This is a decidedly sexy, stylish and deceptively simple show, featuring the White Collar division of New York’s FBI. Dedicated to chasing down criminals of the rich and powerful variety, agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) is hot on the trail of forger and thief extraordinaire, Neal Caffrey. Played by the the sinfully handsome Matt Bomer, Neal is a charming and charismatic smooth operator who puts the ‘artist’ in ‘con artist’, a true Renaissance man and social chameleon. When Burke nabs his man, the agent decides it would be a crime to waste Caffrey’s expertise in prison and promptly extorts, er, convinces, Neal to work for the bureau as a C.I. The heart of the show revolves around the relationship between Caffrey and Burke, a stuffed shirt versus the larcenous bon vivant who develop a very unlikely, if wary, partnership. Caffrey’s extensive working knowledge of the top tier criminal element helps Agent Burke and his FBI cohorts rise to dizzying heights of success. Each season’s story arc features elegant heists and elaborate stings, cleverly filmed to keep the viewer guessing.
Neal’s closest friend goes by the name of Mozzy, beautifully played by Willie Garson as an erratic paranoid genius who calls Agent Burke ‘Suit’ and his wife Elizabeth (played by Tiffani Thiessen) ‘Mrs. Suit’. Like Neal, Mozzy has a contentious relationship with law enforcement, a taste for the finer things in life and a tendency to always come out of any given situation on top. He and Neal help with FBI investigations, but generally have some angle of their own that works to their advantage. With exceptionally witty repartee, complex plots, a well-drawn cast of characters and rich interpersonal relationships, White Collar ran for six glorious seasons and was accorded the opportunity to actually wrap up the story instead of ending in a cliffhanger that will never be resolved. Intellectually challenging, it really makes you think about if the ends justify the means, ethical shades of grey and just how far outside the lines is too far. – BETHANY
For more on this slick show, visit the Internet Movie Database
One of Neal’s many, many romantic partners (Hilarie Burton).
Mozzy (Willie Garson) intent on solving the mysteries of the music box.
Photos courtesy of Jeff Eastin & Warrior George Productions, Fox Television Studios and USA network (unless otherwise credited in clickable form)