Person of interest

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Television series
German title Person of interest
Original title Person of interest
Person of Interest (Season 2) - Logo.svg
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 2011-2016
Bad Robot Productions ,
Kilter Films,
Warner Bros. Television
length 44 minutes
Episodes 103 in 5 seasons ( list )
genre Crime ,
science fiction ,
idea Jonathan Nolan
production Athena Wickham ,
Margo Lulick
music Ramin Djawadi
First broadcast September 22, 2011 (USA) on CBS
first broadcast
August 14, 2012 on RTL Crime

Person of Interest (English for person of special (police) interest ) is an American crime thriller - science fiction - television series by the British screenwriter Jonathan Nolan . It first aired on CBS on September 22, 2011 . The series consists of five seasons and 103 episodes.

The German-language premiere was on 14 August 2012 at the German pay-TV transmitter RTL Crime to see.

The free TV broadcast started on September 13, 2012 on RTL . The series was broadcast on Austrian terrestrial television from March 30, 2013 on ATV . In Switzerland, the first six episodes of the first season were broadcast from September 28 to October 12, 2012 on 3+ .


Logo of the software company IFT founded by Nathan and Harold

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 , the billionaire and programmer Harold Finch and his friend Nathan C. Ingram designed a top secret surveillance system with an artificial intelligence for the US government, which with the help of the most modern technology, its citizens around the clock spied on. Cell phones and the Internet are part of it, as are surveillance cameras with face recognition. All communication and every movement is recorded in real time and analyzed by the system. By evaluating the collected data, future events that are planned can be prevented. The justification for this espionage is the prevention of terrorist attacks . Due to the large number of violent crimes detected, the surveillance system categorizes them into “relevant” and “irrelevant” crimes, with “relevant” crimes only being those that result in a large number of fatalities. Murders and crimes against ordinary citizens are classified as "irrelevant" by the surveillance system. While the "relevant" list is regularly passed on to law enforcement agencies for further investigations into a group called "Northern Lights", the list of "irrelevant" crimes is cleared unnoticed every day at midnight.

Ingram is troubled by the fact that this does not prevent a large number of murders and crimes, even though the surveillance system could. Finch, however, is strongly against interfering and risking the discovery, but he is aware of the power the surveillance system is and how devastating it would be in the wrong hands. That is why the monitoring system is completely autonomous and only provides social security numbers. Ingram, however, secretly builds a backdoor into the system, which gives him the "irrelevant" numbers. When Ingram is murdered, many other people die and Finch is injured, Finch goes into hiding and continues Ingram's work. Through this back door he receives, at irregular intervals, social security numbers of people who will be involved in a violent crime. Whether as a perpetrator or a victim is initially unclear. To prevent these crimes, he gets help from former Special Activities Division operator John Reese in hiding . Reese follows on the heels of this "person of interest" to find out more about the possible perpetrator or the possible victim and to prevent the crime.

Reese uses police help from the corrupt New York detective Lionel Fusco in his investigation. By blackmailing one of Fusco's superiors, he had him transferred to the department of Detective Jocelyn Carter, who is already on the trail of Reese and Finch in their illegal fight against crime. While Reese is plagued by his past, in which he couldn't choose to love his girlfriend Jessica, they are able to convince Detective Carter to work with them during the course of the first season. However, for the time being, Fusco and Carter do not know that they both work with Finch and Reese.

During their work they get on the track of the Mafioso Carl G. Elias, who wants to unite the five New York Mafia families and to usurp the rule of the New York underground, but is arrested towards the end of the first season. They also get to know Zoe Morgan, a “fixer” in crisis management, who she often supports due to her enormous influence on the upper class. The main opponent at this early stage is a corrupt police organization called HR, in which Fusco works undercover for John. Furthermore, the team around the machine is attacked by the psychopathic hacker Root alias Samantha Groves, who kidnaps Finch in the finale of the first season.

In the course of the second season, a powerful company called "Decima Technologies" under the operational management of John Greer begins to force the machine to shutdown using a virus in order to then take over it itself, which fails, but from now on root to the analogue interface of the machine and the machine is finally "freed". The search for Reese also comes to a head with Special Agent Nicholas Donnelly, an FBI agent who even manages to arrest Reese along with other suspects, but has to let him go again. Later HR detective Cal Beecher kills Carter's friend, who from now on wants to bring HR down at all costs. Former government agent Sameen Shaw also joins the team because it saved her from her old employer.

