NBC's The Blacklist​​​​​​ was picked up for a first season on May 10, 2013. It premiered on September 23, 2013, and concluded on May 12, 2014. The season consisted of 22 episodes.


The season starts with Raymond Reddington surrendering to the FBI, establishing his bona fides by helping them to capture an international terrorist long thought to be dead. Red has special conditions for his help -- he has to remain apparently free so that his contacts will still communicate with him and he will only give information to rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen.

As the season progresses it becomes clear that Red has at least one hidden motive for turning himself in to the FBI. From using the FBI to expose breathtaking corruption in the field of international humanitarian work, to enabling those working with him to exorcise personal demons.

Red also has an unknown adversary, and is he hiding behind the FBI, or using them to flush his enemy out and destroy their organization?

Red also has an arrangement with Alan Fitch. The Cabal ordered an attack on the FBI black site, known as the Post Office, which was the command center of The Blacklist task force, as a demonstration of their power. Red knows the secrets of the Cabal, which he has arranged to be divulged should he die.

It is eventually revealed that Red has a personal connection with Keen through her adoptive family. Keen is shown to have been a chess pawn and dupe as her husband, Tom Keen, is working for Milos Kirchoff; the man who drove Red to surrender himself to the FBI for protection and is destroying Red's syndicate. Red's arrangement with Fitch is weakened in the wake of the Post Office attack as his blackmail evidence is viewed as a bluff.

Red continues his battle with his unknown adversary, and eventually forces him to break cover in the season finale, where it is revealed that Elizabeth Keen's husband Tom Keen was spying on her for Red's adversary.


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Season 1 Episodes
 · Pilot  · The Freelancer  · Wujing  · The Stewmaker  · The Courier  · Gina Zanetakos  · Frederick Barnes  · General Ludd  · Anslo Garrick  · Anslo Garrick: Conclusion  · The Good Samaritan  · The Alchemist  · The Cyprus Agency  · Madeline Pratt  · The Judge  · Mako Tanida  · Ivan  · Milton Bobbit  · The Pavlovich Brothers  · The Kingmaker  · Berlin  · Berlin: Conclusion  ·
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