The Blacklist: Season 5 (2017 - 2018)

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Air date: Sep 27, 2017

In the Season 5 premiere, Red (whose criminal empire is in ruins) enlists Liz in an unlikely plan to simultaneously earn cash and deliver a new Blacklister to the Task Force. As Liz faces the new reality of working alongside her father, Ressler finds himself in a precarious position and Tom weighs his options.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2017

Liz and the Task Force join Red in pursuit of a billionaire who moonlights as a high end art thief. Meanwhile, Dembe chases a lead and Tom seeks outside help in identifying the remains in the suitcase.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2017

While the Task Force investigates a series of suspicious police shootings, Agent Ressler is distracted by increasing external pressures. With his back up against the wall, Red drafts Tom in executing an elaborate plan to help re-establish his criminal reputation.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2017

The Task Force hunts for an elusive criminal who will stop at nothing to destroy some of the world's most precious treasures. Meanwhile, a surprise encounter leads a cash-strapped Red toward a new business opportunity.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2017

When Red provides exclusive intel on an international terrorist, it puts Liz and the Task Force on a collision course with a rival unit from the CIA. Meanwhile, Red and Hawkins lay the groundwork for their new business venture; and Tom goes undercover in search of information.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2017

While Cooper enlists Red on a case of personal importance, Ressler leads the Task Force on a mission to stop the resurgence of once-dormant murder-for-hire ring. Determined to find answers, Tom disregards a warning to halt his investigation into the suitcase.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2017

Red and the Task Force place Dembe undercover to infiltrate an international human smuggling organization, but when communication is lost, they must intervene. Meanwhile, Tom's investigation into the suitcase lands him in grave danger.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2017

In the fall finale, Tom goes missing; and Liz desperately retraces his steps in order to find him. Meanwhile Red's hunt for the suitcase of bones puts him on a collision course with Tom that will change everyone's lives forever.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2018

In the winter premiere, Liz abandons her old life and seeks out a fresh start in a place where no one knows her history, her name, or the depths of her grief. When an unexpected threat finds her, she is forced to draw on her emotional and physical strength in a brutal fight for survival.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2018

When Red directs the Task Force to find a Blacklister who uses his position of power to sell sensitive information, Ressler finds himself at risk of exposure. Meanwhile, Liz plans her next move.

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In Series 5 of the crime drama, Red's life has taken a turn for the worse now that his criminal empire is in shreds and he's forced to live in a motor home. In an effort to rebuild his shady business, he enlists the help of newly discovered daughter Liz and her husband Tom, who's secretly dealing with a problem of his own: a suitcase containing human remains. As the relationship between Red, Liz, and the FBI slowly gets back to where it was, Tom's quest brings trouble to everyone.

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Critic Reviews for The Blacklist Season 5

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The Blacklist has returned for its 5th season, and finally, the paternal cat is out of the convoluted, hole-riddled, sphinx-guarded parentage-bag...and everything is surprisingly chummy post-reveal!

Nov 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Liz, Reddington and the FBI task force have already concocted 99 other elaborate schemes to take down the world's most dangerous criminals, but the plan carried out in this milestone hour was among the series' most fun to watch.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

All things considered, I'd say we're in for an intense rest of Season 5.

Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Pulling Ressler into that moral gray area could be a boon for the show, and one of its more sturdy supporting players.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

There is only one word to describe Raymond Reddington, and that is amazing.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 5