In season three, Carter can bring down HR with John's help, which she pays with her life. Reese then briefly leaves the team, but returns again. There is also danger from a militant group called “Vigilance”, which claims to be committed to the privacy of its citizens - however, as one learns in the finale of the third season, Vigilance was founded by Decima to convince the government of the need for a new one to let artificial intelligence called "Samaritan" go online because they can no longer get any information from the machine. At the end of the third season, the team has to work rather reluctantly with Root, as this is now a great help in the fight against Decima and his system Samaritan through its direct connection to the machine.

In the fourth season the team has to start the day with new cover identities, as Samaritan is now fully functional and they are hunted by Greer and his helpers with his help.


main characters

  • John Reese - A former United States Army Special Forces soldier, later National Clandestine Service and Special Activities Division operator , believed dead following an operation in Ordos . Little is known about John's background - Reese is an alias he adopted when he started his job with the CIA . Both his father Conor and his mother Margaret and sister Sophie have died. According to the machine's records, John is directly responsible for the death and disappearance of 62 people. Originally, John joined the military based on a judgment. The judge gave him a choice between a conviction and the military, whereupon John chose the second door (Season 3, Episode 1). In addition to his native English, he also speaks Spanish. He understands Russian and Mandarin verbally. He is the ex-boyfriend of Jessica Arndt. John shows a lot of skill in handling weapons, classic espionage and knows how to defend himself very well through Krav Maga . If he wants to learn more about Harold, he is always turned away. Arrest warrants are pending against him from four European countries. In the first season he is chased by Detective Carter until she joins John. After Carter's death in season three, John turns away from the team, but is convinced by the machine and Harold to continue. In the fourth season he works under the cover name John Riley as a homicide detective and begins a relationship with his therapist Dr. Iris Campbell, which he ended at the beginning of the fifth season due to his past and the current threat from Samaritan. Through a deal between John and the machine, he sacrifices himself for Harold in the final episode and is killed by a cruise missile attack initiated by Samaritan .
  • Harold Finch - Harold is a reclusive man who became a billionaire as a software developer. He is co-founder and, after Nathan's death, also owner of the software company IFT . His real name is unknown - the most common name he uses is Harold Wren , which he used when he enrolled at MIT . Harold is the inventor of the "machine" and technical support for John. He faked his own death for his fiancée Grace to protect her from herself, and he has excellent hacking skills . With his knowledge of the power of the machine and artificial intelligence, he is extremely paranoid about the disclosure of personal information and surveillance systems. After Samaritan's activation, he has no access to his assets and resources for the time being. From then on he lived under the cover identity of a little university professor. A file associated with his fingerprints says that he committed treason in 1974, which is why he had to leave his father alone in the nursing home. After the destruction of Samaritan, he finds his fiancée Grace again.
  • Samantha "Root" Groves - She is a highly intelligent hacker and contract killer who is very interested in Harold and the machine. In the last episode of the first season she kidnaps Harold and searches in vain for the location of the machine. After the episode Godmode , she has a permanent connection to the machine and is guided by it. Later in season three, she joins Team Machine. She is also in love with Shaw. As an analogue interface to the machine, it carries out these special jobs and lives under changing identities. She dies in the episode The Day the World Went Away - the machine then uses her voice to communicate with the team.
  • Sameen "Sam" Shaw - She is a former ISA operative and a trained medical doctor. At the government, she worked on the Northern Lights project, which deals with the relevant machine numbers; After the group Northern Lights had their partner killed, they got out and later worked with Reese and Finch. Shaw describes himself as callous. In the episode If-Then-Else she is gunned down by Decima agents - from then on she is held captive by Decima and tries to recruit her for Samaritan through psychological torture. She returns to the team in episode 5 of season 5 after escaping Samaritan.
  • Lionel Fusco - Fusco is a formerly corrupt police officer who helps the “team machine” with police information. He worked undercover for John there until HR's head was arrested . After Officer Simmons' arrest, he is highly regarded by his colleagues. In the course of the fifth season he turns away from the team, because they don't want to let him in on the secret of the machine, which means that John is forced to tell him about the machine. He cracks sayings in every situation, even when he is about to die.
  • Jocelyn "Joss" Carter - She is a homicide detective and initially John and Harold's opponents. She is a former United States Army interrogator . During the first season she joins the team of the machine. In the third season she is gunned down by HR member Simmons and dies - shortly before she found out about the "machine".
  • Bear - Is John's Belgian Shepherd Dog who has completed military training. It received its name after bearer bonds ( Engl. Sg. US dollar has eaten bearer bond) worth several million. Bear only listens to Dutch commands.
  • The machine - is an artificial intelligence, created for real-time analysis and evaluation of global data traffic, communication and all movements and processes. It has unlimited access to all data and servers on the Internet, US services and telecommunications companies. Finch programmed her to be guided by the desire to protect people. Everyone is valuable to them. The machine also knows that people's freedom to act as they want is inviolable. At the same time, the machine is incredibly powerful and is kept under control by daily restart and strictly defined frameworks of action, combined with ethical routines. In the course of the action, the machine is freed anyway, so as not to let it fall into the wrong hands, and it develops into a kind of protective entity that secretly watches over "its people". In the last episode "the machine" is also destroyed by Harold's virus, but it can make a backup of itself and restore itself.
  • Samaritan - is the exact opposite of Finch's machine, its "bad twin", so to speak. This AI is programmed to create an ideal state of society as defined by Greer. Samaritan, like the machine, has unlimited access to information from US services and the Internet, but uses this power to discover anomalies of the ideal state, which are then ruthlessly eliminated by Greer and his agents. Anyone who could endanger Samaritan or Greer's vision is also eliminated - be it just by inventing an encryption program. Samaritan does not see himself as a servant, but as a guide. It gives orders without any morality or humanity. In the course of the fourth season it becomes clear that Samaritan sees himself and the machine as a kind of digital deity who is destined to rule over people. The machine, however, sees it as a competing deity that must be destroyed. Samaritan is destroyed by a virus in the last episode.

