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The Following

Seasons: 3
Episodes: 45
User ratings: 80,337
Average rating: 7.5

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.

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Season 1

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Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is called out of retirement to track down Joe Caroll after he escapes from prison. Hardy works closely with an FBI team. The investigation also leads Hardy back to Claire, Carroll's ex-wife and the mother of the criminal's young son, Joey. Hardy soon discovers that Carroll has an ever-growing cult of followers.
User ratings: 2,160
Average rating: 8.4
Chapter Two
At a sorority house one of Joe Carroll's acolytes, Jordy, has killed several young women. Joe Carroll's wife visits him demanding to know where their son can be found. She admits to a two month affair with Ryan but it was after his trial and their divorce. It doesn't quite go as planned. Flashbacks reveal how Carroll recruited some of his followers from his classes including Emma, his son's current nanny. Flashbacks also reveal Emma's difficult relationship with her overbearing mother. The FBI trace Emma to an old address and realize Carroll is using Poe's works as the basis for a religious cult. They also find a dead body. Jordy pays a visit to Joe's wife.
User ratings: 1,410
Average rating: 7.8
The Poet's Fire
Ryan's belief that that Joe Carroll has more acolytes than the six they have so far identified is proved correct when a street performer - wearing an Edgar Allan Poe mask - sets a man on fire and then disappears into the crowd. Using CCTV, they soon identify the attacker as Rick Kester. They question his wife who says her husband, from whom she is separated, is dangerous but that she also has little idea where he might be found. Ryan realizes that the dead man was one of Carroll's critics. Meanwhile, relations among Joey's kidnappers continues to deteriorate. Paul and Emma continue to bicker and Paul decides to leave the house, returning later with someone in tow. Flashbacks reveal a new reason Paul may not like Emma.
User ratings: 1,206
Average rating: 7.7
Mad Love
Paul, Jacob and Emma now have to figure out what to do with Meghan, the woman Paul kidnapped. As far as Emma is concerned there's only one thing they can do. Peter reveals something to Emma about Jacob. The FBI pursue Maggie Kester but Joe isn't too forthcoming when Ryan questions him about her. It doesn't take long to get in touch with her though - she's kidnapped Ryan's sister Jenny. Agent Mike Weston accompanies him to New York where Ryan is to meet them. Joey begins to suspect not all is as it should be. Flashbacks reveal more of Ryan's earlier life.
User ratings: 1,103
Average rating: 7.5
The Siege
Joe Carroll invites his former attorney, Olivia Warren, to meet him and prison and insists that she once again represent him with the media. She very reluctantly agrees and publicly reads a passage from Poe, sending a signal to some of Carroll's followers. Claire Matthews gives her FBI protection the slip after Joe sends her a message via Olivia. After Joey Matthews manages to call his mom, the FBI now has a general idea where he might be located. Ryan and Mike Weston head to upstate New York. There, Ryan locates the house but goes in on his own rather that wait for backup.
User ratings: 1,055
Average rating: 7.9
The Fall
Ryan is taken prisoner by the trio who kidnapped Joey Matthews and he immediately starts to create a wedge between between them. The farmhouse is quickly surrounded by the police and Ryan convinces them they have no way to escape. Emma, the coolest of the three in a tense situation, contacts another follower, Roderick, who is keeping Claire Matthews captive. It's soon apparent that Joe Carroll's influence goes very deep and has a great many acolytes. Meanwhile Debra Parker, FBI agent in charge of the kidnapping case, recalls her own personal experience of life in a cult. As the scene unfolds at the farmhouse, Joe Carroll tells his lawyer that a new part of the story is about to begin.
User ratings: 1,072
Average rating: 7.6
Let Me Go
Having successfully escaped from the farmhouse, Emma and Joey make their way to a warehouse where Emma meets her newest contact, Bo. Joey goes off to the bathroom but isn't ready for the woman he finds locked up in a cage. Things get out of control when Joey helps the woman escape, which Bo doesn't take kindly to. At the prison, Joe Carroll and his lawyer Olivia Warren meet with prison officials where Warren claims her client's 8th Amendment rights have been violated as a result of prison abuse. It relates to Ryan assaulting him during their first interview and Carroll requests a transfer to another prison. The warden readily - too readily - agrees and Joe is to be transferred to a prison in Georgia. It's his daughter who is being held in the cage and the transfer is part of Joe's plan to escape.
User ratings: 996
Average rating: 7.7
Welcome Home
Joe Carroll's escape has sent the FBI into something of a frenzy and Nick Donovan has been assigned to lead the investigation. He and Ryan try to interview David, Carroll's acolyte shot by Ryan, but that doesn't go very well. In his new residence meanwhile, Carroll is getting used to his surroundings and meeting some of the followers he had not yet met. Roderick arrives to welcome him and the central question is how to find Joe's wife, Claire, who is in protective custody. They target one of the FBI agents. Charlie pays the price for his failures.
