An ex-CIA agent and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes, including the civilians' roles, are left a mystery.

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Jonathan Nolan
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Series cast summary:
Jim Caviezel ...  John Reese 103 episodes, 2011-2016
Kevin Chapman ...  Lionel Fusco 103 episodes, 2011-2016
Michael Emerson ...  Harold Finch 103 episodes, 2011-2016
Amy Acker ...  Root / ... 64 episodes, 2012-2016
Taraji P. Henson ...  Joss Carter 55 episodes, 2011-2015
Sarah Shahi ...  Sameen Shaw 48 episodes, 2013-2016
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A billionaire software-genius named Harold Finch creates a Machine for the government that is designed to detect acts of terror before they can happen, by monitoring the entire world through every cell-phone, email and surveillance camera. Finch discovered that the machine sees everything, potential terrorist acts and violent crimes that involve ordinary people. When the government considered violent crimes between normal people "irrelevant", Finch built a back door into the system that gives him the social security number of a person involved in a future violent crime so he could act. Partnered with John Reese, an ex-CIA agent, the two work in secret to prevent violent crimes before they can happen. Eventually their activities lead to being hunted by the New York Police Department, CIA Agents in pursuit of Reese who was listed as dead, a computer hacker named Root who wants access to the Machine, and government officials who want to keep all knowledge of the Machine a complete secret. Written by Jones

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Ever think you're being watched? See more »


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All of Reese's aliases have the first name John (John Reese, John Rooney, John Warren, John Anderson, John Wiley, John Campbell, John Randall, and John Hayes) except for his first alias in the pilot (James J. Manzione) and Mission Creep (Tony Miller). He also goes by "Detective Stills" and "Marshall Jennings", having "borrowed" their shield/star somewhat permanently. However, these aliases are usually only used when necessary to gain access to an area or information that would otherwise be much more difficult if not impossible. See more »

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When younger Finch goes to university he is conspicuously taller than the Finch we see in all other episodes. See more »

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[Opening narration, Season 5]
Harold Finch: You are being watched. The government has a secret system...
Harold Finch: [voice warping] secret system
John Greer: A system you asked for to keep y-y-you sssafe.
[visuals glitch POVs between that of Samaritan and of the Machine]
Harold Finch: A Machine that spies on you every hour of every day.
John Greer: You've granted it the power to see everything, to index, order, and control the lives of ordinary people.
Harold Finch: The government considers these people irrelevant. We don't.
John Greer: But to it, you are *all* irrelevant. Victim or ...
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Simply well done
24 September 2011 | by tmcdaniel1See all my reviews

It is hard to do something fresh or different in this genre. I've found, usually, it is either writing or chemistry that produces success. This show has both (at least in the pilot). Cav can carry the weight of holding one's attention for an hour. He's proved that in spades.

I see this (so far) as Bourne Identity meets Minority Report but, done in a lower key with Cav as the focus not Tom Cruise (that indicates a lower key right away!).

Storyline? Plausible. That's enough of a base for the rest of the team to do something special. If the other five episodes (currently sold) are as good as the pilot, I predict it will be a memorable season.

That doesn't mean it will run longer. We've all see very well done efforts that didn't make it past a season. They appear, years later, strung together like strings of pearls (on a cable channel).

Then we weep for for might have been. However, the quality effort will shine through always.

My fingers are crossed for more than one season. I think the ingredients have all been shown as being present. That is what scares me a bit. The networks have a habit of taking something this good and moving all over the schedule until they've lost its audience.

I hope this doesn't happen and I wish the team the very best of LUCK, because mere TALENT is only part of the recipe.


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