Person Of Interest: Season 3 (2013 - 2014)


Season 3
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Person of Interest weaves compelling standalone stories into its engrossing serial narrative, and incorporates welcome bursts of humor into its sci-fi mystery core.



Critic Ratings: 11


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User Ratings: 536

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Air date: Sep 24, 2013

The third season opens as the Machine?still missing but now completely self-governed?resumes providing "irrelevant" numbers for people who will be involved in violent crimes, starting with a U.S. naval officer who's in New York for Fleet Week. Elsewhere, Carter goes after the corrupt police organization HR; and Root tests the boundaries of the asylum.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2013

A number comes up for an online entrepreneur who routinely invades other people's privacy but then finds his own being attacked. Meanwhile, Carter is paired with a new rookie partner.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2013

Reese recruits Zoe Morgan, Carter and Shaw to help him keep tabs on a chameleon playboy whose number has come up. Elsewhere, Root is hunted by a dangerous enemy and turns to the Machine for help escaping from her psych ward.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2013

A number comes up for a well-known New York lawyer who may have been responsible for the death of her husband. Elsewhere, problems arise when Carter's new partner spots her with Reese.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2013

Shaw reluctantly accepts an assignment to tail a 10-year-old girl whose number has come up, but she eventually grows to admire the girl's surveillance skills. Elsewhere, Carter's plan to bring down HR may be exposed.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2013

A newly freed Root receives instructions from the Machine and requires Shaw's assistance to carry them out. Meanwhile, Finch and Reese receive a number for an amicable estate investigator.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2013

The team keep tabs on a hypnotherapist whose number has come up. Elsewhere, Carter goes after an antiques dealer who has an HR connection.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2013

Finch receives 38 numbers at once, which turn out to be connected to a mysterious person who is instigating a major conflict between HR and the Russian mob. Meanwhile, Carter's past with her son's father is revealed through a series of flashbacks.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2013

The battle to bring crime organization HR to justice reaches new heights. Meanwhile, the POI team faces its greatest threat when the Machine gives out Reese's number.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2013

The team seeks justice for Carter's murder, but Finch fears that one person may go too far in the battle against HR. Meanwhile, NYPD officer Patrick Simmons' number comes up.

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Series 3 sees the re-emergence of highly intelligent computer hacker and contract killer Root who is used by The Machine to do tasks that it is unable to. Furthermore, an individual known only as "Control" emerges who uses The Machine to eliminate perceived terrorist threats but continues to eliminate anyone who knows about The Machine.

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Critic Reviews for Person Of Interest Season 3

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

A smart show that keeps getting smarter, Person Of Interest evolved from a procedural with a twist into something entirely itself: a well-paced, tightly constructed sci-fi thriller that continually questions its assumptions.

Dec 24, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Person of Interest... has doubled down on its intrigue to hastily evolve from a bland procedural with a nifty visual aesthetic... into a solid action-thriller that intersperses twist-filled standalone episodes into its season-long arcs.

Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One of the nice things about Person of Interest is that, for all its techno-patina and its master-criminal overlay, the cases themselves are often nicely person-sized.

Sep 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Person Of Interest needs time to work up a head of steam again, but the prognosis for season three looks pretty good from where I'm sitting.

Sep 25, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Season Three adds another partner to the team (Sarah Shahi as a coolly efficient former CIA assassin), turns Root into a wary ally, and most dramatically kills off a trusted and beloved ally, a loss that sends the reliable Reese into a dramatic tailspin.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

It truly is a masterpiece of modern action TV that is smart and flows at a satisfying pace that will keep you on the edge of your seat for most episodes.

May 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Last night's episode of Person of Interest may fall into my top five for the show.

Oct 23, 2013 | Full Review…

It did deliver on the humor infused action and great one-liners from Reese.

Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The fun and entertaining element hasn't been deleted, the characters are continuing to grow, Shaw and Root add interesting new aspects to the core story and the teases of the Machine have me intrigued to know what's coming.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All in all though, an enjoyable outing.

Sep 25, 2013 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Sounds like we're off to a strong start. Color me interested.

