the tv show
Person of Interest is an American crime drama television series broadcasting on CBS. It is based on a screenplay developed by Jonathan Nolan. The series revolves around a former CIA officer (Jim Caviezel) recruited by a mysterious billionaire (Michael Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City.
John Reese (Jim Caviezel) a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces and later a CIA field officer who is presumed dead following a mission in China. Little is known about Reese's background and his name is one of several aliases he uses. He lost his lover, Jessica Arndt, prior to meeting Finch, which appears to have marked him deeply. Reese demonstrates skill in the use of a range of weapons, hand-to-hand combat, and counter-surveillance tactics. He knows very little about Finch and often is rebuffed when he attempts to learn more about him.
Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) a reclusive, security conscious and intensely private billionaire software engineer. His real name is unknown and he has many aliases (most commonly Harold Wren), using various species of birds as the last name. Finch has developed a machine that can isolate the Social Security numbers of people with either premeditated homicidal intent or who will be homicide victims, based on its analysis of surveillance data. Following a traumatic event in his own life that led to the death of his business partner and close friend, Nathan Ingram, he recruits Reese to help him deal with the people the Machine identifies. Finch lives and works in an abandoned library and shows the results of severe physical injuries, including the inability to turn his head, a rigid posture, and a limp.
Detective Jocelyn "Joss" Carter (Taraji P. Henson) an NYPD homicide detective and the mother of a teenaged son, Taylor. Carter is a former U.S. Army interrogation intelligence officer who passed the bar exam in 2004, but gave up practicing the law to return to police work. Carter first crosses paths with Reese following his encounter with a group of young men on a New York subway, but knew him principally as a mysterious man in a suit. Carter is initially determined to apprehend Reese, but eventually forms an alliance with him and Finch (during which she is unaware of the existence of the Machine) and has now died in her attempt to take down HR.
Detective Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman) a corrupt cop Reese blackmails into being a source inside the police department. Finch later arranges for Fusco to be transferred to Carter's precinct so that he works with her. Over time, Fusco becomes increasingly loyal to Finch and Reese, but continues to keep a secret regarding the death of a cop involved with HR. Like Carter, he does not know about the Machine's existence.
Samantha Shaw (Sarah Shahi) a government assassin who worked for Special Counsel, unknowingly dealing with the "relevant" numbers from the Machine. She is now an ally of Reese and Finch. She has been hinted as sociopathic, and enjoys shooting people during the course of the episodes. She states that she is only helping Finch and Reese because of their dog, Bear.
Root (Amy Acker) a highly intelligent computer hacker and contract killer with a keen interest in both Finch and the Machine. Her real name is Samantha "Sam" Groves. In Season 3, the Machine identifies Root as an "analog interface" and uses her as its agent for missions of unknown purposes, as well as an intermediary between itself and individuals it wishes to communicate with.
Bear (played by Graubaer's Boker) a Belgian Malinois with military training who Reese rescues from Aryan Nationalists, who were using him as an attack dog. Bear spends most of his time with Finch, who was reluctant to have him in the library at first, but has become attached to him over time. Bear gained his name by eating $1,000,000 in bearer bonds stolen by Leon Tao.
seasons & episodes
Person of Interest premiered in 2011 on CBS. It is currently in it's third season. Please choose one of the following links
season 1 | season 2 | season 3
to learn more about each season and its episodes.