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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The Director (No. 24) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Director (No. 24) 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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Pilot 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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Ian Garvey (#13) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Ian Garvey (#13) 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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Anslo Garrick (No. 16), Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Anslo Garrick (No. 16), Part 1 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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Tom Connolly (No. 11) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Tom Connolly (No. 11) 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) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Mr. Kaplan: Conclusion 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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Luther Braxton (No. 21) is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Luther Braxton (No. 21) 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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Anslo Garrick (No. 16), Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Anslo Garrick (No. 16), Part 2 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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Alexander Kirk (No. 14): The C... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Alexander Kirk (No. 14): The Conclusion 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. Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Mr. Kaplan 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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The Stewmaker (No. 161) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Stewmaker (No. 161) 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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Berlin (No. 8): Conclusion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Berlin (No. 8): Conclusion 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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Requiem is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Requiem 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. Solomon (No. 32) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Mr. Solomon (No. 32) 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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General Ludd (No. 109) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
General Ludd (No. 109) 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.

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Alexander Kirk (No.14) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Alexander Kirk (No.14) 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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The Troll Farmer (No. 38) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Troll Farmer (No. 38) 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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Berlin (No. 8) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Berlin (No. 8) 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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Cape May is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Cape May 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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Marvin Gerard (No. 80) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Marvin Gerard (No. 80) 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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Wujing (No. 84) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Wujing (No. 84) 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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Leonard Caul (No. 62) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Leonard Caul (No. 62) 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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The Good Samaritan (No. 106) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Good Samaritan (No. 106) 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 Decemberist (No. 12) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Decemberist (No. 12) 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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Mr. Gregory Devry (No. 95) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Mr. Gregory Devry (No. 95) 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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Sir Crispin Crandall (No. 86) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Sir Crispin Crandall (No. 86) 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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Luther Braxton (No.21): Conclu... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Luther Braxton (No.21): Conclusion 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 Director (No. 24): Concl... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Director (No. 24): Conclusion Season 3 Episode 10: As Liz prepares to stand trial, Red scrambles to protect her from the Cabal.

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Susan Hargrave (No.18) is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Susan Hargrave (No.18) 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 Pavlovich Brothers (No. 11... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Pavlovich Brothers (No. 119-122) Season 1 Episode 19: The team targets brothers who specialize in abducting high-profile marks. Meanwhile, Liz (Megan Boone) patiently investigates the truth about Tom (Ryan Eggold).

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The Mombasa Cartel (No. 114) is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Mombasa Cartel (No. 114) Season 2 Episode 6: Liz and Red delve into the perilous underworld of wildlife poachers when a mutilated corpse washes ashore. Elsewhere, Ressler develops a dangerous habit.

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The Monarch Douglas Bank (No. ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Monarch Douglas Bank (No. 112) 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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The Judge (No. 57) is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Judge (No. 57) 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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Frederick Barnes (No. 47) is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Frederick Barnes (No. 47) 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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Lord Baltimore (No. 104) is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Lord Baltimore (No. 104) 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 Kingmaker (No. 42) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Kingmaker (No. 42) Season 1 Episode 20: A politician in Prague is framed for murder, triggering the team's effort to take down the Kingmaker, a shifty strategist who's behind the rise of powerful politicians. Meanwhile, Liz (Megan Boone) unearths a secret that Red (James Spader) has been hiding.

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The Alchemist (No. 101) is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Alchemist (No. 101) 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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Zal Bin Hasaan (No. 31) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Zal Bin Hasaan (No. 31) Season 3 Episode 7: Samar's tragic past resurfaces when the team tracks an elusive international terrorist. In other developments, the FBI and the Cabal make significant strides in their search for Liz and Red, and Tom faces obstacles in his plan to exonerate Liz.

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The Lindquist Concern (No. 105... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Lindquist Concern (No. 105) Season 4 Episode 5: Red springs into action on an operation to intercept Alexander Kirk, a move that tests Liz’s loyalties. Meanwhile, the task force scrambles to stop a killer who’s targeting tech inventors. 

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The Scimitar (No. 22) is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Scimitar (No. 22) 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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Dr. Adrian Shaw (#98) is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Dr. Adrian Shaw (#98) 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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The Debt Collector (#46) is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Debt Collector (#46) 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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The Kenyon Family (No. 71) is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Kenyon Family (No. 71) Season 2 Episode 12: The team investigates the vanishing of a polygamous cult leader with dangerous shipping containers buried on his property. Meanwhile, Red seeks a hidden safe.

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The Courier (No. 85) is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Courier (No. 85) Season 1 Episode 5: Red (James Spader) leads Liz (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) in a hunt for a kidnap victim and his abductor – The Blacklist No. 85, a secretive criminal courier whose inability to feel pain makes him impossible to stop. Liz uncovers evidence linking Tom (Ryan Eggold) to a Russian defector’s unsolved murder.

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The Freelancer (No. 145) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Freelancer (No. 145) 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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Mr. Solomon (No. 32): The Conc... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Mr. Solomon (No. 32): The Conclusion 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) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Milton Bobbit (No. 135) 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 Longevity Initiative (No. ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Longevity Initiative (No. 97) Season 2 Episode 17: The task force tracks a scientist who abducts disabled patients to conduct experiments on immortality. Now back in Washington, DC, Tom scrambles to save himself from new enemies.

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A Look Ahead: Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
A Look Ahead: Season 2 Showrunners Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath along with Co-Executive Producer Lukas Reiter give us a few tantalizing hints of what's to come for Red, Liz and the task force in Season 2.

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The Travel Agency (#90) is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
The Travel Agency (#90) Season 5 Episode 6: While Cooper enlists Red on a case of personal importance, Ressler leads the Task Force on a mission to stop the resurgence of once-dormant murder-for-hire ring. Determined to find answers, Tom disregards a warning to halt his investigation into the suitcase.