These first-class agents including Special Agents Maggie Bell (played by Missy Peregrym) and her partner Omar Adom "OA" Zidan (Zeeko Zaki), bring all their talents, intellect and technical expertise to tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence, in order to keep New York and the country safe.
A spinoff, FBI: Most Wanted, debuted in 2019, focusing on the Fugitive Task Force.
The show is currently airing the second season.
This show provides examples of:
- Broken Pedestal: In "American Idol," Maggie gets this when she realizes a Senator running for President who she's long admired deliberately buried evidence that would have proven a suspect didn't commit a crime. Worse, the woman ruined the career of a co-worker who wanted to go public about this and still defends herself on how the man was "obviously" guilty.
- In the same episode, OA reveals that when he was a kid, he met his favorite baseball player and told him that he wanted to be just like him when he grows up. But the player just looked at OA and told him that that was the stupidest thing he's ever heard.
- Gratuitous Nazis: The series' premiere features a white nationalist named Robert Lawrence, plotting with violent black gang leaders to ignite hate and have New York City turn on itself.
- It's Personal: Happens a lot; a victim or someone connected to a case is an old friend of one of the agents, or some aspect of the case relates to something in an agent's background.
- Man on Fire: The fate of a right-wing hatemonger in "A New Dawn", who is burned to death by a Molotov Cocktail.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: "Most Wanted" has all the hallmarks of an incipient spinoff (presumably to be titled FBI: Most Wanted). A new FBI agent character has a touching scene with his daughter before Maggie and OA investigate the episode's case, and their suspect is placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list and handed off to the new character and his task force, which is devoted to hunting suspects on the list. All of the usual characters disappear from the story in favor of the new team, which has scenes establishing its dynamics and history. Maggie returns at the end to help take down the suspect by her own request.
- Smug Snake: The villain of "A New Dawn" is an authority figure who has a cult leader-like hold over his followers. He boasts that they practically worship him, but if they commit terrorist violence against people he hates it's not his fault. (He's lying about that last part.)
- Story Arc: "Exposed" reveals Maggie's late husband's car crash was orchestrated. The hitman responsible dies before she can learn anything, beginning her quest for who hired him and why.