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

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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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Release Date:

23 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital | DTS (HD MA) (blu-ray)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The birth date on the "Ten Most Wanted" poster for Raymond 'Red' Reddington is February 7, 1960, the birth date of James Spader. See more »


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


Harold Cooper: Ranko Zamani's been dead for six years. He's a non-existent threat.
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: Then a dead man just stepped off United 283 from Munich to Dulles.
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Featured in The Blacklist: The Major (No. 75) (2015) See more »


Morning Light
Performed by Rachel Goodrich
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22 May 2018 | by shadow_blade-89459See all my reviews

"The Blacklist," Season 1, Episode 1: "Pilot" (2013) is a professionally produced crime drama about an ex-government agent turned top FBI fugitive, Raymond Reddington played by James Spader, after he turns himself in to capture other top criminals. The only catch in his deal is that he refuses to speak to anyone other than newly hired FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen played by Megan Boone. This episode is 45 minutes of suspense, action, and intrigue through excellent acting. Reddington is dapper and controlled, while his counterpart, Keen, is uneasy and can be easily compared to the viewer. This show has major potential to go in any direction.

This pilot is captivating and draws the viewer into the different levels of the storylines. This show has several storyline layers that with the overall story continuing throughout the season and the episode storyline concluding by the end of the show. I love how the writer, Jon Bokenkamp, some how makes Reddington likeable enough to root for even though he is a notable "bad guy." I will continue to watch this show as long as it is on the air and recommend all viewers who enjoy a great storyline with twist and turns.

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