A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.


Jon Bokenkamp
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Series cast summary:
James Spader ...  Raymond 'Red' Reddington / ... 166 episodes, 2013-2021
Megan Boone ...  Elizabeth Keen 166 episodes, 2013-2021
Diego Klattenhoff ...  Donald Ressler 166 episodes, 2013-2021
Harry Lennix ...  Harold Cooper 166 episodes, 2013-2021
Hisham Tawfiq ...  Dembe Zuma 164 episodes, 2013-2021
Amir Arison ...  Aram Mojtabai 162 episodes, 2013-2021
Mozhan Marnò ...  Samar Navabi 103 episodes, 2014-2019
Ryan Eggold ...  Tom Keen 88 episodes, 2013-2018


A highly articulate, erudite and intelligent businessman and mastermind, "Red" Reddington, has allegedly been on the "10 Most Wanted List" of various U.S. law enforcement agencies for over 20 years. The legend is that Red is as elusive as he is clever, controlling a labyrinth of creative enterprises, coupled with uncanny ability to gather and finesse information at the drop of a hat. On the first day at FBI for a new female profiler fresh out of Quantico, Red offers to bandy wits with the FBI. Red promises to deliver various criminals and plots previously unknown to any branch of law enforcement... and all Red requests in return is to choose his muse. Written by LA-Lawyer

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It's good to be wanted. (season 3) See more »


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Throughout the series, when Reddington (James Spader) is seated and speaks to people his head is usually tilted at an angle. See more »


This show, like many from Hollywood that show a lot of gun use, routinely plays a sound effect of a gun being cocked whenever a gun is seen on screen. Often the gun shown either has no external hammer and cannot make the sound played or it has already been fired, negating the ability to cock it. This sound effect is used by sound editors that lack an understanding of how firearms operate. See more »


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Raymond Reddington is what makes this show amazing!!!
22 September 2020 | by daliaabd-69415See all my reviews

The single most amazing thing about this show is Raymond Reddington. Watching him in his harmonious actions and brilliant dialogue just makes the show one of my favorite crime shows ever. His interactions with Cooper, Ressler, and Aram are so interesting and exciting to watch. He has helped developed their characters in such a unique way. Dembe is great and his relationship with Reddington is really amazing to watch. The action of the show is fast and not boring at all. There is a lot of suspense. Enough complexity to keep you hooked without being too complicated. I absolutely love everything and everyone about this show except for one single thing.

Unfortunately I was forced to give the show a 7/10 because of that stupid character forced on us (Elizabeth Keen). I have hated every moment with her from her selfish actions to her her stupid mentality to her annoying nagging about the truth. She suddenly switches sides because of selfish reasons. She doesn't care to put her colleagues in trouble in spite of all the things they do for her to keep her safe. She hides things from them and acts on her own like she is a genius when she is nothing but stupid and dumb. She is always fighting Raymond after all the things he has done for her and all the risks he has taken to protect her. Her scenes make my blood boil. She randomly spills other people's secrets with no morals whatsoever and acts so self righteous. I hate her. I hate her. I hate her. She ruined such an amazing show for me with her presence. I don't even want to see this actress in another show after her horrible character in this one because it will just remind me of the stupidity she portrayed here. She is just the worst and if it were not for her I would have given this show an absolute 10!!!!

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Release Date:

23 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blacklist See more »

Filming Locations:

Pleasantville, New York, USA See more »

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Stereo | DTS (HD MA) (blu-ray)



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16:9 HD
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