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The Following

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The Following
Starring
Kevin BaconJames PurefoyAnnie Parisse
Genres
SuspenseHorrorDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    January 20 2013
    46min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the series premiere episode, FBI Agent Ryan Hardy (KEVIN BACON) is called out of retirement to track down serial killer Joe Carroll (JAMES PUREFOY) who's escaped from prison.
  2. 2. Chapter Two
    January 27 2013
    44min
    TV-NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    FBI Specialist Debra Parker (series star ANNIE PARISSE) is brought in to lead the investigation. Meanwhile Carroll's plan enters phase two.
  3. 3. The Poet's Fire
    February 3 2013
    44min
    TV-NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A new follower, Rick Kester (guest star MICHAEL DRAYER) is determined to follow through on Carroll's orders, leading to a surprising outcome for Ryan and the FBI.
  4. 4. Mad Love
    February 10 2013
    44min
    TV-NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Maggie (VIRGINIA KULL) devises a plot to put an end to Hardy. Meanwhile, more information about Hardy and Claire's past relationship is revealed.
  5. 5. The Siege
    February 17 2013
    44min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Claire receives a phone call that may lead her to find her son, the FBI and Ryan Hardy set their next move into motion, causing panic at the farmhouse.
  6. 6. The Fall
    February 24 2013
    44min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Joe Carroll's true intentions are revealed through a new follower, Charlie (guest star TOM LIPINSKI), while Ryan tries to escape the clutches of Carroll's followers.
  7. 7. Let Me Go
    March 3 2013
    42min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    With the help of attorney Olivia Warren, Joe Carroll makes a case against Ryan and the FBI to be transferred to a different facility, but Ryan suspects a larger plan may be at play.
  8. 8. Welcome Home
    March 10 2013
    44min
    TV-NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    With Joey still missing and the search for Carroll escalating, the FBI brings in Nick Donovan (guest star MIKE COLTER) to run lead on the case - much to Ryan and Parker's dismay.
  9. 9. Love Hurts
    March 17 2013
    43min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Ryan and Parker attempt to outsmart their new boss to continue their search, while Joe surprisingly reaches out to Ryan to demand Claire's location.
  10. 10. Guilt
    March 24 2013
    44min
    TV-NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After discovering Claire's location, Joe sends two followers to capture her - but Ryan may be one step ahead of him. Meanwhile, Jacob struggles with his reunion with Emma.
  11. 11. Whips and Regret
    March 31 2013
    43min
    TV-NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After losing Claire to Joe's followers, the FBI tracks down an undercover location with a twisted secret that may have dark ties to Joe's following.
  12. 12. The Curse
    April 7 2013
    44min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Ryan and Weston team up to take down a follower who might be able to lead them to Carroll's location. Emma and Claire finally come face to face again.
  13. 13. Havenport
    April 14 2013
    43min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Roderick's role as sheriff is called into question, he makes a shocking decision with dangerous implications for the safety of Joey.
  14. 14. The End is Near
    April 21 2013
    43min
    TV-NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As the season nears its end, Ryan, Parker and Weston prepare to storm the Followers' mansion, but Joe has already put his escape plan in action.
  15. 15. The Final Chapter
    April 28 2013
    43min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the explosive Season One finale, Ryan races to stop Joe Carroll before his endgame reaches a deadly conclusion.

Bonus (2)

  1. Bonus: Inside The Following
    January 16 2013
    21min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Go inside the minds of The Following! The cast and crew of the suspenseful new FOX drama The Following starring Kevin Bacon take you behind the scenes to share in-depth interviews and never-before-seen production footage.
  2. Bonus: Comic-Con 2012: The Following Panel
    January 16 2013
    14min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Hear what you can expect from the stars and creators of The Following straight from their Comic-Con 2012 panel.

More details

Supporting actors
Natalie ZeaShawn AshmoreValorie CurryValorie CurryNico TortorellaNico TortorellaAdan CantoAdan CantoKyle Catlett
Producers
Not Specified
Season year
2013
Network
IMDB Freedive
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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Format
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2108 global ratings

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  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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distilledknightReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
WOW!!!
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Season 1 is amazing! I'd originally watched it on Netflix before it disappeared from that service. I've now watched it three times with three different people and all of them loved it. Suspenseful. Intelligent. Extremely well-paced. Even after repeated viewings and knowing what is coming up, it's still very enjoyable.

The cast is top notch and each role is well-cast and the acting superb. Even when you've seen the actors in other roles (it stars Kevin Bacon) you quickly forget their previous work and readily accept the characters they play in The Following.

There's no way to review this without giving away the story... so just understand that it's so good that I'm consciously not giving away the story. Enjoy every twist, turn, and red herring. Absolutely worth every second. If this was a movie, it would be a blockbuster.

