As The Blacklist season 6 moved the show to a new Friday time slot, the story of Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and his continued deception of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) dug even deeper into the enigmatic “concierge of crime.” Reddington has had his ups and downs over the past several seasons, but viewers had to see him reach news lows in the show’s sixth season.
Unfortunately, there’s a generalized rule of thumb in network television scheduling: Friday nights tend to be death slots (with CBS procedurals being the exception). Indeed, this is not exactly an auspicious move for former NBC breakout smash The Blacklist, especially after its dip in ratings and the network’s (atypical) delay for the show’s most recent season renewal. However, one could point to the fact that NBC’s Blindspot survived its Friday move as a positive sign here.
Still, The Blacklist is one of NBC’s better-rated dramas. In its Wednesday time slot last season, the show attracted nearly 9 million viewers per episode. Even if it weren’t a solid ratings performer, however, the appeal of being the “James Spader network” is a strong incentive for NBC to keep the show around.
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode Guide
Here’s the full list of The Blacklist season 6 episode titles and air dates.
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 1: “Dr. Hans Koehler”
Red presents the Task Force with a Blacklist case searching for a plastic surgeon who creates new identities for wanted criminals. Meanwhile, Liz and her sister Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) secretly investigate the events that took place the night the real Raymond Reddington died. (air date: January 3, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 2: “The Corsican”
As Liz and the Task Force race to stop an imminent bombing by an elusive Blacklister, Red has an encounter that will change the trajectory of his life forever. (air date: January 4, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 3: “The Pharmacist”
While Liz and the Task Force track a notorious underground biohacker, Red initiates a strategy to extricate himself from a problematic position. Meanwhile, Cooper’s integrity is tested with a difficult choice. (air date: January 11, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 4: “The Pawnbrokers”
Red acclimates to his new surroundings in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival. Samar goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. Meanwhile, Liz and Jennifer continue their investigation into Red’s past. (air date: January 18, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 5: “Alter Ego”
While Red argues in court to uphold the validity of his immunity agreement, Liz and the Task Force question a man whose recent inheritance seems too good to be true and Dembe offers Red some advice. (air date: February 1, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 6: “The Ethicist”
When Red is sent to a federal medical institution following his request to the court for a psychiatric evaluation, Liz and Jennifer use his time away to search for a Blacklister they believe may have valuable information about Red’s past. (air date: February 8, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 7: “General Shiro”
While Red and Dembe enlist Glenn’s help in stacking the jury to Red’s advantage for his upcoming trial, the Task Force investigates a series of mysterious deaths resulting from weaponized insects. (air date: February 15, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 8: “Marko Jankowics”
When Liz and Jennifer search for a woman who may know a secret about Red’s past, they find themselves in the cross-hairs of a ruthless smuggler, forcing Liz to ask an unexpected source for help. Meanwhile, Red mediates between two rival gangs in prison. (air date: February 22, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 9: “Minister D”
While Red fights in court to clear his name of treason once and for all, Liz and the Task Force investigate a Blacklister who has a reputation for leveraging dark secrets. (air date: February 22, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 10: “The Cryptobanker”
The Task Force delves into the unregulated world of cryptocurrency in order to stop an impending attack, while Red undertakes a risky endeavor in order to secure his freedom. (air date: March 8, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 11: “Bastien Moreau”
Liz and the Task Force make a play to uncover the truth about an international assassination in a last-ditch effort to save Red’s life. (air date: March 15, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 12: “Bastien Moreau Conclusion”
Cooper puts his reputation on the line to appeal to the White House on Red’s behalf, as Liz and the task force resume their search for The Corsican, a Blacklister with ties to an international conspiracy. Samar’s abilities in the field are tested. (air date: March 22, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 13: “Robert Vesco”
Red and the task force hunt for legendary fugitive Robert Vesco, one of history’s most notorious con men. Samar makes a life-changing decision. (air date: March 29, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 14: “The Osterman Umbrella Company”
Red directs Liz to investigate a secret organization of assassins hired by global intelligence agencies to eliminate former agents, a case with ramifications that will change the task force forever. (air date: March 29, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 15: “Olivia Olson”
The task force searches for a woman who specializes in hostile takeovers of criminal organizations and may have intelligence about a conspiracy involving a presidential advisor; Aram enacts a daring plan to gain leverage over Red. (air date: April 5, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episdeo 16: “Lady Luck”
Liz and Ressler investigate a Blacklister who offers to erase gambling debts – at a deceptively high price. Meanwhile, Dembe grows concerned as Red tests the loyalties of their business associates in search of the individual who turned him in to the police. (air date: April 12, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 17: “The Third Estate”
Red and the Task Force spring into action to stop an anti-capitalist terrorist group from kidnapping and torturing the children of the one percent. Meanwhile, Ressler goes behind Liz’s back to find out what happened to her mother, former KGB operative Katarina Rostova. (air date: April 19, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 18: “The Brockton College Killer”
When a frozen corpse is discovered in the woods, the Task Force is drawn into the investigation of an old case that has gained notoriety due to a popular true crime podcast. Meanwhile, Red visits Dom Wilkinson (guest star Brian Dennehy) for help making a difficult decision, and Ressler makes a discovery about Katarina Rostova’s past. (air date: April 26, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 19: “Rassvet”
Alone in a foreign country after a mission goes catastrophically wrong, Katarina Rostova (guest star Lotte Verbeek) goes on the run to avoid the forces trying to hunt her down. Isolated and out of options, she seeks out the only person she trusts, a man who has vowed to always protect her. (air date: April 26, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 20: “Guillermo Rizal”
When multiple children are abducted under similar circumstances, the Task Force rushes to find the kidnapper. Meanwhile, Red goes on the hunt for a man who can find anything, while Liz considers a big change. (air date: May 3, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 21: “Anna McMahon”
Presidential adviser Anna McMahon (guest star Jennifer Ferrin) faces off with Cooper and the Task Force in a winner-takes-all race to locate the missing dossier containing details of a conspiracy against America. (air date: May 10, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 22: “Robert Diaz”
As the president’s (guest star Benito Martinez) true plan comes into focus, Liz and the Task Force fight to avert disaster. Meanwhile, Red meets in secret with a man who holds information about his past. (air date: May 17, 2019)
The Blacklist Season 6 Story and Details
Here’s the official logline for The Blacklist season 6:
Following the startling revelation that Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader) isn’t who he says he is, Elizabeth Keen (Boone) is torn between the relationship she’s developed with the man assumed to be her father and her desire to get to the bottom of years of secrets and lies. Meanwhile, Red leads Liz and the FBI to some of the most strange and dangerous criminals yet, growing his empire and eliminating rivals in the process. All throughout, Liz and Red engage in an uneasy cat-and-mouse game in which lines will be crossed and the truth will be revealed.
The Blacklist started out in 2013 on Mondays to tremendous success, subsequently shifted to help bolster other shows on Thursdays. In early 2017, midway through Season 4 of the main series, NBC touted spinoff The Blacklist: Redemption. However, the 8-episode experiment failed, resulting in cancellation and, ruthlessly enough, the death of the spun-off character, Ryan Eggold’s Tom Keen, shortly after his return to the main series in Season 5. Interestingly, that season saw the show moved to Wednesdays, a scramble that seemingly signaled the network’s ambivalence about the season 6 decision.
Consequently, while NBC is hardly confirming anything about the future (or lack thereof,) of The Blacklist beyond Season 6, any discerning prognosticator will likely put the show on a death watch. It’s unfortunate, since star James Spader is still killing it on the series.
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