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The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist' 

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Updated May 15, 2020 3.9k votes 464 voters 15.4k views 153 items

There are so many good episodes of The Blacklist, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Alexander Kirk" the best, or is "Abraham Stern" 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. Over the seasons their relationship becomes more complicated than either ever suspected.

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'
September 23, 2013

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
January 7, 2016

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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The Director: Conclusion... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
January 14, 2016

Season 3, Episode 10

As Liz prepares to stand trial, Red scrambles to protect her from the Cabal.

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Tom Connolly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
May 14, 2015

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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Mr. Kaplan: Conclusion ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
May 18, 2017

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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Anslo Garrick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
November 25, 2013

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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Ian Garvey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
November 15, 2017

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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
October 8, 2015

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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Luther Braxton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
February 1, 2015

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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Mr. Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
May 18, 2017

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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Requiem is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
April 20, 2017

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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Alexander Kirk: The Conc... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
May 19, 2016

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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Mr. Gregory Devry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
January 21, 2016

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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Mr. Solomon  is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
April 7, 2016

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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Dembe Zuma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
April 20, 2017

Season 4, Episode 16

After weeks of hunting for Dembe, Red and the Task Force finally get a lead on his whereabouts when Aram goes missing. Meanwhile, Dembe takes a calculated risk as Red closes in.

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Berlin: Conclusion (2)&n... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
May 5, 2014

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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Leonard Caul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
April 23, 2015

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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Mr. Solomon: The Conclus... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
April 14, 2016

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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The Decembrist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
November 10, 2014

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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The Good Samaritan Kille... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
January 13, 2014

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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The Stewmaker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
October 14, 2013

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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Anslo Garrick Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
December 2, 2013

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  is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
March 19, 2015

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 Troll Farmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
October 1, 2015

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 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Blacklist'
May 7, 2015

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.