White Collar : Season 1

  • Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 23, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Terrific acting, crackling dialogue and geek-hip crime are not the only things that make this the most electric drama to premiere this fall.
  2. 90
    Beyond the formulaic outline, White Collar, is actually one of the best new shows of the season.
  3. 75
    When the boys team up to bring down fancy criminal types, the dialogue is sharp, the music is snappy and the clothes are snazzy.
  4. 75
    Suspend all disbelief and relax. It ain't "Inspector Lewis," but it is stylish, good fun with dialogue as slick as those old Rat Pack suits Caffrey loves so well.
  5. If you can get past the shortcuts that series like this have to take (everything happens too effortlessly, there's excessive exposition, etc.), there's an enormous likability factor in play, and it makes you want to watch it (without much mental effort) the following 13 weeks.
  6. It's well-paced, it's fun to watch and none of the characters needs to be anywhere near as annoying as, say, Nick Castle.
  7. The con-man-works-with-G-man series is already a well-oiled machine, which is both good and bad. Good, because the interplay between Matt Bomer's hipster criminal and Tim DeKay's square fed is crisp; bad because the plots are often wilted.
  8. 80
    The show benefits as well from its lack of exposition, focus on present action, and a ruthless economy of editing rarely seen on primetime TV.
  9. A winsome, quick-paced caper that is part “Catch Me if You Can,” part “Shampoo.”
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    This latest caper isn't at 'Burn Notice's" level yet, but based on the channel's track record, you'd be ill-advised to bet against it tracking down an audience.
  12. White Collar takes off in its own refreshing directions, with enough wit and sparkle to make the time fly by.
  13. This is a show packed with smart people who make things happen and, even when following a predictable forgery crime--one that shoots off into interesting side alleys--always are one step ahead of viewers' expectations.
  14. It's the best drama pilot I saw over the summer.
  15. It's a formula that's worked so far, and if you've already loved shows like "Psych" and "Burn Notice" and "Royal Pains," why shouldn't you love White Collar?
  16. 70
    The fizzily entertaining pilot of White Collar works hard to establish a vibe of style and smarts, and almost gets the job done.
  17. Light with no pretensions of loftiness, White Collar offers pleasant enough entertainment.
  18. 75
    The best thing about White Collar is DeKay and Bomer’s chemistry; DeKay in particular is able to wring subtle comedy from Burke’s irritation at Caffrey’s ability to get something for nothing.
  19. 75
    Tonight's 90-minute premiere is a tad overextended, but it still provides an effective and entertaining launchpad for the premise.
  20. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    83
    White Collar is not original. But White Collar is enjoyable.
  21. 80
    The high concept of this buddy mystery-comedy is as familiar as it is inviting.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 188 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Jan 6, 2012
    10
    Must Watch... If you dont, you'll regret it :)
  2. Aug 15, 2011
    10
    One of the 5 best shows on TV. Sleek, smart, sexy, sophisticated. Love the plots, twists, writing. Love the characters, acting, andOne of the 5 best shows on TV. Sleek, smart, sexy, sophisticated. Love the plots, twists, writing. Love the characters, acting, and locations. Wouldn't change a thing about this show. Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2014
    8
    Honestly I was on the fence until I was five episodes into the first season but I kept giving it a chance since I just finished watchingHonestly I was on the fence until I was five episodes into the first season but I kept giving it a chance since I just finished watching Leverage. Once they got beyond the initial character development and repetition of restating the ground-rules every episode, I was hooked! Both main characters are very likeable as well as the supporting cast. I'd recommend this if you like Leverage or The Mentalist. Full Review »