The Blacklist (2013– )
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Ex-government agent and one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) mysteriously turns himself in to the FBI and offers to give up everyone he has ever ... See full summary »


Joe Carnahan


Jon Bokenkamp (created by), Jon Bokenkamp





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
Megan Boone ... Elizabeth Keen
Diego Klattenhoff ... Donald Ressler
Ryan Eggold ... Tom Keen
Ilfenesh Hadera ... Jennifer Palmer
Harry Lennix ... Harold Cooper
Chance Kelly ... Daniel Ryker
Jamie Jackson ... Ranko Zamani
Delphina Belle ... Beth
Charles Baker ... Grey
Donnetta Lavinia Grays ... FBI Lobby Guard
Annet Mahendru ... Agent Rosen
Jeremy Beiler ... Tech (Hive)
Christine James Walker ... Cooper's Aide (as Christine Walker)
Jennifer Kim ... Analyst (War Room)


Ex-government agent and one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) mysteriously turns himself in to the FBI and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with including a long-thought-dead terrorist but under one condition - he'll only talk to newly-minted female FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection. For Liz, it's going to be one hell of a first day on the job and what follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins. Written by NBC

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Upon defusing the bomb on the general's daughter at the zoo, the man defusing the bomb exclaims "uzhasno", which Russian for "terrible". See more »


When Liz stabs Red in the neck you can see the blood pack/pad between her hand and his neck. See more »


Raymond 'Red' Reddington: You won't find the girl until you learn to look at this differently.
Elizabeth Keen: And how should I look at this?
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: Like a criminal. May come easier than you think. Shall I show you?
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Featured in The Blacklist: The Major (No. 75) (2015) See more »


Ain't That a Kick In the Head
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Dean Martin
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A Bit Too Much!
22 May 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a pilot. As is the case with any series that I start, I recognize that the characters aren't developed, the plot is somewhat preposterous, the FBI looks incompetent, and so on. So, now, what do they do to fix the sharp edges and get us involved. Our psychotic puppeteer must have some reason for doing what he is doing. I suppose it starts to involve kindred spirits and all that. This episode is so over the top. The thing that sent me into the kitchen to chop vegetables was the abduction of the little girl. It's as if a secret document was opened, saying, "Act as stupidly and as incompetently as you can and get the little girl kidnapped." She could have been protected in so many ways, but off to the highway with danger lurking around every corner. Anyway, give them a chance and see how well written this show is.

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Release Date:

23 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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