The Following (2013–2015)
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Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is brought on board as a consultant when the serial killer he arrested many years before, Joe Carroll, escapes from prison killing several guards in the process.... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Ryan Hardy
Jeananne Goossen ... Jennifer Mason
Natalie Zea ... Claire Matthews
Shawn Ashmore ... Mike Weston
Valorie Curry ... Emma Hill
Nico Tortorella ... Jacob Wells
Adan Canto ... Paul Torres
Kyle Catlett ... Joey Matthews
Maggie Grace ... Sarah Fuller
James Purefoy ... Joe Carroll
Billy Brown ... Troy Riley
John Lafayette ... Marshall Turner
Steve Monroe ... Jordy Raines
Michael Roark ... Detective Warren
Melissa Ponzio ... Detective Joan Garcia


Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is brought on board as a consultant when the serial killer he arrested many years before, Joe Carroll, escapes from prison killing several guards in the process. Although Hardy caught him, he paid a heavy price. He was stabbed in the heart and lives courtesy of a pacemaker. He's also on a disability pension. Carroll was an English professor with a fondness for the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Now that he's out, Hardy is certain he will go after Sarah Fuller, his last victim who managed to survive the attack. He's correct but they realize too late that Carroll spent much of his time in prison on the Internet and now has a group of devoted followers who will do as he asks. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

21 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The livery on the "Norfolk PD" squad cars is incorrect. The show depicts a dark blue paint with blue and red horizontal striped graphics, whereas the actual Norfolk, VA cars are painted white and have black, dark blue, and red diagonal striping (short). See more »


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Sarah Fuller: Told you not to drink.
Annie: I'm not interesting enough to not drink.
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Crime - Check, Drama - Check, Thrill - Check
22 January 2013 | by tomcatjakSee all my reviews

Okay so most shows labeled thrillers usually are, well, not thrilling. I can honestly say the pilot gave me a thrill and kind of scared me, not in the classical sense, but it got my heart going.

Kevin Bacon is was outstanding and I can see why he took this role, the script is quite amazing. Kevin Bacon plays ex-cop Ryan Hardy who was taken out of the field after getting stabbed near the heart by a serial killer he was chasing while saving a girl.

James Purefoy plays Joe Carroll, who is the primary antagonist. Carroll isn't any regular bad guy, he's a genius and an artistic man. He thinks himself as a modern day Edgar Allen Poe who thought "The death of a beautiful woman is the most beautiful thing in the world".If you've seen the movie Law Abiding Citizen, well he is kind of like that guy, he maneuvers his killings from prison. He really is the perfect villain as the protagonists can maintain contact with him, even visually, they still know he is the one who is perpetrating the killings. Making this show very unique.

With an above average plot and two very good actors, how could this show go bad? If the rest of the series is anything like the pilot, this show will have great success. This show isn't just another sheep in a field of snow, it's new, different, and has a twist.

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