* ActorAllusion:
** Sam and Fiona approach a group of con artists while under the guise of federal agents who had been monitoring them. Sam introduces himself and Fi as detectives Series/CagneyAndLacey, alluding to costar Sharon Gless.
** Additionally, in the second season Fiona starts dating a man named Campbell. In one episode, a conversation between Fiona and Sam takes place, with Fiona commenting on how good-looking a particular man is, to which Sam (played by Creator/BruceCampbell) replies, "Well, he's no Campbell."
** Michael also makes contact with a Libyan operative named Anwar in one episode. (Gabrielle Anwar plays Fiona.)
** Inverted in a "Signals and Codes" where the client of the week was played by an actor named Michael Weston.
** In one episode, Sam and Barry are discussing people who only use one name, and Sam says "Spider-Man" as an example. Bruce Campbell has a cameo in all three of the Sam Raimi {{Spider-Man}} movies.
** In "Identity" Sam and Fiona use Detectives "Cagney and Lacey" as aliases.
** And in the winter premiere of season 3, [[Series/CagneyAndLacey Tyne Daly]] guest stars.
** WordOfGod mentions that as a general rule, they write characters with a specific actor in mind. This is in part due to the need to quickly establish characters and chemistry (see the above Tyne Daly instance) as it is just having fun.
** There was also "False Flag", where Fi said Sam's bulletproof vest smells like Old Spice and bourbon. Bruce Campbell is a spokesperson for Old Spice.
** In one episode, Sam is doing surveillance on Carla, who takes time to swim. Commenting on her ability, Sam says: "The woman is a machine." Carla's actress, Creator/TriciaHelfer, played several robots on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''.
** In 5x6, Sam compliments Mike on his chin. Mike instantly turns to face Sam, seemingly very surprised, and notes that it means a lot coming from Sam. Bruce Campbell (Sam) really is known for [[LanternJawOfJustice his chin]] among other things -- he even titled the book he authored after his chin.
** A recent episode showed Gabrielle Anwar once again getting to [[Film/ScentOfAWoman tango]].
** John C. [=McGinley=] plays Michael's former CIA mentor Tom Card. References to [=McGinley=]'s role as Dr. Cox on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' abound: among other things, Card displays exasperation and impatience with his young protege, he does a ton of {{Deadpan Snark|er}}ing, and he even does Dr. Cox's frustrated whistle in one scene.
** Barry the money launderer refers to Sam's shotgun as his [[Franchise/EvilDead "boomstick."]]
* ActorSharedBackground:
** Jeffrey Donovan comes from an impoverished family and has twenty years of martial arts experience (including a black belt in karate).
** Also, in "Fast Friends," Sam mentions that he once got to the "Michigan State Quarterfinals" with his arm (shot put? football?); Bruce Campbell is originally from Michigan (the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, to be exact).
* CaliforniaDoubling: Michael's adventures sometimes take him to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and other points in Florida other than Miami (where the series is filmed), like Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee. While the producers inevitably show a travel montage that includes landmarks, or a shot of (for example) the Tallahassee skyline, the actual action in these episodes is inevitably still filmed in Miami. In some cases, it takes a Florida native to see the differences.
* DirectedByCastMember:
** Several episodes haven been directed by Jeffrey Donovan and when he's not, he also acts as a producer.
** Tim Matheson (who plays "Dead" Larry Sizemore) has actually directed more episodes of the show than he's acted in.
* FakeNationality: Fiona is a rare triple Fake Nationality: her actress is British, but the character is Irish, faking an American accent. In one episode, the character faked a British accent, but it still wasn't Gabrielle Anwar's actual accent.
* FakeRussian: The Russian Sonya is played by the Israeli Alona Tal.
* RealLifeRelative: Nate's wife in "Enemies Closer" was played by Seth Petersen's real life wife.
* TropeNamer:
** AndSomeOtherStuff: In "Lesser Evil." Michael's explosive recipes contain just enough to tantalize ''Series/MythBusters'' and brush over the rest to avoid liabilities. Usually. Sometimes it's just to handwave that an explosion is a bit larger than should be expected.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: {{Word of God}} mentions that originally, ''Burn Notice'' would have been a lot darker and taken place in Newark, New Jersey.
* TheWikiRule: Has a wiki [[http://burnnotice.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page here]].
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