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The Following 

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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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Kevin Williamson
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kevin Bacon ...  Ryan Hardy 45 episodes, 2013-2015
Shawn Ashmore ...  Mike Weston 45 episodes, 2013-2015
James Purefoy ...  Joe Carroll 45 episodes, 2013-2015
Sam Underwood ...  Mark / ... 30 episodes, 2014-2015
Jessica Stroup ...  Max Hardy 30 episodes, 2014-2015
Valorie Curry ...  Emma Hill 29 episodes, 2013-2014
Natalie Zea ...  Claire Matthews 23 episodes, 2013-2014
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Storyline

The FBI estimates there are currently over 300 active serial killers in the United States. What would happen if these killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other? What if they were able to work together and form alliances across the country? What if one brilliant psychotic serial killer was able to bring them all together and activate a following? Written by Jack

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

21 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Kevin Williamson Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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On May 8, 2015, Fox canceled the series after three seasons. See more »

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Everytime an Agent or Policeofficer getting attacked and killed. None are trying to wave the attack. Not even if they are several agents in the same spot. None of them reacts in time. See more »

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Weirdly Addictive
6 February 2013 | by AnnaShadeSee all my reviews

It's unusual for me to like a procedural show, but The Following has a combination of things that makes it something that I look forward to watching each week.

One of the best (if not the best) thing about the show is James Purefoy as Joe the villain. He doesn't overplay the character, and he manages to be creepy and a bit charming all at the same time, making it hard to avoid the urge to root for him even as I wonder why he's not in a higher security facility (because he's clever and smart and deadly).

Kevin Bacon was definitely the right choice for Ryan the hero. He looks great, he acts great, and he and Purefoy have excellent chemistry on screen. It makes me wish we could see more of them being amicable with one another (like in a couple flashbacks).

The rest of the cast is good, too. I like the lead agent woman, the younger boy agent, and I'm strangely drawn in by the bizarre love triangle between Joe's followers Paul, Will and Emma. It's crazy but interesting, and I'll be sad when they ax that plot line.

Overall, I think it's interesting and entertaining. And I think the season only has 12 episodes, so they aren't as likely to get bogged down with filler episodes (as is wont to happen with many shows). I look forward to watching more of it.


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