The Following

The Following TV show on FOXNetwork: FOX
Episodes: 45 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: January 21, 2013 — May 18, 2015
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Annie Parisse, Adan Canto, Kyle Catlett, Natalie Zea, Nico Tortorella, and Valorie Curry.

TV show description:      
This psychological thriller begins when a notorious serial killer, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), escapes from death row. The FBI calls in former agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) to consult on the case. Having since withdrawn from the public eye, Hardy was responsible for Carroll’s capture in 2003. Carroll had murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature.

Hardy is a walking textbook of all-things Carroll and knows him better than anyone else. He may be Carroll’s only psychological and intellectual match. But the Ryan Hardy who broke the Carroll case years ago isn’t the same man today. Wounded both physically and mentally by his previous pursuit of this serial killer, it’s been a long time since Hardy has been in the field. Could this be his redemption?

In contrast to the original investigation of years ago, Hardy isn’t calling the shots anymore. He works closely with an FBI team, which includes young, razor-sharp Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) and FBI Specialist Debra Parker (Annie Parisse), who’s brought in to lead the investigation into Carroll and his followers — serial killers that secretly live among us.

Although Weston seems to idolize Hardy, most of the team considers him to be more of a liability than an asset. But Hardy proves his worth when he uncovers that Carroll was covertly communicating with a network of followers in the outside world. It quickly becomes obvious that he has more planned than just a prison escape.

The FBI’s investigation leads Hardy back to Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea), Carroll’s ex-wife and the mother of their young son, Joey (Kyle Catlett). Close during Hardy’s initial investigation, Hardy turns to Claire for insight into Carroll’s next move.

The tension rises when Carroll’s accomplices kidnap his intended last victim (Maggie Grace) a decade earlier. Hardy becomes ever more determined to end Carroll’s game when he realizes that the psychopath intends to finish what he started.

The drama follows Hardy and the FBI as they are challenged with the ever-growing web of murder around them. It’s all orchestrated by Carroll who dreams of writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist. Since anyone anywhere could be one of Carroll’s serial killer followers, Hardy and the FBI have a hard time knowing who they can trust.

Series Finale:     
Episode #45 — The Reckoning
The FBI hunt for Theo continues and the stakes are higher than ever as some of their own come under attack. As suspicions rise, alliances are shaken and no one is safe in the series’ harrowing final heart-stopping moments.
First aired: May 18, 2015.


What do you think? Do you like The Following TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?

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  1. April says

    I wish you did not cancel The Following. It was the best show on TV and I will sorely miss it when the Fall shows return.
    I hesitate watching ANY NEW Fox shows because it seems that all the shows that I start to watch get canceled. There is just not much going on for Fox, IMHO.

  2. Carrie Franzman says

    The Following should have continued on for a fourth season….
    this show was so different from everything out there.
    To find that it ended that way was a bit shocking (only 3 seasons) but masterful as it keeps you wondering.

    I loved The Following, I love POI… it’s very sad my 2 favorite shows didn’t get the ratings or seasons they deserve. I won’t be watching TV anymore.

  3. Alan Abercrombie says

    Disaster Saturday night was The Following night looked forward to it every week it ran.Come on Fox you’ll be cancelling The Walking Dead next .Get a season 4 made.

  4. Donna Murphy says

    No, no, no, please do not cancel! This is the best show on television. Kevin Bacon is perfect in this role. We have “a following” as the show is on, several friends text each other during commercials to discuss what just happened on the show!!!! Please DO NOT CANCEL!

  5. says

    All I can say is that I hope u re-think about this show and keeping it on the air for another season this show kept me glued to the tv every week every season….. please don’t cancel this great show!! A true fan…. 😉

  6. Rose Marie Frankowski says

    One of the best T.V series that was on T.V The entire cast was brilliant I can not understand why Fox canceled the show there is so much garbage on T.V and exciting shows are cancelled why ????????????????

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