Burn Notice: Season 1 (2007)


Season 1
Burn Notice

Critics Consensus

Sporting dry humor and slick production values, Burn Notice is perfectly undemanding entertainment.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 66
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Air date: Jun 28, 2007
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The first series of this sleek spy series mixes plenty of action with sex appeal and a dose of wry humor. While on a covert mission in Nigeria, spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) discovers he's been burned, which equates to being fired in the world of espionage. After escaping the immediate danger of his assignment, he wakes up in Miami with no memory of how he got there and discovers his accounts have been frozen and his contacts cut off. Forced to fend for himself, Michael recruits the help of the only friends he has: Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), a former intelligence contact whom the FBI has tapped to gain intel on Michael; Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar), a spunky ex-IRA operative looking for closure after being dumped by Michael several years earlier; and Michael's meddling mother Madeline (Sharon Gless), who's thrilled to have her son back in her life. Despite the often uneasy state of these alliances, Sam, Fiona and Madeline each bring their own skills to the table to help Michael find out who burned him and why. In order to fund his investigation---not to mention more mundane expenses like rent---Michael picks up a side job as a private investigator helping Miami citizens obtain justice. Each episode chronicles a different case, opening the way for notable guest stars like Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") and Richard Schiff ("West Wing"). But Michael's main goal throughout the season is following the convoluted trail of betrayals and double-dealings that led to his burn notice.


Critic Reviews for Burn Notice Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

Looking for some summertime fun? It is Burn Notice... It combines the lively silliness from scores of shows that have gone before.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The series is not great television by any means, but it has a kind of breezy charm and sly wit that make it one of this summer's better new shows.

Apr 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Entertaining, stylish, and, most of all, slight.

Jun 28, 2007 | Full Review…

A flashy, uneven series.

Jun 28, 2007 | Full Review…

It makes a smart, charmingly irreverent first impression, thanks to its pleasantly warped, deadpan writing and performing.

Jun 28, 2007 | Full Review…

One of Burn Notice's most successful choices involves the use of on location shooting in Miami. The city is used exceedingly well in establishing a distinct environment that goes beyond the usual South Beach shots.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Westen is decidedly unoriginal, despite and because he is granted stylish action sequences.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Creator Matt Nix has managed to produce a show that's both familiar and original, uses some fantastic dramatic devices, and always stays the right side of snarky.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The show's designed not to dazzle you, but to grow on you - and it does... It's content to simply be good.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

To be fair, a show like Burn Notice could have succeeded on any network, but it's a good thing it ended up on USA.

Mar 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Burn Notice: Season 1

  • May 17, 2018
    From USA comes the thrilling spy series Burn Notice. In Season 1 CIA spy Michael Westen is burned (cut off and disavowed) and is forced to return home to Miami, where he precedes to try to uncover who burned him and get his job back. But in the meantime, he takes odd jobs helping people with his ex-girlfriend Fiona and retired Navy friend Sam Axe. Starring Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, and Bruce Campbell, the cast is really good and balances the action and comedy especially well. And the writing does an excellent job at using voice over narration; with Michael giving spy tips and explaining the spy trade throughout the episodes. The show also does an impressive job at building an over-arching story for the season while keeping each episode a case-of-the-week, and the actions scenes are incredibly exciting and fun. Additionally, a number of notable guest stars are featured; including David Zayas, Mark Pellegrino, Ray Wise, Lucy Lawless, and Trica Helfer. One of the best shows on television, Burn Notice delivers a remarkable first season and promises to get even better in the next.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2019
    not to be taken too seriously, yet still pretty awesome (about 2 viewings)
  • Sep 28, 2017
    it's not funny, it's not witty, the main guy narrowly escapes death in every single episode and i'm rooting for the day when he falls short. BURNNN notice.
  • Feb 23, 2016
    Slow start to a great setup which gives you a fun window on the world of espionage and intelligence operations. Not too serious, not too silly. Love it.
  • May 21, 2015
    Acing is hit and miss, but a mixture of action and wry humor keep this series entertaining.

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