If you’re a devoted viewer of CBS’s Criminal Minds, you’ll probably love The Following. Unlike Criminal Minds, where it’s a new serial murderer every week, and each case is wrapped up in one, or at most two, episodes, The Following is one ongoing case with more twists than a slinky.
Created by Kevin Williamson, produced by Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Brothers TV, the series premiered on January 21, 2013. It is described on the Fox website as “A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.”
The series premise is touted as “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?”
The cast is so packed with experience and talent, watching the show feels more like watching a good movie than good TV. The character development, the plot tension, the pacing within each episode grabs the viewer and doesn’t let you go until five minutes after the closing credits.
Give it a try. If serial killers and the cops that pursue them fascinate you, it will be well worth the hour. Monday evenings on Fox, 9 pm ET.