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BURN NOTICE (On-going TV show)

Creator: Max Nix

Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless...

Run time: 0ne-hour episodes on USA cable TV channel.
(Check local listings for schedule and repeat schedule.)

Genre: Crime, drama, mystery, thriller, comedy

Seasons 1-3 available on DVD

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

"Spies don't get fired, they get burned."

Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is a former spy who must rely on his covert skills and the few friends who still acknowledge him as he tries to figure out why he was "burned" and who "burned" him. There's a former girlfriend, Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar) who has a way with explosives, Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), a beer-drinking buddy and sidekick, who used to inform on him to the FBI, and Madeline Westen (Sharon Gless), his mother. While he tries to sort out his professional life, Michael takes on whatever jobs present themselves. They usually involve elements of danger but a "burned" spy has to take what he can get.

The first time I watched an episode, I wasn't impressed with Westen, Glenanne, or the Miami setting. However, I loved Bruce Campbell's character Sam and Sharon Gless as Westen's mom. Campbell and Gless were so good that I kept coming back for more. Eventually I grew accustomed to Michael and Fiona Glenanne.

I can't say I agree with the critics who rate this series as "one of the best," but if not taken too seriously, Burn Notice is quite often fun.

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