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Person of Interest 

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 103 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Lionel Fusco 103 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Harold Finch 103 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Root / ... 65 episodes, 2012-2016
...  Joss Carter 55 episodes, 2011-2015
...  Sameen Shaw 50 episodes, 2013-2016
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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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The alias of the secretive John Reese is an homage to Batman's The Riddler (i.e. E. Nigma is made to sound like enigma) as Mr. Reese is made to sound like "mysteries". This type of sound bite was used much earlier in a TV show. In the 1960's British TV show, The Avengers, the female lead, played by 'Diana Rigg', was named "Emma Peel" to sound like "M (or Male) Appeal ". See more »

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

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John Reese: [When asked who he is] A concerned third party.
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You are being watched, the machine.
15 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a cleverly made series with a kick ass plot, interesting acting and character and a very bad-ass hero. This series keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout, since its concept broadens the paths the series can take.

The premise of the show is kept intact unlike some other shows that are too afraid to stick to premise. Past and present events are placed well and strategically thus leaving no room for plot holes. There are a lot more good parts to it, but I leave it here.

Season 1 is good, season 2,3,4 are better. This show is definitely worth you time because it is delivered in every kind of flavor.


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