Person of Interest (2011– )

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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.


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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

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Shaw (Sarah Shahi) appeared in Psych in a 2009 episode as a "Person of interest". Shaw was quoted in a 2009 episode as being a "Person of Interest" by the chief of police 2 years before Person of Interest premiered in 2011. See more »


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


John Reese: [When asked who he is] A concerned third party.
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Best new drama of the 2011 US shows
1 November 2011 | by (Manila, Philippines) – See all my reviews

I've been totally addicted to this show ever since I watched the pilot a few weeks ago. James Caviezel is dark, brooding, yet calm and methodical when he's in action. Michael Emerson from Lost is also effective as the guy who invented the machine that predicts that violent crimes are about to happen.

It's an intriguing show. Closest plot that reminds me about this is Minority Report, but with a made-for-TV treatment that's still pretty damn good. Guest stars are also familiar to those who've watched Law & Order, CSI, etc., and are complementary. The cop trying to chase after him's a bit of a stretch but I guess they need something for continuity.

Worth recommending to those who want to hitch on a new action, mystery show that's very well-written and fantastic-paced.

Go watch it and you won't regret it.

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