The Blacklist: Season 3 (2015 - 2016)


Season 3
The Blacklist

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The Blacklist is back in top form with fresh dangers that put Red on the ropes while giving James Spader room to shine.



Critic Ratings: 15


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User Ratings: 493

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Air date: Oct 1, 2015

The FBI hunts for Liz for the murder of an attorney general in the Season 3 premiere. Also: Red and Liz try to flee the city with help from a Blacklister called the Troll Farmer; and Dembe is put in a perilous situation.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2015

Liz escapes to the Russian embassy as the FBI corners her and Red. Liz can trust no one but Red, who mobilizes a lawyer named Marvin Gerard to help them evade a difficult hostage situation. Meanwhile, the FBI tries to push Cooper out of the task force.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2015

Red and Liz head toward the Midwest in their quest to take down the Cabal and exonerate Liz. Meanwhile, Ressler, Samar and Aram discover what could become a global food crisis.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2015

Red enlists a task force to locate the Djinn, an enigmatic woman who fulfills revenge fantasies. Red and Liz believe the Djinn can lead them to the Cabal and help them exonerate Liz.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2015

A bounty is posted for Agent Keen, with any number of shady assassins surfacing and Red setting out to protect her.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2015

A trusted adviser of the Director goes missing. Red and Liz try to track the adviser down, only to steer toward a violent confrontation. In other events, Tom enters a savage "fight club" to locate a man who might be able to exonerate Liz.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2015

Samar's tragic past resurfaces when the team tracks an elusive international terrorist. In other developments, the FBI and the Cabal make significant strides in their search for Liz and Red, and Tom faces obstacles in his plan to exonerate Liz.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2015

Red and Liz are separated when Red falls into a perilous situation. Elsewhere, Samar makes a risky choice to help Liz, and Tom and Cooper continue their quest to exonerate Liz.

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Air date: Jan 7, 2016

Part 1 of 2. Liz awaits trial as Red and Aram take risky measures to protect her.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2016

Conclusion. The Cabal prepares to assassinate Liz, triggering Red's call to the task force to outmaneuver the Cabal in a bid to exonerate her. Also: Red delivers a final ultimatum.

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The crime drama's thirdseries tracks officer-turned-criminal Raymond "Red" Reddington and special agent Elizabeth Keen, who are on the run as theysearch for evidence that willclear Liz's name.

Cast & Crew

Diego Klattenhoff
Donald Ressler
Mozhan Marnò
Samar Navabi
Megan Boone
Elizabeth "Liz" Keen
Harry Lennix
Harold Cooper
Hisham Tawfiq
Dembe Zuma
Amir Arison
Aram Mojtabai
James Spader
Raymond "Red" Reddington
Edi Gathegi
Mr. Solomon
Adriane Lenox
Deputy Attorney General
Peter Vack
Asher Sutton
Valarie Pettiford
Charlene Cooper
Margarita Levieva
Gina Zanetakos
Conor Leslie
Gwen Hollander
Fisher Stevens
Marvin Gerard
Don Harvey
Eli Matchett
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News & Interviews for The Blacklist: Season 3

Critic Reviews for The Blacklist Season 3

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

I'm really quite surprised at how conceptual this season 3 premiere turned out to be.

Oct 30, 2017 | Full Review…

It was quite an exciting season premiere.

Feb 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The Blacklist is a terrific, inventive, entertaining and eccentric show by network standards. Indeed, by any standards.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Its season three premiere, "The Troll Farmer," is a stellar debut and return to form for a show that struggled a majority of last season to find its footing and purpose.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm not saying the newly invigorated Blacklist has become "Viewers Most Wanted", but so far I like.

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Season Three of The Blacklist upped the show's game with slightly more adventurous writing that made the show a more consistent bet from week to week.

Aug 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Last season, there were many indications that The Blacklist was running on fumes. The Troll Farmer offers hope that the tank is finally refilled.

Oct 5, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Hopefully with the Fulcrum out of the bag and Liz's past more filled in than ever, the show won't spend quite as much time this year with vague hints of reveals to come and concern itself more with what Red's up to right now.

