|Created by||Jon Bokenkamp|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||169 (list of episodes)|
|Production location||New York City|
|Running time||40-45 minutes|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format|| 576i SDTV |
4K UHDTV (2016–)
|Original release||September 23, 2013 –|
|Followed by||The Blacklist: Redemption|
The Blacklist is an American crime thriller television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. The show follows Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader), a former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal who voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades. He tells the FBI that he has a list of the most dangerous criminals in the world which he has compiled over the years, and he is willing to inform on their operations in exchange for immunity from prosecution. However, he insists on working exclusively with rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).
The series also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, and Harry Lennix. The pilot episode was written by Jon Bokenkamp and directed by Joe Carnahan.Executive producers for the series include Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, and John Davis for Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, and Davis Entertainment.
Each season has received positive reviews,with many critics praising Spader's performance in particular. On February 20, 2020, NBC renewed the series for an eighth season, which premiered on November 13, 2020. On January 26, 2021, the series was renewed for a ninth season.
Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former US Naval Intelligence officer who had disappeared twenty years earlier to become one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, surrenders himself to FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. Taken to an FBI "black site," Reddington claims he wishes to help the FBI track down and apprehend the criminals and terrorists he spent the last twenty years associating with: individuals that are so dangerous and devious that the United States government is unaware of their very existence.
He offers Cooper his knowledge and assistance on two conditions: immunity from prosecution, and that he wants to work exclusively with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie profiler newly assigned to Cooper. Keen and Cooper are suspicious of Reddington's interest in her, but he will only say that she is "very special." After Cooper tests Reddington's offer in locating and killing a terrorist in the first episode, Reddington reveals that this man was only the first on the "blacklist" of global criminals that he has compiled over his criminal career, and states that he and the FBI have a mutual interest in eliminating them. The mysteries of Reddington's and Liz's lives, and his interest in her, are gradually revealed as the series progresses. With a few exceptions, each episode features one of the global criminals, and Reddington assisting the team tracking and apprehending them. In every such episode, the rank and name or alias of the featured criminal on Red's blacklist is displayed at the close of the opening sequence.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Rank||Average viewers|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 23, 2013||May 12, 2014||6||14.95|
|2||22||September 22, 2014||May 14, 2015||14||13.76|
|3||23||October 1, 2015||May 19, 2016||22||11.19|
|4||22||September 22, 2016||May 18, 2017||30||9.25|
|5||22||September 27, 2017||May 16, 2018||42||8.41|
|6||22||January 3, 2019||May 17, 2019||52||7.18|
|7||19||October 4, 2019||May 15, 2020||50||6.88|
|8||TBA||November 13, 2020||June 23, 2021||TBA||TBA|
On October 4, 2013, NBC ordered nine additional episodes, filling out the series' first season.On December 3, 2013, NBC renewed the series for a 22-episode second season. On May 11, 2014, owing to the series' breakout success, NBC decided to air an episode in the coveted post–Super Bowl timeslot in 2015. On December 5, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on September 22, 2016. A spin-off series, The Blacklist: Redemption , premiered on February 23, 2017. On May 11, 2017, the series was renewed for a fifth season, while the spin-off was canceled the following day. The fifth season premiered on September 27, 2017. The sixth season premiered on January 3, 2019. The seventh season premiered on October 4, 2019. In March 2020, the production for the show was shut down due to COVID-19.The seventh season finale aired on May 15, 2020. The eighth season premiered November 13, 2020.
After showing a screening of the pilot at Comic-Con, producers revealed that their inspiration for The Blacklist came from the capture of Whitey Bulger.Recalling the experience in an interview with Collider, executive producer John Eisendrath stated:
So, the idea was, 'Well, what would happen if a man like Whitey Bulger turned himself in and said, "I am here. I have some rules that I want you to follow, but if you follow them I will give you the names of people that I have worked with, during the 20 years that I have been a fugitive."' So, there was a real world influence that affected the shaping of the show that was already being thought about. How can you put someone that you don't trust in the center of a show about trying to find criminals? And here was an example in the real world of just such a person. It was a fortuitous turn of events, where the idea for a show was being considered, and then here comes a real life story that helped give it some shape.
NBC bought the rights to The Blacklist from Sony Pictures Television in August 2012and greenlighted the show in January 2013. During an NBC upfront presentation in May 2013, it was announced that The Blacklist was NBC's highest-testing drama in 10 years.
Eisendrath said that the casting process was difficult.In February 2013, NBC offered Kiefer Sutherland the lead role of Raymond Reddington. He and Bokenkamp called James Spader to see if he would be interested in the role of Reddington; they felt confident in his understanding of the character and cast him three days before filming began.
Megan Boone took a week to prepare for her audition as FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen,and she was called back for multiple auditions. In March 2013, Deadline Hollywood reported that she accepted the role as the female lead in the series.
