Person Of Interest: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)


Season 1
Person Of Interest

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 371
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Air date: Sep 22, 2011
Air date: Sep 29, 2011
Air date: Oct 6, 2011
Air date: Oct 13, 2011
Air date: Oct 20, 2011
Air date: Oct 27, 2011
Air date: Nov 3, 2011
Air date: Nov 17, 2011
Air date: Dec 8, 2011
Air date: Dec 15, 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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for Person Of Interest: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Feb 20, 2017
    Its Just Tough My Heart...Jonathan Nolan, Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel <3 <3
  • Dec 25, 2016
    From the first episode with Reese having hit rock bottom, he finds new purpose in life working with Finch. By working to protect those considered "irrelevant", he begins a journey that slowly changes him. This same redemptive process is set in motion again when Finch enlists (through blackmail to begin with) the help of a corrupt NYPD detective Lionel Fusco. Their experience, as different as Reese and Fusco are, with unique histories and different flaws, demonstrated a basic human need to work that is fulfilling, and to be connect to others in a significant relationships. Helping others they begin to find what they need. This same theme is played out again, and again. For me is the more meaningful aspect of the story that makes the larger storyline with the machine so compelling. I was very impressed Jim Caviezel as Reese, and have since realized that much of what impressed me was really a reflection of who he is off camera,
  • Sep 26, 2016
    Fantastic show that get's better with each passing episode. Also, it's back story, is as compelling as the... um... FRONT story? Good stuff.
  • Aug 25, 2016
    This show has heart. Although the one-liners delivered by the main characters can be cliche, the show is well written and the plots are intense.
  • Aug 12, 2016
    Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson kill it. The character John Reese is badass! I also love the tone, it's kind of dark, and kind of muggy. The tone is also part of the reason why it reminds me of some of my favorite british action crime movies. It also reminds me of Sherlock. The action is also great! But in the end, it's more of a procedural than I'd like, and the cases aren't great. Having a cool way to learn the case isn't enough. Jonathan Nolan has made something great, and proves he's Christopher's brother!

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