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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.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on CBS
5 Seasons, 103 Episodes - Currently Airing
September 22, 2011
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  • Finch, Reese, Fusco, and Shaw are on a quest to stop Samaritan from destroying The Machine and cementing its hold over mankind.

  • As Reese and Shaw attempt to catch Finch, he infiltrates a maximum-security government facility in a desperate mission which could ruin Samaritan and The Machine.

  • The team must get to the heart of a conspiracy and stay one step ahead of the Secret Service when the President of the United States becomes their newest POI. Also, Finch isolates himself from the team and considers taking drastic action to combat Samaritan.

  • Finch's number comes up when a deadly error exposes his identity and sets off a series of escalating encounters with Samaritan's operatives.

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