The Blacklist: Season 1

The Blacklist: Season 1

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In a role that scored him two Golden Globe nominations, James Spader stars in this crime-mystery series as a former high-ranking criminal who offers to help the FBI track down fellow law-breakers on the Most Wanted list. In season one, he walks right into FBI headquarters and gives himself up, but with one condition - he will only speak to rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).

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The race to stop a terrorist begins in the premiere... More of this crime series about a most-wanted fugitive who works with a rookie FBI profiler to take down criminals and evildoers.


The Freelancer

Red and Liz go under cover to stop an assassin... More known as The Freelancer from killing his next target; Ressler and a recently re-hired CIA agent try to protect Red from a distance; Liz wonders what she should do about Tom and the mysterious box.



The FBI is on the hunt for a high-ranking Chinese... More spy, Wujing which Red claims has hired him to help decode a classified CIA transmission. Liz, posing as an FBI cryptographer goes with Red to decode the message while protecting US government secrets. Meanwhile, Liz proactively investigates Tom.


The Stewmaker

While continuing her investigation into the truth about Tom, Liz... More testifies against drug lord, Hector Lorca. Later another witness is abducted when he is forced to testify against the dangerous drug trafficker. Red’s interest is peaked and he informs the team that the witness may have been taken by "The Stewmaker" a man responsible for hundreds of missing and presumed dead people. Meanwhile, in an unlikely twist of events, Red and Ressler must work together for the first time.


The Courier

Red and the FBI try to stop a dangerous messenger... More (Robert Knepper) whose appearance is unknown; Liz is thrust into a kidnapping plot.


Gina Zanetakos

Tom claims he is innocent and wants to turn the... More box into the FBI; Red's next target is a beautiful and deadly corporate terrorist (Margarita Levieva).


Frederick Barnes

The FBI searches for the man responsible for a chemical... More attack on a subway; Liz wants to avoid Red after he implicated Tom.


General Ludd

When Red reveals a new name, Liz learns of a... More plot to destroy the country's financial system; Tom helps Liz when a loved one falls ill.


Anslo Garrick (1)

Anslo Garrick, the newest person on the blacklist, tries to... More capture Red; Liz is caught in an elevator.


Anslo Garrick (2)

Liz infiltrates the blacksite and disarms the signal jammers to... More call in backup but runs into trouble along the way. The fate of Ressler hangs in the balance as Red tries to bargain with Anslo Garrick. Meanwhile, Tom becomes increasingly worried about Liz’ situation and the fate of Red is unknown.


The Good Samaritan Killer

A serial killer from Liz's past strikes again while Red... More hunts for whoever betrayed him.


The Alchemist

Red informs the team that "The Alchemist" - a man... More who relies upon science to transform a person’s DNA - has been contracted to protect a well-known mob informant and his wife. As the team goes undercover to catch him, Liz finds herself on the hunt for an unlikely couple. Meanwhile Liz and Tom find themselves at another bump in their relationship and Ressler debates whether or not he should give his ex-girlfriend his blessing.


The Cyprus Agency

After a recent spate of abductions of babies from their... More mothers, Red informs Liz that the "Cyprus Agency" is the illegal adoption organization responsible. Coincidentally, Liz and Tom contemplate adoption of their own which fuels Liz to track down the organizations CEO, Owen Mallory.


Madeline Pratt

Liz helps Tom adjust to the impending adoption; Red reveals... More a woman from his past is a target; Red convinces Liz to pull of a heist at the Syrian Embassy.


The Judge

Red believes he knows who was responsible for a prominent... More prosecutor's 12 year disappearance; Red investigates the woman who tempts Tom.


Mako Tanida

One of Red's former associates, a crime lord, becomes the... More next target; Tom decides to confront Jolene.



After a cyber defense asset is stolen by a terrorist... More only known as Ivan, Red and Liz discover a cover-up; new evidence regarding Jolene's disappearance unravels some of the mystery surrounding Tom.


Milton Bobbit

Red and the team search for a life insurance claim... More adjuster who talks people into becoming contract killers; Liz and Red try to uncover Tom's secrets.


The Pavlovich Brothers

As the team tries to protect a target of the... More Pavlovich brothers -- specialists in abductions -- Red has a job of his own for the duo; Liz patiently pursues the truth about Tom.


The Kingmaker

Red thinks the Kingmaker (Linus Roache), a strategist, is responsible... More when a politician in Prague is framed for murder; Liz uncovers a secret Red has been hiding.


Berlin (1)

After discovering the truth behind her father's death, Liz refuses... More to work with Red, just as his situation grows desperate.


Berlin: Conclusion (2)

In the stunning Season 1 finale, Liz is forced to... More reunite with Red in order to track down Berlin.

The Blacklist: Season 1 | Reviews

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Huffington Post

Huffington Post

The Blacklist is never going to be anyone's idea of great art, but at least it has a pulpy kind of momentum that may well be worth watching for a while; I will stick around to see whether Spader's performance really is the only dish on the menu.

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It's probably a mite too ridiculous for the dire tone it sometimes affects, but it's confident, verging on brazen, and one tends to respect that quality in entertainment.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

You might doubt the series’ long-term viability the way its agents doubt Red’s sincerity. I’ll wait for the show to betray — or bore — me before deciding. Here and now, The Blacklist is top-of-the-list escapism.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Lead actor James Spader and the procedural genre makes this NBC series a winning combo.

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The Blacklist: Season 1 | Release Details

The Blacklist: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Netflix.