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The Following 

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A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.


Kevin Williamson




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Series cast summary:
Kevin Bacon ...  Ryan Hardy 45 episodes, 2013-2015
Shawn Ashmore ...  Mike Weston 45 episodes, 2013-2015
James Purefoy ...  Joe Carroll 45 episodes, 2013-2015
Sam Underwood ...  Mark / ... 30 episodes, 2014-2015
Jessica Stroup ...  Max Hardy 30 episodes, 2014-2015
Valorie Curry ...  Emma Hill 29 episodes, 2013-2014
Natalie Zea ...  Claire Matthews 23 episodes, 2013-2014


The FBI estimates there are currently over 300 active serial killers in the United States. What would happen if these killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other? What if they were able to work together and form alliances across the country? What if one brilliant psychotic serial killer was able to bring them all together and activate a following? Written by Jack

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They will never let go. See more »


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Did You Know?


Jeananne Goossen was originally cast as a series regular in the role of Agent Jennifer Mason but after the pilot episode, her character was written off and replaced with Agent Debra Parker, and Annie Parisse was cast. See more »


Everytime an Agent or Policeofficer getting attacked and killed. None are trying to wave the attack. Not even if they are several agents in the same spot. None of them reacts in time. See more »


Referenced in Difficult People: Kessler Epstein Foundation (2016) See more »

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Not for the faint of heart, The Following is a modern tale of horror
21 January 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

At this writing, The Following is rated 7.7, but most of the reviews are very negative. How can that be? Personally, I find many of the criticisms of this show undeserved.

The Following is not for everyone. It is a very dark and violent tale that takes gore to a new level.

This crime drama is a two-character dance between Joe Carroll, a college professor who turns his academic expertise about E. A. Poe into a cult-driven real life tale of murder, and Ryan Hardy, the object of Carroll's rampage. Both men are intelligent. Like Holmes and Moriarty, they duel in the darkness.

Both men are obsessed. Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is an alcoholic, plagued by guilt. In the end, he is addicted to Carroll, like Ahab to the white whale. Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is obsessed with the story he has plotted and cast Hardy in as the tragic hero.

The Following is, really, a horror story. As such, one should recognize the basics of the genre and not disparage them. The surprises hidden in the darkness. The character who, against all good judgment, investigates the shadows. The actor who is compelled to go it alone when reinforcements are advisable.

As a horror story, The Following gives us a worthy villain who, via his army of minions who can be as scary as zombies, terrorizes with an uncanny ability to strike at will.

The Following plumbs the depths of insanity and obsession. Not everyone will want to go there, but the story is literate and the chills are frequent.

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Release Date:

21 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Kevin Williamson Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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