The Blacklist on NBC is a unique show, but there are others like it. If you’re a fan of The Blacklist, here are 15 shows to check out.
The writers of the popular NBC show The Blacklist have created a seven-season storyline that has left viewers guessing about the relationships between the characters and their ultimate destinations. The mystery surrounding Raymond Reddington and his relationship with Elizabeth Keen has persisted despite the show airing for seven seasons.
As the series prepares to take a summer hiatus, viewers are left wondering what else they can watch to pass the time until the new season premieres. While The Blacklist stands on its own, there are other shows with plots and mysteries that are very similar. If you’re a fan of The Blacklist, here are 15 shows to check out.
The 10th of July, 2020 was updated with new information by Matthew Rudoy:
As long as the show is still on break, now seemed like a good time to add some new shows to this list. New additions include shows with similar plots and mysteries, as well as similar formats, character personalities, and relationships between characters. It’s true that The Blacklist is a unique show, but it’s not the only one with characters who must occasionally break the rules in order to save the day because of a unique and mysterious relationship.
15. The Following
Raymond Reddington is a brilliant criminal, but he also has a magnetic personality that draws people to him and keeps them loyal. Joe Carroll, played by James Purefoy, has a similar endearing charm in The Following that captivates the other characters and the audience. Reddington is an antihero, whereas serial killer Carroll is the villain, but they’re both fascinating to watch.
Similarly to the FBI task force in The Blacklist, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore), and the other FBI agents are committed to finding Carroll and other serial killers, but they often struggle with morality as they toe the line between what is legal and what is right.
Since the world of The Blacklist is not one of heroes and villains, there are many similarities between it and the world of Gotham. For the most part, both shows follow a procedural, or “case of the week” style of storytelling. Seasons two and three of The Blacklist and Gotham both show how individual cases are linked to a larger bad like Berlin or the Court of Owls.
Both Gotham’s and Reddington’s rogues’ galleries and the Blacklisters are filled with colorful, eccentric villains. They’re more memorable than the average television show villain because they often have bizarre abilities and eccentric personalities that set them apart from the rest.
A group of undercover agents from various U.S. agencies live together in a beach house in Southern California in the film Graceland. In the course of their work, they form close bonds with one another and collaborate on various undercover cases. There are clear parallels between the Reddington task force’s tight-knit team dynamic and undercover work, as well as the secrets they keep from one another.
While Daniel Sunjata’s Reddington has ambiguous motivations, Paul Briggs isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty or manipulate others to achieve his goals. Mike Warren, played by Aaron Tveit, and Briggs have a romantic relationship that is similar to that of Reddington and Elizabeth Keen in Downton Abbey. Briggs serves as Mike’s mentor and a corrupting influence at the same time, as the “student” grows and changes in unexpected ways under the guidance of the “master.”
Quantico, like The Blacklist, is a show about FBI agents that keeps the viewers guessing and unsure of who they can trust. Fans of both shows will have to piece together tidbits of information to discover the answers to larger mysteries.
In both cases, the focus is on exposing FBI corruption. Throughout both series, characters such as Reddington’s Blacklisters, Quantico’s terrorists, and the FBI explore the murky waters between right and wrong.
11. How to Get Away with Murder
The Blacklist’s central mystery is the relationship between Raymond Reddington and Elizabeth Keen, just as How to Get Away with Murder’s central mystery is the relationship between Annalise Keating and Wes Gibbins. While viewers try to figure out why Reddington has such a strong attachment to Liz, HTGAWM piques their curiosity about Annalise and Wes’s relationship.
In addition to the central relationship, earlier seasons of HTGAWM used a procedural, case-of-the-week format. Similar to many of Reddington’s Blacklisters, the courtroom cases and larger narratives frequently deal with social injustices and corrupt authorities.
A woman in a duffel bag and no clothes appears in the middle of Times Square in New York City. It should have been clear from the get-go that Blindspot is trying to be something it isn’t. Jane Doe, whose memory has been wiped clean, becomes the show’s focal point. What does she want and who is she?
