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The Following 3 Seasons 2013

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Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy star in this terrifying thriller from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) that follows a former FBI agent (Bacon) called in to help track down a charismatic and diabolical serial killer (Purefoy), who is continuously ...

Starring:
Kevin Bacon, Jeananne Goossen

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Season 1
1. Pilot

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.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 21 January 2013 45 minutes
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2. Chapter Two

Ryan Hardy, Agent Mike Weston and FBI Specialist Debra Parker, who is brought in to lead the investigation into Joe Carroll and his followers, dive deeper into the history of Carroll's psyche. To do so, they enlist the help of Carroll's ex-wife, and Hardy's former love, Claire Matthews. Meanwhile, Emma (series star VALORIE CURRY), Jacob (series star NICO TORTORELLA) and Paul (series star ADAN CANT

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 28 January 2013 43 minutes
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3. The Poet's Fire

A new follower is uncovered in Rick Kester (guest star MICHAEL DRAYER), who is on a determined path to follow through on Carroll's orders. Hardy and the FBI attempt to predict Rick's course of revenge, which leads to a surprising outcome. Meanwhile, Paul's jealousy over Emma and Jacob's relationship leads to a breaking point, and the origin of Hardy and Carroll's relationship is revealed.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 4 February 2013 43 minutes
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4. Mad Love

Maggie (guest star VIRGINIA KULL) devises a plot to put an end to Hardy. Meanwhile, tension rises as Paul reveals a secret that Jacob has been keeping from Emma and more information about Hardy and Claire's past relationship is revealed.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 11 February 2013 43 minutes
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5. The Siege

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. Meanwhile, Joe Carroll seeks a lawyer from his past (guest star RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY) to send a message that has deadly results.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 18 February 2013 43 minutes
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6. The Fall

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.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 25 February 2013 43 minutes
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7. Let Me Go

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. Meanwhile, Emma and Joey arrive at a meeting point and come across another one of Roderick's men who has a secret of his own.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 4 March 2013 41 minutes
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8. Welcome Home

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.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 11 March 2013 43 minutes
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9. Love Hurts

With Weston still in the hospital, Ryan and Parker attempt to outsmart their new boss, Donovan in order to continue their search. In a surprising move, Joe reaches out to Ryan to demand Claire's location and reveals that he will go to great lengths to lure her out of FBI custody. Meanwhile, followers from the past make a shocking return.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 18 March 2013 42 minutes
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10. Guilt

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 recent decisions causing his reunion with Emma to be less than ideal. Also, a relationship from Ryan's past plays a significant role in his future.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 25 March 2013 43 minutes
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11. Whips and Regrets

After losing Claire to Joe's followers, Ryan and Parker attempt to recover - while the FBI tracks down an undercover location that may have dark ties to Joe's following. Meanwhile, Claire adjusts to life at the Followers' mansion and has an unexpected reunion. Emma and Jacob continue to deal with Emma's betrayal.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 April 2013 43 minutes
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12. The Curse

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.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 8 April 2013 44 minutes
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13. Havenport

When Roderick's role as sheriff is called into question, he makes a shocking decision with dangerous implications for the safety of Joey.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 15 April 2013 43 minutes
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14. The End is Near

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.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 22 April 2013 43 minutes
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15. The Final Chapter

In the explosive Season One finale, Ryan races to stop Joe Carroll before his endgame reaches a deadly conclusion. Meanwhile, Joe leads Claire to a special location where the ultimate showdown between good and evil takes place.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 29 April 2013 42 minutes
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16. Inside The Following

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.

Subtitles AGES-15-AND-OVER 16 January 2013 21 minutes
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17. Comic-Con 2012: The Following Panel

Hear what you can expect from the stars and creators of The Following straight from their Comic-Con 2012 panel.

