White Collar: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

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White Collar

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Featuring clever plotting and outstanding chemistry between its leads, White Collar is a witty, briskly-paced caper series.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 222

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Air date: Oct 23, 2009

In the series premiere, slick con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) escapes from a maximum-security prison, much to the dismay of FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), the man who put Neal behind bars after a lengthy cat-and-mouse game. After being apprehended again, Neal suggests a partnership with Peter in which he'll help the agent solve white-collar crimes, an arrangement that keeps Neal out of jail and provides the premise for the series. Tiffani Thiessen and Willie Garson also star.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2009

Neal and Peter infiltrate New York's Fashion Week to stop a criminal from selling security data that is stored on a piece of technology woven into the fabric of a model's dress. Idil "Ghovat" Hazeva: Carlo Rota.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2009

A mobster (John Ventimiglia) asks the FBI to track down a valuable Bible that was stolen from him. During the investigation, Neal encounters a dangerous woman (Callie Thorne) who tests his true loyalties.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2009

Peter and Neal try to locate smuggled Iraqi artifacts. The evidence points to a U.S. soldier as the culprit, but the pair soon begin to suspect a news producer working in the territory. Sarah Wynter and Garret Dillahunt guest star.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2009

Peter and Neal set up a sting to recover a stolen portrait. Neal also tracks the origins of the piece while they try to catch the wily thief.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2009

Peter and Neal work a case based in Chinatown and face plenty of obstacles in the form of organized crime, shady Interpol agents and a game of Pai Gow.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2009

Neal becomes a suspect in a clever jewelry heist, and Peter must determine if Neal's lying to him to pull off another con.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2010

Neal and Peter go undercover to take down a corrupt group of Wall Street brokers. If the mission fails, Neal's deal with the FBI could be negated.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2010

Peter and Neal uncover a link between Fowler and an estate judge who's committing mortgage fraud. Armed with this information, the guys devise a plan to take them both down.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2010

Neal uncovers a scheme to harvest human organs and brings the case to Peter. The two concoct a setup in hopes that the black-market ringleader will take the bait and reveal himself.

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Tv Season Info

The first season introduces slick con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), recently escaped from a maximum-security prison, and FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), the man who put Neal behind bars after a lengthy cat-and-mouse game. After being apprehended again, Neal suggests a partnership with Peter in which he'll help the agent solve white-collar crimes, an arrangement that keeps Neal out of jail and provides the premise for the series. Tiffani Thiessen and Willie Garson also star.

Critic Reviews for White Collar Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (18)

The likable show has something for everyone: handsome young star, sympathetic "older" costar, pretty former TV hottie, easy-to-follow caper plots, a little humor.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

White Collar is one of the best new shows of the season.

Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

White Collar is not original. But White Collar is enjoyable.

Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

White Collar is actually one of the best new shows of the season. The tone is effortless and agile, as it toggles from comedy to intrigue and back.

Oct 23, 2009 | Full Review…

The chemistry between [Matt] Bomer and [Tim] DeKay is just right, and the contrast between their characters lends itself to banter with an edge.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay's entertaining double act as the suave con-man and straight-laced Fed is the backbone to the show's success, but credit is also due to its stylish look. An enjoyable mash-up of Remington Steele and CSI.

Oct 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Whether the ongoing story line keeps audiences interested remains to be seen, but based on tone, premise, and execution, this one's got a fighting chance.

Nov 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While USA Network deserves credit for introducing a crime drama that doesn't revolve around forensics, White Collar is forgettable.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

There is much to love about this new show, from the incredibly sexy cast to their fun and interesting rapport with each other makes this show a must see.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

I didn't leave the White Collar pilot with any great investment in the show, but with an amiable willingness to watch again.

Mar 15, 2017 | Full Review…

In terms of the pilot episode and the potential this series has from the start, White Collar is exciting, intelligent, humorous and all around good TV.

Dec 21, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

If you like a good con artist yarn, enjoy the tone of USA Network's other original programs and can suspend your disbelief a little, you'll really enjoy White Collar.

Dec 13, 2016 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for White Collar: Season 1

  • Sep 05, 2020
    BEST SERIES I'VE EVER SEEN
  • Jul 03, 2020
    Best show ever!! Smart, sexy, creative, funny, intriguing, surprising, exciting, heartwarming, and so entertaining! Excellent premise, writing, casting, and acting. I've got withdrawals. Looking forward to the reboot.
  • Sep 20, 2019
    A charming show, well written and cast just as well, loses a little bit of momentum in the last couple seasons, but what show doesn't have a few bad episodes? The story is handled well and Matt Bomer kills it with his portrayal of Neil Caffrey, must see TV!
  • Jul 10, 2018
    Take Burn Notice, change the agency from the CIA to the FBI, change a burned agent to a convicted felon released to work with the FBI, and you've got White Collar. The plots are interesting, the good characters are likeable, and heck, some of the criminals are likeable also. I enjoy this series almost as much as Burn Notice.
  • May 23, 2018
    I realy liked the first few Epsodes till the one with artifactes and one sentense through me off I repeated the scene 3 times to make sure I heard it correctly " he got the piece from ur in Egypt" Ur is a city in south of iraq and the guy is deployed to iraq what eygpt have to do with it really ! the writer did take time to check google
  • Jan 27, 2018
    Amazing, love it. Sheer entertainment.
  • Aug 28, 2017
    It is a thrilling show filled with a loveable cast. It never gets too predictable. I even cried at the end. There is nothing more the show can give me!
  • Mar 09, 2017
    The two leads are hilarious and work so well together, every episode has a new and thrilling mystery for them to solve and the subplots are interesting and intense. White Collar is off to a strong start and I just love it.
  • Nov 17, 2016
    A hidden gem among investigation based TV shows with unique subject matter. It easily unlocks an untapped source of inspiration from the world of white collar crime. The shows is beloved with well reasearched elements and a perfect layer of romanticism.
  • Nov 02, 2015
    Fantastic television series, the relationships between the characters build throughout, yet there are always unexpected twists and turns to stop it from getting predictable.

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