User ratings: 965
Average rating: 7.4
Love Hurts
Joe calls Ryan and asks him how much pain one man can stand. One of Joe's followers, Amanda Porter, has a plan to reunite him with his wife Claire and a stranger with the same name is soon killed in a restaurant. It's clear to Ryan that Joe is trying to break him and another woman named Claire Matthews is killed. At the house, Emma doesn't seem to be taking Joe's rejections very well. Roderick's constant needling doesn't help. Jacob and Paul have taken refuge at a country house owned by Jacob's parents when his mother arrives unexpectedly. Paul is seriously ill and expects payback for a favor.
User ratings: 935
Average rating: 7.5
Joe Carroll gets two of his followers - both right-wing militia types who have received excellent military training - and Roderick to get his wife back to him. The FBI think their systems have been hacked and now want Claire Matthews to move to a new location. She refuses to do so without first speaking to Ryan who arrives just before Carroll's men attack. Ryan and Claire escape and make their way to the home of Ryan's best friend, Tyson, a former FBI agent who is now in the witness protection program. They prepare for battle. At the house meanwhile, Jacob is having some difficulty reconnecting with Emma. Joe asks him to make up with her and gives it another chance. H eventually lets her know just how he feels.
User ratings: 942
Average rating: 7.1
Whips & Regret
After giving herself up, Claire Matthews' abductors take to the house. There she meets Joe and he explains his desire to rekindle their relationship and start over again as a family. She is incredulous but realizes a bit of role-playing may be to her advantage. For his part, Joe makes it clear that killing people gives him great pleasure. Meanwhile, the FBI manage to trace the embedded video they found in an email to servers in Manhattan. They're located in an S&M club called Whips & Regret and the club manager points the finger at Vince McKinley who set up her computer system. He has also been using the club as a mail drop and the manager arranges for him to pick it up. The FBI follow him and end up at the cult's training ground.
User ratings: 833
Average rating: 7.2
The Curse
The FBI continue to search the cult's bunker and training camp and find a connection with the right-wing militia group Freedom 13 and its leader Daniel Monroe. In fact, they believe that at least four members of Freedom 13 were part of Joe Carroll's cult. At the house, Claire and Joey make a feeble attempt to leave the grounds but are stopped before they get too far. Joe is concerned with the FBI having found the bunker and what they might learn. He no longer trusts Roderick and decides he will eliminate Monroe himself and sets off with Jacob and Vince McKinley. The FBI find Monroe and he lets slip that Joe and his followers have a house. That's about all they get out of him before Joe and the others arrive as well. With Joe away from the compound, Claire meets Emma for the first time since her arrival. In flashbacks, we learn that Ryan's father was shot and killed in convenience store. We also learn what he did about it.
User ratings: 820
Average rating: 7.4
Mike Weston recognizes Roderick as one of the men who beat him up. He gets away but the FBI lock down the local sheriff's office until they figure out just who they can trust. Agent in charge Nick Donovan orders an information blackout but Ryan holds a press conference offering immunity from prosecution to any member of the cult who wants to turn Joe in. Roderick, in a panic, tells Joe what has happened and begins to realize just to what extent Joe has taken advantage of them. He goes on the run - and takes Joey with him. When Roderick is apprehended, Ryan goes out on a limb to ensure Joey's safe return. Claire meanwhile has her own plans for Joe.
User ratings: 862
Average rating: 7.9
The End Is Near
With the FBI closing in, Joe puts his final plan into action. Central to those plans is to eliminate Claire but it's also clear that his acolytes will do anything for him. They leave the house and go off in several directions. Joe, Emma and Jacob - with Claire as their prisoner - take a suburban family hostage while awaiting nightfall. Jacob is unsure of his own plans for the future. Other members of the cult head in to Havenport to wreak havoc. Ryan and the FBI finally arrive at the house but too late as Joe and he others have fled. Joe has one last attack in mind.
User ratings: 815
Average rating: 7.5
The Final Chapter
Ryan manages to speak to Debra by cellphone and the search to find where they've buried her begins. When they find the car Joe's followers used, they walk into a trap. The clock is ticking down and Debra is running out of oxygen. Claire meanwhile wakes up in a house by the ocean. Joe is waiting for Ryan to show up so his story can come to an end. He shows her what it's really like to kill someone and be responsible for a death. Ryan and Joe have their final confrontation. There is one of Joe's followers who is off the radar however.