Subtitles 16 January 2013 13 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Marcos Siega
Starring Kevin Bacon, Jeananne Goossen
Supporting actors Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, Valorie Curry, Nico Tortorella, Adan Canto, Kyle Catlett, Maggie Grace, James Purefoy, Billy Brown, John Lafayette, Steve Monroe, Michael Roark, Melissa Ponzio, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Cheri Christian, Michelle Li, Jason Benjamin, Hunter Womack
Season year 2013
Network Warner Bros.
Producers Marcos Siega, Hilton Smith, James L. Thompson III, Kevin Williamson
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The premise of The Following involves Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), a former university professor with a specialism in, and fanatical adoration of, Edgar Allen Poe who, as the series opens, has just broken out of prison where he was serving a sentence for multiple, gruesome murders. Cue the FBI turning to the man who was responsible for putting him behind bars in the first place: former agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon). As a tiny spoiler (the clue, after all, is in the title), it quickly transpires that, during his time in prison, Carroll has succeeded in building up a legion of loyal disciples, all of whom espouse his mantra of death.

The Following could best be described as 24 without the time limit and where terrorists have been replaced with a murderous cult led by a convicted serial killer. The series is utterly captivating whilst being an exercise in frustration; like 24, progress is often one-step-forwards-two-steps-back. Most episodes contain some sort of twist which leaves you constantly guessing, and the anonymity of the cult members leads you to distrust almost all but the best-established characters.

What The Following does well is the depth it gives not only the leading characters, but also a large part of the supporting cast. Unlike 24, the timeline is not completely linear and a lot of the characterisation is built up through flashbacks, which works very effectively. Backstories add to the twists as well as the character development. Bacon is excellent as the troubled hero, dealing with Hardy's physical ailments (a hangover from his first capture of Carroll) and his emotional trauma and deficiencies.
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Given the Americans’ almost reverential obsession with their serial killers, it was only a matter of time before the standard cat-and-mouse tussle between the killer and the FBI became the basis for a TV series.

James Purefoy plays Joe Carroll the urbane, intelligent, Hannibal Lecter’ish professor of English serial killer while Kevin Bacon is the somewhat dishevelled ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy called back as a consultant following Carroll’s escape from prison. It all looks to conform to the standard formula but the presence of Carroll’s eponymous cult ‘following ‘ is a unique twist. Although the main plot thread is the hunt for Carroll, the gradual revealing of cultists drives the narrative while the relationship between Carroll, his ex-wife, son and Hardy adds a human dimension and allows some character development.

It is a well put together, violent, sometimes creepy & disturbing TV series which bowls along at a cracking pace but there are, unfortunately, some incredibly contrived plot devices which stretch the necessary suspension of disbelief more than a little. By the season finale it all seemed a bit improbable and silly but remained entertaining throughout. All-in-all, not as clever or intricately plotted as it could have been but not bad nonetheless.
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When the American TV companies want a good baddy they often pick a Brit actor - this time its James Purefoy and a good job he makes of it too. My wife and I watched the first season over the course of a week and found it compelling but we won't bother with series two or three because, basically the plot gets more and more rediculous - even though you can argue that Jonestown, Waco and Charles Manson were unbelievable events . And if you know how the first season ended then the idea of it continuing is even more rediculous. The problem with this programme is that every episode has around three or so gruesome killings, sometimes more, and it is just more and more of the same. And you have seen it all before anyway. The killings are horrible, often gratuitous and I would not recommend that anyone with mental health issues go anywhere near this programme - it is very disturbing. Should excessively graphic violence be portrayed as entertainment? This would have been much better if it had been a six episode mini-series, with less killing but more tension. One other really good thing about though is, despite the gruesome gratuitous violence there is little or no swearing!
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Brilliant nail biting series. Be warned, you'll want to watch the episodes back to back ...addictive viewing. James Purefoy is delectably devious and alluring as the manipulative serial killer and cult leader, Joe Carroll. Kevin Bacon is fantastic and utterly convincing as the relentless and courageous criminologist, battling his way through every twisted challenge in his pursuit of Joe until the season's dynamite finale.

This series redefines the term 'suspense thriller'. This is the new 'Hitchcock' for the 21st Century!
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The acting is good. I started to watch this show because I like Kevin Bacon.
However, FBI is too dumb. The criminal cult is much more organized than FBI. Could this be real?
FBI stepping into enemy territory with no backup, no earwig, unable to communicate, .... , all this is impossible.
FBI doesn't even surveil suspects.
If the FBI hadn't been so negligent, this show would have ended in three episodes.
The producers had to make the FBI so incompetent just to prolong the show.
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