Burn Notice: Season 2 (2008 - 2009)


Season 2
Burn Notice

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Burn Notice's sophomore season marks the welcome addition of Tricia Helfer to the cast, but otherwise continues the predictable -- and thoroughly enjoyable -- formula of its inaugural year.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 51

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Air date: Jul 10, 2008

The second season begins with Michael trying to retrieve information that's heavily guarded by cutthroat mercenaries, in order to help his client free his kidnapped family.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2008

A woman seeks Michael's help with a cartel soldier who is stalking her. Michael works to turn the organization against the man so he will leave her alone.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2008

It's a pro against a con when Michael, going all out to save his client, tangles with a con artist by posing as the perfect victim.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2008

Michael befriends a human smuggler in hopes of locating a client's captured sister.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2008

Michael takes part in coordinating a jewelry heist to help a client who is unable to break free of the crime ring planning the job.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2008

Michael attempts to catch an embezzler inside a hip-hop artist's charity by tricking the thief into swiping a higher amount. Michael Shanks guest stars.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2008

Michael fools a group of modern-day pirates into pulling a heist so he can locate some stolen cargo.

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Air date: Sep 11, 2008

Michael is asked by a fellow former spy to perform a contract killing, but he opts instead to protect the female target. Tim Matheson guest stars.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2008

Michael poses as an alcoholic security guard to thwart a kidnapping plot with ties to a foreign oil company.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2009

Michael helps a father who was swindled by a medical scam artist while also searching for the person who tried to kill him.

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In the second series, Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is still looking for answers about his burn notice. He finds a lead in the mysterious Carla (guest star Tricia Helfer), who works for the organization that lead to his dismissal and who recruits Michael to perform tasks for her. But while he plays Carla's game, he also keeps up his day job helping out Miami locals plagued by an assortment of shady characters, including con artists, smugglers and thieves. By his side through it all, as always, are his faithful pal Sam (Bruce Campbell), his ex Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and his mom, Madeline (Sharon Gless).

Critic Reviews for Burn Notice Season 2

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11)

The series was clicking so well by the end of last season that the idea of changing the format seemed odd. But despite the introduction of Carla, season two "Burn Notice" is pretty much the same as season one.

Jun 10, 2008 | Full Review…

The interplay of the core group has enough ambivalence and shadows to keep the show intriguing.

Jun 10, 2008 | Full Review…

Like a smarter, funnier, modern-day version of The A Team.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Burn Notice resumes its second season like a sarcastic friend whose absences may not be lamented but whose reappearances are always surprisingly well met.

Jun 10, 2008 | Full Review…

[Bruce Campbell's] suburban-dad looks have given way to a warm, scruffy bearishness, and he ambles through Burn Notice as if he were having the time of his life.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Finally, the plot was about Michael's bad side.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Last summer's biggest surprise is this summer's predictably literate pleasure.

Jan 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Not only an entertaining blend of action and drama, but also contains a wonderful sense of humor.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

While the first season had a bit of a rocky start as they smoothed out the problems in the pilot, the second season has really taken off.

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

It's got great performances (especially from Donovan who should be fielding offers to lead movies at this point), brilliant writing, and rewards both causal and faithful viewing.

Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…

"Lesser Evil" might be the best episode of a series full of brilliance.

Jun 21, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This is an entry-level episode of sorts, which might be good if new people begin watching the show from here on in.

Jun 13, 2017 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Burn Notice: Season 2

  • Jun 07, 2019
    Michael Westen's hunt for the people who burned him heats up in Season 2 of Burn Notice. In an effort to get his life back Michael goes to work for the people who burned him, but secretly he gathers intel on their organization in order to get out from under their control. Tricia Helfer joins the cast as a recurring character and serves as an excellent villain for Michael to match wits with. Also, several interesting guest stars make appearances, including Oded Fehr, Tim Matheson, MC Gainey, and Dina Meyer. Additionally, the writers do a good job at coming up with new cons for Michael and his crew to pull off, while also teasing the larger conspiracy that he's involved in. And, the action sequences are especially well-done and add a lot of energy and excitement to the show. Incredibly strong, Burn Notice delivering a fun and thrilling second season.
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  • Jun 18, 2020
    Gets a little ridiculous. Car accidents, shooting up Miami in front of witness, no citizens IDs anyone. They would all be either dead or in jail by now. Houses getting blown up. Lol.
  • Jan 26, 2019
    zalama. beastly mid-season finale and season finale. (2 viewings)
  • Nov 10, 2016
    Season 2 is where the series hits is stride, and there is a big-budget finale reminiscent of a James Bond film. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole series but the prime years were seasons 1-5, a mixture of james bond, austin powers, and "The Sting" (about con men), this series has it all.
  • May 27, 2015
    The series become a bit bolder this time around. Tricia Helfer is excellent as Carla.

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