Despite being set in Washington, D.C., the series is mainly filmed in the same Manhattan studio where Law & Order was filmed for 20 years.Producer Richard Heus said they chose to film specific Washington, D.C., locations for the series, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the National Mall, because they were "iconic American locations."
The series is filmed in 4K using Sony PMW-F55 cameras that are adapted to use Panavision lenses.It is edited using Avid Media Composer, and editor Christopher Brookshire says the show has "a very distinctive look and pace." An average of three cameras are used at one time, but as many as six cameras are sometimes recording.
The series is broadcast simultaneously on Global in Canada.In New Zealand, the show premiered on TV3 on February 2, 2014. The second season premiered on September 23. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the show premiered on Sky Witness (formally Sky Living) on October 4, 2013. The second season premiered on October 3, 2014. But has since been moved to Sky One. Netflix has streaming rights to seasons 1–7 in the United States, Canada, Australia, Latin America, Finland, India, Pakistan, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Sweden, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and Norway.
The first season of The Blacklist received strong reviews from television critics. On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 74 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an 85% approval rating, based on 52 reviews, with an average score of 7.18/10. The consensus reads, "James Spader is riveting as a criminal-turned-informant, and his presence goes a long way toward making this twisty but occasionally implausible crime procedural compelling." The second season received a rating of 80%, based on 15 reviews, with an average score of 7.77/10. The consensus reads, "Though The Blacklist flirts with narrative overload, it's held together by James Spader's scenery-eating performance and wildly entertaining action." The third season received a rating of 93%, based on 14 reviews, with an average score of 7.41/10. The consensus reads, "The Blacklist is back in top form with fresh dangers that put Red on the ropes while giving James Spader room to shine." The fourth season received a rating of 88%, based on eight reviews, with an average score of 7/10. The fifth season received a rating of 100%, based on five reviews, with an average score of 8.5/10. The sixth season also received a rating of 100%, based on five reviews, but with an average score of 9.3/10. The seventh season has not received enough ratings to calculate a score.
David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle said about the pilot, "You think you know this situation and how it will turn out, but there are surprising, yet entirely credible, twists throughout Monday's episode."Robert Bianco of USA Today said, "The Blacklist is a solid weekly crime show built around a genuine TV star. That's the kind of series the networks have to be able to pull off to survive. And with Spader in command, odds are NBC will." Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter praised both Spader's performance and the procedural elements of the show, writing "there's an overarching element to the premise as well that makes it intriguing without making it overly complicated."
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Viewership|
|1||Monday 10:00 p.m.||22||September 23, 2013||12.58||May 12, 2014||10.44||2013–14||6||14.95|
|2||Monday 10:00 p.m. (2014)|
Sunday 10:38 p.m. (episode 9)
Thursday 9:00 p.m. (2015)
|22||September 22, 2014||12.34||May 14, 2015||7.49||2014–15||14||13.76|
|3||Thursday 9:00 p.m.||23||October 1, 2015||7.76||May 19, 2016||6.88||2015–16||22||11.19|
|4||Thursday 10:00 p.m.||22||September 22, 2016||6.40||May 18, 2017||4.92||2016–17||30||9.25|
|5||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||22||September 27, 2017||6.39||May 16, 2018||5.18||2017–18||42||8.41|
|6||Friday 9:00 p.m. (1–19)|
Friday 8:00 p.m. (20–22)
|22||January 3, 2019||4.15||May 17, 2019||4.46||2018–19||52||7.18|
|7||Friday 8:00 p.m.||19||October 4, 2019||4.05||May 15, 2020||4.13||2019–20||50||6.88|
|8||Friday 8:00 p.m. (1–18)|
Wednesday 10:00 p.m. (19–20)
|TBA||November 13, 2020||3.72||June 23, 2021||TBD||2020–21||TBD||TBD|
|2014||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||James Spader||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite New Television Drama||The Blacklist||Nominated|
| Entertainment Weekly |
Season Finale Awards
|Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger||"Berlin (No. 8) Conclusion"||Nominated|
|Funniest Moment in a Drama||Nominated|
|Weakest/Most Divisive Twist||Nominated|
|Best Final Shot||Nominated|
|Most Likely to Earn Someone an Emmy Nomination||Nominated|
|Biggest Regret That I Didn't See It, I Just Heard or Read About It||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie||The Blacklist||Won|
|ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards||Top TV Series||The Blacklist (Dave Porter)||Won|
|Saturn Award||Best Network Television Series Release||The Blacklist||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Television Series||James Spader||Nominated|
|2015||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor -Television Series Drama||James Spader||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Alan Alda||Nominated|
|2016||Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie||The Blacklist||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series||stunt cast note 1||Nominated|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Crime Drama||The Blacklist||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie||Nominated|
|2018||Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie||The Blacklist||Nominated|
|2019||Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie||The Blacklist||Nominated|
|2020||Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie||The Blacklist||Nominated|
Titan Books released an official comic book series based on the series, written by Nicole Phillips and drawn by Beni Lobel. The series' crew is working in the project as well.
