A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter, and conman.
White Collar at its best is an elegant TV show, with beautiful people, and interesting friendships. The first four seasons are fun to watch and at the absolute least great background entertainment.
Neal, Matt Bomer, is a con artist that has been caught by FBI agent Peter Burke, Tim DeKay. A deal is struck and Neal is put on an anklet and proceeds to help the FBI catch crooks, normally bad ones.
The best episodes are when Neal is able to complete an intricate con seamlessly, while Peter is able to catch the bad guy. Often times Neal relies on Peter to save him and has complete faith in him to do that, which is kind of sweet.
The last two seasons are…not good at all and I would recommend you skip them. It’s sad, but everything that makes the first four good is gone from the last two. Neal and Peter lose their close relationship. They become almost mean to each other. What’s worse Elizabeth Burke, Tiffani Thiessan, changes into a completely new person. She loses the cool and acceptance of being a seasoned FBI wife and makes ultimatums and illogical demands that she never would have made previously.
The side characters on White Collar, specifically Mozzie, Willie Garson, Diana, Marsha Thomason, and Jones, Sharif Atkins, add a lot to the show. Mozzie is a key player in several episodes and has a few dedicated just to him. It would have been nice to see more development for Diana and Jones, especially Jones.
The series finale is pretty awful. It involves a heist with a bunch of thugs and is far from elegant. It also completely throws away the friendships that were made throughout the show. It’s best if you just stop watching at the end of season 4 because the decline in quality is drastic.
If you’re looking for something light and fun I highly recommend White Collar.