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on 21 May 2017
I just love the whole series. It's non taxing fair is just the thing to chill with. Good-humoured characters who get into Implausible situations that they always wriggle out of. Can't go wrong with it
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on 13 April 2017
Excellent series. Comedy drama with twists and plots all the way. Great performance by Sharon Gless
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on 1 April 2017
The commentaries are also funny.
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on 20 January 2015
Good action series with twists and turns. I like it.
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on 11 December 2014
Always worth watching
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on 26 November 2012
The fifth season already? It seems like only yesterday that the first season of this show grabbed my attention. Quite how, I don't rightly recall as, here in England, it's usually hidden away, at a ridiculous time, on one of those obscure Freeview channels.

Whatever, in the depths of winter, this series, as well as serving up some fine acting, writing, directing and production of stories surrounding the exploits of 'burnt' spy Michael Westen-played with naturalistic aplomb by Jeffrey Donovan alongside equally fine supporting acts by Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless and Paul Tei-delivers some welcome Miami warmth and sunshine to one's living room.

That is one thing that stands out about this show-the excellent use of real Miami locations in which the drama is set. It adds to the authenticity.

As for the drama, well, the main characters are warm,likeable, well intentioned people-which helps draw you in and feel real concern for the various predicaments they encounter...Predicaments that, it has to be said, bear more than a passing resemblance to those encountered by Jim Rockford.

Indeed, think 'The Rockford Files', crossed with 'Mission Impossible', shaken and stirred with a dash of 'James Bond', all set in modern day Miami, and you will be some way to getting what this show is about. Above all, though it delves in to a variety of, shall we say, less pleasant aspects of human behaviour, it is ultimately a positive, uplifting show where one is left in no doubt that, ultimately, right and good will prevail.
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on 17 August 2013
If you've been waiting for the Five Star TV channel to show Season 5 of the great Burn Notice, apparently they won't be! Customer Services tell me they don't have the rights to Season 5 - which is a bit of a 'let down' for fans following the series on the channel since the beginning. So unless you're a subscriber to the Fox channel it seems like the only way to see Seasons 5, 6 and the last ever 7 is to buy the DVDs.
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This is a very good series.
Burn Notice is the story of a C.I.A. spy who gets fired and left without support, he gets a "Burn Notice"
Whilst he tries to find out what has happened he has time on his hands and so gets sucked into helping people with desperate problems
using all of his spy craft.
He is assisted by a reformed I.R.A. terrorist Fiona, (Also his girlfriend) and a former Navy Seal Sam Axe.
The show is genuinely funny with clever stories plus the ongoing drive to find out why he was fired.
Burn Notice is well written and Jeffrey Donovan is charismatic as Michael.
Top Show.
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Some shows stretch their premise and credibility beyond the point of believability, thereby ruining the fun and driving off the audience. For season 5, Burn Notice tweaked the basic story slightly and managed to be even better as a result.

That also means the review will spoil the end of season 4. There’s no way around that.

Season 5 picks up a few months after Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) has gotten back into the good graces of the CIA. While he’s not fully back on active duty, he’s been involved in missions to help take down the organization that burned him. It looks like they’ve got them all, but something doesn’t feel right to Michael. His friends Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), and Jesse (Coby Bell) tell him to let it go. Even his mom Madeline (Sharon Gless) thinks it’s a chapter he can put behind him.

And then his contact at the CIA is murdered and Michael is being framed for it. Obviously, someone isn’t quite done with him.

Meanwhile, Michael still reluctantly takes on cases to help people who are being threatened by dangerous criminals. Over the course of the season, Michael and his friends take on human traffickers, a loan shark, corporate spies turned hostage takers, and a diplomat dealing in illegal blood diamonds.

Okay, so for the most part this season feels like business as usual. Michael and his friends go up against dangerous criminals and use their spy skills to take them down against overwhelming odds. The little tweak is that now Michael is at least working unofficially with the CIA, something he’s been working for since season 1. Frankly, the story of his burn was becoming so convoluted; it needed a reset and somewhere new to go, so I’m glad they took this step. For the first time in a couple seasons, I was able to follow that ongoing part of the story from week to week and get sucked into the show all over again.

Of course, the “case of the week” aspects of the episodes are as strong as ever. If you just watch to see Michael and the gang take down the nasties they go up against week in and week out, you won’t be disappointed at all. There are still plenty of explosions, gun fights, car chases, and impossible odds – everything that keeps my heart pumping for the run of an episode. Basically, you get an action show each week.

By this point in a series, the actors and writers know the characters, and that’s certainly the case here. While the show is definitely more focused on plot than character, we still get some amazing character moments that remind us why we care about the core characters. And the actors do a great job of bringing those moments and all the others to life.

Season 5 actually consisted of 18 episodes, two more than usual, and all of them are present in this four disc set. Of course, you get them with wide screen picture and full surround sound. In the way of extras, there's an extended episode, gag reel, deleted scenes, and a featurette about the villains of the show including interviews with the actors who played them.

So if you are a fan of Burn Notice, you’ll need season 5 to get the next chapter in Michael’s life. And you’ll enjoy every thrilling second of the journey.
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on 27 May 2013
Am a fan of the series, but must say that I was disappointed by the very poor episodes at the beginning of this 5th series. For the first 4 episodes, there was little humour,the plots were retreads of ones we had seen before,and the actors looked like they were just going through the motions.
But about the 5th or 6th episode,things started to get back to the level of previous series, and the last 4 episodes, were very good.
The emergence of a great villain had a terrific boost , such that a real cliffhanger ends the series 5.
Roll on 6!
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