8.5
16,504 votes
Person of Interest

Person of Interest

CBS 2011

John Reese, former CIA paramilitary operative, is presumed dead and teams up with reclusive billionaire Finch to prevent violent crimes in New York City by initiating their own type of justice. With the special training that Reese has had in Covert Operations and Finch's genius software inventing mind, the two are a perfect match for the job that they have to complete. With the help of surveillance equipment, they work "outside the law" and get the right criminal behind bars. 

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The 10 Best Episodes of Person of Interest

Person of Interest - S3E23

#1 - Deus Ex Machina

8.71

Season 3 - Episode 23

The team work to stop Samaritan from coming online and targeting them; the battle against Vigilance reaches a conclusion.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2294 votes.

Person of Interest - S1E23

#2 - Firewall

8.69

Season 1 - Episode 23

Reese becomes trapped with his POI in a heavily surveilled part of the city and must rely on Finch, Carter and Fusco's help.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Person of Interest from 1730 votes.

Person of Interest - S2E22

#3 - God Mode

8.65

Season 2 - Episode 22

Finch and Reese team up with unexpected allies as they race to fix the machine; as Detective Carter tries to apprehend Cal Beecher's murderer, she finds herself up against HR -- a criminal organization.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2025 votes.

Person of Interest - S3E9

#4 - The Crossing

8.65

Season 3 - Episode 9

The battle to bring a crime organization to justice reaches a new level; Reese's number comes up in the machine.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2345 votes.

Person of Interest - S3E10

#5 - The Devil's Share

8.63

Season 3 - Episode 10

As the team seeks justice for a death, Finch fears one team member will go too far; the number of one of HR's key players comes up in the machine.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2330 votes.

Person of Interest - S4E11

#6 - If-Then-Else

8.62

Season 4 - Episode 11

Samaritan launches a cyber-attack on the stock exchange, forcing the team to risk their lives in a desperate mission to stop a global catastrophe.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Person of Interest from 1974 votes.

Person of Interest - S5E13

#7 - return 0

8.57

Season 5 - Episode 13

Finch, Reese, Fusco, and Shaw embark on one last mission to prevent Samaritan from destroying The Machine and cementing its hold over mankind.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Person of Interest from 3631 votes.

Person of Interest - S4E22

#8 - YHWH

8.51

Season 4 - Episode 22

Finch and Root race to save The Machine, which has been located by the rival AI, Samaritan. Also, Reese is caught in the middle of the final showdown between rival crime bosses Elias and Dominic.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2440 votes.

Person of Interest - S2E21

#9 - Zero Day

8.50

Season 2 - Episode 21

When a virus causes the machine to malfunction, numbers are issued irregularly; the team searches for an extremely elusive tech millionaire.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2027 votes.

Person of Interest - S3E8

#10 - Endgame

8.48

Season 3 - Episode 8

The machine gives Finch 38 numbers at once; information about Carter's past is revealed.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2177 votes.

Person of Interest - S5E10
#11 - The Day the World Went Away
8.38
Season 5 - Episode 10

Finch’s number comes up when a fatal error blows his cover identity and sets off a deadly series of escalating encounters with Samaritan’s operatives.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Person of Interest from 3459 votes.

Person of Interest - S2E16
#12 - Relevance
8.36
Season 2 - Episode 16

The latest POI - a deadly government operative who tackles terrorist threats - proves difficult for Reese and Finch to protect.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Person of Interest from 1785 votes.

Person of Interest - S3E5
#13 - Razgovor
8.35
Season 3 - Episode 5

Shaw must stay close to a 10-year-old girl with highly developed surveillance skills when she is identified by the machine; Carter's mission could be exposed.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2177 votes.

Person of Interest - S2E12
#14 - Prisoner's Dilemma
8.34
Season 2 - Episode 12

Carter tries to help Reese by engaging in mental warfare with the FBI; Reese has encounters with old and new enemies; Detective Fusco must protect supermodel Karolina Kurkova, the latest person of interest.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Person of Interest from 1741 votes.

Person of Interest - S3E21
#15 - Beta
8.33
Season 3 - Episode 21

Reese and Shaw are hunted by Decima; Greer uses Finch's greatest weakness -- his former fiancee -- to lure him out of hiding.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2166 votes.