(As a side note, while Season 1 was absolutely amazing I was disappointed with Season 2. I watched the first few episodes of Season 2 and couldn't get through it. But Season 1 is highly recommended).
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FirespiderReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring
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I'm glad I only ordered one season. I have watched quite a few episodes now and its the same story line over and over and over. Every time someone should be rescued, oh my, the rescuer is the villain! I didn't see that coming the first 50 times, but I was totally surprised the 51st. I was hoping for a much better show with Kevin Bacon. They have a lot of fans though but not me. I quit watching and I will not be finishing this series. Extremely predictable and way too easy to spot the bad guys. Well, that's mostly because EVERYBODY on earth is a part of the following. We live amidst a bunch of idiots, even law enforcement who are swayed repeatedly by this serial killer. It beggars belief.
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Zachary VogelReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
interesting concept with potential ruined by predictability and lack of realism.
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The first episode was rough. they got too emotional to fast with characters no one was attached to. gave it a chance and kept watching but its just too predictable. and the most unnerving part is how incompetent and downright stupid they make the FBI out to be it's ridiculous. I gave up at the point where the FBI called in new leadership and was concerned with one of the protagonists being too emotionally involved. so when one of the agents is abducted by a team of at least 4 people the FBI sends 2 frigging agents one of which being the emotional moron, with nothing more than Glocks, to an abandoned shipyard and no intel on the location. like really? and really it's sad because I really liked the concept I think it had a lot of potential. I liked the serial killer perspective but the execution of it was just bad. also what I'm assuming is a 9mm hollow point out of the Glocks they were using apparently make more sparks on concrete than a fire starter on steroids.
8 people found this helpful
Master Yoda MaReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
It tries to be like Hannibal Lecter/ Criminal Minds
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This series has a lot of potential. It tries to be like Hannibal Lecter/ Criminal Minds. I can understand why there are a lot of 1-star reviews because, I was leaning that way too. The 3 main protagonists seem always lacking manpower and often ambushed by the more organized cult/criminals and it does seem implausible. Perhaps in season 2 they can correct a lack of manpower and the lack of tactical competence shown by the SWAT members, as they too are often ambushed and quickly executed.

I think this Hannibal-&- Edgar Allan Poe like criminal as more realistic, since Joe Carroll shows a lot of monomaniacal impulses and weaknesses of a typical sociopath. He is not perfect like Hannibal Lecter nor as brilliant, but he is often several steps ahead of the FBI...I thought it might have had potential but it doesn't...Season 2 was a failure. Too much stabbing, shooting, screaming and mindless characters...to sum it up...it goes from Edgar Allan Poe to religious cults...or Jesus Christ cults....how original.
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Jordan MReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing show!
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I loved the entire show! I saw it once before a while back on I believe Netflix and a lot of the shows I wanted to re-watch again are sadly no longer on Netflix. Thankfully they had the show here on Amazon Prime though. So yeah nothing really bad to say, however I do remember their being a slight problem with the episodes (some were missing towards the end of the season) however I did a quick refresh cause I knew something didn't feel right. After the refresh of the app, they did appear to be back.
rayJReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
follow The Following
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okay..so we've all obviously seen a member of law enforcement hunt a really bad guy before right?
can you get past that> great!

the show is a wonderful journey of macabre,with moments of brilliance and yet also has moments of people needing to do the dumb thing-so the plot can move conventionally. it happens..but when it happens around a strong cast and captivating story-it can be forgiven

the acting-nobody hams it up or phones it in. there are no cracks in the performances that say "we know its just a tv show,what ghoulish glee were having,whoo hoo:." its played straight,at times with romance and also with a devilish twinkle in the mad mens eyes.

the story-again,weve seen the good guy chase the bad guy before. what makes this show exciting is having two likeable leads and a plotline that offers some twists

the 'ghoulish glee'- if your a fan of Silence Of The Lambs,or Saw,this might be a nice light fare for you. It certainly doesnt have the excess gore of the latter series,but doesnt skimp on a chance to make with the bloodletting either.there may not be too many moments youll have to look away in disgust,but you might cringe with a slight smile-revering the dark fun of it all.

Many reviewers have blasted the show for being weak or predictable,and ill admit after a strong debut and 2nd show,there was a slow week or 2. After that,every episode drew you in,and left you cakcling as you rub your feet together in anticipation of whatever gruesome moment or surprise turn comes next.

it is predictable? yes,but i predict youll like it anyway.
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Niall MacLeodReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well worth watching if you enjoy jumping out of your seat...but not in an extreme way
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This first season (the only season that I have watched so far) is loads of fun. Yes, it's a genre with the same "mistakes" of the police/FBI dramas, but what makes The Following stand out is the writing - the plots twists and genuinely freaky/creepy scenes in every episodes. The acting is also great; Kevin Bacon is able to insert some (appropriate for the situation) humor, etc. Just a great cast/guest stars. Both Ryan and Joe (characters) were arresting - strong performances by the actors. Anyway, watch the pilot and see what you think. cMa
Crusty HiFi CootReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you liked 24, this may be for you
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This show has some gruesome imagery, and may lack depth in some of its characterizations, but it is a weirdly engrossing thriller, and it succeeds for those with the stomach for such things. The writers try hard to provide some of the motivation for the unspeakable crimes committed by the Followers, but most of the emotional impact comes from the interplay between Kevin Bacon's damaged FBI ex-agent Ryan Hardy, Natalie Zea's Claire Carroll, the show's only well-balanced character, and James Purefoy's Joe, who is characterized as a serial killer, but who is so much more. I enjoy that the FBI team tracking Joe is composed of such baggage-laden individuals, each with a propensity to act impulsively in their pursuit, giving the plot an edge of unpredictability. One ploy that's getting a bit tired, though, are repeated approaches by supposedly sympathetic Followers, who then turn to lethally attack the FBI team when they have let their guard down. But it's Joe's character and actions that provide the show's greatest strength and its greatest weakness. His apparent charisma as a teacher is mirrored by his diabolic power and mind-control as recruiter of murderous followers. His use of pre-existing fringe networks as talent pools and their organization as an instrument of his unfolding master plan is ingeniously shown, as well as all the tech-gimickry of secret websites, untraceable sat phones,etc. The weakness, for me at least, is the simple question, "who's paying for all this?" Joe is a college professor, failed novelist, and a cult leader. His organization appears to have the military armament, tech resources, and funding of a sponsored terror network, just like on 24 (which would have had oil money, blood diamonds, or a drug smuggling cartel behind it).
His Followers are many, but no one has been shown to be his financial "Angel". But if you can set your rational skepticism aside you can enjoy a weekly occurrence of white knuckles gripping your sofa arm or that of anyone you're with.
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