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.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
61 ( 12)

Watch Now

on Amazon Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

Episodes

Seasons


Years



5   4   3   2   1  
2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011  
Top Rated TV #240 | Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

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  

A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.

Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
Fringe (2008–2013)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

An 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
Arrow (TV Series 2012)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 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
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, Una Stubbs
Elementary (TV Series 2012)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn
NCIS (TV Series 2003)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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
Prison Break (2005–2009)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco
Daredevil (TV Series 2015)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Matt Murdock, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a blind lawyer by day, and vigilante by night.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series 2013)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton
Suits (TV Series 2011)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers.

Stars: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
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 FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson, Kirsten Vangsness
Bones (TV Series 2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A forensic anthropologist and a cocky FBI agent build a team to investigate death causes. And quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.

Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 John Reese (103 episodes, 2011-2016)
...
 Lionel Fusco (103 episodes, 2011-2016)
...
 Harold Finch (103 episodes, 2011-2016)
...
 Root / ... (66 episodes, 2012-2016)
...
 Joss Carter (55 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Sameen Shaw (50 episodes, 2013-2016)
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

Ever think you're being watched? See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

P.O.I  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of John Greer is portrayed by John Nolan, uncle of series creator/producer Jonathan Nolan. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[Repeated line]
Nathan Ingram: Everyone is relevant to someone.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #19.5 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Abrams' Genius meets Nolan's Class
5 October 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

With Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams at the helm, I had great expectations from this show and it delivered in the best possible way. 'Person of Interest' is a sophisticated, intriguing, intense thriller with an exciting plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. After '24', this is probably the only show that stands out in this genre.

Jim Caviezel (Reese) plays an ex-CIA hit-man (which itself sounds cool) who is a tough guy but at the same time has strong feelings for his dead girlfriend which he tries to suppress. Michael Emerson, who we know as 'Benjamin Linus' from 'Lost', plays a scientist who hires Reese to do his dirty work. Emerson, who is known to play complex characters, keeps up his end of the bargain by giving a flawless performance. Even though the show has just began, I can see Jim and Emerson sharing great on-screen chemistry in the future (hopefully there is one).

There is a vast difference between writing a screenplay for a movie and a TV episode. But, that did not matter since, Johnathan Nolan, making his debut in the TV industry, had great help in the form of Abrams, who has been doing this day in, day out for so many years. Apart from the talented writing, the show also showcased some riveting action sequences, good editing and awesome visuals. The surveillance cam shots added another dimension to this show.

'Person of Interest' has a lot of potential and I would hate to see it become just another crime show. I hope it continues to impress and gets a renewal soon.


143 of 164 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jim Caviezel/John Reese deserve recognition katlinkelly
Dramas i have tried since POI ended and have failed finishing awoolfork
Emmy Nominations blackflag01609
Could John have been wearing vest? Greenbean8
Another thing i loved about Return 0 ? awoolfork
Five POI Episodes You Think Are Underrated ? awoolfork
Discuss Person of Interest (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page