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Burn Notice

Burn NoticeNetwork: USA
Episodes: 111 + movie (hour)
Seasons: Seven

TV show dates: June 28, 2007 — September 12, 2013
Series status: Ended

Performers include: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, Paul Tei, Tricia Helfer, Seth Peterson, Marc Macaulay, and Brandon Morris.

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TV show description:
This comedy/drama centers around a spy who’s received a “burn notice,” meaning that the agency that he works for has wiped him off the grid, leaving him with no work history, no money, and no identity.

Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) flees a Nigerian operation that is taken down after the sudden non-cooperation of his U.S. contact. He soon finds himself back in his hometown of Miami with his ex, Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar). A quick wit with two black belts, Michael’s assets have been frozen and he’s been abandoned by all of his business contacts. Michael learns that if he leaves Miami he’ll be taken into custody. So, working as a private investigator, he hopes to learn who burned him and why.

Fiona is a former IRA operative. She decides to stick around in Miami after Michael shows up and becomes one of his confidantes. She’s an explosives expert. Fiona and Michael are drawn to each other and, in their line of work, they really don’t have anyone else they can be with.

Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) is a former Navy SEAL and a semi-retired intelligence operative. He works as a double agent and has been asked to report on Michael to the FBI. He tells Michael about this and they pass false information to the FBI. Using the alias of Chuck Finley, Sam has no job and no place to live, so he sleeps with rich, older women in exchange for food and shelter.

When Sam’s not doing that, he lives with Michael’s mom, a chain-smoking hypochondriac named Madeline Westen (Sharon Gless). Madeline’s other son is Nate (Seth Peterson), Micahel’s down-on-his-luck younger brother who has a tendency to wager property that he doesn’t own. Nate still resents Michael’s joining the military and leaving him at home with their abusive father. The brothers are able to find common ground when it comes to their desire to keep their Mom happy and safe.

Series Finale

Episode #111 — “Reckoning”
Michael finds himself in a standoff between Fiona and Sonya: between loyalty and betrayal. Michael was planning on turning against the CIA and allying himself with Sonya, but when Sonya tries to kill Fiona for getting in their way, Michael shoots Sonya dead.

Michael’s now back on the right track, but it’s too late: not only are James and his entire organization gunning for Michael, but now the CIA is, as well. Because Michael didn’t make good on his agreement to take James and his entire organization down within 48 hours, the CIA has opened up a manhunt for Michael and his friends, releasing their pictures to every law enforcement agency in Florida.

With their faces all over the news and everyone in Miami chasing after them, Michael and the team have no choice but to go ahead and finish the mission. Michael is going to take down James and his network, once and for all, or die trying.

Michael learns that James has a communication relay center hidden in an abandoned building in downtown Miami. Inside, there’s a hard drive that records every message that passes through there. Michael plans to get the hard drive and deliver it to the CIA, so they can locate and neutralize every member of James’ terrorist organization.

Jesse goes to Maddie’s house to get Maddie and Charlie. Maddie sacrifices herself by detonating a bomb and takes out James’ men with her.

Michael shoots James who in turn blows up the building, seemingly killing Michael and Fiona. After Sam presides over a military funeral for his friends, we learn that they have escaped They are presumed dead so they can have a new life raising Charlie together.
Note: The series ended with a thanks to Freddie Figueroa. He was the show’s medic who passed away from cancer.
First aired: September 12, 2013.

What do you think? Do you like the Burn Notice TV series? Do you think it should have been renewed for an eighth season?


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Chuck Lewis May 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

Great show! Love the entire cast!! Sadly however, it is time to bring the show to a close. I just hope its a happy ending. We invest in these characters and after 7 years we all want to see the struggles were worthwhile. DON’T screw it up!!!


Elaine Gilbert May 16, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Please don’t cancel burn notice after the 2013 season, love this show! I could go on to restate all the comments above but it’s one of the best shows on tv, and I have almost every cable channel there is.
Thank you


gopherturtle May 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

Alas, I used to love this show. However, I burned out about a year and a half ago. The trying to find out just got to stupid and unimaginative. The stories of them helping people where great.

sigh the show got stuck in a loop.


Robert Pearson May 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

I have been a faithful follower of Burn Notice but in the last season the shows story lines have gotten old. Maybe one or two episodes with nothing but Michael Weston and crew working to finally clearing his name. But come to think of it, if he’s no longer Burned the show would have to change its name maybe “Probation Notice”, or move along. Lets hope CW or another studio will pick it up and at least finish out the story of his being burned.


susan registr May 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

burn notice is the best show i’ve watched in years. i watch it every week and does my son. they have good story telling and great actors and the action is fantasic. usa would be crazy to cancel a great show to put on some less quality show that might not even make it thru a season let alone a year why do networks always want to stop a great show instead of letting it keep going on course and getting better and better. burn notice still has a few more years of good story telling left to be told. so please don’t cancel burn notice.


P joyce May 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

For the high price of cable tv, we the viewers deserve good tv. Burn notice meets this criteria. Don’t cancel. Good entertainment, characters and acting are too rare these days !
Thank you
P joyce, Ph D


Tre May 10, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Do not end, the writers have more in them so do the characters.


Vicki Kunetka May 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Don’t cancel Burn Notice! My husband and I love the characters!!!! We love the writing!!! It’s one of the BEST shows on TV.


Elaine Gilbert May 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm

My husband and love this how too!


mathsman34 December 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm

top show …dont get tried of watching it …should continue just like NSIC franchises !!!


Cora Marburger September 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm

What a great show. I’m addicted to seeing it every week. What great characters and quality scripts. Keep up the great show! Thanks!


Nancy T June 23, 2012 at 5:24 am

GREAT show. But please – get Fiona out of jail, cleared of all charges. The team needs to be together!!


anonymous June 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I love Burn Notice Thankyou USA channel keep the Burn Notice going It s one of the best shows on tv…..


Pat May 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I love this show. USA network is one of the best on TV. Keep up the good work in putting the top shows on the air. Burn Notice is one of the best shows on the air.
Look forwarding to watching it every week.


Anonymous March 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I love burn notice! its awsome! it inspired me to eat yogurt!


JerriFaye Thomason March 24, 2010 at 12:09 am

Keep it. It is Great… Give Sam more billing. Sharon Gless fussing and smoking does not
come close to the character of “Sam.”



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