The Best Show On TV That You Probably Haven’t Seen, Burn Notice

The particular show that I am talking about is excellent. It has drama, excitement, and is very well written. I fell in love with it a while ago and once you watch the first episode you will too. As television watching has changed over the years and I spend less and less time watching the major networks, it seems that they are just a few YEARS behind what seems to interest most folks my age. There are the exceptions that seem to cross all race, age, and nationalities though such as Law and Order, CSI, and NCIS. Those are shows that almost everyone that I know watches at least one if not all of them.burn-notice-logo

The show that I am talking about is none other than the USA original series “Burn Notice” starring Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen. If you haven’t seen it here is a rundown on the plot. When spies get fired, they don’t get a letter from human resources. They get BURNED, which mean something called a Burn Notice has been issued on them from someone and they basically are finished, well at least most would be. Michael is dumped in his hometown of Miami without any money or resources, as he struggles to put his life back together and find out why he’s been burned. In the meantime, he uses his unique skills and training to help people in need … mostly people who can’t get help from the police.

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Jeffrey Donovan stars as Michael Westen in USA's Burn Notice.

So that’s it, but man is it fun to watch. Michael Westen is like a cross between Macguvyer and James Bond. The guy can rig up just about anything with a few supplies from the local hardware store but he has the charisma to rub elbows with even the most elite. The show works because by the time you have watched a few episodes you will really like Michael and the way he does things, he prefers not to use guns or violence when possible but WILL in an instant if he has to. There is also enough character development that he is not just the one dimensional character that helps people and then is on this quest to find out who burned him. They make him a real guy, like what would a spy be like who thought he was serving his country but then gets framed be like, he would be angry but not reckless. Oh yeah not to mention he has issues with his dead father, a brother who constantly screws up, a ex-girlfriend who used to be in the IRA, a mother who is a hypochondriac, and a best friend who is informing on him to the FBI and you thought you had problems right?

There seems to be just enough balance of everything in this show, therefore its got enough action for the guys but enough drama for the ladies. With all this crap on TV these days there aren’t a lot of shows I would tell people they have to see but this is one of them. Burn Notice is about to go into its third season on USA on January 22, but you can catch up by then. You can watch the full episodes of Seasons 1 & 2 for free at either USA, HULU, or Fancast. Start from the pilot and enjoy, I prefer the Hulu version because they have HD episodes. If you haven’t seen it check them out and then come back and let me know what you think.

3 Comments

  1. caraMEL says:

    I totally agree with you “Burn Notice” is the sh*%! It’s smart and humorous. I think that the cable networks do a much better job than the old standbys, I mean “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”, “The Closer” and “Monk” are great shows that I can’t imagine NBC or CBS putting out there.

  2. ivan says:

    ur completely right
    this show is extremely
    enjoyable ive
    loved it since the very first episode
    it has such a mixture of
    entertainment how could
    a person possibly get bore?

  3. Burn Notice is definitely one of the best shows on TV. No question. Jeffrey Donovan is awesome as Michael Westen, but the whole cast makes it work beautifully. Personally, I’d rather be Sam. He gets to have his fun with Mike, but he’s also made in the shade by drawing the government pension.

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