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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 John Reese (103 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Lionel Fusco (103 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Harold Finch (103 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Root / ... (65 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Joss Carter (55 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 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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Michael Kelly (Mark Snow), Jimmi Simpson (Logan Pierce), Elizabeth Marvel (Alicia Corwin), Sebastian Arcelus (Matthews), Reg E. Cathey (Davidson), Boris McGiver (George Hersh) and Al Sapienza (Detective Raymond Terney) also play important roles in "House of Cards": Doug Stamper, Gavin Orsya, Heather Dunbar, Lucas Goodwin, Freddy, Tom Hammerschmidt and Marty Spinella respectively. 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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Sherlock Holmes: [from WGN America's "Prime Crime" crossover ad with "Elementary"] We solve mysteries and fight crime.
Harold Finch: We solve mysteries and stop crimes before they start.
Sherlock Holmes: We use deductive logic.
Harold Finch: We use cutting-edge technology.
Sherlock Holmes: I have a beautiful and alluring partner.
Harold Finch: [beat] So do I.
[Reese gives him a look]
Joan Watson: Awkward.
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An action thriller with substance.
27 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the opening moments of "Person of Interest" I was gripped like wet rope from beginning to end. This is because JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, a successful collaboration at best, delivers thrilling action in both it's plot and action scenes. But what I like most about this series is it's exploration of the post-911 world of NYC and the "surveillance State" which is so plausible that it's frighteningly disturbing. Though admittedly vague, more will be explained in future episodes in further detail.

Jim Caviezel is likable as an action hero. He brings a cold as steel demeanor but also has heart. An ex-government agent whose past has yet to be explored along with partner Mr Finch(played wonderfully by Michael Emerson) they set out to save soon-to be-victims of crime from unknown assassins and vile figures of high society by way of a machine that can predict future crimes. Despite similarities with Minority Report, it's much more grounded in reality and makes it more compelling as to the nature and mystery of the technology behind it. But I've a feeling that's just scratching the surface as to the true nature of it's purpose.

Speaking of Caviezel, the fight scenes have an almost film-like quality flair to them as well as the dialog. I find nothing of fault from the writing as it's backed by superb talent of Jonathan Nolan. His work on The Dark Knight is proof of that and that is what makes this show work.

Person of Interest is a smart, taught, action thriller with substance that is brimming with excitement and dangerous, tense intrigue, and nail-biting suspense.


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