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The Blacklist

The Blacklist

Photo Credit:  David Giesbrecht / NBC
  • Premiered: 
    September 23, 2013
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Jon Bokenkamp 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

After being on the FBI's Most Wanted List for decades, ex-government agent Red Reddington mysteriously surrenders to the government and offers to catch a long-thought dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, and others on his blacklist of politicians, spies and terrorists. Red has only one condition: he must work with Liz Keen, an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico, with whom he seemingly has no connection. Does Liz have secrets of her own? What does Red have planned for her, as he teaches her to think more like a criminal? Plus, there's Liz's husband, Tom, who may have a secret of his own. Other government agents include: Donald Ressler, the Field Agent In-Charge; Harold Cooper, the Assistant Director of Counterterrorism at the FBI; Jennifer Palmer, an FBI Agent, who is Liz's best friend and Meera Malik, who is brought in to mentor Liz.

THE BLACKLIST returned for its second season on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, airing again on Mondays at 10pm ET/PT in the fall, before moving to Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT midseason. In the season opener, "Lord Baltimore," Red continues to battle Berlin (guest star Peter Stormare) and faces a new threat from a man named Lord Baltimore. An important person comes back from the past into Red's world. Meanwhile, Liz tries to move forward with her life after her showdown with Tom. In the midseason finale, Red's motives for Berlin take a sudden turn when he learns Berlin was manipulated by the latest Blacklister to avenge Red. Red and Berlin travel to Moscow to track down a high ranking Russian official who they believe is responsible. Meanwhile, Liz struggles to keep her secret from unraveling.

Season 3 of THE BLACKLIST premiered on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on NBC. In the third season, Liz is now a fugitive and on the run with Red. With Assistant FBI Director Harold Cooper under investigation, a conflicted Agent Ressler leads the FBI Task Force on a massive manhunt for Liz and Red -- who are more dangerous together than apart, since Liz has expert knowledge of FBI procedures and no one exceeds Red's vast resources. As they struggle to stay one step ahead of their former colleagues, and Liz immerses herself in Red's underworld of disreputable contacts and covert operations, will the list of this season's new Blacklisters play a key role in their survival or their demise? Liz is on an unpredictable journey of self-discovery, and all the pieces of her life, including her indefinable relationship with Tom, will be drastically challenged as she continues to believe Red holds all the answers. The season kicks off with the FBI hunting Liz for the murder of the Attorney General. Red and Liz are named to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list and set out on the run to evade capture. Red calls upon a Blacklister called "The Troll Farmer," to help them flee the city, while the task force must question whom of their own can still be trusted. Dembe is put in a dangerous and compromising position.

The fourth season of THE BLACKLIST premiered on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on NBC. In the season opener, "Esteban," after Liz is abducted by a man claiming to be her father, Red sets out to find her at any cost. Meanwhile, the Task Force grapples with the shocking news that Liz is still alive.

Season 5 of THE BLACKLIST premiered on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT on NBC. In the season opener, "Smokey Putnum," with his criminal empire in ruins, a surprisingly carefree Red 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.

THE BLACKLIST returned for its sixth season with a two-part, two-night season opener, starting at 10pm ET/PT on Thursday, January 3, 2018 and finishing the next night at 9pm on Friday, January 4. Following the startling revelation that Raymond "Red" Reddington isn't who he says he is, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is torn between the relationship she's developed with the man assumed to be her father and her desire to get to the bottom of years of secrets and lies. Meanwhile, Red leads Liz and the FBI to some of the most strange and dangerous criminals yet, growing his empire and eliminating rivals in the process. All throughout, Liz and Red engage in an uneasy cat-and-mouse game in which lines will be crossed and the truth will be revealed. In the two-part season opener. In part one, "Dr. Hans Koehler," Red presents the Task Force with a Blacklist case searching for a plastic surgeon who creates new identities for wanted criminals. Meanwhile, Liz and her sister Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) secretly investigate the events that took place the night the real Raymond Reddington died. Kenneth Tigar and Christopher Lambert also guest star. Then, in the second part, "The Corsican," as Liz and the Task Force race to stop an imminent bombing by an elusive Blacklister, Red has an encounter that will change the trajectory of his life forever. Fiona Dourif and Christopher Lambert guest star.

