Burn Notice: Season 5 (2011)

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Despite some partially successful retooling, Burn Notice's fifth season maintains the same ample intensity that fans have come to expect from this captivating escapist drama.

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Critic Ratings: 10

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User Ratings: 41

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Air date: Jun 23, 2011

In the Season 5 premiere, Michael works with his old agency to go after the people who burned him in a case that leads the group to Venezuela.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2011

Michael helps a woman track down her cousin, who's caught up in a human-trafficking scheme, but is dismayed when Madeline becomes involved in the plot to rescue her.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2011

Nate returns to Miami to seek Michael's help to go after a loan shark who's harassing a widow. The guys soon discover that the loan shark is not all that he seems, however.

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Air date: Jul 14, 2011

Barry's brother is framed for attacking a server, so the gang track down the real hacker to clear his name.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2011

"Square One", 7/21/11:Michael plays a key role in a CIA murder investigation. Meanwhile, the team helps a client who reminds them of Michael--a former army sniper who wants revenge on the men who put his sister on the hospital. HD Version

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Air date: Jul 28, 2011

Sam gets close to a heroin dealer as part of a plan to help the CIA retrieve a weapon from a Serbian mob. But his undercover work doesn't go over well with the agency.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2011

Michael and Sam try to rescue an ailing boy from his father, who took the boy to a heavily armed compound. Elsewhere, Fiona and Jesse keep an eye on a day laborer who could be tied to Max's fate.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2011

Michael and Jesse go on an extraction mission on a Caribbean island but end up trapped there by mercenaries. Meanwhile, Fiona tries to get information out of an ex by doing a favor for him.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2011

A pharmaceuticals mogul hires Fiona and Jesse to do surveillance work for him, but he's hiding something about his business dealings. Elsewhere, Michael and Sam question a bomb maker tied to Max's murder.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2011

Michael infiltrates a group of hijackers in order to help Jesse with a security job, but the mission takes a turn when the group take hostages at an airport. Madeline, meanwhile, tries to lead the hostages to safety.

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Tv Season Info

In series 5, Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) finally makes his way back to the CIA, but his life turns out to be no less complicated than when he was burned. After tracking down the people who worked for the organization that burned him, Michael finds himself framed for murder and under investigation by the CIA's Dani Pearce (Lauren Stamile). His troubles only worsen when a new big bad arrives on the scene: Anson Fullerton (Jere Burns), who uses Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) as leverage to make Michael do his bidding. Bruce Campbell, Coby Bell and Sharon Gless also star.

Critic Reviews for Burn Notice Season 5

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

"Burn Notice" went out with a bang in [the] season finale in many ways, but still leaving us with lingering questions on Michael's future with Anson pulling all of the strings.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not quite a standard-issue Burn Notice episode, in that there's no client or side-case, and there is some added tension between Michael and his Miami pals now that he's presumably back in the fold, but it's close enough for government work.

Aug 22, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

So what can you expect from this premiere? Pretty much exactly what we've all come to love from this show...And really, what more can you ask for than, that?

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

What he [Matt Lauria] lacks in intensity however, he makes up for with charm and likability. He is a really likable guy and in the end stepping out of his comfort zone does not become a problem.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

I wouldn't say the series is jumping the shark, but there are changes being made to its structure that shouldn't have been made.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Even if a complete redux of the series' core motivation is what the producers had in mind, why would it occur in such a lack-luster fashion?

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The episode itself has a temporary new status quo.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

It is perfect escapist television and, for those who love it, this satisfying season will tick every single box.

Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Let's hope Matt Nix can figure out how to put the genie back in the bottle. I have little doubt he will and the premiere was used to tie up a few loose ends before we move on.

Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 4.2/5 | Full Review…

"Company Man" was a fun, curveball of an episode but I don't exactly know where it's placed our characters.

Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Burn Notice: Season 5

  • Mar 10, 2019
    a step down from previous seasons, with more of a need to suspend disbelief in a lot of episodes. finished very strong with lots of excitement and intense moments in the last couple episodes. before that, i was considering giving is a 2.5 (about 2 viewings)

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