When she discovers that the villains are her brother and mother, the plot thickens considerably. The rest of Jane’s team must now determine if Jane can be trusted. Blindspot is a must-see for fans of The Blacklist, with plenty of suspenseful scenes and bloody battles.
9. Chicago PD
It’s hard to think of a better character than Raymond Reddington. However, there is a third party who is underappreciated. The tough streets of Chicago are led by a cop named Hank Voight of the Chicago Police Department’s Intelligence Unit. Even from a distance, it appears that Voight and Reddington would get along well.
The Chicago Police Department is gritty, whereas the criminals on The Blacklist are of a higher caliber. Despite this, the action is thrilling, and the show’s writers continue to explore new storylines throughout the course of a season.
8. Criminal Minds
Carousel of characters didn’t matter because Criminal Minds was so well done. In order to figure out not only who the murderer was, but also why he or she may have done it, viewers had to go through a mental process.
When the FBI profilers got their hands on criminals, they had to figure out what made them tick. It was intense in every way, and the writing made you feel like you were a part of the cast for at least one hour each week.
In the Dick Wolf saga that includes Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and is based in New York, FBI is yet another cog in the wheel. The FBI fights terrorism, organized crime, and just about any other high-profile crime on the streets of New York City more like The Blacklist than any of his other shows.
The partnership between Maggie Bell and Omar Adom has worked out well so far, but it wasn’t always that way when they first met. Although these shows are better, FBI still manages to track down the bad guys while leaving room in its plotlines for the backstories of each of its characters.
As the fight against terrorism continues, the United States of America is sending some of its best agents to the front lines. There is no way a single agent should have to go through what Carrie Mathison has. When it comes to fighting terror, she must first ask herself: Who can she trust?
The Blacklist has never shied away from controversial subjects, and Homeland is no exception. Both shows have compelling storylines that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats throughout the entire episode.
5. Seal Team
Seal Team can best be described as non-stop action. There’s a lot riding on Jason Hayes’ shoulders as team leader. Having recently been divorced, Hayes now has to deal with the high stakes of his professional life before he can move on to his private life. It’s like playing a real-life version of Call of Duty with his teammates as they deal with their own personal issues.
The action in Seal Team is top-notch. Lots of explosions, gunfights, and close-quarters fighting. Fans of The Blacklist will want to watch this even if the general public does not.
4. The Wire
Most dramas don’t provide viewers with this level of insight into society as The Wire did. A police procedural? A school district drama? A political satire? A show based on real-life events? Viewers of The Blacklist will come away from the show with a different outlook, one that does not include romance or mystery but still tells a compelling story.
Some of the best-written characters in television history can be found in The Wire. A character’s murder made USA Today’s front page during the show’s peak because the plotlines were so heartfelt.
3. Designated Survivor
Have you ever wondered what would happen if something happened to everyone in the Oval Office, not just the President? So, if that’s the case, Designated Survivorwill have the solution. One man remains after a devastating explosion to assume the role of President of the United States.
After being the protector in 24, Kiefer Southerland is now the one who needs to be protected. The plots were excellent, and despite ABC’s decision to cancel the show, Netflix chose to continue with Designated Survivor for a third season.
Shemar Moore joined S.W.A.T. after leaving the popular CBS show Criminal Minds, and he is now the leader of the elite team and the star of a new action-packed show. What The Blacklist fans want is for S.W.A.T. to be reunited with their favorite characters from the show. It’s about a team of cops who use cutting-edge technology to find and apprehend criminals in Los Angeles.
S.W.A.T. is more action-oriented than Raymond Reddington and Elizabeth Keen, but the plots are not as deep. Season 2 saw an improvement in the storyline.
1. The Blacklist: Redemption
To learn more about Tom Keen’s past, The Blacklist: Redemption is the show to watch. Even though the show only lasted one season, it revealed a lot about Tom’s parents’ past. What happened next took everyone by surprise. Matius, one of the show’s most memorable villains, is back. In contrast to the previous time, he now has the upper hand.
Tom’s life is turned upside down when he must choose between his mother and father as to whom he can put his trust. Again, this is a game of cat and mouse that should have lasted much longer.