  • Jun 06, 2020
    nice, i liked it. too much family stuff and too few fbi stuff
  • May 21, 2020
    Oh my God so good!! All the shows are incredible!
  • Mar 31, 2020
    Finally I know that Liz is Red's daughter. I suspected that much. Still I need to see more seasons.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    It's great and keep you attention all the time.
  • Feb 18, 2020
    The first arc of the seasons was exceptional and reminiscent of the best The Blacklist can be. A lovely Red/Liz relationship, some hijinks, and heart wrenching tragedy. The later part is marred by the character of Liz going over the top hateful towards Red for reasons that just don't seem that awful. But still an overall great season.
  • Feb 01, 2020
    LOVE IT Shame Tom is gone tho :(
  • May 18, 2019
    Epic cast, great writing, love it! Spade and Boone are smash hits!
  • Feb 14, 2019
    This serial is one of a kind spectacle. Starting from Spader's performance on Raymond Reddington the brilliantly crafted written charismatic character which proves that there is no black or white good and evil. It is such a legendary performance that I believe not just myself but others keep coming back for this character. It is the most epic performance and character right next to Heath Ledger's joker. And now Elizabeth also joins the charismatic characters list. The actors are amazing and out of this show performances make this on of the most thrilling police crime serial. The writing is decent and immersive and has real depth. The plot proves the theory of the 'Lesser evil' and put the viewer in a shady grey moral system. It's really raw and reflects on real world problems in a weird way. The directing is decent as well but the episode suffer from real pacing issue which is the main thing holding this serial back from being in the top. It loses focus and interest in the viewers mid way through the episode plot. And this season was no different. Sadly this element has to be worked on, because it breaks the immersion with the viewer and looses entertainment value. Overall this is a very good TV series just shy of amazing.
  • Jan 23, 2019
    From the get-go, I confess that it took me a full season of watching the Blacklist to see past many of the gross discrepancies between the series' world and the real world (e.g. a US executive agency arbitrarily ignoring the Constitution, Aram's hodgepodge of IT words/acronyms/phrases that are dumbed down at best and wrong at worst, how everyone knows about a FBI black site and anyone can casually walk in, etc.), but once I did, the second and third seasons were a treat. Season four took a slight downturn, but it wasn't enough to blunt my enjoyment. Season five is where the fun comes to an end. In the previous seasons, there was at least some veneer of passion behind the writing; now, it is borne out of laziness. Numerous examples can be found: - Reddington's fall from the pinnacle of the criminal underworld in season four was done well, but his climb back up to the top in season five is all payoff and no setup. Where is his character's struggle? He spent over 30 years building a criminal empire that spanned the globe, and while all of that was destroyed in the previous season, he goes from pauper living out of a motel back to his previous status as infamous super-criminal in under a year. Without any setup to the payoff, his state as a temporarily embarrassed millionaire is more like a glitch in the Matrix than a character arc and, ironically, feels cheap. - Keen's character becomes an absolute farce. I was never her biggest fan, but she had some spunk going for her and I enjoyed her character's story in previous seasons. Now, she apparently has selective amnesia and malleable morals all while wearing blinders to the monster that she becomes. If she ever went to the Olympics, she would win gold for her mental gymnastics, and all of this becomes concurrently distracting and frustrating for anyone who consistently watches the show. - Ham-fisted political messaging, virtue signaling, and dog whistling were non-existent in the first three seasons, made a small splash in season four (e.g. Samar's pay discrepancy temper tantrum in "Natalie Luca"), and now have arrived to be forced down your throat regardless of your political leanings. From mollycoddling illegal aliens ("The Kilgannon Corporation") to soft-peddling and muddying the issue of child brides ("Anna-Gracia Duerte") to laying it on thick with the US-Mexico border wall ("Pattie Sue Edwards"), it's there and in your face. Do you want a scene set in the South with an unarmed "alt-right" group of "neo-Nazi" "xenophobes" "hiding good old-fashioned fascism behind a lot of America-first doublespeak" (note: if you're unable to pull apart all four phrases and understand the ideological differences and overlaps (of which there are more of the former), you won't understand what I'm getting at) getting gunned down by Reddington while a Confederate flag hangs in the background ("Anna-Gracia Duerte")? Too bad, you poor flyover state rubes are getting it as told by coastal elites. Have a healthy bit of skepticism and some questions about global warming yet don't enjoy being called a "climate-change denier" ("Lawrence Dane Devlin")? You get where I'm going here. - *Minor* plot hole: Jennifer immediately recognizes Reddington as her father and tells him as such despite him not recognizing her after 30 years ("Ian Garvey: Conclusion") yet she becomes convinced by a DNA test given to her by Keen, someone she barely knows, that the bones belong to the real Reddington ("Sutton Ross"). Please explain that. James Spader and Harry Lennix's acting continues to be great but far from enough to keep this season above water. The series should have stopped at the end of season four.
  • Dec 27, 2018
    Season 5 of The Blacklist packs many a punch and leaves its audience waiting with bated breath for the next after a dastardly surprise befitting of its antagonist.

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