Person Of Interest: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)


Season 1
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Person of Interest is a well made and well acted espionage procedural, though its characters aren't terribly well developed and its intriguing premise yields mixed results.



Critic Ratings: 38


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User Ratings: 397

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Air date: Sep 22, 2011
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An ex-CIA hitman and a scientist team up to prevent crimes before they happen.

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Critic Reviews for Person Of Interest Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (18)

This is stalking, not detective work: There are no clues in Person of Interest, nor are there any mysteries to tease out.

Sep 22, 2011 | Full Review…
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An over-arching mythology will be helped along by a case-of-the-week structure, to give the audience a regular payoff.

Sep 22, 2011 | Full Review…

This tech-driven Early Edition is shockingly lifeless.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Thanks. We needed that.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Emerson is fascinating as Mr. Finch.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

CBS does what it does best, offering a new murder-and-mayhem series on Thursday.

Sep 22, 2011 | Full Review…

Person of Interest is playing a blinder.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The convoluted nature of the premise would be easier to overlook, if the cast seemed remotely interested in the story.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

I love how this show is like 24 in reverse.

Apr 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The high-concept melding of vigilante heroes and vast conspiracies in a world of cyber-surveillance launched to great success in 2011 as a mystery puzzle in the modern world where big brother is watching you...

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Generally I'm not a huge fan of procedural dramas but my pick of the new crop of shows would have to be CBS's espionage thriller Person of Interest.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

There's a genuine core providing a solid backbone to the high-octane aspects.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Person Of Interest: Season 1

