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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of The Blacklist  

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There are so many good episodes of The Blacklist, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Alexander Kirk (No. 14)" the best, or is "Tom Connolly (No. 11)" your favorite episode of The Blacklist? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Blacklist are, let's rank every Blacklist episode from best to worst.

A crime thriller, The Blacklist premiered on September 23, 2013. It stars James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington, a high-profile criminal who agrees to cooperate with the FBI in exchange for immunity from prosecution; his one condition is that he works with rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). The Blacklist was named "Favorite TV Crime Drama" at the 2017 People's Choice Awards.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Blacklist, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one The Blacklist episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 1: One of the most-wanted fugitives in the country turns himself in - under one condition: He'll only speak with newly minted profiler Elizabeth Keen.

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The Director (No. 24) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 9: As Aram struggles to protect the imprisoned Liz, Tom and Ressler team up to keep Karakurt out of the Cabal’s hands.

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Tom Connolly (No. 11) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 22: Liz discovers she's being framed by the Cabal, prompting Red to tap into his connections to clear her name, in the Season 2 finale. Cooper receives stunning news and the task force is plagued by trust issues.

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Anslo Garrick (No. 16), Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 9: A fearless hit man mounts a brutal assault on the FBI’s black site to settle an old score with Red (James Spader).

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Requiem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 4 Episode 17: Memories of the past set Red on a dangerous collision course with an enemy determined to destroy his criminal empire.

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Mr. Kaplan: Conclusion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 4 Episode 22: In the conclusion of the two-part Season 4 finale, Red spins into motion a risky plan to save the task force and himself. Also: Mr. Kaplan launches the final phase of an assault on Red's empire; and Liz faces the biggest questions about her past.

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The Director (No. 24): Concl... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 10: As Liz prepares to stand trial, Red scrambles to protect her from the Cabal.

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Mr. Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 4 Episode 21: In Part 1 of the two-part Season 4 finale, Red faces a siege on his criminal organization as he tracks a high-end thief who's enlisted by Mr. Kaplan for a shady assignment. Also, Aram faces a difficult choice when the task force's conduct is probed.

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Mr. Solomon (No. 32) is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 17: Part 1 of 2. Thieves target a tactical nuclear weapon, so the team races to stop them and prevent a nuclear disaster. Meanwhile, a decision could alter Tom and Liz’s relationship forever.

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Ian Garvey (#13) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 5 Episode 8: In the fall finale, Tom goes missing; and Liz desperately retraces his steps in order to find him. Meanwhile Red's hunt for the suitcase of bones puts him on a collision course with Tom that will change everyone's lives forever.

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Marvin Gerard (No. 80) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 2: Liz escapes to the Russian embassy as the FBI corners her and Red. Liz can trust no one but Red, who mobilizes a lawyer named Marvin Gerard to help them evade a difficult hostage situation. Meanwhile, the FBI tries to push Cooper out of the task force.

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Leonard Caul (No. 62) is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 19: Red fights for his life while the task force races to track down a mysterious figure from his past. Also: Tom provides help in an unexpected way.

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Berlin (No. 8): Conclusion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 22: Conclusion. In the Season 1 finale, authorities pursue prisoners who are on the run after their transport plane crashes. Liz hopes to enlist Red to help track down all the escapees, particularly the mysterious prisoner Berlin.

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Luther Braxton (No. 21) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 9: Part 1 of 2. The Task force tries to save Red when he’s arrested and taken to a secret detention facility. At the facility, Red tangles with a thief (Ron Perlman) with whom he shares a complicated history.

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Alexander Kirk (No.14) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 22: The FBI task force's hunt for revenge nears its endgame. As Reddington (James Spader) and the team close in on the mysterious arch-criminal responsible for recent tragic events, they're forced to operate outside their comfort zone -- and outside the law -- in order to take down their enemy once and for all.

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Alexander Kirk (No. 14): The C... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 23: As Reddington and the task force close in on the person responsible for Liz's death, a shocking betrayal leaves them racing to save one of their own.

