The Blacklist, a gripping American crime thriller that has left a lasting imprint on the hearts of viewers through an impeccable portrayal of Raymond Reddington, by James Spader, who is also known for his work in Boston Legal. “The Blacklist” unfolds the story of a cunning fugitive, Raymond “Red” Reddington, who voluntarily surrenders to the FBI, offering his expertise in capturing criminals. Its blend of gripping action, intricate storytelling, and a dash of quirky humor has earned it acclaim from both critics and dedicated fans alike.
If you’re missing the great excitement from shows like The Blacklist, don’t worry; we’ve handpicked some shows that will satisfy your craving. Whether you love Raymond Reddington’s world or just enjoy gripping stories, we’ve got you covered. Dive into these shows and let the suspense take you away.
List of TV Shows Like The Blacklist
- The Blacklist: Redemption
- White Collar
- Person of Interest
- Criminal Minds
- Jack Ryan
- Killing Eve
1. The Blacklist: Redemption (2017)
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Tom Keen after watching Blacklist, then you should definitely check out The Blacklist: Redemption. This spin-off show continues Tom’s story and explores his family’s secrets. It features Ryan Eggold, who plays Tom Keen, and brings back familiar faces like Famke Janssen as Susan Scott Hargrave and even Matias Solomon, who’s now on the good side.
In this series, Tom, played by Ryan Eggold, a secret agent, partners with Susan, the leader of a mercenary group, to solve tough criminal cases that the government can’t handle. All the while, he’s on a mission to uncover his own past. As the story unfolds, Tom finds himself in a tricky situation, not knowing who he can trust. Although the show only has one season, it provides some closure. If you’re a fan of Blacklist and want similar shows to watch, The Blacklist: Redemption should definitely be on your list.
2. Blindspot (2015-2020)
Blindspot is a captivating crime drama TV series created by Martin Gero. It follows the mysterious journey of Jane Doe, portrayed by Jaimie Alexander, a woman covered in intricate tattoos with no memory of her past or identity found by the police in a duffel bag in Times Square. While the show requires a bit of suspension of disbelief, it offers a mix of thriller, comedy, entertainment, and action, making it perfect for a weekend binge-watch.
Over its 5 seasons, Blindspot has gained popularity thanks to its likable cast, featuring Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller and Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe (also known as Remi). The series delivers a crisp, engaging story that will grab your attention right from the first episode. Filled with thrilling action, intriguing mysteries, and surprising twists, Blindspot is spectacular series that is sure to remind you of Blacklist. Dive in and get ready for an entertaining experience!
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3. Homeland (2011-2018)
Created by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, Homeland unfolds a political thriller over 8 gripping seasons. Starring Claire Danes as the brilliant yet troubled Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in its first season, this series masterfully combines the elements of a compelling thriller and an engaging character drama.
Set against the backdrop of the post-9/11 world, Homeland follows the relentless pursuit of truth and justice in the face of espionage, terrorism, and political intrigue. Over the course of this American series, the narrative holds a strong grip on viewers. With a talented ensemble cast and exceptional writing, the characters come to life in a way that’s both believable and deeply compelling. The series won multiple prestigious awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Best Drama Series. Sadly the show may not have returned for a ninth season, but it’s a fan-favorite series in the genre of crime thriller, just like The Blacklist.
4. White Collar (2009-2014)
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White Collar is a Police Procedural Drama created by Jeff Eastin that centers on a former con artist and criminal, Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer). Neal works as a criminal consultant with the Law Enforcement agency FBI under Special agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). At the beginning of the show, Peter Burke catches Neal Caffery for the second time and cuts him a deal to work with them till the end of his sentence and avoid being in prison. Neal, in the meantime, with his buddy Mozzie (Willie Garson), is finding answers to why the love of his life, Kate, leaves him and disappears.
Talented and undeniably gorgeous Matt Bomer’s performance as the sophisticated and highly skilled artist Neal Cafferyis too good to miss. Just as, well, the performances by the rest of the cast are absolutely on point. The show ended on a high note with its 6th season. A 100% binge-worthy show has the protagonist you might be looking for. So I say, the stylish White Collar is a fantastic series for fans of Blacklist.
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5. Person of Interest (2011-2016)
Person of Interest is a Sci-fi crime drama created by Jonathan Nolan that follows John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former special forces soldier and CIA operative. A bygone soldier, John is thought to be dead by everyone. Although, he in fact, is alive and now a homeless man in New York. Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), a billionaire software genius, builds a computer called ‘the Machine’ that monitors all electronic media and communications to predict future terrorist activities. Harold approaches Reese to intercept the possible threats.
