The Following: Season 1 (2013)

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The Following

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The Following is a grisly and violent thriller with some great twists and fine acting.

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Critic Ratings: 51

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Air date: Jan 21, 2013

Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is drawn out of retirement when serial killer Joe Carroll escapes from prison; the investigation reveals that Carroll has a cult following.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2013

Ryan, Agent Weston and FBI Specialist Debra Parker investigate the history of Carroll's psyche; Emma, Jacob and Paul hold Claire's son while they plan for their next move.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2013

Hardy and the FBI try to predict the actions of a new follower named Rick (Michael Drayer); Paul's jealousy reaches a breaking point; the beginning of Carroll and Hardy's relationship is revealed.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2013

Maggie devises a plan to put an end to Hardy; Paul reveals a secret that Jacob has been hiding from Emma; Hardy and Claire's relationship is explored.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2013

As Hardy and the team make their next move, panic spreads at the followers' hideout; Carroll seeks out a lawyer from his past.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2013

A new follower reveals Carroll's true intentions; Hardy tries to turn Jacob, Emma and Paul against one another; Emma makes a surprising decision.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2013

Joe Carroll makes a case to be transferred to a different facility, raising Ryan's suspicions; Emma and Joey come across one of Roderick's men.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2013

Ryan and Parker are upset when the FBI makes Nick Donovan (Mike Colter) lead investigator as the search for Joey Matthews and Joe Carroll continues; a follower and Joe Carroll form a deadly plan.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2013

Ryan and Parker try to outwit their new leader; Joe demands information on Claire's location from Ryan; past followers return.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2013

Joe sends followers to capture Claire; Jacob's stress over recent decisions affects his reunion with Emma.

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Cast & Crew

Kevin Bacon
Ryan Hardy

Actor
James Purefoy
Joe Carroll

Actor
Natalie Zea
Claire Matthews

Actor
Annie Parisse
FBI Specialist Debra Parker

Actor
Shawn Ashmore
Agent Mike Weston

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Valorie Curry
Emma

Actor
Adan Canto
Paul

Actor
Kyle Catlett
Joey Matthews

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Mike Colter
Guest Star
Warren Kole
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Billy Brown
Guest Star
Tom Lipinski
Guest Star
Li Jun Li
Guest Star
Annika Boras
Guest Star
Kevin Williamson
Executive Producer
Marcos Siega
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Following: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Following: Season 1

  • Feb 26, 2020
    Not bad, some highly implausible plot lines. Find myself saying "as if you'd let that happen". "There is no way they would let him do that" etc.
  • Feb 25, 2020
    I thought this show started fantastically. It had some of the classic cop show tropes of no backup ever but the suspense and left turns were there and the acting was great.
  • Jan 28, 2020
    Well its definitely not great but its still watchable. It will keep you guessing and there will be surprises but it does fall into that very network tv predictability. Check it out if you have the time .
  • Jun 19, 2019
    As good as Kevin Bacon is, James Purefoy is so much better. Purefoy's Joe Carroll is deliciously evil, particularly in the way he taunts Bacon's Ryan Hardy and the FBI on his tail. I love how he has seemingly thought of EVERYTHING and remain one step ahead of the feds at all times. Unfortunately, "The Following" suffered from a classic TV series problem: an interesting premise that could not be credibly sustained over three seasons. The new breed of villains we see in Season 2 and the weird alliance Hardy and Carroll form to save Claire (played unevenly by Natalie Zea) seem way too contrived. At its best, "The Following" is about a struggle between an evil mastermind and a flawed hero who is struggling to catch up to him...all the while fighting over a woman. Agent Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) is a reliable sidekick who has to save Hardy from himself and his own worst instincts. Ashmore displayed a lot of depth and complexity in this role and deserves a serious nod. At its worst, it's a series of absurd, eyeroll-inducing plot twists in a desperate attempt to keep the series going...all with villains less interesting than Joe Carroll.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Please bring this back :D!!
  • Feb 10, 2018
    Oh my god, this is bad. I know I'm late to the party on this series but I had to write a review anyway. And I'm still watching it, for the same reason I watch pretty much any and all horror movies, knowing full well they're more likely to be awful than not. But this is just so bad. It's like a spoof of a serial killer/crime investigation show, complete with the whole "I read your file and I know you don't work well with others" troubled ex-cop routine (I seriously almost fell over when that line was delivered). This is pretty much made up of anything you've ever seen in any cop show, crime show, suspense show, conspiracy show, horror show, etc. memorable enough for a writer to copy and paste into another script, and I mean everything, and not really anything else. The writing and directing are so bad that even Kevin Bacon comes off as such a bad actor it's almost funny. Almost. It's a all just slightly too sad to be funny. Oh, and the Edgar Allen Poe stuff! It's like the story line from something a 14 year old Smiths fan would have written in the late 80's. It's just so silly. And I'm on episode 10 of season 1 and still no hint at the actual point of all of this. Like I get the guy is a serial killer. I get that he's obsessed with Poe. I get that he got his fan club organized enough from behind bars to kidnap his son and help him escape. But now what? What's the plan? They just live and hang out and pull weird stunts like killing a bunch of women with his ex-wifes name for pretty flimsy reasons? Is that really it? Two more seasons to go and I just hope to god they aren't STILL doing nothing but almost finding the killers son/almost finding the killer/trying to keep the ex-wife from being kidnapped for very much longer. Oh, and it isn't even scary, or creepy, or interesting. But I'm still watching it. It's perfect for playing in the background while I do something else.
  • Jan 04, 2018
    I had high hopes for this show as I am a fan of Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy who both give great performances but like many shows today it seems that tight camera angles are taking the place of good writing. I can't count the number of times I said, "how could they not see that coming!" as I watched. And if you want to catch the criminals all you really have to do is send Kevin Bacon into any random building by himself and they will all be there (something the FBI would never do) Fifty freakin cops enter a building and Ryan Hardy will undoubtedly find the bad guy the minute he wanders off by himself. Its ok to pull that once or twice but every episode? I beg all writers to stop treating the audience as if we are all stupid and just take the time to write good television! The premise of the show is good but I truly hope that people in the real world aren't the mindless sheep that Joe Carrolls followers are and they never make another episode before I lose all interest in watching Kevin or James ever again.
  • Oct 02, 2017
    I like Kevin Bacon, but this is not his best. I have only seen a few episodes and I'm bored already.
  • Aug 22, 2017
    Addictive but insulting on a mental level. Not nearly as smart as ittries to come off, and featuring the most incompetent law enforcement on television. Acting is great though.
  • Jan 08, 2017
    FBI painted as utterly incompetent. Baddy always 5 steps ahead. Really irritating.

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