Person Of Interest: Season 3 (2013 - 2014)


Season 3
Person Of Interest

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 459
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Air date: Sep 24, 2013
Air date: Oct 1, 2013
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Air date: Oct 15, 2013
Air date: Oct 22, 2013
Air date: Oct 29, 2013
Air date: Nov 5, 2013
Air date: Nov 12, 2013
Air date: Nov 19, 2013
Air date: Nov 26, 2013
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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.


Amy Acker
as Root
Camryn Manheim
as Diane Claypool
Robert John Burke
as Officer Patrick Simmons
Carrie Preston
as Grace Hendricks
Leslie Odom Jr.
as Peter Collier
John Doman
as Garrison
Clarke Peters
as Alonzo Quinn
Brian Wiles
as Mike Laskey
John Herrera
as Bodega Owner
Rayniel Rufino
as Bodega Gunman
Al Sapienza
as Det. Raymond Terney
Diane Davis
as Jefferson
Morgan Spector
as Peter Yogorov
Marc Damon Johnson
as Jesse Brandt
Joey Sorge
as Uniform
Robbie Tann
as Niall Jacobs
Nestor Carbonell
as Matthew Reed
Lisa Kron
as Janet Wirth
Saul Rubinek
as Arthur Claypool
Tyler Bunch
as Homeless Guy
Ari Butler
as Vigilance Tech
Kelly Aucoin
as AUSA Langdon
Ross Ruben
as Umarov
Cortez Nance Jr.
as Disheveled Man
Adi Hanash
as Aziz Al-Ibrahim
Tom Coiner
as Decima Tech
Tuck Milligan
as Finch's Father
John Wernke
as Agent One
David Adams
as Another SWAT
Laz Alonso
as Paul Carter
Melissa Sagemiller
as Sandra Nicholson
Annie Parisse
as Kara Stanton
Yul Vázquez
as Cyrus Wells
Elaine Tan
as Kelli (Jiao) Lin
Kate Sullivan
as Anchor #1
Bruce Altman
as Dr. Carmichael
Joseph Daniel Coots
as Officer Tanner
Maurice DuBois
as Anchor #2
Kwoade Cross
as Taylor Carter
Matt Dellapina
as Officer Brady
Henri Lubatti
as Agent Alain Bouchard
Andrew Dolan
as Forensic Specialist
Colin Donnell
as Billy Parsons
Paige Turco
as Zoe Morgan
Jay O. Sanders
as Special Counsel
Barrett Doss
as Trainee
David Alan Basche
as Wayne Kruger
Peter Rini
as Dr. Carr
Paul O'Brien
as Judge Andrew Monahan
Elisa Van Duyne
as Slapper #2
Ryan Garbayo
as Male Receptionist
Sean McCarthy
as Lee Fusco
Tyler Evans
as Detective Macintyre
Rey Valentin
as Jack Salazar
Jennifer Lim
as Bank Manager
Maechi Aharanwa
as Gate Agent
Steve Lord
as Skinhead
Kathleen Rose Perkins
as Vanessa Watkins
Gary Basaraba
as Stu Sommers
Jaiden Kaine
as Federal Agent
Lipica Shah
as Secretary's Assistant
Annika Boras
as Nicole Townsend
Gavin Stenhouse
as Detective Jake Harrison
Kirk Acevedo
as Timothy Sloan
Lucy Martin
as Older Lady
Neil Jackson
as Rick Dillinger
Warren Blosjo
as Ian Murphy
Crystal Kellogg
as Slapper #3
Danielle Kotch
as Genrika Zhirova
Chris Bert
as Young Harold
Chloe Cheng
as Kai Lin
Alano Miller
as RJ Phillips
Paul Urcioli
as Barry Timmons
Jennifer Ikeda
as Dr. Rachel Jensen
Tom Degnan
as Agent Easton
Marc Kudisch
as Businessman
Lee Tergesen
as Det. Petersen
Anthony Mangano
as Detective Kane
Joseph Mazzello
as Daniel Casey
Danielle Di Vecchio
as Capt. Divecchio
Ron Raines
as Bruce Wellington
Mark Light Orr
as FBI Guard
Jim Watkins
as Reporter #1
Paul Ben-Victor
as Dr. Gary Cameron
Michael Zlabinger
as Transport Operative A
James Hindman
as Museum Director
Khalil Kain
as Officer Lin
Jessica Hecht
as Psychiatrist
Kyle Sutton
as Alex Wiley
Dustyn Gulledge
as Parkway Russian Passenger
Julian Shatkin
as Aaron Hollenberg
Casey Siemaszko
as Lester Strickland
Chagmion Antoine
as Reporter #2
Sarah Ellis
as Jennifer Restivo
Donnie Keshawarz
as Nick Breckenridge
Aaron Staton
as Hayden Price
Luis Da Silva Jr.
as Trinitario Leader
Rachel Oyama
as Veronica
Joseph Parks
as Vadim Loginov
Parker Brightman
as Young Harold Finch
Donnie Kehr
as Senior Officer
Dan Amboyer
as Don Juan
Aleksander Mici
as Parkway Russian Driver
Ross Degraw
as Blake Ransone
Nicholas Kohn
as Detention Guard #1
Megan Byrne
as Museum Staffer
Dillan Arrick
as Haley McNabb
Amr El-Bayoumi
as Legionnaire #3
Shannon Sullivan
as Karen Mills
Michael Esper
as Jason Greenfield
Jennifer Ferrin
as Natalie Boal
David Wolos Fonteno
as Hospital Resident
Nambi E. Kelley
as Claypool's Nurse
Kathleen McNenny
as Gina Kincaid
Akim Black
as Corner Boy #1
Joseph Kent
as Stephen Tyrone Williams
Kevin O'Rourke
as Specops Psychologist
Robert L. Gorman
as Annoyed Man
Nick Dillenburg
as Armed Guard
Sean Dougherty
as Masked Man A
Joe Urban
as Biker #1
Alma Cuervo
as Diane Claypool
Bradford Cover
as Aubrey Hayes
Bruce Winant
as QMI Manager
Anthony Criss
as Reginald "Reverb" Marshall
Jun Naito
as Murakami
Jeb Kreager
as Detective Stan Mitchell
Paul Woodburn
as Ed the Guard
Tom Tammi
as Neal Jenkins
Anthony 'Treach' Criss
as Reginald "Reverb" Marshall
Nikiya Mathis
as Operator A
Gregory Wooddell
as Eric Mathers
Brett G. Smith
as Team Leader
Jesse Jensen
as Operator B
Maceo Oliver
as NYPD Patrolman
Bridget Ann White
as Deedee Kruger
Emily Hsu
as Olivia
Tony Ward
as Officer Vogel
Cullen R. Titmas
as HR Detective
Luis Scott
as Soda Boy
Alec Beard
as UN Guard #1
Richard Brooks (VI)
as Lead Marshal Pollack
John Eric Parker
as Security Officer
Richard Brooks
as Lead Marshal Pollack
Ben Horner
as Jarhead #1
Kohler McKenzie
as US Marshal #1
Tim Jerome
as Ancient Banker
Sekou Laidlow
as Swabbie #1
Ben Livingston
as Lead FBI Agent Barnes
Tony Naumovski
as Russian Thug #1
Peter Brouwer
as Auctioneer
Daniel Cosgrove
as Jeremy Watkins
Damian Young
as Therapist
Cosmo Pfeil
as Devil Dog #1
David H. Holmes
as Ketamine Tweaker #1
Regi Huc
as Ready Team One
Tommy Walker
as Limo Driver
Tre Jamison
as Young Taylor Carter
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Critic Reviews for Person Of Interest Season 3

