The Blacklist (TV series)

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The Blacklist
The Blacklist NBC logo.jpg
Genre Crime drama
Created by Jon Bokenkamp
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Anthony Sparks
Location(s) New York
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channel NBC
Original run September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) – present (present)
External links
Official website

The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. The series stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold and Harry Lennix. Former government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington has eluded capture for decades, but he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer that can't be refused and under one condition: Reddington will co-operate only with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler. The pilot episode was written by Jon Bokenkamp and directed by Joe Carnahan.[1] Executive producers for the series include Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, and John Davis for Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, and Davis Entertainment. On October 4, 2013, NBC gave a back-nine-order, filling out the series' first season.[2] On December 3, 2013, NBC renewed the show for a 22-episode second season.[3] On May 11, 2014, owing to the show's breakout success, NBC announced the show will air an episode in the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot in 2015.[4]

The show has been met with critical acclaim,[5][6] with many critics singling out Spader's performance.[7]


Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former government agent and one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims the FBI and he have similar interests in getting rid of dangerous criminals and terrorists. He makes an offer that the FBI can not refuse and insists on one condition: Reddington will co-operate only with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler. Keen questions Reddington's sudden interest in her, but Reddington will only reveal that she is very special. After the FBI uses Reddington's information to locate a terrorist, Reddington reveals that this terrorist is only the first of many criminals that he will help them neutralize. Over the course of his own criminal career, he has made a "blacklist" of global criminals who he believes are dangerous to society, most of whom are unknown to the FBI.

The series juggles two narratives: the episodic stories dealing with the FBI's pursuit of a person on Red's Blacklist, and the overall thread dealing with Red's personal agenda and his interest in Elizabeth.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former government agent and one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives.[8] A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Red was being groomed for Admiral when something happened on his way home for the Christmas holidays. He is known for brokering deals between criminals, and is called "The Concierge of Crime". Red surrenders to the FBI and provides information on a roster of criminals that he refers to as The Blacklist: dangerous criminals who are so careful to avoid leaving any traces behind that the FBI has not even detected their existence. He has an unexplained interest in Elizabeth Keen, and knows personal secrets about her that she has never made public.
  • Megan Boone as FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Keen, a novice profiler and the only person with whom Reddington is willing to work.
  • Diego Klattenhoff as FBI Special Agent Donald Ressler. He is a stickler for procedure. He dislikes having to work with a criminal like Reddington stemming from a previous assignment pursuing him, but he acknowledges that Reddington does get results.
  • Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen, Elizabeth's husband and a schoolteacher.
  • Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division. He had a particular interest in Reddington's past, and is willing to oblige Reddington's unusual requests due to this understanding of him.
  • Parminder Nagra as Meera Malik, a CIA field agent assigned to Reddington's security detail in the second episode.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai, an FBI computer specialist. Among his many technical skills, he is very adept at finding electronic data and money trails where others can't.
  • Charles Baker as Grey (Newton Phillips), Reddington's mysterious aide and bodyguard, whom Reddington discovers betrayed him to Anslo Garrick.
  • Deborah S. Craig as Luli Zheng, one of Reddington's bodyguards and his money manager.
  • Jane Alexander as Diane Fowler, Head of Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.
  • Alan Alda as Alan Fitch, an unknown government official in a position of power. He is part of a mysterious global alliance on which Reddington has damaging information.
  • Susan Blommaert as Mr. Kaplan (who is actually a woman), Reddington's personal "cleaner" who comes in to scrub crime scenes.
  • Graeme Malcolm as "The Man with the apple", a man who was spying on Elizabeth and Tom Keen.
  • Rachel Brosnahan as Lucy Brooks (alias Jolene Parker), a woman who tries to seduce Tom Keen before revealing she knows his secret.
  • Lance Reddick as Cowboy, a private bounty hunter whom Reddington hires to track down "Jolene".
  • Peter Stormare as Berlin (No. 08), a former member of the KGB and an escaped convict.[9]
  • Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe, Reddington's bodyguard, driver and confidante. In episode 2, it is revealed he is a former sex slave.
  • Emily Tremaine as Audrey Bidwell, Ressler's former fiancée.


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 22 September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12) August 12, 2014 (2014-08-12)[10] September 1, 2014 (2014-09-01)[11] August 28, 2014 (2014-08-28)[12]
2[13] 22 September 22, 2014 (2014-09-22) TBA TBA TBA TBA

International broadcasts[edit]

The Blacklist is also broadcast in Canada on Global.[14]

In Europe, for Lithuania on LNK,[15] for the United Kingdom on Sky Living,[16] for Italy on Fox Crime,[17] for the Netherlands on RTL4, for Belgium on Vier, for Poland on AXN Poland, for Slovenia on POP TV, for Sweden, Norway and Denmark on TV3, for Portugal on SIC[18] and for Germany on RTL.[19]

In Asia-Pacific, for Israel on Yes Action, for Japan on Super! DramaTV(ja),[20] for India on StarWorld Premiere HD[21] and for New Zealand on TV3 from Sunday February 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm.[22] In Australia, the Seven Network is premiering the show, under the title James Spader's The Blacklist from September 30, 2013, where it finished at number 1 in the ratings for the night.[23]

Critical response[edit]

The first season of The Blacklist received rave reviews indicating critical acclaim. As of December 12, 2013, The Blacklist has a Metacritic score of 74/100 based on reviews from 31 critics.[24]

David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle said about the pilot, "You think you know this situation and how it will turn out, but there are surprising, yet entirely credible, twists throughout Monday's episode".[25]

Robert Bianco of USA Today said, "The Blacklist is a solid weekly crime show built around a genuine TV star. That's the kind of series the networks have to be able to pull off to survive. And with Spader in command, odds are NBC will".[26]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Live + DVR
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Monday 10:00 PM
September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)
May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)
10.44[28] 2013–14 #6 14.95[29] 16.90[30]
Monday 10:00 PM (September 22, 2014 - November 10, 2014)
Sunday 10:00 PM
(February 1, 2015)
Thursday 9:00 PM
(February 5, 2015 - May 2015)
September 22, 2014
May 2015

Awards and accolades[edit]

Awards and accolades for The Blacklist
Year Association Category Nominee Result
2014 Golden Globe Awards[31] Best Actor – Television Series Drama James Spader Nominated
People's Choice Awards[32] Favorite New Television Drama The Blacklist Nominated
Entertainment Weekly
Season Finale Awards[33]
Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger "Berlin (No. 8) Conclusion" Nominated
Funniest Moment in a Drama Nominated
Weakest/Most Divisive Twist Nominated
Best Final Shot Nominated
Most Likely to Earn Someone an Emmy Nomination Nominated
Biggest Regret That I Didn't See It, I Just Heard or Read About It Nominated


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