The Blacklist is an American criminal activity thriller television collection that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. The expose follow Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), a previous U.S. Navy policeman changed high-level criminal, that voluntarily quits to the FBI after thwarting capture for many years. He educates the FBI that he has a list of one of the most hazardous criminals worldwide that he has in fact assembled throughout the years as well as likewise accepts alert on their procedures for resistance from prosecution.
The collection likewise stars Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold as well as likewise Harry Lennix. The pilot episode was made up by Jon Bokenkamp and also led by Joe Carnahan. Executive suppliers for the collection consist of Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath as well as likewise John Davis for Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television as well as likewise Davis Entertainment.
Each duration has in fact obtained good analyses, with great deals of flick doubters praising Spader's efficiency especially. On March 11, 2019, NBC brought back the collection for the 7th duration, which premiered on October 4, 2019. On February 20, 2020, NBC brought back the collection for the 8th duration.
Raymond “Red” Reddington, a previous the United States Naval Intelligence policeman that had in fact disappeared twenty years formerly to develop into among the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, surrenders himself to FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. Taken to an FBI “black site,” Reddington states he needs to assist the FBI to find as well as likewise toenail the lawbreakers as well as likewise terrorists he invested the last twenty years relating to: people that are so unsafe as well as likewise sneaky that the United States government is unaware of their very existence.
He offers Cooper his knowledge and assistance on two conditions: immunity from prosecution, and that he wants to work exclusively with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie profiler newly assigned to Cooper. Keen and Cooper are suspicious of Reddington's interest in her, but he will only say that she is “very special.” After Cooper tests Reddington's offer in locating and killing a terrorist in the first episode, Reddington reveals that this man was only the first on the “blacklist” of global criminals that he has compiled over his criminal career, and states that he and likewise the FBI have a mutual interest in eliminating them. The mysteries of Reddington's as well as also Liz's lives, and also also his interest in her, are gradually revealed as the series progresses. Each episode features one of the global criminals, and also also Reddington assisting the team tracking and also apprehending them. The rank and also name or alias of the featured criminal on the list are displayed at the start of every episode, with a few exceptions.
- James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington: A master criminal turned confidential informant for the FBI, who is later apparently revealed to be Elizabeth Keen's biological father. However, it is revealed during the course of seasons 5 and 6 that he is an impostor who took the place of the real Reddington after he was killed and kept his bones in a suitcase.
- Megan Boone as Elizabeth “Liz” Keen: Born Masha Rostova, Keen is a special agent and profiler with the FBI on Harold Cooper's team.
- Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler: A special agent with the FBI on Cooper's team, who also became the Acting Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division.
- Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen: Born Christopher Hargrave, later taking the adoptive name Jacob Phelps, Keen works as a covert operative and is Liz's husband (seasons 1–5).
- Parminder Nagra as Meera Malik: A field agent with the CIA who worked with Cooper's FBI team (season 1).
- Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper: The Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division who uses Reddington to stop people on his Blacklist.
- Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai: A cyber expert with the FBI on Cooper's team (recurring, season 1; main, season 2–present).
- Mozhan Marnò as Samar Navabi: A Mossad agent who works with Cooper's FBI team (seasons 2–6).
- Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma: Reddington's bodyguard and confidant (recurring, seasons 1–2; main, season 3–present).
- Laura Sohn as Alina Park: A FBI field agent who previously worked in Anchorage (recurring, season 7; main, season 8)
On October 4, 2013, NBC ordered nine additional episodes, filling out the series' very first season. On December 3, 2013, NBC renewed the series for a 22-episode second season. On May 11, 2014, owing to the series' breakout success, NBC decided to air an episode in the coveted post–Super Bowl timeslot in 2015. On December 5, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on September 22, 2016. A spin-off series, The Blacklist: Redemption, premiered on February 23, 2017. On May 11, 2017, the series was renewed for a fifth season, while the spin-off was cancelled the following day. The fifth season premiered on September 27, 2017.
After showing a screening of the pilot at Comic-Con, producers revealed that their inspiration for The Blacklist came from the capture of Whitey Bulger. Recalling the experience in an interview with Collider, executive producer John Eisendrath stated:
So, the idea was, ‘Well, what would happen if a guy like Whitey Bulger turned himself in and said, “I am here. I have some rules that I want you to follow, but if you follow them I will give you the names of people that I have worked with, during the 20 years that I have been a fugitive.”‘ So, there was a real-world influence that affected the shaping of the show that was already being thought about. How can you put someone that you don't trust in the center of a show about trying to find lawbreakers? And here was an example in the real world of just such a person. It was a fortuitous turn of events, where the idea for a show was being considered, and then here comes a real-life story that helped give it some shape.
NBC bought the rights to The Blacklist from Sony Pictures Television in August 2012 and greenlighted the show in January 2013. During an NBC upfront presentation in May 2013, it was announced that The Blacklist was NBC's highest-testing drama in 10 years.
The series is broadcast simultaneously on Global in Canada. In New Zealand, the show premiered on TV3 on February 2, 2014. The second season premiered on September 23. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the show premiered on Sky Witness (formally Sky Living) on October 4, 2013. The second season premiered on October 3, 2014. But has actually actually since been moved to Sky One. Netflix has streaming civil liberties to durations 1–7 in the United States, Canada, Australia, Latin America, Finland, India, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Sweden, The Netherlands, New Zealand.