Person of Interest (2011– )

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Drama, Mystery

Season 5 Premiere
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.5/10 from 104,801 users  
Reviews: 172 user | 46 critic

An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes--including the civilians' roles--are left a mystery.


0Check in

Watch Now

on Amazon Video


Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 19 Nov 2011
a list of 36 titles
created 12 Jun 2012
a list of 46 titles
created 06 Mar 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 04 Apr 2013
a list of 21 titles
created 27 Aug 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Person of Interest (2011– )

Person of Interest (2011– ) on IMDb 8.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Person of Interest.

User Polls


Season 5 Premiere

Most Recent Episode

Tuesday, May 5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.8/10 X  

Finch and Root race to save The Machine, which has been located by the rival AI, Samaritan.

Previous Episode

Tuesday, April 28
S4.E21 Asylum
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.7/10 X  



5   4   3   2   1  
2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   Unknown  
Top 250 TV #241 | Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Blacklist (TV Series 2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Elizabeth 'Liz' Keen, a new FBI profiler has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted List turns himself in and insists on speaking to her.

Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
Arrow (TV Series 2012)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey
NCIS (TV Series 2003)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington DC Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Stars: Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette
Homeland (TV Series 2011)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been "turned".

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
The Big Bang Theory (TV Series 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg
Criminal Minds (TV Series 2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The cases of the BAU, an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous criminal minds in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

Stars: Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Sherlock (TV Series 2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves
Supernatural (TV Series 2005)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver
The Flash (TV Series 2014)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Barry Allen wakes up 9 months after he was struck by lightning and discovers that the bolt gave him the power of super speed. With his new team and powers, Barry becomes "The Flash" and fights crime in Central City.

Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
Suffragette (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.

Director: Sarah Gavron
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep
Fringe (2008–2013)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A female FBI agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.

Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
Carol (2015)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson


Series cast summary:
 John Reese (91 episodes, 2011-2015)
 Lionel Fusco (91 episodes, 2011-2015)
 Harold Finch (91 episodes, 2011-2015)
 Joss Carter (56 episodes, 2011-2015)
 Root / ... (53 episodes, 2012-2015)
 Sameen Shaw (41 episodes, 2013-2015)


A billionaire software-genius named Harold Finch creates a Machine for the government that is designed to detect acts of terror before they can happen, by monitoring the entire world through every cell-phone, email and surveillance camera. Finch discovered that the machine sees everything, potential terrorist acts and violent crimes that involve ordinary people. When the government considered violent crimes between normal people "irrelevant", Finch built a back door into the system that gives him the social security number of a person involved in a future violent crime so he could act. Partnered with John Reese, an ex-CIA agent, the two work in secret to prevent violent crimes before they can happen. Eventually their activities lead to being hunted by the New York Police Department, CIA Agents in pursuit of Reese who was listed as dead, a computer hacker named Root who wants access to the Machine, and government officials who want to keep all knowledge of the Machine a complete secret. Written by Jones

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


You're Being Watched See more »


TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

22 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

P.O.I  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In season 1 episode 7, we see a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo on Will's floor. Jim Caviezel (John Reese) played the role of Edmond Dantes in the 2002 version of the film. See more »


When younger Finch goes to university he is conspicuously taller than the Finch we see in all other episodes. See more »


Harold Finch: [Opening narration from Season One] You are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people, people like you. Crimes the government considered "irrelevant." They wouldn't act, so I decided I would. But I needed a partner, someone with the skills to intervene. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret...
See more »


Referenced in Transcendence (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Realistic, Gritty, Fresh, AMAZING
12 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Person of Interest" is the brainchild of Jonathan Nolan, the brother of director Chirstopher Nolan. Jonathan wrote the screenplays for Christopher's movies "Memento", "Batman Begins", "The Prestinge", "The Dark Knight", as well as the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises", and "Man of Steel", which Christopher is producing. But, back to "Person of Interest". John Reese (Jim Cavezil. OK, I did NOT spell that right. It's the guy that played Jesus in "Passion of the Christ", is a former government agent who experienced a tragic event in his past, and wants to conceal it from everyone. He is essentially homeless, but possesses some pretty impressive fighting skills. It's these fighting skills that make him noticed by two people: the first is an NYPD agent, Carter (Taraji P. Henson), who doens't really know who Reese is, and Reese doens't want to reveal anything to her. The other person is Finch (Michael Emmerson), a mysterious millionaire who was hired by the government after 9/11 to create a Big Brother like machine that would help save innocent people from being killed. But, eventually, the Machine began to take on a mind of it's own, and Finch took matters into his own hands, helping these people on his own, without the help of the government. It's this that leads him to Reese. He sees in Reese someone like him, a person who can't get over past tragedies, and it's those tragedies that are holding him back from being successful. Finch and Reese become somewhat of business partners, with Finch using Reese to find ways to save innocent people. But, sometimes, these people are not as innocent as they seem.

Johnathan Nolan has created a truly original show here. A gritty world filled with corrupt, and often complex characters. That's partially what makes this show so good. It's ORIGINAL. The world that it portrays may be unfaltering, and corrupt, but something about it feels REAL. You can relate to Reese, however, you don't know enough about Finch's mysterious past to really care about him. However, Michael Emmerson DOES portray this extremely strange and complex character in a way that makes him strangely likable. The action and fight sequences feel like something that belongs in a movie, particularly, one that Johnathan's brother, Christopher, would probably direct, and that Johnathan would probably write. This IS a VERY VERY good show, and it's one that will certainly surprise you.

227 of 260 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who are your Favorite Guest Stars? redbrbks
Good News! Soul_Soldier
Name an episode so great you watched it too many times ? awoolfork
S4 netflix? graulaw
Criminally underrated Show mahmoud-elsafty-1272
Do the candid camera shots ever end? JoostinOnline
Discuss Person of Interest (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page