White Collar tells the story of Neal Caffrey, a con artist convicted of bond forgery. The series starts when Caffrey breaks out a super maximum security prison, seemingly for unknown reasons. The story then cuts to Peter Burke, agent of the FBI White Collar division and arch nemesis of Caffrery - i.e. the man who caught him.
Burke quickly manages to recapture Caffrey as he realises that Caffrey has gone after his long time partner and girlfriend, Kate Moreau, who has abandoned him in prison. Running out of options Caffrey strikes a deal with the FBI, he will work with Burke to bring down criminals in exchange for his eventual release.
And that is just the pilot episode! What follows is a fun and incredibly entertaining series which follows the exploits of Burke and Caffrey as they catch the very best and the very worst criminals of the White Collar world.
The series is made by the chemistry between the two leads; the suave, handsome, brilliant and ultimately tragic Caffrey is played by Matt Bomer – for the TV nerds of the world, Bomer is not exactly an unknown, having appeared in shows such as North Shore and Traveler. He's also done his time on the soaps appearing in Guiding Light and All My Children. His rival, Agent Peter Burke, is played by Tim Dekay, another TV veteran who is perhaps best known for his appearances in Carnivale as Jonesy and Seinfeld as the memorable Bizarro Jerry. Tiffani Thiessen and Willie Garson also star as the partners in crime of the two leaders (so to speak!)
The whole series is shot in New York and looks wonderful. The stories are a great balance of humour and drama. Occasionally the series is too cheesy, but largely the show is a great ride and hugely entertaining. I highly recommend it.