One of the longest running crime dramas is back, as The Blacklist and star James Spader return to TV for an eighth run that promises to be its most impactful yet. Having aired its first two episodes before going on a short holiday hiatus, the show is now back to finish its latest (and possibly final) run. Follow our guide as we explain how to watch The Blacklist season 8 online wherever you are and stream all-new episode 3.
In fact, the first three episodes of The Blacklist season 8, including episode 3 titled '16 Ounces', were originally intended to be the final instalments of season 7 of the series. But with Covid-19 bringing a halt to production, that run ended abruptly.
The Blacklist season 8 is back every Friday night from January 22, 2021 in the US in NBC's 8pm ET/PT slot (7pm CT) - but folks in the UK are out of luck for now, as it won't land until later in the year for them. Full TV and streaming details are below - and you can watch all your favorite shows and services wherever you are with the help of a good VPN.
Spoiler alert: anyone who isn't fully up-to-date with The Blacklist may find unwanted surprises below. If that sounds like you, just scroll down for a country-by-country guide to watching The Blacklist season 8, which is completely spoiler-free.
In addition to Spader's return as Raymond 'Red' Reddington, The Blacklist season 8 will see the return of most of the core series cast, including Megan Boone as Liz Keen, Laila Robins as Katarina Rostova, Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper and Laura Sohn as Alina Park. However, a couple of Blacklist favorites sadly won't be returning, as actors Brian Dennehy (Dom) and Clark Middleton (Glen) both passed away this year.
We're expected to learn more about Red's mysterious illness this season, as well as get some kind of resolution to Liz's at times fanatical attempts to 'bring him to justice' - and see whether or not she really can trust her mother, likely super spy Katerina. Read on as we explain how to watch The Blacklist season 8 online and stream episode of the hit show from anywhere today.
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How to watch The Blacklist season 8 from outside your country
Those who already have a streaming service they use to watch The Blacklist online may find themselves unable to access it when abroad, due to pesky geo-blocking restrictions. While we're aware that most people aren't going anywhere in the immediate future, global travel is slowly creeping back onto the horizon - you may even be stuck abroad for any number of reasons.
Fortunately, there's an easy solution to geo-blocking. Downloading a VPN will allow you to watch your favorite shows no matter where you are. This simple bit of software changes your IP address so that you can access episodes on demand just like you would at home.
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How to watch The Blacklist season 8 online in the US
NBC is the home of The Blacklist in the US and new season 8 episodes air every Friday at 8pm ET/PT and 7pm CT on the channel. That means you have a couple of options when it comes to watching online.
For starters, you can watch for free via NBC's website and its companion apps, provided you can verify your TV subscription. Or, simply check out its standalone streaming service, Peacock, which can be had for as little as $5.99 a month and offers FREE 1-week trial that allows you to watch a limited amount of shows like The Blacklist free!
But cord-cutters who frown on anything associated with traditional TV setups also have it good, as the channel can be watched through a number of over-the-top streaming services.
Alternatively, FuboTV offers a complete cable replacement solution from $59.99 a month and offers all the main national broadcasters, as part of its core package - try FuboTV FREE for 7-days here.
Remember, as per our guide above, if you find yourself out of the country, you can use clever software like a VPN to watch The Blacklist online just as if you were at home.
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How to watch The Blacklist season 8 online in Canada
The great news is that Canadian terrestrial TV network Global TV has the rights for season 8 of The Blacklist, meaning you can watch new episodes for free - and at the same time they air in the US.
This means The Blacklist season 8 airs weekly on Friday nights at 8pm ET/PT in Canada, and better still, Global offers a slick online streaming platform. You’ll have to verify your details to sign-up, but provided you can do that, you can watch The Blacklist without charge in Canada.
Unfortunately, that's the only way you can watch in Canada - as The Blacklist season 8 won't be available without cable in Canada.
Can't watch The Blacklist as usual due to pesky geo-blocking restrictions? Tune in just like you would at home by using a VPN to magically reappear in Canada and gain access to all the content you'd normally stream - which directly or indirectly, you almost certainly pay for.
How to watch The Blacklist online in the UK for FREE
The UK is well behind the US when it comes to new episodes and seasons of The Blacklist.
Season 8 isn't scheduled to premiere until 2021, so the best on offer right now is watching The Blacklist seasons 1-7 in the UK if you have Sky and its on-demand library of box sets as part of your package, where seasons 1-6 are available. If you don't have Sky on contract, its Now TV streaming service also offers the show with an Entertainment Pass.
While season 7 has aired in the UK, it's only available to buy at present. You'll find it on Amazon Prime Video, among others, where it costs a hefty £29.99 - a price comparable with buying a physical box set at Tower Records back in the day!
Anyone in the UK from a country where new seasons of The Blacklist are available can access the show like they normally would at home - all that's required is to a quality VPN and then just follow the method outlined above.
How to watch The Blacklist online in Australia: is The Blacklist on Netflix?
Those Down Under are in luck when it comes to watching The Blacklist, as it's one of the few countries where the show is available on Netflix. Seasons 1-7 are currently in the Netflix Australia library, and you can expect season 8 to be added after it's finished airing in the US - so early-2021, in all likelihood - although a Blacklist season 8 release date hasn't been confirmed.
If you happen to be going abroad you’ll find geo-blocking will stop you from watching The Blacklist on Netflix like you normally would - don't worry - just use a VPN to point yourself back to Australia and you'll be able to tune in as usual.
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James is a technology journalist with nearly 10 years experience and currently Sports and TV Streaming Editor at Future, where he works across TechRadar, T3 and Tom's Guide. He is here to help you find the best ways to watch sports, TV shows and movies online. Previously, he was News and Features Editor at Trusted Reviews, Editor of Lifehacker UK, and Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.