Person of Interest - S1E21
#16 - Many Happy Returns
8.32
Season 1 - Episode 21

On Reese's birthday, Finch gives him the day off in hope of keeping him away from the latest person of interest.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Person of Interest from 1613 votes.

Person of Interest - S1E10
#17 - Number Crunch
8.30
Season 1 - Episode 10

As Detective Carter deals with the fallout from her recent encounter with Reese and Finch, The Machine ups the ante for the duo by giving them four Social Security numbers instead of one.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Person of Interest from 1740 votes.

Person of Interest - S3E17
#18 - / (Root Path)
8.30
Season 3 - Episode 17

The Machine assigns Root to seek out a janitor with a mysterious past, but when her very presence puts his life in danger, Finch also receives his number.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2207 votes.

Person of Interest - S1E22
#19 - No Good Deed
8.29
Season 1 - Episode 22

A person of interest winds up in the middle of a dark government conspiracy that Finch is all too familiar with; Reese makes a discovery about Finch's past.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Person of Interest from 1622 votes.

Person of Interest - S3E12
#20 - Aletheia
8.27
Season 3 - Episode 12

Multiple enemies target the team as they try to protect a dying man; Reese's absence could lead to catastrophic repercussions.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Person of Interest from 2170 votes.

Last updated: mar 07, 2021

Comments

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Something like this comment was originally a reply to @Pedro, but I thought I'd put it here. This show starts a little slow. It does that thing where the first few episodes are your typical boring cop procedural to show the network they know how to paint by numbers. Then it picks up. It starts actually exploring the morals of mass surveillance, and (minor spoilers) it turns out the Machine is an AI, and they deal with all the interesting ramifications of living in a world secretly run by a benevolent(?) AI. One of the nice aspects of this show is the only fictional element of the Machine is software. Makes for a very grounded science fiction. The characters start to deal with total corruption of the police system and attempt to take it down, meanwhile learning and redeeming themselves from their dubious past. They also deal with taking down organised crime, and what to do when someone tries to consolidate power within the families, even though the new boss is less violent. They get caught up in vast government conspiracies waging massive secret intelligence wars, and must stop innocent people from getting killed while remaining hidden from powerful people. Heartbreak, romance, homoerotic sexual tension, SciFi, shooting people, explosions! They stop making another cop show and start making some really compelling television.

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With every episode I wonder "how in the world can they top that?" And yet with each new episode, I am blown away by how amazing it is. There are no low points in this show. Each episode builds beautifully off of the previous one. Series Guide says I've watched over 50 days of TV shows and yet this is still my favorite. It's such a geniusly made show.

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When I first started this show I did it just to kill time but after watching a few episodes I've got attached to it,and now as it has ended I feel a void inside me. Person of Interest is the best Sci-Fi you'll ever watch and it definitely deserves the full mark 10/10.

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I tried to like this. I really wanted to like the show. Just cant

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I started watching this because it was a procedural with an interesting premise, though it seems that most people dislike the whole procedural bit. However, it evolved into something so much more and I can without a doubt say that this is one of the most well crafted and well executed shows I've ever watched and I'm glad to have watched it and experienced this story.

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Oh god I will miss this show.

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This was an exceptional show, truly fun to watch.

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How incredibly good season 3 is so far... mind-boggling. After that ending of season 2 they REALLY chugged along strong and thinking they could hardly top that, they constantly do. Can not even imagine what they will pull this season finale. Keep it coming, now that Breaking Bad is over this is the best written show on TV right now.

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The main cast was phenomenal. Even most of the recurring actors were good. I really have to applaud the writers of the show, because they did a great job at keeping my attention over the course of 5 seasons and that's not easy to do. If you're looking for a good show to binge over the weekend, then I highly recommend watching Person of Interest.

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Main story great, everything else boring. Main storyline quality: 10/10 Originality: 9/10 Side storylines quality: 3/10 Progression: 1/10 (Could've been cut down to half the seasons, or even one or two seasons with long episodes.) Characters: 7/10 Consistency: 9/10 Intensity (cliffhangers, edge of seat and the like): 5/10 (When they're good they're GOOD) Acting and directing: 8/10 (Please like comment if helpful, and I'll keep writing them this way)

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