It’s been a month since I began binge watching the popular Netflix series known as White Collar, and I’m sad to say that the show is nearing a sadly inevitable end. After becoming unstably attached to the characters of the show, it is only right that the show must come to an end. As I approach the 6th and final season of the show, a question has been raised: What TV series will fill the gaping void that White Collar will leave?
Great TV series are hard to find and tend to be cruel in their ways. While average shows come and go, the great ones hold a place in your heart forever. White Collar tells the story of the incredibly intelligent and cunning Neal Caffrey played by Matt Bomer. Caffrey, a convicted bond forger and suspect in many other heists, escapes from prison while serving a four year sentence to chase after the woman he loves. But when he arrives at the house of his former lover Cate, he finds nothing but a bottle of 82 Bordeaux and FBI detective Peter Burke waiting to arrest him.
In a surprising change of events, Caffrey’s charmingly debonair demeanor allows him to strike a deal with Burke to become Burke’s criminal informant. Caffrey is given an anklet, a dismal cheap hotel room, and a 2 mile radius in downtown New York as his playground. But it doesn’t take Caffrey long to make good of the bad situation. Sweet talking a widowed wealthy woman, June, into letting him stay with her, Caffrey spends his days in the pent house of a Victorian town house.
With Caffrey and Burke paired as a team, success follows quickly. The two, who are both brilliant minded, quickly work to discover who the infamous bond forger known as the Dutchman really is. After discovering the initials ‘C.H.’ in a painting of the Dutchman’s, they conclude that the initials belonged to Curtis Hagan. Hagan’s fatal act of hubris lead Caffrey and Burke to discover Hagan running a bond printing factory out of a warehouse on the Hudson River. However, the success doesn’t stop there. The two continue to close case after case, achieving a case closure rate of nearly 90%.
However, while the devilishly good looking Caffrey spends office hours bringing his former con-men compatriots to justice, he is far from being cured of his criminal ways. In his off hours, Caffrey spends time with a hilariously paranoid and quirky bald friend friend Mozzie. Mozzie, who is deathly afraid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, makes himself scarce when agent Burke comes around. Due to his many connection the criminal world, Mozzie makes it clear that he has no intention assist the so called ‘suit’. However, Burke has no interest in taking down Mozzie because he recognizes that similar to Caffrey, he is more of an asset to the F.B.I than a target. (If you’re wondering how paranoid Mozzie truly is, he has 7 dojo’s, each named a different day of the week. But to avoid any run in with the ‘suits’ he spends his Wednesdays at Thursday and his Thursdays at Friday and so on.) Together, the two continue to complete heists behind Burke’s back, but they run into issues when the Caffrey must investigate crimes that hes coincidentally involved in.
This thrilling yet humorous series is something I highly suggest for anyone who is looking to fill the deep dark whole that a cruel series may have left.