Friday List: Television’s most undervalued series

If you’re a regular reader of TV Surveillance, you know I love a good list. Or a mediocre list. Or even a horrible list. The point is I have a lust for lists. This fall, I’d like to provide you folks with more lists than ever and hopefully that will result in a weekly or … Continue reading Friday List: Television’s most undervalued series

Season Finale — White Collar, “Under The Radar”

I have noticeably mixed feelings about the season finale of White Collar. On one hand, "Under the Radar" was a solidly-execution to the Adler story and all the drama that's been driving the series from the very beginning. On the other hand, it features yet another problematic cliffhanger from a series that seems destined to … Continue reading Season Finale — White Collar, “Under The Radar”

White Collar, “What Happens in Burma”

After the first two episodes of season 2.5 focused on the major narratives, White Collar fell comfortably back into its procedural charms with "What Happens in Burma." And unlike most series where I'd rather spend time discussing the overall threads, I find myself enjoying episodes like this one much more. I don't have an overt … Continue reading White Collar, “What Happens in Burma”

White Collar, “Forging Bonds”

Flashback episodes are always, always tricky. And I always say this. But that is because it's true. As a writer, you run the risk of spending too much time on pointless details, creating backstories that aren't important or generally going against what the fans thought happened "back then." This seems to be particularly true for … Continue reading White Collar, “Forging Bonds”

Mid-season premiere: White Collar, “Burke’s Seven”

White Collar is a program that gets a good deal of mileage out of the general likability of its characters and the chemistry the actors have with one another. The overarching "mythology" of the series is not awful or completely muddled like the last few years of Burn Notice, but it's also seemingly less important … Continue reading Mid-season premiere: White Collar, “Burke’s Seven”

Season Finale — Burn Notice, “Out of the Fire” and “Last Stand”

I haven't checked in with Burn Notice since the summer break for a few reasons. One, Thursdays are ridiculously busy, both for television and my schedule in general. Secondly, I haven't had much to say about Burn Notice. The summer episodes were generally dreadful (if you take a look at some of my reviews during … Continue reading Season Finale — Burn Notice, “Out of the Fire” and “Last Stand”

Psych, “The Polarizing Express” and “Dead Bear Walking”

Anytime there are two new episodes of Psych in one night, that is a good night. And even though last night's double-shot, "The Polarizing Express" and "Dead Bear Walking" were not particularly great episodes of the series, there is definitely something interesting going on with Psych that I figured would be worth talking about a … Continue reading Psych, “The Polarizing Express” and “Dead Bear Walking”

Season finale — Covert Affairs, “I Can’t Quit You, Baby” and “When the Levee Breaks”

I've intentionally stayed away from writing up my thoughts on Covert Affairs in recent weeks after the Auggie episode, but even if I did write each week, it'd feel like I was banging the same, boring drum every time. You know, kind of how the series has done to us over the summer. That said, … Continue reading Season finale — Covert Affairs, “I Can’t Quit You, Baby” and “When the Levee Breaks”

Summer Finale — Psych, “One, Maybe Two, Ways Out”

The Psych summer finale was completely entertaining and totally satisfying. In fact, it was probably the strongest episode of the season's first half. However, it's also the episode that has me the most frustrated after watching it. As I've discussed in past Psych posts, I really enjoy when the series gets serious. It has proved … Continue reading Summer Finale — Psych, “One, Maybe Two, Ways Out”

Summer Finale — White Collar, “Point Blank”

White Collar's second season has been fantastic from start to finish, but I found myself dreading the summer finale anyway. Why you ask? USA cliffhanger dread, of course. I've discussed ad nauseam my issues with how USA series organize their arcs and right after that post, Burn Notice turned in a mid-season finale that proved … Continue reading Summer Finale — White Collar, “Point Blank”