The Following: Season 1 (2013)



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


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Air date: Jan 21, 2013
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Air date: Feb 4, 2013
Air date: Feb 11, 2013
Air date: Feb 18, 2013
Air date: Feb 25, 2013
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Air date: Mar 11, 2013
Air date: Mar 18, 2013
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Kevin Bacon stars in this roller coaster-like thriller as former FBI agent Ryan Hardy, who's called out of retirement to help catch escaped serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), whom he helped put away years earlier in a case that, quite literally, almost killed him. Carroll, a charismatic former English professor obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe, hasn't forgotten his old nemesis, either: the orchestrated mayhem he unleashes, which is carried out by acolytes he cultivated through the Internet and prison visitations, is designed to torment Hardy, who had an affair with Carroll's ex-wife Claire (Natalie Zea) after his arrest. In fact, Carroll has so much faith in his followers that he intentionally allows himself to be caught?all the better to taunt Hardy in person. Chief among his disciples: Emma (Valorie Curry), who worked as the live-in nanny for Claire's and Carroll's young son Joey (Kyle Catlet), and Claire's seemingly sweet gay neighbors Jacob (Nico Tortorella) and Paul (Adan Tanto). The three make off with the boy, setting in motion a season-long cat-and-mouse game with Hardy and the FBI. At the same time, other followers pull off a never-ending series of stunts, ranging from murders that mimic some of Carroll's to self-immolation to an attempt to kill Hardy's sister.


Kevin Bacon
as Ryan Hardy
James Purefoy
as Joe Carroll
Natalie Zea
as Claire Matthews
Annie Parisse
as Debra Parker
Jeananne Goossen
as Jennifer Mason
Shawn Ashmore
as Agent Mike Weston
Nico Tortorella
as Will Wilson
Kyle Catlett
as Joey Matthews
Adán Canto
as Billy Thomas
Chinasa Ogbuagu
as Agent Mitchell
John Lafayette
as Capt. Turner
Warren Kole
as Roderick
Billy Thomas
as Adan Canto
Mike Colter
as Nick Donovan
Tom Lipinski
as Charlie Mead
Michael Drayer
as Masked Man
Adin Alai Daniel
as Agent David Sims
Tom Degnan
as Marshall Ferguson
Dean Alai
as Agent David Sims
Todd Faulkner
as Stan Fellows
Antwan Lewis
as Reporter
Stacy-Ann Gooden
as TV News Reporter
Maggie Grace
as Sarah Fuller
Steve Monrow
as Jordy Raines
Kate Hodge
as Sharon Cooper
Michael Roark
as Det. Warren
Valerie Smaldone
as News Reporter
Audrey Esparza
as Dana Montero
Marin Ireland
as Amanda Porter
Josh Segarra
as Hank Flynn
Melissa Ponzio
as Det. Joan Garcia
Robert Bogue
as Daniel Monroe
Jamil Mena
as FBI Agent
Michelle Li
as Female Reporter
Ryan Blackwell
as Uniformed Officer
Mayank Saxena
as Technician
Sean Hanley
as Young Ryan
Joe Harrell
as State Police Officer
Nicole Sellars
as News Reporter
Beth Adubato
as News Reporter No. 2
Todd Ryan Jones
as Brian Fowler
Michele Ammon
as Reporter
Ross Bickell
as Dean Phillip Barnes
Josh Banks
as Bondage Man
Rey Lucas
as Agent Banks
Louise Harris
as Cult Devotee #1
Kathryn Hayek
as Dark-haired Woman
Hunter Womack
as Guard #2
Ana Berry
as News Reporter No. 1
Scott Burik
as SWAT Team Leader
Selenis Leyva
as Det. Morales
Eileen Faxas
as Reporter
Glenna Grant
as Killer Woman
Mark Odgers
as Michael
Laurie Dhue
as News Reporter
Beau Berglund
as Security Guard
Kieran Mulcare
as Crackhead
Joe Lanza
as Trooper
Susan Walters
as Prosecutor
Quinn Vanantwerp
as Young Swat
Ivan Hernandez
as Deputy Lopez
Camille St. James
as College Coed
Bob Jesser
as U.S. Marshall Driver
Terrence Gibney
as Psychologist
Brian O'Neill
as Parker's Father
Jamil Mangan
as Street Worker
William Prael
as Clark Sullivan
Emily Robinson
as 14-year-old Parker
Des Epps
as Student #1
Toni D'Antonio
as Claire Dobkins
Margaret Daly
as Nora Sullivan
Paul De Boy
as Homeland Official
Mark Doherty
as Agent Collins
Brett Smith
as SWAT Commander
Gavin-Keith Umeh
as Traitor SWAT Commander
Samantha Ives
as Claire #2
Jessica Luza
as Sexy Brunette
Guiesseppe Jones
as NSA Official
Amanda Davis
as News Anchor Affiliate #1
Thomas Haynes
as News Anchor Affiliate #2
Steven Merkel
as Police Officer
Lisa Tucker
as News Anchor Affiliate #3
Andre Ware
as BAU Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Following Season 1

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (26)

It turns out pushing the envelope solely to shock doesn't make something edgy; it makes it quite dull.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

After the pilot, it's not hard to figure out which of the seemingly-innocuous characters are Carroll's plants, but watching the followers bond and bicker like a demented Brady Bunch is part of the show's cringe-y, creepy charm.

Jan 21, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Those who can stand the seas will enjoy the ride.

Jan 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Following is a bummer of significant proportions.

Jan 21, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Though dazzlingly plotted and acted, the show is not easily watched.

Jan 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Bacon, as a world-weary hero with a pacemaker and a drinking habit, is tragically sympathetic.

Jan 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While I thought the pilot was pretty strong, The Following disintegrates a little bit more with each episode.

Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Kevin Williamson is one brilliant and sick man.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Some of the visuals here are so boldly attention-getting - you'll know them when you see them - the TV series begins with style. And with his brooding intensity, Kevin Bacon in The Following can carry you a long way.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

When I saw the pilot, I was hooked by its mood and surprise -- it's genuinely suspenseful -- and couldn't wait to see more. Now, I don't know whether Williamson can sustain things over the long haul

Jul 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Following: Season 1



Super Reviewer


Kevin Bacon stars in the Fox crime/drama The Following. In its first season former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is recalled when charismatic serial killer Joe Carroll breaks out of prison; but this is just the beginning as Carroll puts into motion an elaborate plan to exact revenge on Hardy (who was responsible for his capture) that involves dozens of his cult followers that he's been building up during his imprisonment. The show follows a 24-esk type structure as every 3-4 episodes the focus moves to a new cell or stage in Carroll's plan. And this adds an air of excitement and intrigue; as the plot is constantly building and shifting in direction. Bacon does an incredible job at carrying the series and develops Ryan Hardy into a compelling character. Still, the show takes a lot of liberties and stretches the bounds of believability. While Season 1 of The Following may be a little over-the-top, it's full of thrills and suspense.


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