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The Good Samaritan (No. 106) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 11: As the hunt for a mole inside the FBI targets the Blacklist team, Liz (Megan Boone) uncovers a surprising connection between a serial killer and his victims. Red (James Spader) methodically tracks down those involved in the attempt on his life.

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Anslo Garrick (No. 16), Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 10: After Red (James Spader) is kidnapped, Liz’s (Megan Boone) search reveals the existence of a mole whose leaks threaten to bring down the task force. Liz’s questions about her past put Tom (Ryan Eggold) back in the spotlight.

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Tom Keen (No. 7) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 16: As evidence mounts against Liz in the case of the murdered DC Harbormaster, a federal judge makes it clear to her that she will face severe criminal charges. Red and Ressler jump into high gear to exonerate Liz but the only solution is to find the recently vanished Tom Keen.

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The Decemberist (No. 12) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 8: Red tries to snuff out a new threat by traveling to Moscow with Berlin to track down a high-ranking Russian official. Meanwhile, Liz tries to keep her secret from being exposed. Alan Alda and Peter Stormare guest star.

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Berlin (No. 8) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 21: Part 1 of 2. Liz (Megan Boone) concludes that she can't trust anyone and refuses to work with Red (James Spader) after the truth about her father's death is revealed. Red seeks to make amends and delivers a case the FBI can't turn down. Elsewhere, Liz divulges information about Tom (Ryan Eggold).

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Mr. Gregory Devry (No. 95) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 11: As Liz watches from the sidelines, Red alerts the Task Force to a secret meeting of the world’s crime bosses that’s been called to punish him for cooperating with the FBI. 

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The Stewmaker (No. 161) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 4: When a witness in the murder trial of a ruthless cartel boss disappears, Red (James Spader) leads Liz (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) on a search for the Blacklist’s No. 161, a gruesome hit man known as the Stewmaker.

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Susan Hargrave (No.18) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 21: When Reddington links an elegant, powerful and extremely dangerous woman to the recent tragic events, the task force is forced to play a deadly cat and mouse game to stop her before she strikes again.

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The Scimitar (No. 22) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 7: A devious hit man targets an important American scientist in the wake of an Iranian nuclear scientist's assassination. Meanwhile, Keen tries to collect intelligence on Berlin, and Red connects with a food-truck worker.

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Cape May is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 19: An enigmatic beauty goes on the run from unknown attackers. When she happens upon Red, she enlists his help to retaliate against her assailants

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Wujing (No. 84) is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 3: Red (James Spader) takes Liz (Megan Boone) on an undercover assignment to bring down a freelance Chinese spy who’s targeting CIA agents.

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The Troll Farmer (No. 38) is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 1: The FBI hunts for Liz for the murder of an attorney general in the Season 3 premiere. Also: Red and Liz try to flee the city with help from a Blacklister called the Troll Farmer; and Dembe is put in a perilous situation.

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Karakurt (No. 55) is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 21: Following intel from Red, the FBI find themselves one-step behind the most dangerous Russian Assassin, Karakurt, an enemy on U.S. soil. To avoid catastrophe, Liz and Ressler meet with Russian Counter-Intelligence who offer insight not only on Karakurt, but also on the identity of Liz’s mother. Cooper finds himself in a compromising position.

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The Judge (No. 57) is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 15: Liz’s (Megan Boone) search for a crusader who exacts justice for wrongful convictions exposes a coerced confession that puts Cooper (Harry Lennix) in her crosshairs. Red (James Spader) closes in on a link between the attack on the unit’s black site and Tom (Ryan Eggold). Guest starring Dianne Wiest.

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Arioch Cain (No. 50) is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 5: A bounty is posted for Agent Keen, with any number of shady assassins surfacing and Red setting out to protect her.

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Mr. Solomon (No. 32): The Conc... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 18: Conclusion. A team member falls into grave danger due to a tragedy, leading the task force to rely on Red and his unorthodox methods. Meanwhile, an unforeseen complication impacts Tom and Liz.

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Milton Bobbit (No. 135) is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 18: The team targets the Undertaker, a life-insurance figure who steers ordinary people into becoming contract killers. Elsewhere, Liz (Megan Boone) and Red (James Spader) try to unearth Tom's (Ryan Eggold) secrets.