User ratings: 976
Average rating: 7.7
A year after Joe's death, a multi murder in the metro subways of New York triggers a new beginning for his 'cult' which is more organized and more vicious than ever.
User ratings: 1,044
Average rating: 8.1
For Joe
Ryan's obsession grows after the subway killings; and he's brought face-to-face with a threat.
User ratings: 712
Average rating: 7.6
Trust Me
The FBI discovers that Ryan has been interfering with the investigation since the subway murders, as the hunt for the twins continues.
User ratings: 673
Average rating: 7.8
Family Affair
As Ryan and Max follow up a lead to the whereabouts of Lily Gray, Joe is finally back to civilization.
User ratings: 667
Average rating: 7.6
Max puts herself at risk tailing a follower; Lily tries to bring Joe into her world, much to Emma's displeasure.
User ratings: 625
Average rating: 7.7
Fly Away
Lily wants to flee to Venezuela with Joe, but Luke's search of revenge against Ryan puts her plans at risk.
User ratings: 660
Average rating: 8.0
Joe and the girls make their way into a more organized cult. Lily orders the kidnapping of Max, initiating a manhunt for the killer known as The Huntsman.
User ratings: 639
Average rating: 7.8
The Messenger
Mike unravels after the murder of his father. Ryan investigates Dr. Strauss, Joe's old mentor. Joe slowly takes control of Micah and his cult.
User ratings: 560
Average rating: 7.5
Ryan and Mike get closer to finding the mole. Joe plans to reveal to the world that he is in fact alive.
User ratings: 689
Average rating: 8.1
Teacher's Pet
After a year under witness protection, Claire wants to get her old life back. Now in control of Korban, Joe manipulates the acolytes initiating a series of murders in New York.
User ratings: 565
Average rating: 7.4
Lily tries to break Luke out of the hospital where he's being held captive.
User ratings: 561
Average rating: 7.6
Ryan discovers that Claire is alive. As Joe declares war against Pastor Tanner, Mandy seeks shelter with Lily Gray after fleeing from Korban.
User ratings: 542
Average rating: 7.4
The Reaping
Lily heads to Korban planning to kill Joe, as he and Ryan finally meet face-to-face again.
User ratings: 564
Average rating: 7.7
Joe and his followers take Kingston Tanner hostage. Emma and Claire have their final confrontation.
User ratings: 601
Average rating: 7.8
Ryan risks everything by joining forces with Joe in an attempt to save Claire from the twins.
User ratings: 657
Average rating: 7.8
New Blood
With Joe Carroll on death row, Ryan, Max and Mike have to work together to stop a new spree of murders orchestrated by the surviving twin, Mark.
User ratings: 642
Average rating: 7.5
Boxed In
With one FBI agent captured by Mark and his followers, Ryan has to come face-to-face with an old enemy for help.
User ratings: 530
Average rating: 7.3
Following a brutal loss, Ryan, Weston and Max work to track down the responsible parties.
User ratings: 489
Average rating: 7.3
Mark, Kyle and Daisy plan an attack on Ryan; Ryan turns to a former enemy for help.
User ratings: 479
Average rating: 7.2
A Hostile Witness
on the day of an important trial, things go awry, causing the FBI to split up to hunt down a missing person. With his team breaking apart, Ryan enlists the help of a former enemy to defeat a greater one.
User ratings: 506
Average rating: 7.3
Ryan and Mike track their target to a small town to confirm he isn't seeking protection.
User ratings: 487
Average rating: 7.6
The Hunt
Ryan and Mike concentrate on a new threat; Max rejoins the task force.
User ratings: 448
Average rating: 7.1
Flesh & Blood
The FBI gets closer to a suspect they believe is responsible for the latest murders.
User ratings: 467
Average rating: 7.4
Kill the Messenger
Ryan and the new killer are both led back to Joe for different reasons; Mark comes to a decision.
User ratings: 452
Average rating: 7.5
The world watches as a hostage situation forces Ryan to go in alone.
User ratings: 544
Average rating: 7.9
Theo and Penny turn to a source with the means to help them disappear.
User ratings: 399
Average rating: 7.4
The Edge
Ryan searches for Theo; Mark and Daisy gain information that brings them closer to the FBI.
User ratings: 388
Average rating: 7.7
A Simple Trade
A deal is made, but things go awry; Ryan makes a decision.
User ratings: 408
Average rating: 8.0
Dead or Alive
As the search for Theo continues, a member of the FBI comes under attack; alliances are shaken.
User ratings: 420
Average rating: 8.1
The Reckoning
As the search for Theo continues, a member of the FBI comes under attack; alliances are shaken.
User ratings: 551
Average rating: 8.1
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