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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" 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.

  • 1

    Season 3, Episode 10

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

  • 2

    The Director

    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.

  • 3


    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.

  • 4

    Tom Connolly

    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.

  • 5

    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.

  • 6

    Ian Garvey

    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.

  • 7

    Marvin Gerard

    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.

  • 8

    Anslo Garrick

    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).

  • 9

    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.

  • 10

    Mr. Solomon 

    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.

  • 11

    Mr. Kaplan

    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.

  • 12

    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.

  • 13

    Luther Braxton

    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.

  • 14

    Leonard Caul

    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.

  • 15

    Dembe Zuma

    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.

  • 16


    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.

  • 17

    Tom Keen 

    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.

  • 18

    The Decembrist

    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.

  • 19

    Anslo Garrick Part 2

    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.

  • 20

    Mr. Gregory Devry

    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. 

  • 21

    Cape May

    April 21, 2016

    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

  • 22

    Season 4, Episode 8

    Conclusion. Red pressures Dr. Shaw to locate a former patient. Meanwhile, Liz mulls over her connection to an increasingly desperate and lethal Alexander Kirk, and Kaplan comes to an important realization about the future.

  • 23


    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.

  • 24

    The Stewmaker

    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.

  • 25

    The Troll Farmer

    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.