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CBS's drama Person of Interest was one of the hit shows of the 2011-12 season. Starring Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson, the show also features Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman in supporting roles as homicide detectives. Harold Finch (Emerson) is a computer expert who, a decade ago, built a secret system for the government that predicts potential terrorist acts by spying on people every minute of their lives. It watches through hidden cameras, listens in on phone calls, reads e-mails, and tracks electronic transactions, using the information it gathers to detect potentially violent patterns that a human could never see. The machine predicts everyday murders, robberies, and other crimes as well, but the government disregards these, considering them irrelevant. Finch, however, refuses to accept this indifference, and has built a backdoor into the machine. Now it regularly delivers him the Social Security numbers of people it is watching, potential criminals or victims.

In order to carry out his plans, Finch enlists John Reese (Caviezel), a former military man and CIA agent fleeing a dark past. The challenge for Reese and Finch is to observe their "persons of interest," discover the signs of the upcoming crime, and act fast enough to prevent it before it happens.

Their task is complicated by the demons of Reese's past, including former CIA colleagues out to kill him, and the government conspiracies surrounding the construction and functioning of Finch's machine. Armed with Finch's wealth and computer wizardry, and Reese's fearsome combat skills, the pair have battled corrupt cops, Mafia gangsters, unscrupulous politicians, and more.

Person of Interest mixes slam-bang action and suspense with deft, low-key comedy and some Lost-style mysteries -- Reese and Finch's backgrounds are slowly revealed through flashbacks each episode. Caviezel and Emerson are both talented actors in their own ways and play off each other brilliantly, making charismatic heroes.

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Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on CBS
4 Seasons, 74 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • Finch believes there's a connection when a gifted political pollster's Number comes up at the same time that his typically ironclad predictions go wrong. Meanwhile, Reese is sidelined by a direct order from Captain Moreno.

  • Reese is protecting a young brother and sister who become targets of a gang investigation.

  • Fusco keeps watch over the latest POI, who happens to be a professional "wingman." Meanwhile, Reese must find a way to play by the rules at his new day job as the Machine sends Finch and Root on a mysterious errand.

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