Season 7 of THE BLACKLIST premiered on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT on NBC. In the season opener, "Louis T. Steinhil," after being abducted by Katarina Rostova, Raymond 'Red' Reddington finds himself alone in hostile territory unsure of who, if anyone, he can trust. With few leads to go on, Liz and the Task Force venture into unknown danger as they race to find him. Laila Robins, Natalie Paul and David Meunier guest star. The story concludes one week later in "Louis T. Steinhil: Conclusion" (Oct 11), as Liz, Dembe and the Task Force continue to search for Red. Red attempts to escape his abductors with help from a surprise ally, but discovers he is not Katarina Rostova's only target in her hunt for information. On Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT, NBC debuted "Victoria Fenberg," the winter premiere of THE BLACKLIST. With the help of the Task Force, Red tracks a gifted art forger who has thwarted his plans to sell stolen pieces. Aram's love life becomes increasingly complicated. Liz and Ressler confide in each other.

THE BLACKLIST returned for its eighth season on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT on NBC. In the season opener, "Roanoke," Red directs the Task Force to investigate Roanoke, a legendary criminal who orchestrates elaborate extractions. Meanwhile, Liz works to hatch a secret plan with her mother, Katarina Rostova (guest star Laila Robins). After a two-month break, THE BLACKLIST returned with new episodes on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT on NBC. In the winter premiere, "16 Ounces," fueled by his betrayal, Elizabeth Keen seeks vengeance on Reddington.

On Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT, NBC premiered the ninth season of THE BLACKLIST. In the two years following the death of Elizabeth Keen, Raymond Reddington and the members of the FBI Task Force have disbanded -- their lives now changed in unexpected ways and with Reddington's whereabouts unknown. Finding themselves each at a crossroads, a common purpose compels them to renew their original mission: to take down dangerous, vicious and eccentric Blacklisters. In the process, they begin to uncover lethal adversaries, unimaginable conspiracies and surprising betrayals that will threaten alliances and spur vengeance for the past, led by the most devious criminal of them all: Raymond Reddington. After a four-week break, THE BLACKLIST returned with new episodes on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 8pm ET/PT on NBC. In the winter premiere, "Between Sleep and Awake," Ressler recalls his actions in the aftermath of Elizabeth Keen's death -- in a series of flashbacks.

THE BLACKLIST returned for its tenth and final season on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 10pm ET/PT on NBC. The series' 200th episode debuts on Sunday, March 19. In Season 10, Raymond Reddington confronts unparalleled danger. With Reddington's covert role as an FBI informant facing exposure, former Blacklisters will unite against him in their lethal desire for revenge -- testing Red and the FBI Task Force as never before. The season opener, "The Night Owl," picks up six months after Wujing's escape from custody, Reddington mysteriously resurfaces in Manhattan amidst an explosion. When a former Blacklister is found at the scene, the Task Force begins to investigate a larger conspiracy at play. On Thursday, June 1, 2023, THE BLACKLIST moved to its new timeslot -- Thursdays at 8pm -- with a bonus episode at 9pm the same night.
On Thursday, July 13, 2023 from 8-10pm ET/PT, NBC premiered the two-hour series finale of THE BLACKLIST:

"Raymond Reddington: Pt. 1" (8pm): Under pressure from Congressman Hudson's investigation, the Task Force must try to anticipate Reddington's next move.

"Raymond Reddington: Good Night" (9pm): The future of the FBI's Reddington Task Force is decided.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Davis Entertainment
  • In association with Sony Pictures Television

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • November 25, 2013: Luli Zheng dies
  • January 27, 2014: Diane Fowler dies
  • March 17, 2014: Jolene Parker/Lucy Brooks dies
  • May 12, 2014: Meera Malik dies
  • November 10, 2014: Milos 'Berlin' Kirchoff dies
  • November 10, 2014: Alan Fitch dies
  • May 14, 2015: Tom Connolly dies
  • April 14, 2016: Agnes is born
  • April 14, 2016: Elizabeth 'Liz' Keen dies