The Blacklist: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)


Season 1
The Blacklist

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 57


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1133
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Air date: Sep 23, 2013
Air date: Sep 30, 2013
Air date: Oct 7, 2013
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Air date: Nov 4, 2013
Air date: Nov 11, 2013
Air date: Nov 25, 2013
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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
Robert Sean Leonard
as Frederick Barnes
Ryan O'Nan
as The Alchemist
Linus Roache
as The Kingmaker
Isabella Rossellini
as Floriana Campo
Chin Han
as Wujing
Jennifer Ehle
as Madeline Pratt
Justin Kirk
as Nathaniel Wolff
Damian Young
as The Undertaker
Alan Alda
as Mr. Fitch
Hoon Lee
as Mako Tanida
Robert Knepper
as The Courier
Margarita Levieva
as Gina Zanetakos
Frank Whaley
as Karl Hoffman
Campbell Scott
as Owen Mallory
Dianne Wiest
as Ruth Kipling
Aja Naomi King
as Elisa Rubin
Will Denton
as Harrison Lee
Pat Squire
as Louise Hoffman
Amir Arison
as Aram Mojtabai
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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.

Sep 23, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Sep 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.

Sep 23, 2013 | Full Review…

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

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

The Blacklist is watchable but patently unbelievable and increasingly unpalatable.

Sep 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.

Sep 6, 2013 | Full Review…

Blacklist is the more purely and criminally enjoyable of the night's new melodramas, largely because James Spader is so good at being playfully bad.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

A lot of the snazzy action and spiffy pacing may be a cover-up for subpar writing, but the pilot kept things entertaining enough that I'd like to see the second episode. Hopefully it will clear up a few things.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The Blacklist, a slick and surprisingly brutal spies-and-black-ops drama that speeds along blithely without an original thought in its head.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The Blacklist is mysterious and compelling without being too over the top and complicated.

May 7, 2018 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 1

  • Aug 21, 2019
    Awesome show! James Spader is incredible here.
  • Apr 21, 2019
    Started code mysterious but Megan Boone was not very convincing
  • Apr 21, 2019
    I used to love this show. Trying to watch this season without laughing. The acting, script, and what is with the music! The show has taken such a dive they might as well cancel it.
  • Feb 19, 2019
    Typical dumbed down tv series for the masses. The writing and editing is just bad. In one episode, it takes the main character half the day to travel to a remote location. Then near the end of the show, the rest of the team conveniently covers the same distance in about 10 minutes. It's things like where I just have to shake my head and realize this is network programing. In my opinion Spader carries this show. the rest of the cast is just ok. Overall story line has potential, the plots are meh,
  • Feb 13, 2019
    The Blacklist (2013) is the type of tv series that once you finish an episode, you would want to move to the next to find out more and uncover the mysteries surrounding the awfully confident infamous criminal Raymond Reddington and his relationship to agent Elizabeth Keen. Itâ??s kind of shady and makes you draw lots of conclusions to determine what's going to happen next so itâ??s perfect for people who love analyzing and coming up with different scenarios to fit the events in the series to the point when you have to complete a full season to know the answer. At the same time, almost every episode ends up with uncovering few truths about each character in the show. One more upside about the show is even though the main story is about Keen and Reddington, the other characters are heavily involved in developing the plot and its not the self-centered kind of show that always make the show about one characterâ??s life. That being said, weâ??ll move to the not very pleasing sides of the show. The major plot development, like Elizabeth finding out about her husband, is way too slow and took up a whole season for her to find out. It is frustrating especially when everything in the show tells so, Elizabeth is the last one to find out. Also, theyâ??re describing Elizabeth to be this special intelligent agent but so far, nothing the matched that portrait that they did a very good job at building but not emphasizing it in the show. I would still recommend watching the series and getting a closer look at Reddingtonâ??s arrogant, always prepared and secretly helping others (sometimes by destroying othersâ??) and his role in the life of Elizabeth Keen the agent with trust issues, erased memories, and big secrets will make one of the best crime, thriller, and dramatic tv show.
  • Dec 03, 2018
    THE BLACKLIST is the most arousing yet compulsive TV show that has some but all of the recognition that it deserves! How could the worlds most wanted man known as Raymond Reddington played by James Spader, become so valuable and trustworthy to the FBI. Reddington also known as “Red” is willingly ready to hand over what he called the “Blacklist.” The blacklist is full of unknown terrorist who are classified as highly dangerous and are disguised everyday people. They could be you mail carrier your teacher, president or even your spouse. Reddington will effortlessly convey the names on the black list under two circumstances. One being his immunity; he won’t seek the death penalty yet spend another day imprisoned, and two being the most important, he will only answer to a simple but the best profiler in her division Elizabeth Keen. The moment Red entered her life she’s been left to do nothing but question it. She constantly fights herself and instincts to seek the truth. After all she is a profiler, reading someone is her job but why is Reddington so hard? The acting in this show is sensational. I catch myself feeling remorse for a number of characters of which are fictional and I know nothing about outside of my TV screen. Reddington however is outstanding. I often ask myself “how can a man be so serious? James Spader is known for being quite odd and thrilling in his acting. In this espionage type show he teaches you to think like a criminal so that you will see a different picture. James Spader does this by wearing his poker face; showing no emotion to anyone even those that mean the absolute most to him. His facial expression and demeanor are the same throughout the entire show which benefits him as a criminal because no one can read him or know if he is telling the truth or not, you’ll just have to risk it all and find out. I’ve watched all five seasons and twenty-two episodes; each terrorist that is revealed is known for something significant nothing has ever been the same. This show is definitely one of a kind.
  • Aug 28, 2018
    The best TV series I've ever watched to this date!
  • Mar 06, 2018
    I love the blacklist red is the best CHaCHARACTER ever amazing show
  • Jan 12, 2018
    The FBI couldn't possibly be as inept as this show represents. The characters are cardboard cutouts, the dialogue stupendously trite. But James Spader is fantastic and almost saves the show. But he can't pull it off in the end.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    James Spader's performance as Red Reddington can't salvage the utter garbage that is The Blacklist. With bland writing, predictable twists and god awful CGI, The Blacklist is as generic as they come and offers nothing new in the genre of crime drama television.

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