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Person of Interest 

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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:
Jim Caviezel ...  John Reese 103 episodes, 2011-2016
Kevin Chapman ...  Lionel Fusco 103 episodes, 2011-2016
Michael Emerson ...  Harold Finch 103 episodes, 2011-2016
Amy Acker ...  Root / ... 65 episodes, 2012-2016
Taraji P. Henson ...  Joss Carter 55 episodes, 2011-2015
Sarah Shahi ...  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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Ever think you're being watched? See more »


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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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P.O.I See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Finch generally uses fairly identifiable bird-based or bird related aliases with the first name Harold (Harold Wren, Crane, Crow, Quail, Gull, Swift Starling, and Mr. Partridge) but has used non-bird names including Arthur Bellenger, Thomas Paine, Dr. Tillman, Lucas Bennett, and Walt Trowbridge. The alias Norman Burdett could be considered bird-based (bird-ett). In Season 2, during John's interrogation, Finch's alias is "Howard French", which is not a bird name, although based on Reese's former profession and the likelihood of capture and torture, choosing phonetically similar aliases can be very helpful should the need to use them arise. In season 3, episode 21, "Beta," the grave site his fiancé visits has a name plate with the name Harold Martin. At first glance, this would not seem to be a bird related name, but it actually is. There are many species of Martin around the world, including a very common bird in North America, the Purple Martin, and another from South and Central America, the Gray-breasted Martin, and many others. 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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[Opening narration, Season 5]
Harold Finch: You are being watched. The government has a secret system...
Harold Finch: [voice warping] secret system
John Greer: A system you asked for to keep y-y-you sssafe.
[visuals glitch POVs between that of Samaritan and of the Machine]
Harold Finch: A Machine that spies on you every hour of every day.
John Greer: You've granted it the power to see everything, to index, order, and control the lives of ordinary people.
Harold Finch: The government considers these people irrelevant. We don't.
John Greer: But to it, you are *all* irrelevant. Victim or ...
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Simply well done
24 September 2011 | by tmcdaniel1See all my reviews

It is hard to do something fresh or different in this genre. I've found, usually, it is either writing or chemistry that produces success. This show has both (at least in the pilot). Cav can carry the weight of holding one's attention for an hour. He's proved that in spades.

I see this (so far) as Bourne Identity meets Minority Report but, done in a lower key with Cav as the focus not Tom Cruise (that indicates a lower key right away!).

Storyline? Plausible. That's enough of a base for the rest of the team to do something special. If the other five episodes (currently sold) are as good as the pilot, I predict it will be a memorable season.

That doesn't mean it will run longer. We've all see very well done efforts that didn't make it past a season. They appear, years later, strung together like strings of pearls (on a cable channel).

Then we weep for for might have been. However, the quality effort will shine through always.

My fingers are crossed for more than one season. I think the ingredients have all been shown as being present. That is what scares me a bit. The networks have a habit of taking something this good and moving all over the schedule until they've lost its audience.

I hope this doesn't happen and I wish the team the very best of LUCK, because mere TALENT is only part of the recipe.


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