Editor David Leach told The Hollywood Reporter that the comic is "a true extension of the television series" giving "new dimensions of the characters that have captured the audiences worldwide". The series will open with a six-issue story arc, which will be "a journey deep into the dark world of international espionage, conspiracies and intrigue on a global scale".
Issue #1 was launched July 22, 2015, in both comic book and digital stores.
The mobile game The Blacklist: Conspiracy was released on June 23, 2016, by Gameloft for Android, iOS, and Windows devices.As a member of the task force, the player can interact with Reddington, Cooper and other members, and interrogate potential suspects and witnesses. The game mainly consists of searching for missing items in different environments, as well as mini games to further the investigations. Players can also make decisions that alter the route of the story.
In March 2016, NBC began developing a spin-off series created by Bokenkamp and Eisendrath, who would also serve as executive producers with Davis and Fox. The project was set to star Famke Janssen as Susan "Scottie" Hargrave (formerly Halsted) and Eggold, in his role as Tom Keen, as well as Edi Gathegi reprising his role as Matias Solomon. Tawny Cypress was cast as Nez Rowan, a character already recurring during the third season.Hargrave first appeared on The Blacklist episode "Susan Hargrave", with "Alexander Kirk" serving as a backdoor pilot for the potential series. That episode was written by Bokenkamp and Eisendrath and directed by Michael Dinner. On May 14, 2016, a pilot for the series, The Blacklist: Redemption, was ordered. The series was canceled after one season. Eggold continued his role on The Blacklist.
Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as a part of Wolf's Chicago franchise. The series premiered on NBC as a mid-season replacement on January 8, 2014. The show follows the uniformed patrol officers and the Intelligence Unit of the 21st District of the Chicago Police Department as they pursue the perpetrators of the city's major street offenses.
Crisis is an American action thriller drama television series that was aired on NBC from March 16 to June 22, 2014 as part of the 2013–14 United States network television schedule and the mid-season entry. The series was created by Rand Ravich for 20th Century Fox Television. The series stars Dermot Mulroney, Rachael Taylor, Lance Gross, James Lafferty, Max Martini, Michael Beach, Stevie Lynn Jones, Halston Sage, Max Schneider, Joshua Erenberg, and Gillian Anderson. Crisis premiered on March 16, 2014.
NCIS: New Orleans is an American action crime drama and police procedural television series that premiered on CBS on September 23, 2014, following the twelfth season of NCIS. The pilot was written by Gary Glasberg. Produced by CBS Studios, Wings Productions and, for the first four seasons, When Pigs Fly Incorporated, the series stars Scott Bakula and CCH Pounder. The series is set and filmed in New Orleans. It is the third series of the NCIS franchise. In May 2020, the show was renewed for the seventh season, which premiered on November 8, 2020. In February 2021, CBS announced that the seventh season is the series' final one. The series finale is scheduled to air on May 23, 2021.
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The second season of the American crime thriller television series The Blacklist premiered on NBC on September 22, 2014, and concluded on May 14, 2015, and ran for 22 episodes. The season was produced by Davis Entertainment, Universal Television, and Sony Pictures Television, and the executive producers are Jon Bokenkamp, John Davis, John Eisendrath, John Fox, and Joe Carnahan.
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The fourth season of the American crime thriller television series The Blacklist premiered on NBC on September 22, 2016. The season was produced by Davis Entertainment, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television, and the executive producers are Jon Bokenkamp, John Davis, John Eisendrath, John Fox, and Joe Carnahan. The season contained 22 episodes and concluded on May 18, 2017.
The Blacklist: Redemption is an American crime thriller television series that aired on NBC from February 23 to April 13, 2017. A spin-off from the NBC series The Blacklist, it stars Famke Janssen as Susan Scott "Scottie" Hargrave, president of Halcyon Aegis, a private military company with teams of corporate operatives, and Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen, who came over from the original series and returned to it after completing his part. After an episode of The Blacklist served as a backdoor pilot, the new series was ordered by NBC on May 14, 2016. On May 12, 2017, NBC cancelled the series after one season.
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The seventh season of the American crime thriller television series The Blacklist was ordered on March 11, 2019. The season premiered on NBC on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 8.00 p.m. The season was originally set to contain 22 episodes. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the show to shut down production; the season was cut to 19 episodes, with the season finale containing some animated sections to complete the episode.
The eighth season of the American crime thriller television series The Blacklist was ordered on February 20, 2020. The season premiered on November 13, 2020.
David Leach, who'll edit the new monthly series, called the comic book 'a true extension of the television series['], promising a glimpse at 'new dimensions of the characters that have captured the audiences worldwide.'
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