The BEST Episodes of Person of Interest
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 1, 2020
John Reese, a presumed dead former CIA agent, is approached by a mysterious billionaire named Harold Finch to prevent violent crimes before they happen by using an advanced surveillance system dubbed "The Machine". Their unique brand of vigilante justice attracts the attention of two NYPD officers, Joss Carter and Lionel Fusco, whom Reese uses to his advantage as he investigates persons of interest.
#1 - return 0
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 21, 2016
Finch, Reese, Fusco, and Shaw embark on one last mission to prevent Samaritan from destroying The Machine and cementing its hold over mankind.
#2 - Deus Ex Machina
Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 13, 2014
The team work to stop Samaritan from coming online and targeting them; the battle against Vigilance reaches a conclusion.
#3 - If-Then-Else
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2015
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.
#4 - YHWH
Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 5, 2015
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.
#5 - Firewall
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 17, 2012
Reese becomes trapped with his POI in a heavily surveilled part of the city and must rely on Finch, Carter and Fusco's help.
#6 - The Devil's Share
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 26, 2013
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.
#7 - The Day the World Went Away
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired May 31, 2016
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.
#8 - Endgame
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 2013
The machine gives Finch 38 numbers at once; information about Carter's past is revealed.
#9 - The Crossing
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2013
The battle to bring a crime organization to justice reaches a new level; Reese's number comes up in the machine.
#10 - God Mode
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 9, 2013
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.
#11 - Beta
Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 29, 2014
Reese and Shaw are hunted by Decima; Greer uses Finch's greatest weakness -- his former fiancee -- to lure him out of hiding.
#12 - / (Root Path)
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 18, 2014
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.
#13 - Zero Day
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 2, 2013
When a virus causes the machine to malfunction, numbers are issued irregularly; the team searches for an extremely elusive tech millionaire.
#14 - .exe
Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 14, 2016
As Reese and Shaw race to catch up with Finch, he infiltrates a maximum-security government facility in a desperate mission which could mean the end for not only Samaritan, but for himself and The Machine as well.
#15 - Prisoner's Dilemma
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 10, 2013
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.
#16 - RAM
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 4, 2014
Secrets of Finch's pre-Reese operation are revealed -- including surprising ties to current events.
#17 - Razgovor
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 2013
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.
#18 - Many Happy Returns
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 3, 2012
On Reese's birthday, Finch gives him the day off in hope of keeping him away from the latest person of interest.
#19 - No Good Deed
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 10, 2012
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.
#20 - Aletheia
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 7, 2014
Multiple enemies target the team as they try to protect a dying man; Reese's absence could lead to catastrophic repercussions.
#21 - Death Benefit
Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 15, 2014
Reese goes under cover as a secret service agent in order to get close to the latest person of interest, a congressman who may have the key to derailing Decima's plan for a second machine.
#22 - Asylum
Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 28, 2015
Reese and Fusco get caught in the war between the two newest POIs, rival crime bosses Elias and Dominic. Also, a tantalizing clue to Shaw’s whereabouts leads Finch and Root into a possible trap, and Control goes rogue to uncover the true intentions of the Samaritan program.
#23 - A House Divided
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 6, 2014
The machine sends the team five different numbers to investigate when an unknown entity blocks details about an impending catastrophic event; Root's hackers arrive in New York.
#24 - Synecdoche
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 7, 2016
The team must unravel a conspiracy and stay ahead of the Secret Service when the President of the United States becomes their newest POI. Also, Finch separates himself from the team and considers taking drastic action to combat Samaritan.
#25 - Relevance
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 21, 2013
The latest POI - a deadly government operative who tackles terrorist threats - proves difficult for Reese and Finch to protect.