White Collar

We feel free when we escape—even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.

Neal Caffrey, convicted forger, art thief, and con man, is serving out the rest of his prison sentence as a full-time consultant in the New York FBI’s White Collar Crime Unit. His partner? Agent Peter Burke, the man who’s twice put Caffrey behind bars. This is a kind of buddy-cop show, and whether bantering playfully or deceiving and outmaneuvering each other, Caffrey and Burke’s relationship intrigues and entertains episode after episode.

While I can’t vouch for how well White Collar‘s technical elements match reality, there is a pervasive sense of truthfulness in every scene. Even when interactions and dialogue have clearly been crafted with an audience in mind, it doesn’t feel like you’re being manipulated into a reality you can’t relate to. Unlike FlashForward (which also features a team of FBI agents), these characters feel like real people you could actually meet in the real world, a bit of verisimilitude that makes it easier to swallow the show’s less-than-likely premise.

Oh, and is that Tiffani Thiessen? Why yes, yes it is.

My grade: A

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