  • Jun 08, 2020
    From JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan comes the tech thriller Person of Interest. In Season 1 a computer engineer named Harold Finch, who built a computer algorithm called The Machine that can predict violent crimes, recruits former black ops agent John Reese to assist him in saving peoples' lives. Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson lead the cast and give strong performances. And the writers do a good job at keeping the cases-of-the-week fresh and exciting by switching up whether the "person of interest" is the killer or the victim, and slowly revealing Finch and Reese's backstories in pieces throughout the season. Additionally, the show uses an interesting aesthetic that utilizes security camera and other electronic device points of view to transition between scenes; making The Machine an omnipresent character in the show. Also, the fight scenes are thrilling and intense. Action-packed and full of intrigue, Person of Interest delivers an extraordinary first season that promises bigger things to come.
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  • Apr 18, 2020
    Must watch..!! Except for some hard to believe tech its really good.
  • Nov 02, 2019
    6.7/10 — "Okay"/"Decent"/"Watchable"
  • Sep 20, 2019
    Phenomenal: well-made, well-acted, powerfully scored, with profound and timely themes. Very thrilling and touching.
  • Aug 29, 2019
    "Person of Interest" has a premise of such high potential that it should have been given a story-line not bogged down in blatant exposition and plot holes, but never mind: what we have here is a truly original procedural that is creative and action-packed, even while some of us may be scratching our heads. Why, for example, does a secluded genius called Finch (Michael Emerson) use a computer system that's so advanced it can observe anything anywhere on Earth to solve crimes only located in New York City? And why is it when he hires a retired CIA agent aptly named Mr. Reese (Jim Cavaziel) to rescue people the computer determines to be in danger, that they find themselves enemies with the NYPD, led by a stubborn detective named Carter (Taraji P. Hensen), and the Italian mafia; shouldn't Finch, someone who has invented the most powerful invention in history, be able to sweep aside such enemies with ease? And why hire only one man, when that wouldn't even be enough for New York City by itself? Why is it when crimes are imminent, that the people involved are identified only by social security codes, when even a smidgen more information might quickly reveal if that person is a victim or a criminal? Many of the episodes open with the computer, referred to as The Machine, recording dialogue between criminals; you'd think that information would be immediately helpful in determining if the "new number" is victim or criminal. Those questions hinder the show from becoming the involving story it might have been, and what we're left with is a straightforward and mildly engaging setup: two men are told by a computer that someone is about to be part of a crime, they investigate, determine if the person of interest is a criminal or a victim, and react accordingly. Meanwhile, they face the complications by the police and various criminal organizations that are so underwhelming that I kept wondering why Finch couldn't just stop them. The answer, we learn, is that Finch deliberately has programmed The Machine not to give more private information beyond social security numbers, as part of a philosophy not to interfere too much, I guess, into people's lives. This is more of a plot device than an interesting motivation, to ensure the episodes are built around "whodunit" situations--not that I'm complaining much about the latter, since some of the mysteries are so creative and delightful we momentarily forget about the plot holes. Tonally, this show fits into the canvas of most other procedurals, though the longer subplots involving the mafia and the main characters' pasts might be reminiscent of shows like "Prison Break" rather than "NCIS" or "Law and Order". There is always a target. There are always suspects. There are always some red herrings. There's always some technical processes involved in the investigations, sometimes underlined by dialogue that is, in this case, written with strange obviousness at times, as though we don't even understand the simple things (to paraphrase an example: "If that's what I think it is...our new number is going to be trouble!"). There's always a twist, though many of them are quite unimpressive. Sometimes there's a little noir thrown in, with the morally ambiguous fixer Zoe Morgan (Paige Turco), who has a flirty and interesting dynamic with Mr. Reese. Each episode is a ride through a format that admittedly grows increasingly familiar, featuring both familiar procedural elements and delightful surprises. "Person of Interest" squanders its potential, and it isn't quite as smart as it wants to be, but retains an entertainment value making it worth a watch.
  • Mar 14, 2019
    It starts out as just your run of the mill strange duo crime solving show, but it quickly turns into something so much more.
  • Jan 05, 2018
    Best Show on this planet!
  • Dec 26, 2017
    Binge watching and can't stop! Love the show, the premise for the show, and the main characters and the actors that play them! Win win win!
  • Sep 20, 2017
    An amazing show with a central stories and many sub stories which give a thriller in every episode. I like the small cases they work on and the central stories of our lead character and the machine as well.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    I started watching "Person of Interest" based on a number of different factors: my respect for JJ Abrams & Jonathan Nolan's work being paramount, but also the incredible word-of-mouth I had received from people about how great the show is. Plus, one would be hard-pressed to find a television program that is better reviewed on this site (I've never seen so many five-star ratings!). Thus, with all those factors converging, I thought for sure that this would be my "new show" after Fringe just recently departed the airwaves. Unfortunately, I discovered that this show just wasn't for me, for a couple of reasons. For a basic plot summary, "Person of Interest" focuses on the team of Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) and John Reese (Jim Caviezel). Finch is a master technological mind who has created a "Machine" that crunches a huge amount of data and spits out a social security number at given intervals. This person is in danger of being killed in some form, which is where Reese comes in, as he is the investigator who uses Finch's gadgets and his own cocksure street smarts to make sure the "person of interest" remains alive. The Finch/Reese team are continuously pursued by NYPD Detective Carter (Taraji Henson) while at the same time being aided by corrupt cop Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman). There are indeed many positives about this show. It is very well-produced (of great quality) and the acting from Emerson especially shines. Many people also will be intrigued by the surveillance technology used by the main characters throughout each episode. If you are "into" gritty spy fare, this will be the show for you. However, here is why I couldn't quite embrace this show like other JJ works such as "LOST" or "Fringe"... -At heart, "POI" is a cop drama. It pulls from other dramatic venues, of course, but when you get right down to it this is a gritty police procedural. If you (like me) prefer more fantasy or over-the-top drama in your television viewing, then you might not get sucked into this one. -"POI" is also a show with a very grounded base. Each episode is based on the "number of the week" and, while providing some character backstory, doesn't shift too far from that premise from week to week. If you are looking for a show with complex, over-arching mysteries, this one doesn't fit that exact bill. -Finally, while praised for his role as Reese, I found the acting of Caviezel to be only so-so. For whatever reason, I never viewed him as anything more than the "enforcer" and wish the humanity of his character would have appealed to me more. I know that I am the outlier here and the "Helpful Votes" button on this review will probably severely reflect this fact soon enough, but those are my feelings about this show. One caveat is that I did not make it all the way through the season (about 10 episodes). Maybe I didn't stick with the program long enough for the big payoff? If so, just let me know and maybe I'll pick it up again. For me, though, after 10 episodes it began to feel more like I "had to" watch the next episode instead of "wanting to" watch the next episode, and that is when I usually know it is time for me to move on.

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