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The Freelancer (No. 145) is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 2: Red (James Spader) offers to turn over an elusive assassin whose next target is a high-profile anti-human-trafficking activist. Liz (Megan Boone) learns a troubling secret about her comatose husband. Guest starring Isabella Rossellini and Jane Alexander.

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Lord Baltimore (No. 104) is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 1: Red (James Spader) faces an important person from his past and continues to battle Berlin (Peter Stormare) while tangling with a new threat. Liz (Megan Boone) does her best to deal with her last showdown with Tom. Guest starring Mary-Louise Parker and Krysten Ritter.

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The Debt Collector (#46) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 4 Episode 20: Liz becomes the target of a mercenary known as the Debt Collector, so Red turns to an unlikely source for help. Meanwhile, Ressler faces an unexpected complication in his efforts to stay ahead of Agent Gale's investigation.

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Madeline Pratt (No. 73) is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 14: Plans for Liz (Megan Boone) to steal an ancient statue rumored to contain some valuable espionage data pit Red (James Spader) against a respected businesswoman and former partner in crime (guest star Jennifer Ehle).

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Sir Crispin Crandall (No. 86) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 3 Episode 6: Red (James Spader) and Liz (Megan Boone) pursue a reclusive billionaire who’s assembling a modern day Noah’s Ark to save the world’s most brilliant minds from extinction.

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Frederick Barnes (No. 47) is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 7: Red (James Spader) leads Liz (Megan Boone) in the search for a deranged chemical weapons expert who unleashed a rare but fatal disease in the Washington, DC subway.

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Vanessa Cruz (No. 117) is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 18: The force pursues a provocative female frame-up artist targeting the moneyed elite. Elsewhere, Tom desperately seeks Liz's help, and Red puts pressure on Liz for the Fulcrum.

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The Monarch Douglas Bank (No. ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 2: Red aims to take down a corrupt bank after it's robbed, but Liz questions his intentions. Meanwhile, a new member joins Cooper's task force after impressing the team members.

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Luther Braxton (No.21): Conclu... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 10: Conclusion. FBI boss Cooper tries to rescue his team in the wake of chaos at a detention facility. Elsewhere, thief Luther Braxton (Ron Perlman) attempts to attain confidential information.

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The Alchemist (No. 101) is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 12: As Red (James Spader) enlists activist whistleblowers in his search for the mole, Liz (Megan Boone) pursues a deranged scientist who’s helped dozens of criminals escape by engineering and killing their genetic doubles.

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The Major (No. 75) is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 15: Liz is questioned in court as a murder suspect, with the task force and her odd relationship with Red falling under scrutiny. Elsewhere, the hunt is on for a dangerous former associate who may be able to keep Liz out of prison.

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Dr. Linus Creel (No. 82) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 4: Nonviolent citizens become killers, prompting Red to suspect that a deadly psychological experiment has been put in motion. Meanwhile, Red offers a complicated proposition. Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Reubens guest star.

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Mako Tanida (No. 83) is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 16: A revenge killing spree targets Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) and exposes an FBI agent’s link to a Yakuza gangster’s criminal empire. As Red (James Spader) closes in, Jolene (guest star Rachel Brosnahan) presses Tom (Ryan Eggold) for more information about Liz (Megan Boone).

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Smokey Putnum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 5 Episode 1: In the Season 5 premiere, Red—whose criminal empire is in ruins—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.

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T. Earl King VI (No. 94) is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 2 Episode 14: Red gets entangled in a dangerous game with a wealthy family whose fortune was illegally amassed. Meanwhile, Tom delves into a new mission.

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Dr. Adrian Shaw (#98) is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 4 Episode 7: Part 1 of 2. Red enlists the task force to hunt down a mysterious individual who provides new identities to on-the-lam criminals. Meanwhile, Alexander Kirk's medical condition worsens as Liz reaches out to Cooper for guidance.

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General Ludd (No. 109) is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 8: Red (James Spader) demands a deal from Cooper (Harry Lennix) before he’ll agree to stop an anti-capitalist terrorist network’s next deadly attack, while her dad’s failing health reveals secrets in Liz’s (Megan Boone) past.