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

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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 157 Ratings

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  • Starring: Sharif Atkins, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson
  • Summary: A con man is given the choice of taking a job as an FBI consultant or face going back to jail.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
  • Creator: Jeff Eastin
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Oct 23, 2009
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    83
    White Collar is not original. But White Collar is enjoyable.
  3. Light with no pretensions of loftiness, White Collar offers pleasant enough entertainment.
  4. It's the best drama pilot I saw over the summer.
  5. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    67
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Jan 6, 2012
    10
    Must Watch... If you dont, you'll regret it :)
  2. JenniferK.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    This show is amazing!! I love the cases and the mystery surrounding Kate!
  3. Jan 9, 2011
    10
    Brilliant! This show is highly addictive. I've introduced 5 people to White Collar, including my mother and everyone is hooked! My oneBrilliant! This show is highly addictive. I've introduced 5 people to White Collar, including my mother and everyone is hooked! My one complaint, the season is way to short. More episodes, please! Expand
  4. DanC
    Oct 23, 2009
    9
    Loved the first episode, can't wait for more!
  5. Aug 30, 2012
    9
    I just started watching this show four days ago after receiving a recommendation from a good friend. After going through my usual routine ofI just started watching this show four days ago after receiving a recommendation from a good friend. After going through my usual routine of watching as much as I can in a few days, I've reached the middle of season three. I can say that it's one of the most intriguing shows that I've had the pleasure of watching. It's been quite a while since something like this came up on my radar Expand
  6. Sep 15, 2010
    8
    Having seen the promos for White Collar, I thought it looked interesting, but nothing special. Now that I've watched it... wow, it blew myHaving seen the promos for White Collar, I thought it looked interesting, but nothing special. Now that I've watched it... wow, it blew my expectations away.

    Although the buddy opposites formula has been used before (several times, let's face it), the characters on show here are very interesting, with Neil occasionally stooping to less than legal solutions to problems, while it is believable that although Peter likes and respects him, he'd lock Caffrey up given half a chance.

    Matt Bomer plays the part with style, eloquence, and intelligence, feeling every inch the master forger and thief. Tim DeKay also feels like the career FBI agent, who will do anything to get his man. It's an interesting combination, and has the possibility to go far.

    The story arc itself also contains some nice twists, and provides for some very rewarding watching.
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  7. mungostj
    Oct 30, 2009
    5
    it's better than Burn Notice but still not good. FBI agents have to be smarter & better trained than these ones. And Tiffani only has a it's better than Burn Notice but still not good. FBI agents have to be smarter & better trained than these ones. And Tiffani only has a small role, she is the only reason to watch. Stupid FBI move of the night, take a bomb & throw it on the sidewalk instead of a large water fountain. Expand

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