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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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Joe Caroll Was Just The Beggining. See more »


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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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Did You Know?


Jessica Stroup, Kevin Bacon, Connie Nielsen and Shawn Ashmore have all starred in superhero movies and TV shows: Jessica Stroup on the Marvel-Netflix series Iron Fist (2017), Kevin Bacon in X-Men: First Class (2009), Connie Nielsen in Wonder Woman (2017), and Shawn Ashmore in X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). 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 »


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Season 3, best yet?!
20 April 2015 | by steviec101See all my reviews

OK, the premise of the show got me interested when someone mentioned it to me a while back when Season 1 first started.... i'll admit, i was hooked from the first episode but halfway though, it all got a bit dull, repetitive and ultimately, boring!!!! Good guys get a lead, go to make an arrest and the baddies always got away somehow.... too many implausible scenarios as well made it not very believable..... it was hard to finish the season i'd admit and somehow, i pulled myself back in for Season 2 which in my opinion, was shockingly bad!!!! i was actually happy when it finally ended... couldn't take much more of Joe Carroll, his pompous voice and that extremely irritating girl he always hung around with, in fact.. all the followers were jarring in one way or another.... the appeal of serial killers/followers/cults got a bit to much in the end...

Then out of nowhere, Season 3 is here and with hesitation, i gave it another chance, hoping the writers would take it in another direction to freshen things up a bit.... they had to as the original premise had all but run it's course....

I noticed that even though it started with focus on one of the killer sons and his 'followers' from season 2, this slowly (with the release of Joe's mentor Strauss) evolved into a massive manhunt for a new type of killer who according to Strauss, is his BEST student and boy does this crank things up a notch... no more 'followers' less screen time for Carroll who is about to face the lethal injection and finally a worthy killer who, compared to all have appeared on the show before him, cannot compare to how sick and twisted this guy is, and he also happens to be a hacker genius and is always 2 steps ahead of the police.... the last couple of episodes where the FBI try to uncover the identity of the UnSub have been some of the best episodes of the entire show.... I hope this theme continues as there is no need for cult type leaders with sadistic tendencies, i much prefer where this show is headed now, with focus on one out of control killer who is out for himself....

I might be one of the few who is finally glad that's it's taken a new direction and hope it continues to evolve.... can't wait for the next episode now...

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