Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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When the social security number of a young prosecutor comes up, Reese and Finch work together to figure out if their person of interest is the victim or perpetrator.


David Semel


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Jonathan Nolan





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Taraji P. Henson ... Joss Carter
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
Natalie Zea ... Diane Hanson
Susan Misner ... Jessica Arndt
James Hanlon ... Detective James Stills
Chris Chalk ... Lawrence Pope
William Sadler ... Anton's Father
Brian d'Arcy James ... Wheeler
Michael Drayer ... Anton O'Mara
Jermaine Crawford ... Michael Pope
Anthony Mangano ... Detective Kane
Leon Addison Brown ... Charles Robinson
Louis Vanaria ... Azarello


After a scrape with a few hot-heads on the subway, homeless man and former government agent John Reese is offered a job by the somewhat secretive Mr. Finch. After 9/11, Finch developed a computer program that would sift enormous amounts of information, looking for patterns of behavior or activity that would predict another attack. It also provided information about individuals who could be in danger. Finch wants to do something about those people. The first on his list is Diane Hanson, an Assistant District Attorney currently working on a major prosecution. Reese agrees to help out and begins by watching her. It all leads to an unexpected conclusion. Written by garykmcd

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In one transition between scenes, the security camera the machine is looking through has the numbers: 4 8 1-5 at the top and 16 23 42 at the bottom. This matches the series of numbers that comes from the other bad robot TV series Lost (2004)' - 4 8 15 16 23 42. See more »


Reese from the beginning is shown in a yellow box, which indicates a person that knows about the machine, but Reese doesn't find out about the machine until about half-way through the episode. See more »


John Reese: You don't know anything about me.
Harold Finch: I know exactly everything about you, Mr. Reese. I know about the work you used to do for the government. I know about the doubts you came to have about that work. I know that the government, along with everybody else, thinks you're dead. I know you've spent the last couple of months trying to drink yourself to death. I know you're contemplating more efficient ways to do it. So you see, knowledge is not my problem. Doing something with that knowledge... That's ...
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Crazy Credits

The title card "Person of Interest" appears only at 12 minutes into the 44-minute episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Season 1 DVD / Blu-ray set features an extended 56-minutes-cut of the Pilot, with and without commentary. This version includes several scenes that were cut or shortened from the broadcast version. Other scenes cut from the 70 minutes original pilot made it into the following episodes. See more »


Remake of Minority Report (2002) See more »


Written by Robert Del Naja (as Robert "3D" Del Naja), Grant Marshall (as Grant "Daddy G" Marshall), Andrew Vowles (as Andy "Mushroom" Vowles) and Horace Andy
Performed by Massive Attack
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User Reviews

20 March 2020 | by octanegreenSee all my reviews

"Pilot" astutely sets the tone and pace of 'Person of Interest'. The tone is serious but not overly so and the pace is fast and furious with barely a moment's sag. The case here isn't great, but tv pilots aim to set up a world and its characters. Person of Interest's pilot does that well. It's not the best pilot ever, but it's pretty solid.

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Release Date:

22 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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