Sep 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Person Of Interest: Season 3

  • Sep 07, 2020
    The most touching series I have seen for many years. Sometimes naive/simplified, action filed plot never was boring and it has very serious philosophical and existential questions. Strongly advise to watch all five seasons.
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Adding Sarah Shahi to the mix along with a really great set up for season 4 makes you excited for things to come.
  • Nov 02, 2019
    7.0/10 — "Pretty Good/Engaging"
  • Sep 12, 2019
    It's not with great enthusiasm when I recommend the third season of "Person of Interest", but I must be honest: this season eventually wins the viewer over with its multiple subplots of surprisingly ambitious motives. It is not as good as the first season, but it is more memorable and more purposeful than the banal second season. It features a strong opening filled with excitement that rotates through subjects of artificial intelligence, police corruption, government corruption--and not to mention a shocking if contrived ending that references our worst fears in the 21st century. With that statement I probably have made "POI" sound like a masterpiece. Somehow, it isn't; the pacing is slow, the ambitious storytelling is limited, the dialogue filled with jargon and occasionally flat one-liners, and some of the more serious subplots are irrelevant and ineffective. An example: without giving any names, a character dies in this season, and when all the team members (Finch, Reese, Shaw, ect.) react by spinning out of control, all I could think about was that these people, acting on the behalf of a global surveillance system, were the world's most powerful and responsible people and they're losing their minds when one person dies. Never mind the person who died was close to them: they have seven billion people that they should be protecting--while I'm at it, don't get me started on why they're still only fighting crime in New York. The main story arcs this time are as follows: the team has its final showdown with the evil corrupt police organization HR, and later on with Mr. Greer (John Nolan), whose desire to build his own autonomous surveillance system conflicts with the team's more conservative and moralistic system. I am, again, astounded that team leader and inventor of The Machine, Finch (Michael Emerson) cannot easily dissolve HR, and when Reese, who has a gun, fights HR member Simmons (Robert John Burke) they fight with...fists? This is meant to be more exciting, of course, but when Simmons escapes and commits a significant retaliation later on, the entire storyline becomes unsympathetic since Reese could have shot Simmons and not have to face the consequences. John Greer, who becomes the show's most interesting antagonist, eventually attracts, in addition to the POI team, the attention of Vigilance, led by the angry and smirking Peter Collier (Leslie Odom Jr.). At last, both Greer and Vigilance are doing things we are interested in seeing play out, and there's a particularly unique scene in which Collier captures many of the heroes and villains and brings accusations against them in his own devised trial--which may or may not result in all of their deaths. The characters play the same functions as before, which does not become an issue until a bad one-liner is said. The weakest of the characters is Root (Amy Acker), whose dialogue is limited to seemingly endless, obsessive, and long-winded lectures about the Machine. On a few occasions her dialogue exists merely to excuse some plot contrivances, including a sudden turn of events which, if played realistically, should have led to her and the others triumphing. It is mainly the ambition, the acting, and the humor that earns this season its credit. Although the larger subplots are ambitious, they're ultimately excuses for one liners and action rather than a satisfying payoff. I maintain that the show is not as smart as it thinks it is, and the fact it chooses action and dialogue over the interesting ideas about the machine is evidence that it comes up short. My recommendation is "Season 4" forget the procedural premise and go all the way with its ambitions; forget the action, the plot holes, the jargon and exposition, and make a show that delights us with its intelligence.
  • Aug 12, 2019
    Very superbly made--thought-provoking, with a story that will make you laugh, shed tears and more.
  • Feb 09, 2017
    Finished all eps finally!
  • Oct 30, 2016
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  • Jan 13, 2016
    I enjoyed the first season enough to watch the second season, but then got tired of it. It had great potential, but didn't quite reach it. After too long of a break we tried out season 3 to see if it was more of the same, and to our great enjoyment, it wasn't! The mid-season episode took us for a loop, which they normally drag out across 20+ episodes and then it just continued to get better. I'm hoping season 4 is just as good.
  • Dec 05, 2015
    Season 3 is the worst to me. Hard to bring Shaw and Root instead of my dear Carter.
  • Feb 09, 2015
    Person of Interest Season 3 is a amazing action packed thrill ride from the start until the shocking game changing Season finale.

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