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, but insists that he will speak only to Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler.
Red directs the task force to investigate Roanoke, a legendary criminal who orchestrates elaborate extractions. Meanwhile, Liz works to hatch a secret plan with her mother, Katarina Rostova.
As Liz pushes a source for answers, Red and the task force grapple with the implications of her actions. Tensions boil over and a drastic action is taken, which will change Red and Liz's relationship forever.
Fueled by his betrayal, Elizabeth Keen seeks vengeance on Reddington.
As Red and the task force search for Liz, she sets a new plan in motion that has catastrophic consequences.
The task force investigates an organization of bank robbers with a special expertise in stealing from other criminals. An old blacklist case resurfaces.
Red and Dembe go to great lengths to fulfill the final wishes of a dear friend. Aram goes undercover as an interpreter to a company that provides services to criminals, while Park helps a friend in trouble.
The task force must race to stop simultaneous danger presented by two blacklisters. Cooper approaches a congressman for intel.
The task force investigates the apparent disappearance of a defense contractor. Cooper receives an unexpected offer and Red makes a connection.
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.
Red and Dembe land in peril when Townsend deploys a torture specialist who uses unorthodox methods to interrogate her victims.
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.
The task force's determination to identify a Russian asset in the U.S. government puts Cooper and Reddington in increasingly treacherous positions.
Red enjoys a quiet visit with a friend at her home in rural America.
In a retrospective look at key turning points, steps are retraced that lead Elizabeth Keen to align with a powerful enemy.
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.
Liz and the Task Force track new leads in their investigation of N-13, while Red takes steps to infiltrate Townsend's criminal organization.
Red tries desperately to rescue an old friend at all costs, while Liz and Townsend conduct an interrogation.
The Task Force springs into action to stop an elusive assassin on Liz's trail.
Hoping to move some precious cargo quietly, Red enlists the assistance of an enforcer who specializes in transporting items through an underground network.
Liz, Red and Dembe are forced to work together to survive an attack from Townsend. Cooper and the Task Force attempt to de-escalate the increasing danger to all.
When Reddington takes Liz to the mysterious epicenter of his empire, their shared past reveals itself and long buried secrets are divulged.
Reddington makes a disturbing request to Liz in exchange for the truth about his identity.