guest on 'Burn Notice'

The fifth season of USA Network's "Burn Notice" is about to get a little injection of charisma... Charisma Carpenter that is. Carpenter is most famous for her portrayal of another sharp-tongued queen bee, Cordelia Chase on the cult scifi hits "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel." The Buffy and Angel veteran will guest star in the 11th episode of the show as Nicki, a sharp-tongued trophy wife.

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