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The Blacklist 

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A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.

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Jon Bokenkamp
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
James Spader ...  Raymond 'Red' Reddington 152 episodes, 2013-2020
Megan Boone ...  Elizabeth Keen 152 episodes, 2013-2020
Diego Klattenhoff ...  Donald Ressler 152 episodes, 2013-2020
Harry Lennix ...  Harold Cooper 152 episodes, 2013-2020
Hisham Tawfiq ...  Dembe Zuma 150 episodes, 2013-2020
Amir Arison ...  Aram Mojtabai 148 episodes, 2013-2020
Mozhan Marnò ...  Samar Navabi 104 episodes, 2014-2019
Ryan Eggold ...  Tom Keen 89 episodes, 2013-2018
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A highly articulate, erudite and intelligent businessman and mastermind, "Red" Reddington, has allegedly been on the "10 Most Wanted List" of various U.S. law enforcement agencies for over 20 years. The legend is that Red is as elusive as he is clever, controlling a labyrinth of creative enterprises, coupled with uncanny ability to gather and finesse information at the drop of a hat. On the first day at FBI for a new female profiler fresh out of Quantico, Red offers to bandy wits with the FBI. Red promises to deliver various criminals and plots previously unknown to any branch of law enforcement... and all Red requests in return is to choose his muse. Written by LA-Lawyer

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It's good to be wanted. (season 3) See more »


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Trivia

Creator Jon Bokenkamp loosely based Raymond Reddington character on the real-life Boston mafia boss, James 'Whitey' Bulger. As explained at the 2013 Comic-Con panel, many news stories concerning Bulger's arrest and trial were prevalent at the time. Bokenkamp tossed around a few "what if?" scenarios and came up with the basic concept of the show, anchored by the nefarious "concierge of crime" we now know as Red. Although Spader came in very late to the concept (within approximately two weeks of the principal shooting of the pilot), he can be credited with largely contributing to the final "look" of Reddington: closely cropped hair, hat collection, Rx shades (for practicality - Spader really does need them to see), iconically tailored vest-tie-trousers-shirt ensemble, and the infamously expensive ($5,000?) all-weather navy blue coat. As for the acerbic humor & raconteur tendencies of Red? Spader claims these were already present in the pilot script, however one can't help but think that the writers expanded these qualities once they got to know Spader a bit better. See more »

Goofs

This show, like many from Hollywood that show a lot of gun use, routinely plays a sound effect of a gun being cocked whenever a gun is seen on screen. Often the gun shown either has no external hammer and cannot make the sound played or it has already been fired, negating the ability to cock it. This sound effect is used by sound editors that lack an understanding of how firearms operate. See more »

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James Spader has created a great character.
19 September 2015 | by brianehillSee all my reviews

Once again I see people criticizing a good enjoyable show because it's not like reality and "Real governments and law enforcement organizations don't operate that way!!!!" Get a grip people! Batman isn't real either but he's fun to watch! The delineation of James Spader's Raymond Reddington is more important than any hang ups you could possibly have with the plot. I just can't see passing up such a good performance and character study because a fictional show isn't reality. It's not often a real good character comes along and I feel Spader has pulled this one off excellently in every respect. Don't cheat yourself people. It's a good show.


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English

Release Date:

23 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Pleasantville, New York, USA See more »

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