The WORST Episodes of The Blacklist

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Network: NBC

Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests—bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In the last two decades, he’s made a list of criminals and terrorists that matter the most but the FBI cannot find because it does not know they exist. Reddington calls this “The Blacklist.” Reddington will co-operate with the FBI, but insists that he will speak only to Elizabeth Keen, a rookie profiler.

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Cape May

#1 - Cape May

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 21, 2016

A mysterious beauty on the run from unknown assailants accidentally crosses paths with Reddington and enlists his help to fight back against her attackers.

star 7.33
5,904 votes
Directors: Michael Watkins
Writers: Daniel Knauf
The Kazanjian Brothers

#2 - The Kazanjian Brothers

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired May 15, 2020

The Task Force investigates an accountant who works for lucrative criminals in order to find the violent and thuggish brothers hired for his protection. Meanwhile, Liz must make a momentous decision.

star 7.37
1,548 votes
Writers: Kelli Johnson, Sam Christopher

#3 - Misère

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 23, 2021

In a retrospective look at key turning points, steps are retraced that lead Liz to align with a powerful enemy.

star 7.42
1,048 votes
Directors: Christine Gee
Writers: John Eisendrath, Jon Bokenkamp

#4 - Roanoke

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 13, 2020

Red directs the Task Force to investigate Roanoke, a legendary criminal who orchestrates elaborate extractions. Liz works to hatch a secret plan with her mother, Katarina Rostova.

star 7.50
1,307 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Daniel Cerone
The Major

#5 - The Major

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 12, 2015

When Agent Keen is questioned in court as a suspect in the murder of the DC Harbormaster, her unusual relationship with Red and their task force falls under scrutiny. Meanwhile, Red enlists Cooper and Ressler to locate “The Major,” a dangerous former associate who is key in keeping Liz out of prison.

star 7.55
4,314 votes
Directors: Michael Watkins
Writers: John Eisendrath, Jon Bokenkamp, Lukas Reiter
Elizabeth Keen

#6 - Elizabeth Keen

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 29, 2021

As Red and the task force search for Liz, she sets a new plan in motion that has catastrophic consequences.

star 7.55
1,190 votes
Directors: Cort Hessler
Writers: Sean Hennen
The Fribourg Confidence

#7 - The Fribourg Confidence

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 5, 2021

The task force investigates an organization of bank robbers with a special expertise in stealing from other criminals. An old blacklist case resurfaces.

star 7.56
1,171 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Noah Schechter
The Kenyon Family

#8 - The Kenyon Family

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 19, 2015

When Red tips Liz off about the disappearance of a polygamous cult leader with dangerous shipping containers buried on his property, the task force sets out to investigate. Red utilizes his sources to appease Fitch’s last words and tries to track down his hidden safe.

star 7.56
3,916 votes
Directors: David Platt
Writers: Daniel Knauf, Vincent Angell

#9 - Brothers

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired May 1, 2020

Ressler is forced to confront past trauma and family secrets when his brother takes him back home for a risky job.

star 7.56
1,566 votes
Directors: Mahesh Pailoor
Writers: Sean Hennen
Captain Kidd

#10 - Captain Kidd

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 26, 2021

The task force attempts to stop an abduction by searching for a treasure man who uses geocaching to hide illicit goods and facilitate transactions between otherwise warring criminal factions.

star 7.57
1,059 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Sam Christopher
16 Ounces

#11 - 16 Ounces

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 22, 2021

Fueled by his betrayal, Elizabeth Keen seeks vengeance on Reddington.

star 7.59
1,288 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: John Eisendrath, Jon Bokenkamp, Lukas Reiter
The Russian Knot

#12 - The Russian Knot

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 30, 2021

The task force hatches a plan to steal a Soviet-era cipher machine needed to decrypt coded messages. Townsend puts Liz's loyalty to the test. Red and Dembe are called to an unexpected meeting.

