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What Is Blacklist (for any of you who might not already know)
The first series of Blacklist aired in 2013. It was released on Netflix to a flurry of critical acclaim. As a result, it became one of the most popular TV shows of the year and cemented a loyal fanbase, who were soon demanding more.
Blacklist is a suspense-packed police drama that pairs two equally involving but opposite personalities. After one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives decides to turn himself in, he agrees to help the FBI track down other criminals.
He is paired up with FBI agent Elizabeth Keen, who is instructed to become his handler. At first, the pair get off to a shaky start, however, it is not long before the pair begin to notice the strengths of the other. These help them to successfully solvetheir first case and to earn each other’s trust.
Red tells Elizabeth about ‘The Blacklist’. This is a list of the world’s most deadly criminals, and it is not long until Elizabeth and Red decide to begin working to track them down.
The Blacklist has so far had a 5 series run, while season six is to be released soon. It stars James Spader as Red and Megan Boone as Elizabeth.
While audience numbers have been steadily dropping from the 14 million who tuned in for series one, the franchiseretained a loyal fanbase of some 8 million viewers for series eight.
With no announcement on when series six will be released, a lot of fans are looking to stave off their hunger and find more shows like Blacklist.
1. Criminal Minds
If you are still suffering from Blacklist withdrawal and need a great new show to get into then Criminal Minds is ideal.
First aired back on September 22, 2005, Criminal Minds was to become such a hit that it ended its run with 314 episodes under its belt. Even the most diehard fans struggle to watch the whole run in less than a year, so there is more than enough to keep you going for a very long time.
The show centers around an elite squad of FBI criminal profilers who are tasked with tracking down some most perverted criminal minds in the U.S.
Not only do the team have to try to get into the minds of these criminals but they also have to try to work out their next move to prevent further murders.
Hannibal is the TV adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel of the same name.
The series follows criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, who is partnered up with the menacing Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played by Mads Mikkelsen.
Will is deeply troubled by his ability to get inside the minds of depraved serial killers. However, when a cannibal begins his murder spree, the two begin to work together to try to track him down.
Created by Bryan Fuller, Hannibal ran on NBC from 2013 to 2015.
3. Once Upon a Time
If you are looking for a show that sucks you in from the very start, Once Upon a Time is it. Though fans were disappointed by the second season, the third went down a storm and delighted fans everywhere. The producers went on to make a further four series’, bringing the total to seven.
It is a series where fiction meets reality. Taking place in the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine, which is inhabited by characters from popular fairytales, Once Upon a Time follows the daughter of Snow White, a woman named Emma Swan.
After Emma is transported to the town from a fairytale world, she discovers that all the characters have lost their memories and only she can help them to get them back. Sometimes a laugh a minute, sometimes suspense-filled, Once Upon a Time is a must watch series for any fantasy TV fan.
Season one was premiered back in 2011 on ABC. The last episode was aired in 2014.
A show that really needs little introduction, Sherlock starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the eccentric Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson.
An imaginative and interesting update of the Arthur Conan Doyle characters, the series sees the pair trying to solve crimes in today’s London.
To date, Sherlock has had a run of 4 series’ and is certainly set for some more. In the United Kingdom, it has become one of the most successful TV series ever and has now been sold to over 180 territories.
5. Person of Interest
Person of Interest was released back in 2011. It ran on CBS until 2016 and stars Emmy Winner Michael Emerson, most known for his role in the TV series Lost.
After an ex-assassin decides to change his ways, he teams up with a wealthy programmer to solve crimes by using advanced surveillance technology to find criminals. Although this machine lets them know who the criminals are, the duo must find out what crimes they are committing by themselves.
The series stars Michael Emerson as the programmer and Jim Caviezel as an ex-CIA assassin. The show was originally created by Jonathan Nolan, who directed the much acclaimed Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale.
Person of Interest is not the kind of series that you can watch in a marathon. Since the storylines and plots are quite complex, they require lots of attention.
6. The Americans
It has been awhile since we’ve had a good Cold War TV series. The Americans first aired in 2013 and is an excellent psychological crime drama series.
The middle of the Cold War 2, Russian agents infiltrate suburban America by posing as an average American family. However, the pair soon run into trouble when they realize that trying to bring up to children and fake love is not as easy as it seems.
There have been six seasons of the Americans to date and rumors of another one possibly on the way.
Amazingly, such is the appeal of the Sherlock Holmes character that we actually have two series’ featuring this character on this list.
In yet another modern update, this time starring John Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Anne Lucy Liu as Doctor Watson, the beloved detective is back solving crimes while trying to overcome his addiction problem.
This timeDoctor Watson is a Chinese woman and rather than being set in London, it is set in New York.
The first series was released on CBS back in 2012. To date, there have been sixseasons, while series seven is currently being aired. While taking a little more time to get used to, Elementary is an imaginative and fun packed update of the Sherlock Holmes saga.
Mind Hunter is an original Netflix series that was created by Joe panel. Season one was released in 2018, with season two having an expected release date sometime in 2019.
The series is set in the 1970s and follows two FBI agents who are tasked with solving crimes by criminally profiling serial killers.
The two FBI agents are played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany. The series was produced by the legendary film director David Fincher who directed Se7en and Fight Club. He also produced the popular Netflix series House of Cards.
9. The Blacklist: Redemption
The Blacklist: Redemption is a spinoff series from the original Blacklist TV series. It follows the character of Tom keen who pairs up with Susan “Scottie” Hargrave to bring down a dangerous underground organization.
This series aired in 2017, however, due to poor audience figures, it was canceled after just one season.
Based on the DC comic character Green Arrow, this excellent TV series has been delighting fans since 2012. Using his trademark bow and arrow, the main character, Oliver Queen, fights crime to keep his city safe.
Oliver Green is a multi-billionaire who finds himself stranded on a remote island for five years. During this time he changes and decides that when he escapes he’s going to return as a crime fighter.
Not long after he is back, Oliver finds himself fighting the mysterious underground criminal network called H.I.V.E. In order to beat them, he decides to enlist the help of others and to train his own band of superheroes.
The first five series averaged around 2 million viewers, while season 6 disappointed with a drop to 1.7 million.
11. The Mentalist
Patrick Jane should have known better. After appearing on TV and mocking serial killer Red John, Patrick returns home to find his family has been killed. Until this point, Patrick had been a famous psychic, however, after the murder, he renounces his former profession and comes out as a fake.
In order to capture the killer of his family, Patrick offers to work as a consultant for the police. He uses all the skills and tricks that he had learned as a psychiatrist to help solve problems that the police can’t.
The Mentalist ran from 2008 until 2015, racking up 151 episodes over a total of seven series’.
Any of these series’ included on this list is a great way to get over your Blacklist addiction