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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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The Director (No. 24): Concl... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Alexander Kirk (No. 14): The C... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Marvin Gerard (No. 80) is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Mr. Gregory Devry (No. 95) is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Anslo Garrick (No. 16), Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Mr. Solomon (No. 32) is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Mr. Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Berlin (No. 8): Conclusion is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Leonard Caul (No. 62) is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Luther Braxton (No. 21) is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Troll Farmer (No. 38) is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Mr. Solomon (No. 32): The Conc... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Susan Hargrave (No.18) is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Alexander Kirk (No.14) is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Good Samaritan (No. 106) is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Decemberist (No. 12) is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Wujing (No. 84) is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Arioch Cain (No. 50) is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Cyprus Agency (No. 64) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Blacklist
Season 1 Episode 13: As Liz (Megan Boone) heads up an investigation that exposes an adoption agency’s shocking secret, Red’s (James Spader) pursuit of the FBI mole identifies a surprisingly new suspect.