The Blacklist is an American crime series written for television that revolves around multinational criminal mastermind Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) after he surrenders voluntarily to the FBI who have been after him for decades. Red possesses a list of high profile criminals around the world and he offers to give them all up in return for immunity from prosecution. He has one condition though, namely that he wants to work exclusively with a rookie profiles called Elizabeth Keen. The Blacklist has become an international television success, with the performance of James Spader as Red Reddington often being especially lauded by the critics. The series follows a relatively fixed format, but the over-reaching story arcs of the main characters provide plenty of twists and turns as the story of Red and Elizabeth evolves and deepens as time goes on.