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: 467
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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.

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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…

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…

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

Oct 11, 2017 | 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…

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…

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

  • 1d ago
    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.
  • Mar 19, 2017
    The Elizabeth Keen character in Season 3 is unrecognizable as the character depicted in Seasons 1-2. The entire season feels disconnected in tone and quality from the first 2 seasons. If this was the 1st season, we probably would not have finished it.
  • Nov 24, 2016
    Still loving it, but seriously Lizzy's getting more and more annoying and dopey as each season progresses.
  • Sep 25, 2016
    This show started off great but eventually has become sort of monotonous. Reddington (Spader) for all his cool factor has become rather repetitive and his past stories of 'bravery' sounding more and more implausible; bordering on preposterous at times, to be honest. And his physique, his gait and the fight scenes just does nothing to make his ludicrous stories seem at all believable for me. Other than this one major flaw of the show it's got a good storyline and relatively good acting with most of the episodes shot well.
  • Sep 17, 2016
    After the events of last season's conclusion, the third season keeps you wide awake as the first half develops, and just when you think that Red and Liz are out of harm's way, you couldn't be more wrong. The most unique and attention grabbing season yet, season three concludes with the perfect setup for its upcoming spin-off and ends with an episode that, no matter how disappointing it may seem, blows your mind with a twist fundamental to the series and has you wanting to see season 4 as fast as possible. Enjoy.

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