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

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…

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…
Top Critic

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…

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

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…

Audience Reviews for Person Of Interest: Season 3

  • Sep 21, 2014
    Incredibly ambitious, Season 3 of Person of Interest is daring and full of provocative science fiction issues. While John and Shaw work with Harold to save people whose numbers comes up, the Machine tasks Root with a mysterious objective separate from the numbers; meanwhile an organization called Decima works on building a second machine that could undermine everything that Harold and John have been working for. This season's story arcs continue to question the nature of A.I. and explore what its implications are for human/civil rights. Still, most of the episodes stick to the case-of-the-week format (at least in the A Story), which are action-packed and full of intrigue. Remarkably thrilling, the third season of Person of Interest raises the stakes, delivering a game changing finale that opens up Pandora's Box.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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.
  • Nov 01, 2014
    never once a dull episode.
  • Sep 30, 2014
    The third season of CBS's thrilling show Person of Interest shows off the continued skills of the writers and actors of the show. It takes a darker turn than the previous seasons by shaking things up with the tragic loss of a character and the new enemy Samaritan and Vigilance. The plotlines continue to be smart and full of action, wit, and suspenseful, leaving viewers wanting more. With a darker turn this season comes more emotional performances than before, Caviezel and Chapman showing some great dramatic performances. After this intense third season, one can only imagine what the fourth will entitle.

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