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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 ...

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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: 21 January 2013
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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

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 28 January 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 4 February 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 11 February 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 18 February 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 25 February 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 4 March 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 11 March 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 18 March 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 25 March 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 1 April 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: 8 April 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 15 April 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 22 April 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 29 April 2013
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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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: 16 January 2013
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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 Runtime: 13 minutes Release date: 16 January 2013
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Season year 2013
Network Warner Bros.
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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I brought this series individually as I found it cheaper that way, all three series are brilliant, each episode gives a different surprise and even so there is a main story we don't know what to expect next. To hear series 3 is the final series was a little disappointing but again a lot of series are ruined because they go on a long time, we can be thankful that this one will not be ruined by that and there is 45 episodes so plenty of viewing and entertainment, I can't find any reason to give this series less then five star as it keeps one on their feet and plenty of surprises, apart from the main actors one never knows who is who' friend or foe? Great writing, acting and story line 100% well worth watching and collecting.
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This is a heavily formulaic FBI drama based around a Machiavellian British teacher-cum-serial killer (yawn), the eponymous following being those who espouse his philosophy, one unconvincingly (if not ridiculously) based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe who, from the paucity of American literature, is singled out by this supposedly ultra-intelligent academic as a paragon of the romantic.

There is a half-hearted attempt to match murders with Poe's ideas, though anybody hoping Kevin Bacon's trademark anguished scowl would be tested at this stage by a gigantic sharpened pendulum, or by walls slowly closing in to crush him, will be disappointed.

In fact this derivative saga, frequently punctuated with violence to gee things up, instead takes a lot of its references from mostly superior works of cinema, from The Master through Hannibal to the various Manson narratives, along with countless tropes from slasher movies, even shamelessly dropping Fight Club into its borrowings. This sounds like fun, but as the scriptwriters go to the well once too often they begin to bulk things out with an increasingly tiresome soap opera subplot based on the lives of everyday psychopathic folk, before the series ultimately hits the buffers with an ending that's just plain bad.

And there are how many seasons of this? Enough already.
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I watched the first episode and Kevin Bacon was excellent. The storyline not too bad. After getting partway through the second episode I decided the storyline was relying too much on gore rather than real suspense and stopped watching.

This is a shame because it had potential but slipped into the type of contrived horror that one can see in any run of the mill film that has a cover picture with blood dripping down it.
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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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