On the surface, Person of Interest seems like a standard procedural format crime drama series, but it is in fact, a well-crafted action sci-fi that explores the concepts of AI vs human nature. The main characters of the show are phenomenal. The 5 seasons of Person of Interest are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
6. Hannibal (2013-2015)
Hannibal, a gripping American psychological horror series, takes its inspiration from Thomas Harris’ novels, including Red Dragon, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising. Created by Bryan Fuller, the show features an outstanding lead cast, with Hugh Dancy portraying the complex character of Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen delivering a chilling performance as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Over the course of its 3 seasons, Hannibal has garnered critical acclaim for its unflinching portrayal of gory imagery and its striking visual storytelling, leaving viewers with a lingering sense of intrigue.
With elements that remind you of Silence of Lambs, the series showcases the complexities of human behavior through murder, cannibalism and a twisted relationship between the enigmatic Dr. Lecter and the FBI trainee, Will Graham. The charismatic and mysterious qualities of the main characters are bound to captivate audiences, leaving them eagerly anticipating each new episode. For those who appreciate the darker aspects of the crime genre and dangerous criminals like The Blacklist,Hannibal is sure to serve as a compelling reminder of the intricate world of suspense and intrigue.
7. Criminal Minds (2005-)
The police procedural drama, Criminal Minds premiered in 2005 and was created by Jeff Davis. The show follows a group called the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of criminal profilers who work for the FBI including Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) to help solve crimes and find a suspect known as an ‘unknown subject’. The show manages to handle a large cast really well; every character gets the opportunity to shine. The dark and somewhat grim story of Criminal minds is very compelling.
Criminal Minds is action-packed and full of suspense. Having been on the air for 16 seasons, the show has gathered a dedicated viewership. Much of the cast changes as the seasons progress, but the presence of the well-liked core cast in the current seasons keeps the viewers hooked. For a show running as long as Criminal Minds, writers managed to write new episodes with engaging plots almost every time. If you want to watch shows similar to Blacklist then Criminal Minds will surely be worthy of a watch
8. Sherlock (2010-2017)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes have been a detective fiction classic for decades. Created by Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, this 2010 modern-day re-imagining of Sherlock is a special one. The show has a masterfully talented writers and cast of actors including, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and, Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson, Andrew Scott as the iconic Professor Moriarty. The series has garnered a dedicated fan following, and rightly so.
Directed with a perfect mix of nostalgia to the time-appropriate re-imaging of classic lines like ‘The Game is on!’ makes the show go beyond perfection. Here, Sherlock uses modern technology and forensic science with his brilliant skills of deduction, observation and logical reasoning. The 4-season show has raving reviews and is an unmissable watch for fans ofThe Blacklist’s crime world.
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9. Jack Ryan (2018-2023)
Known as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, the creators Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland based it on Tom Clancy’s popular ‘Ryanverse‘ fictional stories. Here, John Krasinski takes on the role of Jack Ryan- CIA’s up-and-coming analyst. Jack is given a dangerous field assignment where he goes after international terrorists, hoping to save the world. As an underrated show on Amazon Prime Original Series, Jack Ryan is very engaging and well thought-out.
In the usual limited-style series, it is hard to develop a great antagonist. However, Jack Ryan does it perfectly, and the villain is terrifically dynamic. The performances and writing are amazing, but my favorite has to be the cinematography. The title sequence is so good that I never skip it! Jack Ryan is a masterfully directed show like Blacklist; nothing about it feels dumbed down or censored. Overall a perfect 4-season Action-Spy Thriller to binge on the weekend.
10. Killing Eve (2018)
Killing Eve created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is a dark comedy about an international assassin, Villanelle (Sandra Oh) and an investigator in British intelligence, Eve (Jodie Comer). They both get the tip on each other (Eve is looking for Villanelle, and Villanelle is- well- not looking for her but “interested” in her). The show gets straight to the point, so it doesn’t allow you to lose track of the events.
In my opinion, Killing Eve is a wild ride of a spy thriller show. Jodie’s Villanelle is such a charismatic beast of a character, and even though she’s a chaotic psychopathic killer, you still want to watch her and empathize with her. Sandra’s Eve starts as an understated MI5 agent who gets drawn to Villanelle like a moth to a flame. Killing Eve’s 4 seasons are definitely worth a try if you are a fan of a series like The Blacklist.
Here are a few shows that didn’t make the list, but you can check them out nonetheless:
- The Wire
- How To Get Away With Murder
- The Punisher