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FBI (2018), from Emmy-award winning Dick Wolf, is a fast-paced CBS Police Procedural about the inner workings of the New York office of the FBI.

These first-class agents, including Special Agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym), her partner Omar Adom "OA" Zidan (Zeeko Zaki), and Kristen Chazal (Ebonée Noel) 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. The team is initially led by Special Agent-In-Charge Ellen Solberg (Connie Nielsen), with Jubal Valentine (Jeremy Sisto) as her second. Since Nielsen was unable to commit to the series after the pilot, her character was written out and replaced by Dana Mosier (Sela Ward). She would in turn be replaced by Isobel Castille (Alana de la Garza) after the first season. Stuart Scola (John Boyd) joins the team in the second season, followed by Tiffany Wallace (Katherine Renee Turner) in the third season.


The first spinoff, FBI: Most Wanted, debuted in January 2020, focusing on the Fugitive Task Force. The second spinoff, FBI: International, debuted in September 2021, focusing on the International Fly Team.

The show is currently airing the fourth season.

Not to be confused with the 1965 series The F.B.I.

FBI contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Peter DeLeon in "Unreasonable Doubt" who at first seems like a Nice Guy who volunteers at the children's hospital but is actually a murderous serial rapist who rapes and strangles young married women he finds on an incel website. Once he's finished, he bounds his victims with wire and steals their wedding rings before sinking them underwater. The chilling part is that his first kill was eight years ago and is still killing. The reason why he hadn't been caught? He underwent a bone marrow transplant in his youth due to having acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His DNA merged with his donor's. In other words, his semen came back as his donor and not him, which lead to the said donor being wrongfully imprisoned. And even when he is being interrogated by Jubal and Scola, he still puts on a friendly face.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: In "What Lies Beneath", OA gets into a dispute with an Egyptian diplomat visiting New York for a heart transplant. Said diplomat is the head of the Egyptian secret police, who is notorious for imprisoning a huge number of political protesters without trial, including OA's cousin. When confronted about it, the diplomat admits to it...and reveals that said protesters had planned to steal munitions from the army and use them to blow up a school as part of a false flag operation to vilify the government, an act that repulsed even him. The Egyptian diplomat admits to OA he's done questionable things, but he refuses to apologize for saving the lives of over 100 children by arresting a few dozen people and throwing away the key.
    • In the same episode, the diplomat admits to hiring an assassin to kill the son of a political rival...because said son was a serial rapist whose family were sheltering him from the justice the diplomat felt his victims were due.
  • Broken Bird: Elise Taylor in "Trigger Effect" after having a bomb planted on her neck in "Liar's Poker". Her trauma even causes her to make an error with an address that kills a woman.
  • 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.
      • In "Payback", Isobel is jarred to learn her former FBI mentor stole money from a bust to pay his bills which led to his son being kidnapped by the cartel he ripped off. Isobel tells him off (in his hospital bed) about how she had trusted him so much and he lied to her and has him arrested.
  • The Cameo: "Emotional Rescue" sees Hailey Upton from Chicago P.D. make an appearance; Looks like FBI has been added to the same 'Verse as the various Chicago series, as well as the Law & Order franchise.
  • Establishing Series Moment: The first episode of the show opens with the explosion of an apartment complex that kills a number of tenants, including a 7-year-old boy. When the main characters investigate the intended target's apartment who received the bomb, they find him decimated into nothing but a leg.
  • Far-East Asian Terrorists: "Legacy" has the FBI investigating the Negara Islamiyah Asia (Asian Islamic State), where OA was previously involved in an anti-terrorist operation during the War on Terror. Majority of its members are Bruneian Muslims. It's merely a fictional counterpart of Jemaah Islamiya.
  • 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.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: The FBI will often clash with other agencies on cases.
    • "Crossroads" has them running into the DEA on a case as it turns out the DEA is more interested in capturing a drug lord than rescuing a missing driver and withhold information that nearly causes the man's death.
    • "Codename: Ferdinand" has the team must work with a CIA officer who clearly has a hard time sharing secrets on a case.
    • In "Salvation", the agents help a young girl trick her gang into confessing they were behind the death of a teacher trying to help her escape. The plan is for her to go into WITSEC only for ICE agents to arrest her which leads to a legal fight.
  • Loophole Abuse: "The Lives of Others" has Maggie and OA being unable to interrogate a suspect without an attorney present... but that doesn't mean they can't go into his interview room and say things to each other that indirectly threaten him into talking.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: "Invisible"'s Big Bad is Sam Musk, a seventeen-year-old boy with severe ADHD, who plans to shoot up a college fair just to win the attention of a girl he likes.
  • Man on Fire: The fate of a right-wing hatemonger in "A New Dawn", who is burned to death by a Molotov Cocktail.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Little Egypt" has the FBI investigate an anti-Muslim incident at a restaurant in Little Egypt, a neighborhood in Queens.
    • The episode "Hacktivist" has the FBI investigate a case of hacking in a hospital, which is done by a literal hacktivist to get the FBI investing other crimes that happened, which the agency overlooked.
  • Phony Newscast: A captured terrorist says that a bomb is set to go off at the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. Jubal is convinced he's bluffing but Isobel says they can't take the chance and are cutting him a deal. Taking advantage of the guy being locked up all night, Jubal gives him his watch (set a few hours early) and then invites him to watch a live feed of the Exchange opening. In reality, it's not due to open for another two hours and the video has been altered with today's date. Jubal figures if the bomb is real, the man will be confused at it not going off. When nothing happens, the guy just shrugs "had to try," confirming it was all a bluff. By the time he learns it was all faked, he's on his way to jail.
  • Poorly-Disguised Pilot: "Most Wanted" has all the hallmarks of an incipient spinoff, which then launched as 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.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The events of "Legacy" is seemingly open for anti-terrorist ops going after prominent terrorist leaders whose deaths aren't easily verified.
  • 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.
  • Witless Protection Program: "Compromised" sees Maggie and OA dealing with several people in the Witness Protection Program getting exposed and assassinated in rapid succession, even several who have already spent years within the program without a problem. It's acknowledged in the episode that this has never happened before and shouldn't be possible. It turns out the local head of the US Marshals running the program is corrupt and is selling the information for money.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Big Bad of "Trigger Effect" is a fired lawyer who was accused of having sex with underage girls via online deep fakes created by an envious coworker.


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The FBI is on the trail of a Bruneian Islamist terrorist group known as the NIA or Negara Islamiyah Asia (Asian Islamic State). Basically the FBI counterpart of Jemaah Islamiyah.

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