‘Blacklist’ fired off its first episode Sept. 23 and it’s already at the top of critics’ much-watch list!
If NBC execs had any doubts about The Blacklist prior to its premiere, these numbers ought to ease their troubled minds: More than 12.5 million people tuned in to see James Spader wreak havoc as one of the FBI’s most-wanted fugitives, and judging by the critics’ overwhelmingly positive reviews of the series, I’m thinking most of those people will come back for round two next week.
Though several critics note that it’s too soon to officially declare the show a hit — some worry about its longevity, based on the way things were set up on the pilot — it seems to be, at the very least, an enjoyable thriller.
Critics Talk ‘The Blacklist’
Entirely conscious of the exact kind of show he’s in, Spader chews up every bit of the scenery he comes into contact with, as the rest of the cast races to keep up with him; which, ultimately, feels just as it should be. Though we can’t promise that it will deliver, the potential for a fun and engaging bit of weekly intrigue is there.
Some may … dismiss Spader as being ‘hammy,’ but he’s actually inhabiting a role tailor-made for the three-time Emmy winner, a man as enigmatic as he can be brilliant, at times charming but also abruptly (and entertainingly) prickly. … Barring a dire debut, I have to imagine this will be one of the Peacock’s first full-season pick-ups.
I can’t take my eyes off of the bald Spader, who keeps you guessing as to whose side Red is really on. I also found myself wanting to figure out the connection between Red and Liz. … It’s no Hannibal, but there’s definitely some blood, so beware.
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— Andy Swift