The Following (2013–2015)
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Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is brought on board as a consultant when the serial killer he arrested many years before, Joe Carroll, escapes from prison killing several guards in the process.... See full summary »


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Kevin Williamson (created by), Kevin Williamson





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Ryan Hardy
Jeananne Goossen ... Jennifer Mason
Natalie Zea ... Claire Matthews
Shawn Ashmore ... Mike Weston
Valorie Curry ... Emma Hill
Nico Tortorella ... Jacob Wells
Adan Canto ... Paul Torres
Kyle Catlett ... Joey Matthews
Maggie Grace ... Sarah Fuller
James Purefoy ... Joe Carroll
Billy Brown ... Troy Riley
John Lafayette ... Marshall Turner
Steve Monroe ... Jordy Raines
Michael Roark ... Detective Warren
Melissa Ponzio ... Detective Joan Garcia


Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is brought on board as a consultant when the serial killer he arrested many years before, Joe Carroll, escapes from prison killing several guards in the process. Although Hardy caught him, he paid a heavy price. He was stabbed in the heart and lives courtesy of a pacemaker. He's also on a disability pension. Carroll was an English professor with a fondness for the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Now that he's out, Hardy is certain he will go after Sarah Fuller, his last victim who managed to survive the attack. He's correct but they realize too late that Carroll spent much of his time in prison on the Internet and now has a group of devoted followers who will do as he asks. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

21 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Annie: I'm not interesting enough to not drink.
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Too Much Plot?
16 August 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I enjoy Kevin Bacon who has taken to playing law enforcement officers with dark beginnings. He is relatively unresponsive to inquiries. He goes rogue. He has paid a price for his successes: a bad heart and a broken soul. In this one, a psychotic college professor (I wish life had been so exciting when I taught college English) is submerged in Edgar Allen Poe. He is serial killer, attacking women. He is horrible in his methodology and starts off the first episode by killing three guards and escaping. He has is sights set on Bacon, who sent him up the river. He has become the head of a cult, so his tentacles reach beyond his location. I will watch another one of these, but I don't know if I want to see young women slaughtered week after week. A couple of interesting plot elements are the total incompetence of the police and the complexity of his far reaching control. Still, it is quite good so far and pretty engaging.

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