star 7.59
1,035 votes
Directors: Juan Avella
Writers: Katie Bockes
Quon Zhang

#13 - Quon Zhang

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 30, 2015

After decoding the information that is embedded in The Fulcrum, Red is determined to stop the imminent threat. Meanwhile, the task force discovers that deceased bodies of Chinese-American women are being smuggled out of the country under false identities. Liz continues to search for answers about her past after discovering a picture hidden in Red's secret flat.

star 7.60
4,104 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: J.R. Orci, Lukas Reiter
Victoria Fenberg

#14 - Victoria Fenberg

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 20, 2020

With the help of the Task Force, Red tracks a gifted art forger who has thwarted his plans to sell stolen pieces. Aram’s love life becomes increasingly complicated. Liz and Ressler confide in each other.

star 7.61
1,648 votes
Directors: Bill Roe
Writers: Allison Glock-Cooper, T Cooper
The Deer Hunter

#15 - The Deer Hunter

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 26, 2015

Red helps Liz and the task force find a killer — the Deer Hunter — who tracks victims like prey. Meanwhile, the local DC police suspect the city Harbormaster was murdered as Liz struggles to keep her secret from unraveling.

star 7.61
3,989 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Amanda Kate Shuman
Dr. Linus Creel

#16 - Dr. Linus Creel

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 2014

Red thinks a dangerous sociopsychological experiment may be taking place when several previously nonviolent citizens become killers. Red has a complicated proposition for Naomi and her husband.

star 7.62
5,058 votes
Writers: Mike Ostrowski
The Cyranoid

#17 - The Cyranoid

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 5, 2021

The Task Force is thrown for a loop when they encounter a nefarious enterprise that provides doppelgängers for criminals. Red scrambles to counteract a bold move by Liz.

star 7.62
1,113 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Allison Glock-Cooper, T Cooper
The Front

#18 - The Front

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 2014

The team targets an eco-terrorist cell seeking a deadly weapon. Liz attempts to lose her guardian. Red resorts to manipulation to pursue a special someone.

star 7.63
5,185 votes
Writers: Adam Sussman, Jim Campolongo
Nicholas Obenrader

#19 - Nicholas Obenrader

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired May 7, 2021

Liz and the Task Force track new leads in their investigation of N-13. Red takes steps to infiltrate Townsend's criminal organization.

star 7.63
995 votes
Directors: Daniel Willis
Writers: Taylor Martin
The Travel Agency

#20 - The Travel Agency

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2017

Ressler leads the Task Force on a mission to stop the resurgence of once-dormant murder-for-hire ring. Tom disregards a warning to halt his investigation into the suitcase.

star 7.63
3,790 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Carla Kettner
The Harem

#21 - The Harem

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 19, 2017

Liz must prove herself to the leader of an elite group of female thieves in order to infiltrate their organization as they prepare for their next heist. Meanwhile, Red contends with unexpected problems in his operations, and Tom channels his energy into fatherly duties.

star 7.64
5,516 votes
Directors: Bill Roe
Writers: Marisa Tam
The Vehm

#22 - The Vehm

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 28, 2016

When an associate of Red's is killed with a rare medieval device, Red realizes a lethal vigilante group from the Middle Ages has been resurrected; Liz considers her next move after receiving shocking news.

star 7.64
4,996 votes
Directors: Michael Watkins
Writers: Vincent Angell
The Longevity Initiative

#23 - The Longevity Initiative

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 26, 2015

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.

star 7.64
4,201 votes
Writers: J.R. Orci, Lukas Reiter

#24 - Gaia

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 2016

As Red sets Liz and the Task Force on the trail of an eco-terrorist with a mysterious connection to Alexander Kirk, Tom takes matters into his own hands.

star 7.64
5,975 votes
Directors: Bill Roe
Writers: Peter Noah
Frederick Barnes

#25 - Frederick Barnes

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 2013

Following a chemical attack on the subway, Liz and the team hunt a mad scientist.

star 7.64
7,052 votes
Writers: J.R. Orci