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.

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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  1. Lynn says

    A family show that my whole family could enjoy it had humorous storylines no gratuitous violence or language … Why would you cancel this show !!! So disappointed it finished airing in the uk tonight ,

  2. john says

    USA has made 3 stupid moves compounded by 3 more really dumb moves.

    1- They let Burn Notice end…. LAME DECISION
    2- They let Monk end…. Lame Decision
    3- They let necessary roughness end…. Lame Decision

    1- They have a STUPID reality show about some guy no one knows or cares about
    2- They replaced Burn Notice with an insanely dumb cop show with a house of whores, drugs and bad acting
    3- USA has somehow decided that all of us who started watching their shows because of the depth and true humor of the shows without the constant nudity, lame jokes and fail “pushing the envelope attempts type shows that fail on NBC yearly.

    I wonder if USA stopped and asked themselves why Burn Notice, Psyche and Monk were so successful for so long… it isn’t because they were like the crap they have on their now. the crap they have on there now can be found on any lame channel named NBC, CBS or FOX. Someone at USA needs to be fired for REALLY bad choices

  3. Renee says

    Please return Burn Notice. I loved this show!!! The characters were the best. I can’t find
    any other shows as entertaining as this one.

  4. MARK says

    Loved the show and would follow it again, if the aired it. Bring it back with all the twist and turns for 2014. Thanks to the cast for a great TV Program.

  5. Leo Fowler says

    Great show, really enjoyed watching all seasons so far and think it could’ve gone on for another few seasons. Real shame it’s nearly over :(

  6. Angela says

    I caught the show on Esquire. I am watching all the episodes on Netflix. It is a great show. I love all the characters. I can’t believe it was cancelled.

  7. Debbie says

    Please return Burn Notice. I love this show. There are no other’s like it. It is the best. I love the cast. Jeffrey Donovan is awesome. He was in an episode of ‘Monk’ playing an Air Force pilot who killed his girlfriend. That is the first time I had ever seen him, and of course, like him. Then he had his own show, ‘Burn Notice’. Why did you cancel it?
    Every show that I like on networks, are canceled or the stars decide to stop doing them.
    First it was ‘Monk’. Then it was ‘The Closer’. Now it is ‘Burn Notice’.
    Please renew ‘Burn Notice’.

  8. barbara says

    I am very sad this series has ended. Loved this show and all the people in it.

    Why do “they” always cancel the really good shows? This show should have been on

    for many more seasons.

  9. valblues says

    My husband and I just finished watching Burn Notice on Netflix. It’s too bad that at a time when we are inundated with lousy reality shows and stupid dumbing-down shows that a great, twisting, turning, must-think-about-it explosive show should be cast aside. Burn Notice should have been continued for many more seasons!!

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