The Blacklist (2013– )
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Ex-government agent and one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) mysteriously turns himself in to the FBI and offers to give up everyone he has ever ... See full summary »


Joe Carnahan


Jon Bokenkamp (created by), Jon Bokenkamp





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
Megan Boone ... Elizabeth Keen
Diego Klattenhoff ... Donald Ressler
Ryan Eggold ... Tom Keen
Ilfenesh Hadera ... Jennifer Palmer
Harry Lennix ... Harold Cooper
Chance Kelly ... Daniel Ryker
Jamie Jackson ... Ranko Zamani
Delphina Belle ... Beth
Charles Baker ... Grey
Donnetta Lavinia Grays ... FBI Lobby Guard
Annet Mahendru ... Agent Rosen
Jeremy Beiler ... Tech (Hive)
Christine James Walker ... Cooper's Aide (as Christine Walker)
Jennifer Kim ... Analyst (War Room)


Ex-government agent and one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) mysteriously turns himself in to the FBI and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with including a long-thought-dead terrorist but under one condition - he'll only talk to newly-minted female FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection. For Liz, it's going to be one hell of a first day on the job and what follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins. Written by NBC

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Release Date:

23 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital | DTS (HD MA) (blu-ray)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The birth date on the "Ten Most Wanted" poster for Raymond 'Red' Reddington is February 7, 1960, the birth date of James Spader. See more »


When Elizabeth (Megan Boone) opens her husband's (Ryan Eggold) fake Swiss passport it gives his nationality as German instead of Swiss. See more »


Harold Cooper: Ranko Zamani's been dead for six years. He's a non-existent threat.
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: Then a dead man just stepped off United 283 from Munich to Dulles.
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Featured in The Blacklist: The Major (No. 75) (2015) See more »


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Written by Jay Z, Norman Landsberg, Felix Pappalardi, Billy Squier, John Ventura and Leslie West
Performed by Hugo
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Correcting some reviews
18 May 2019 | by ratkoveSee all my reviews

First of all about the episode. It's decent. Average. Just another crime show with a bit different plot. Now onto some reviews that were misinforming on some facts: 1. Ortodox church does forbid tattoos and that is a correct thing they did in the show. A reviewer said they don't and many Serbians have tattoos. Truth is not so many Serbians have tattoos and that doesn't mean that church doesn't forbid them. It does.Religion itself to be precise. 2. Zamani is not a Serbian last name. True. At least his name is Serbian. 3. Albanians are mostly muslim. Not true. Albanians are mostly Christian, both Catholic and Orthodox. Most of the Albanians that are muslim live outside Albania- in Serbia (Kosovo), Montenegro, Macedonia.

What is wrong in the show is the Serbian language. That is not Serbian at all. Most likely Russian or Ukrainian and that is a huge mistake for a show. A google translate would do a better job on showing you how to speak Serbian than whoever this show hired.

Average pilot, Average plot. Good acting. All in all just another crime show like any other.

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