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The Blacklist: Season 1 (2013-2014)




Critic Consensus: 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.


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Series 1 sees our introduction to former government agent turned criminal Raymond Reddington who, after turning himself into the FBI, says that he will help them capture some of the world's most dangerous criminals. However, he will only talk to one agent, Elizabeth Keen and as the series progresses we slowly get hints of why this might be while simultaneously following the FBI's progress in catching the criminals Reddington is pointing his finger at.


James Spader
as Raymond "Red" Reddington
Megan Boone
as Elizabeth Keen
Ryan Eggold
as Tom Keen
Diego Klattenhoff
as Donald Ressler
Harry Lennix
as Harold Cooper
Parminder Nagra
as Meera Malik
Ilfenesh Hadera
as Jennifer Palmer
Ritchie Coster
as Anslo Garrick
Clifton Collins Jr.
as Hector Lorca
Isabella Rossellini
as Floriana Campo
Jennifer Ehle
as Madeline Pratt
Chin Han
as Wujing
Robert Sean Leonard
as Frederick Barnes
Ryan O'Nan
as The Alchemist
Linus Roache
as The Kingmaker
Alan Alda
as Mr. Fitch
Hoon Lee
as Mako Tanida
Frank Whaley
as Karl Hoffman
Campbell Scott
as Owen Mallory
Dianne Wiest
as Ruth Kipling
Robert Knepper
as The Courier
Margarita Levieva
as Gina Zanetakos
Justin Kirk
as Nathaniel Wolff
Damian Young
as The Undertaker
Aja Naomi King
as Elisa Rubin
Pat Squire
as Louise Hoffman
Amir Arison
as Aram Mojtabai, Mram Mojtabai
Will Denton
as Harrison Lee
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Critic Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 1

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (26)

Yes, it's a preposterous premise, and Boone as well as the character she plays are in over their heads, but if NBC is willing to spend money to make this formula work, it could have a hit on its hands.

September 23, 2013 | Full Review…

It's a fast-paced mystery that's just plain entertaining.

September 23, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Spader is amusingly smug and hammy, as he manipulates the FBI honchos, Keen, and the criminals who think he's on their team. Even so, there is nothing in the pilot that makes me eager to return.

September 23, 2013 | Full Review…

C'mon, producers. Upend the procedural. Let Spader run loose.

September 23, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Blacklist is watchable but patently unbelievable and increasingly unpalatable.

September 19, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Portraying a brilliant criminal mastermind who opens the drama by turning himself in to the FBI, demanding the presence of a specific rookie agent, he (Spader) is effortlessly captivating.

September 6, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 1


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The only reason to watch this is to see James Spader act circles around the weird wig girl.


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