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FBI: Most Wanted

FBI: Most Wanted

Photo Credit:  Mark Schafer/CBS
  • Premiered: 
    January 7, 2020
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    2nd series in the FBI franchise, following FBI 
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Plot Synopsis

From executive producer Dick Wolf and the team behind FBI, FBI: MOST WANTED is a one-hour drama series that focuses on the Fugitive Task Force, which relentlessly tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the Bureau's Most Wanted list. This group of highly skilled agents functions as a mobile undercover unit that's always out in the field, tirelessly pursuing those who are most desperate to elude justice. Overseeing the team is Jess LaCroix, a seasoned, enigmatic agent at the top of his game who is called upon to apprehend the most elusive and dangerous fugitives. His trusted crew includes Sheryll Barnes, an ex-NYPD detective with a psych degree and first-rate street smarts; analyst Hana Gibson, a master of data-mining and social engineering; communications expert Kenny Crosby, an Army intel vet Jess has taken under his wing; and Jess' brother-in-law, Clinton Skye, a deadly marksman with a law degree. These elite agents are always at the ready to answer the call, picking up the trail to hunt down and catch the "most wanted." In "Dopesick," the series opener written by executive producer Rene Balcer, Jess LeCroix and his elite team of FBI Fugitive Task Force agents track a doctor (guest star Henry Thomas) who's deeply involved in a world of organized crime, drugs and lies, and is on the run after a phone call records him delivering his wife's fatal shot.

The second season of FBI: MOST WANTED premiered on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "Rampage," Terry O'Quinn debuts in his recurring role as Byron LaCroix, Jess' father. With COVID devastating the country, two gunmen take out their desperation and rage on the elite class they perceive to be oppressing them as the team attempts to track and stop them. Also, Jess' father returns to his son's life and, although he's brought a new girlfriend, he may not be over his old ways. After a six-week break, FBI: MOST WANTED returned with new episodes on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS. In the winter premiere, "Anonymous," the team searches for a young woman who is heading down a deadly path of vengeance, using ties to an online radical conspiracy organization to further her cause. Also, Barnes must make a life-changing decision, finding it hard to not let the dark side of her job affect her.

Season 3 of FBI: MOST WANTED premieres on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT on CBS, as part of a three-episode crossover event with FBI (8pm) and FBI: INTERNATIONAL (10pm). In the season premiere, "Exposed," a local FBI case involving two murdered women and a sea of powerful men turns into a manhunt for the dangerous leader of a far-reaching criminal enterprise, in the second part of a special three-part crossover event. OA (Zeeko Zaki, FBI) assists Jess and the team, joined by special agent Kristin Gaines (Alexa Davalos, FBI: MOST WANTED). FBI: MOST WANTED moved to its regular timeslot -- Tuesdays at 10pm -- beginning the following week on Tuesday, September 28. On Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 10pm ET/PT, CBS debuted "Incendiary," the winter premiere of FBI: MOST WANTED. The team hunts for a young man who is using napalm-style bombs to attack his targets. Also, with Tali away, Jess and Sarah begin to adjust to their empty nest.

FBI: MOST WANTED returned for its fourth season on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS. Edwin Hodge debuts as Special Agent Ray Cannon in the second episode of the new season. In the season opener, "Iron Pipeline," when a family of four from New York is found dead in a Georgia motel room, the Fugitive Task Force investigates a connection between the victims and the sale of illegal firearms. Also, Barnes struggles with Remy's leadership style upon her return from maternity leave, and Remy and his sister plan for their mother's care. After a three-week break, FBI: MOST WANTED returned with new episodes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS. In the winter premiere, "Processed," when a celebrity child psychiatrist specializing in generational trauma is kidnapped by the relative of a former client, the team races to track down the perpetrator and learns what really happened to the psychiatrist's client. Also, Kristin confronts her own deep-rooted trauma.

Season 5 of FBI: MOST WANTED premiered on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS, with Shantel VanSanten making her series regular debut as Special Agent Nina Chase, reprising her character's recurring role on FBI. In the season opener, "Above & Beyond," when a mysterious deal goes south, leaving behind multiple bodies, the Fugitive Task Force heads to Virginia to put the pieces together with the help of a familiar face and new addition to the team, Special Agent Nina Chase. Also, Remy continues to grapple with the aftermath of connecting with his long-lost nephew.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 10pm ET/PT, CBS premiered "Powderfinger," the Season 5 finale of FBI: MOST WANTED, with Steven Williams, Susan Misner and Michael Raymond-James guest starring as Ray Cannon Sr., Abby Deaver and Ethan McPherson. The Fugitive Task Force races to catch the culprit threatening Manhattan with a dirty bomb. Meanwhile, Ray prepares to celebrate a major life milestone as his wedding to Cora approaches.

FBI: MOST WANTED has been renewed for a sixth season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Wolf Entertainment
  • Produced by Universal Television
  • In association with CBS Television Studios

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • May 21, 2024: Cora Love & Ray Cannon are married