White Collar wraps up all loose ties after five incredible years


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Tim DeKay (left) and Matt Bomer (right) behind the scenes on the set of White Collar.

White Collar is not your typical cop drama series, far from it actually. An experienced, high-profile art thief, Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), is finally caught by FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), who cuts a deal with Caffrey allowing him to avoid prison as long as he agrees to be a consultant to the FBI full-time.

The show began in 2009 and aired six terrific seasons until its ending on Dec. 18, 2014. The cancellation of White Collar was completely unexpected; ratings did dip in the last two seasons, but were still good enough for the show to be renewed. Unfortunately, USA network is in the process of ending older shows in an effort to bring newer and younger faces to television — other shows that joined White Collar are Covert Affairs and Psych.

The chemistry between Bomer and DeKay makes the entire show more realistic and interesting. Nothing is ever the same between the pair; their relationship changes episode-to-episode. Sometimes they can trust each other with their lives while other times Agent Burke can’t even trust Caffery to get him a cup of coffee. I have never seen a duo more captivating and believable in a love-hate relationship than Bomer’s and DeKay’s characters.

Essentially, the layout for most of the series is the same. Like other crime shows, the episode starts off with a crime being presented and ends with the thief behind bars, most of the time. However, even with this routine, the writers of White Collar make sure the show never gets boring or repetitive.  

It’s most stressful when one of them decides to do something behind the others back, which happens more often than you would think. Usually. Caffery is scheming something illegal to get whatever needed for Burke or his personal vendetta. This makes it extremely difficult for the audience to watch because we know Caffery is doing it for good reasons and doesn’t want to get Burke in trouble, but it causes a lot of tension between the characters that will explode at some point.

With ups and downs and everything being held in the balance, Burke and Caffery work together to solve crimes and keep one another out of trouble. This show is highly entertaining and will be enjoyable for anyone who likes mystery, drama or crime shows.