Oct 4, 2015 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

The remarkable thing is: The alteration of circumstances alleviates some of the biggest problems that have marked The Blacklist from day one.

Oct 4, 2015 | Full Review…

The third season of the Blacklist shows a lot of promise by blowing up the concept and showing us a Red we've never seen before: the underdog.

Oct 3, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Despite the obvious centrality of Red and James Spader's performance, The Blacklist has a solid bench of supporting players just waiting to be used properly.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Too often... when The Blacklist presents one of these "criminal masterminds," it turns into a complete letdown.

Oct 2, 2015 | Rating: 6.7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 3

  • Jun 06, 2020
    nice, i liked it. interesting
  • May 17, 2020
    Soooooo good oh my god!!
  • May 12, 2020
    We do enjoy most of the show; the plot with its conspiracy theory, personal drama, and fast-paced action, BUT Liz, unless you are a total dumb a__, you should know that it is NOT Reddington who is your threat but the mere fact of whose daughter you are (re: many episodes but esp 3:14) and you, Liz, are REALLY a thankless numb skull to NOT want free and NEEDED protection which must be costing Red near a half million a yr. The writer has no regard for continuity and comprehensiveness in this area. Maybe they are a feminist or something but they make Liz look like a real dumb and thankless person. That guy of Red's risked his life to save her thankless butt and even after that the writer of this story has her demanding Red to remove the carefully placed and uninterruptible, as much as can be, security which any one can see that she desperately needs and could not even begin to afford. Shame on you writer, producer, and/or director. You must REALLY think that we are very dumb.
  • Mar 31, 2020
    I liked it very very much. I need to see more. What is the real relation between Red and Liz.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    It's great and keep you attention all the time.
  • Feb 18, 2020
    The first arc of the season was the best of the entire series. Red and Liz as partners and "on the run". Smartly written, a unique crime fighting couple, rather reminiscent of the old TV show The Avengers. And the saving of Liz by Red mid season was some of the best and most exciting TV seen. Tightly written and smart. Something seemed to happen to Liz after that and she started a downward arc of unreasonable distrust of a man who had just saved her, which seemed like a contrivance to get us to the later part of the season, where watching Red's grief was almost unbearable but beautiful.
  • May 16, 2018
    The best season.the plot is the strongest.and it gives us more RED ACTIOn.
  • Mar 05, 2018
    It just doesn't get any better than this show. James Spader is nothing short of miraculous. Seriously...when I'm watching this show, I just keep thinking "he is soooo cool!" The use of music is amazing and whenever Red Reddington launches into a story...pure art!
  • Jan 22, 2018
    Great screenwriters, excellent actors
  • Jun 06, 2017
    Here’s a short review of The Blacklist | Season Three… Season Three of The Blacklist was a wholly different animal to the first two seasons, and the fourth season will follow that trajectory given the extraordinary final few episodes of the season. The second half of the season was thrilling stuff, and it has contributed to the writers’ decision to branch out and make a spin-off show to complement the renewed fourth season, The Blacklist: Redemption. I will avoid giving any spoilers away, given that modern TV watching is now binge-watching box-sets and I wouldn’t want to spoil anything for those of you that might give The Blacklist a try. Susan Hargraves and Solomon are two new characters that are intriguing additions to the regular cast. Edi Gathegi (Solomon), has the same aura that Bokeem Woodbine had as Mike Mulligan in season two of Fargo. He is a menacing and astute criminal that continually features on the opposing side of the taskforce’s objectives, and has numerous showdowns with Tom and Reddington which are always fascinating. Episodes The Director, Alistair Pitt, Mr. Solomon and of course Alexander Kirk stood out from this season, though the standard for the season was very good. This season also displayed some of Reddington’s flaws which added a different dimension to the show, especially compared with the cocksure and visionary demeanour he has exhibited since the first episode of the first season. Tom Keen features heavily, so much so he will head the spin-off show. Tom and Liz increasingly throughout the season attempt to make a fist of it and make a normal life for themselves, but of course it will never be simple. Season Three is packed full of action, mystery, schemes, betrayal, and though the season represents a departure from the traditional format featuring in the first two seasons, Blacklist has grown to be more than names on a list, season four will undoubtedly follow a similar pattern.

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