• Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 23, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jun 9, 2011
    80
    White Collar's return is a sprightly, enjoyable affair--stylishly shot, well acted and deftly threaded with moral ambiguity.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 6, 2011
    75
    It has established genuine emotional bonds between its characters. There is something at stake here beyond the mechanics of the "sting," and that gives the show enough weight to keep it from dissipating in the summer heat.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 2, 2011
    75
    Collar's odd-couple tension tugs the show in entertaining directions. [13 Jun 2011, p.46]
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 7, 2011
    70
    Peter and Neal now have very good reason to be wary of each other, and that not only suggests good things in the future but spices up all of their interactions while they work their latest case. It's a vast improvement, and a welcome example of a show eventually finding itself by eliminating outside distractions and focusing as much as possible on the core concept.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 7, 2011
    60
    It's still lively, still fun and still has the right touch of snap in the dialogue. But at times it's working a little too hard, and maybe requiring the viewer to work too hard as well.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 11, 2012
    9
    This review is made after having watched the full season. Other reviewers here have posted there responses after only a few episodes; not an ideal way to review a season if you ask me. Season 3 of White Collar sticks to the formula that's made this show great but ditches the pointless cliffhangers that were apparent in the first two seasons. There's no equivalent to "the music box" this season. There is still a sub-plot that carries over episode-by-episode however it's far more pertinent to the basis of the show and to the individual cases each episode. The chemistry between the two lead actors hits an all-time high this season, with some scenes that would make you question whether this is an investigative detective show or a serious drama. Mozzy and El also shine throughout the season as they are given more important roles. While the show gives us "much of the same", that is also what always make the show great. Worth a full watch, all episodes, no question. Full Review »
  2. Oct 7, 2011
    7
    Its a creative show. It would probably do better on a different network. The acting is good, and its a nice comparison to Burn Notice and Covert Affairs. Full Review »
  3. Aug 6, 2011
    10
    Excellent show; one of my favorite ones, in addition to Covert Affairs, Burn Notice & Suits. The set up where a convicted supposedly reformed thief is let out of prison, only if he helps out the FBI in solving criminal cases. The characters are very likable, and there is an ongoing plot line that continues in each episode; sprinkled with humor. Don;t miss out on this season & if you haven't seen the other two seasons, make sure you rent it...you won;t be disappointed. :) Full Review »