The Blacklist: Season 4 (2016 - 2017)

Season 4
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Propelled by the sheer force of James Spader's performance (and a pretty killer soundtrack), The Blacklist's fourth season ups the ante and then some.



Critic Ratings: 10


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Air date: Sep 22, 2016

Liz is abducted by a man claiming to be her father, prompting Red's desperate efforts to find her. The Season 4 premiere.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2016

Red and the task force track an infamous bounty hunter who may have knowledge about criminal mogul Alexander Kirk's next move. Meanwhile, Liz struggles to decide whether Kirk is trustworthy.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2016

Red and the task force attempt to chase down an evildoer who finances crimes for profit and is an ally of criminal mogul Alexander Kirk. Elsewhere, Liz makes further discoveries about her family.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2016

Tom takes matters into his own hands as the task force tracks an eco-terrorist with intriguing ties to Alexander Kirk.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2016

Red springs into action on an operation to intercept Alexander Kirk, a move that tests Liz's loyalties. Meanwhile, the task force scrambles to stop a killer who's targeting tech inventors.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2016

Red and Liz gain leverage to infiltrate Alexander Kirk's organization when Kirk joins in business with a shadowy group that hacks secure computer systems.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2016

Part 1 of 2. Red enlists the task force to hunt down a mysterious individual who provides new identities to on-the-lam criminals. Meanwhile, Alexander Kirk's medical condition worsens as Liz reaches out to Cooper for guidance.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2016

Conclusion. Red pressures Dr. Shaw to locate a former patient. Meanwhile, Liz mulls over her connection to an increasingly desperate and lethal Alexander Kirk, and Kaplan comes to an important realization about the future.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2017

Allegiances are tested when an investigation centers on an international terrorist operating in America. Meanwhile, Aram faces consequences when his girlfriend hacks into the FBI computer systems, and Red cashes in on a favor.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2017

A mysterious diorama depicts a future crime. Elsewhere, Red explores a new business opportunity.

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At the start of Season 4 of the crime drama, Liz (Megan Boone) is still being held captive by her supposed father Alexander Kirk (Ulrich Thomsen). Despite her efforts, she's unable to escape. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) sets out to rescue her with the help of Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) and some Blacklisters. When the Task Force finds out that Liz is alive, they believe she betrayed them and are once again tasked with bringing her to justice. As the season progresses, Red reveals the truth to the FBI and they join forces to rescue Liz.

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Critic Reviews for The Blacklist Season 4

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Well, that's what we would call sticking the landing.

Oct 24, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The episode jumps right into the action, exactly where last season left off.

Sep 23, 2016 | Full Review…

The Blacklist Season 4 kicked off with some shocking revelations, giving fans a little more insight into Liz's past as well as her history with Red in the premiere episode.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The Season 4 finale of The Blacklist was a game-changer.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a nice new wrinkle.

Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The series lost one of its most intriguing side characters in Mr. Kaplan, who had been played by Susan Blommaert over the past several seasons.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Season 4 of The Blacklist opened with a bang - or, to be more precise, a crash.

Nov 14, 2017 | Full Review…

This was a great start to the new season, getting right into the action, kicking up some relationship conflicts between characters, providing some teases, and leaving fans wanting more.

Apr 4, 2017 | Full Review…

If, throughout the years, you've remained a staunch advocate of the most plausible theory on that list - that Red is indeed Liz's dad - then Thursday's season finale of The Blacklist must have left you feeling mighty vindicated.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The soundtrack and Spader's performance are keeping the series watchable. Unfortunately, when Red becomes as dull as the rest of the characters, the series will become unwatchable, no matter how good the music.

Oct 13, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 4

  • Dec 29, 2020
    I feel like the show thus far had given us every reason to have high hopes and yet somehow season 4 just didn't deliver. It wasn't bad, just not as interesting and engaging as previous runs. Personally while I enjoyed the first episode, the other 7 in the 'Kirk arc' felt like an effort to fill blanks due to shortage in quality storytelling material. I couldn't care less about the blacklisters they fought during those episodes, not was I thrilled to see the two-parter in episodes 7 and 8. Furthermore, the lack of profound dialogue between Liz and Red in the wake of the drastic means she turned to just to get away from him felt dishonest to both the nature of a human being and the intelligent characters these two are. Also, it seems that in an effort to give Red enough time to shine, supporting character's screen time was reduced to bare minimum, leaving no place for any serious personal development. That being said, Aram and Samar did have more alone time this season and yet still they chose to turn it into a big patience test instead of taking it to the next level (so much so that if they hadn't kissed before the series ended I might have just burst). Still, moving the focus from Liz & Red to just Red enabled us to learn what his inner world looks like and witness him going through a process on inner change - realizing Liz needs space, realizing his judgment isn't final on all things...that's refreshing. I have to note the dynamic between Harry Lennix and James Spader in the show, just love it. No one matches Harold's ability to preach when Red goes too far.
  • Jun 06, 2020
    nice, i liked it. interesting
  • May 20, 2020
    Sooo good season 4 rocks!!
  • Apr 15, 2020
    Season 4 of this Thriller series was very personal for Mr. Reddington. The main plot of Mr. Kaplan going after Raymond was consistent which enabled engagement throughout the second half of the season. The Entertaining first 8 episodes was a drag to conclude kirk story. The storyline for other main leads especially Aram had an scope to go on with.Overall This season was engaging as the first three. The relationship changes between Red and Liz is to be watch out for the next season.
  • Mar 31, 2020
    The suspense and secretes still going higher and higher. Red strategies to get rid of his competition is amazing. I like to see more of that.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    It's great and keep you attention all the time.
  • Feb 18, 2020
    I had high hopes for S4, but it disappointed me again and again and an ill advised, unnecessary and ultimately dishonest double twist in the season finale confused the audience about Red's relationship to Liz that continues to this day. This season was written and put together no better than normal hum drum "mass man" TV and not the smartly written The Blacklist I had come to expect. Only James Spader as Red Reddington saved it.
  • May 18, 2019
    Epic cast, great writing, love it! Spade and Boone are smash hits!
  • Apr 21, 2019
    They are out of ideas and trying to inject Israeli rotten politics in the story
  • May 16, 2018
    Not as good as previous season.Still watchable

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