The Blacklist (TV series)

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The Blacklist
The Blacklist NBC logo.jpg
Created byJon Bokenkamp
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes30 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Anthony Sparks
Location(s)New York
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channelNBC
Original runSeptember 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) – present (present)
External links
Official website
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The Blacklist
The Blacklist NBC logo.jpg
Created byJon Bokenkamp
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes30 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Anthony Sparks
Location(s)New York
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channelNBC
Original runSeptember 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. Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader), a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, who had eluded capture for decades, voluntarily surrenders to the FBI, offering to cooperate on capturing a list of criminals who are virtually impossible to catch. He insists on working with a rookie profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). The show also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold and Harry Lennix. 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 received critical acclaim,[5][6] with many critics praising Spader's performance in particular.[7]


Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former officer of the United States Navy who disappeared twenty years ago and became one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, surrenders himself to Assistant Director Harold Cooper at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Taken to an FBI "black site", Reddington claims to share the FBI's interest in getting rid of criminals and terrorists he has associated with, that are so dangerous and devious that Cooper is unaware even of their existence. He offers Cooper his knowledge and assistance on two conditions: immunity from prosecution, and working exclusively with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie profiler newly assigned to Cooper. Keen and Cooper are suspicious of Reddington's interest in her, but he will only say that she is "very special". After Cooper tests Reddington's offer in locating and killing a terrorist in the first episode, Reddington reveals that this man was only the first on his "blacklist" of global criminals, which he has compiled over his criminal career and wants to eliminate.

As the series progresses, the mysteries of Reddington's and Liz's lives, and his interest in her, are revealed slowly. Twists are introduced involving other characters.

Cast and characters[edit]


James SpaderRaymond "Red" ReddingtonConfidential informantMain
Megan BooneElizabeth KeenFBI special agentMain
Diego KlattenhoffDonald ResslerFBI special agentMain
Harry LennixHarold CooperDirector of the FBI Counterterrorism DivisionMain
Ryan EggoldTom KeenElizabeth's husbandMain
Amir ArisonAram MojtabaiFBI computer specialistRecurringMain
Mozhan MarnòSamar NavabiMossad agentMain
Parminder NagraMeera MalikCIA field agentMain

Recurring cast[edit]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings
First airedLast airedRankViewers
122September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)614.95[10]
222September 22, 2014 (2014-09-22)TBATBATBA

Critical response[edit]

The first season of The Blacklist received strong reviews from television critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a rating of 82%, based on 45 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's consensus reads, "James Spader is riveting as a criminal-turned-informant, and his presence goes a long way toward making this twisty but occasionally implausible crime procedural compelling".[11] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 74 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

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".[13] 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".[14] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter praised both Spader's performance and the procedural elements of the show, writing "there's an over-arching element to the premise as well that makes it intriguing without making it overly complicated."[15]

The series has proven so successful that Netflix has bought timed exclusive rights for $2 million per episode.[16]


SeasonTimeslot (ET)EpisodesPremieredEndedTV SeasonRankViewers
(in millions)
Live + DVR
(in millions)
(in millions)
(in millions)
Monday 10:00 pm
September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23)
May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)
Monday 10:00 pm
(Episodes 1 - 8)
Thursday 9:00 pm
(Episodes 10 - 22)
September 22, 2014
May 2015

Awards and accolades[edit]

Awards and accolades for The Blacklist
2014Golden Globe Awards[21]Best Actor – Television Series DramaJames SpaderNominated
People's Choice Awards[22]Favorite New Television DramaThe BlacklistNominated
Entertainment Weekly
Season Finale Awards[23]
Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger"Berlin (No. 8) Conclusion"Nominated
Funniest Moment in a DramaNominated
Weakest/Most Divisive TwistNominated
Best Final ShotNominated
Most Likely to Earn Someone an Emmy NominationNominated
Biggest Regret That I Didn't See It, I Just Heard or Read About ItNominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy AwardsOutstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or MovieThe BlacklistWon
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards[24]Top TV SeriesThe Blacklist (Dave Porter)Won
Saturn AwardBest Network Television Series ReleaseThe BlacklistNominated
Best Actor in a Television SeriesJames SpaderNominated
2015Golden Globe Awards[25]Best Actor -Television Series DramaJames SpaderNominated


The Blacklist is broadcast in India on Star World Premiere HD.[26] The series is broadcast simultaneously on Global in Canada.[27] In Australia, Seven Network premiered the show on September 30, 2013 under the title James Spader's The Blacklist. The premiere was the highest-rated program for the night.[28] In New Zealand, it premiered on TV3 on February 2, 2014.[29] The second season premiered on September 23.[30] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it premiered on Sky Living on October 4, 2013.[31] The second season premiered on October 3, 2014.[32]

Season 2 posters[edit]

The second season poster had eleven fake magazines with James Spader on the front cover. The posters parodied Entertainment Weekly, G.Q., New York, People, Playboy, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Time, Us Weekly, Vanity Fair, and Wired.[33]

The Blacklist[edit]

1?36?71?106The Good Samaritan141?
3?38?73Madeline Pratt108?143?
4?39?74The Front109General Ludd144?
5?40?75?110?145The Freelancer
7?42The Kingmaker77?112Monarch Douglas Bank147?
9?44?79?114The Mombasa Cartel149?
12The Decembrist47Frederick Barnes82Dr. Linus Creel117?152Gina Zanetakos
13?48?83Mako Tanida118?153?
14?49?84Wujing119The Pavlovich Brothers154?
15?50?85The Courier120The Pavlovich Brothers155?
16Anslo Garrick51?86?121The Pavlovich Brothers156?
17?52Ranko Zamani87?122The Pavlovich Brothers157?
19?54?89Dr. James Covington124?159?
21?56?91?126?161The Stewmaker
22The Scimitar57The Judge92?127?
29?64The Cyprus Agency99?134?
30?65?100?135Milton Bobbit
31?66?101The Alchemist136?
34?69?104Lord Baltimore139?


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