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The Best Seasons of 'Burn Notice'

Updated July 24, 2020 424 votes 142 voters 8.4k views7 items

Every season of Burn Notice has been gripping, but which seasons really stand out? The series starred Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a "burned" former solider who is stuck in Miami with frozen assets. It is a unique take on typical action dramas, and is well worth a watch if you've never seen the series. Some of the most memorable episodes of Burn Notice come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some Burn Notice seasons focus on Michael trying to find out who burned him, while other good seasons focus on his relationship with Fiona.

Burn Notice is an espionage drama series that was a huge hit. Burn Notice premiered on the USA Network on June 28, 2007. After seven seasons, Burn Notice aired its final episode on September 12, 2013. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Burn Notice are, let's rank every Burn Notice season from best to worst.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Burn Notice, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of Burn Notice not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be tough to put one Burn Notice season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    The second season of Burn Notice premiered on July 10, 2008, and contains 16 episodes. In this season Michael finds that a certain woman has him on a leash assigning him tasks, but he finds that she's only the first on a chain of command leading to the "Management."

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Turn and Burn," "Scatter Point," and "Good Soldier."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Carla gives Michael his first assignment.
    • Michael has a close call with a sniper.
    • Michael meets the Management.
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    The first season of Burn Notice premiered on June 28, 2007, and contains 12 episodes. This season introduces viewers to Michael Westen and his search for the man who had him burned as an agent.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Fight or Flight," "Wanted Man," and "False Flag."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Michael finds a welcome message in Miami with his pictures.
    • Fiona flees a telephone booth.
    • Michael meets with the man who burned him.
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    The third season of Burn Notice premiered on June 4, 2009, and contains 16 episodes. This season finds Michael discovering new clues as to his burn notice.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Question and Answer," "Fearless Leader," and "The Hunter."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Michael meets Diego Garza and is told the CIA will review his case.
    • Garza falls to his death.
    • Michael meets Simon in the electronics store.
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    The fifth season of Burn Notice premiered on June 23, 2011, and contains 18 episodes. This season finds Michael getting reinstated in the CIA as the consultant.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Company Man," "Enemy of My Enemy," and "Better Halves." 

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    • Michael finds Max dying at the CIA office.
    • Michael and Fiona pose as a couple at the Caracas resort.
    • Michael stops Anson's killing at Fiona's hands.
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