Minor characters

Allies and kin
  • Zoe Morgan - She serves as a fixer in crisis management and is occasionally John's lover.
  • Jessica Arndt - She is John's late lover. After their separation, she married another man, but stayed in contact with John. Two months before John's return to New York, she was murdered by her husband Peter Arndt during an altercation.
  • Iris Campbell - She is John's psychotherapist early in season four. In the course of therapy, both develop feelings for each other, whereupon they begin a secret relationship towards the end of the season, which John ends in the fifth season.
  • Nathan C. Ingram - He is the founder of the software company IFT and the actual contractor for the government surveillance program. He was Harold's best friend until his death in a government bombing. Since he became addicted to alcohol, he was no longer able to build the machine and let his loyal friend Harold do it without the government's knowledge. Before he sold the machine, he installed a backdoor that Harold uses to get the social security numbers today .
Central Intelligence Agency
  • Mark Snow - He is a US intelligence agent. He was John and Kara Stanton's supervisors and supposedly John's best friend. In the middle of the second season he is killed by Kara Stanton with a bomb, but it also tears it to his death.
  • Kara Stanton - She was a CIA agent and John's senior officer. After surviving a drone attack by Hellfire missiles in Ordos, she is recruited by John Greer. Stanton is fluent in Mandarin . In the episode Once Really Die , she is torn to her death with him by her former colleague Mark Snow.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Nicholas Donnelly - He is a paranoid yet determined FBI special agent who has made it his mission to hunt down the CIA for their crimes, and especially to catch the "man in the suit". He is later murdered by the believed to be dead CIA executive officer Kara Stanton.
Elias' gangster syndicate
Enrico Colantoni as Elias
  • Carl G. Elias - Is the future gang boss and illegitimate son of the Mafia Don Gianni Moretti . At the beginning he is more of John's opponent, but that changes steadily over the course of the series. When he was in prison, Harold was his chess partner. At the end of the fourth season he is rescued by Fusco and taken to a safe hiding place. In the episode The Day the World Went Away he dies from being shot in the head by a Samaritan agent.
  • Anthony S. Marconi - also known as Scarface . He is Elias' closest confidante, his childhood friend and right-hand man. In the episode Fear Your Neighbor , he sacrifices himself for Elias in a conflict with Dominic.
  • Patrick Simmons - Simmons is a corrupt officer of the NYPD, as well as a senior member of HR and one of the few members who knows their real boss. After Detective Carter and John turned his boss over to federal authorities , he shot both of them down - Carter died in the process. He could later be arrested and is killed by Anthony Marconi.
Decima Technologies
  • John Greer - A former MI6 agent and a freelance information broker. He never worked for the British government there, as he shot him and burned his personal file in 1973 after his chief officer was exposed as a KGB officer. He is the operations manager of the Chinese company Decima Technologies and administrator of the new US government system Samaritan . He also created the Vigilance movement to prepare for the use of his system. His qualities include intelligence, ruthlessness and especially his well-thought-out moves against his opponents. Greer has the vision of a "perfect society" without violence and war. For this he is ready to establish a totalitarian, global surveillance state in which Samaritan controls the fate of the people and everyone who does not swim with the current set by Samaritan and Greer is immediately eliminated. In the penultimate episode, he is killed by Samaritan.
  • Jeremy Lambert - He's an agent for Decima Technologies and Greer's right-hand man. He, John and Kara Stanton met in 2010 in the Daniel Casey case. There he disguised himself as a committee member of the SSCI . He is shot in the fifth season by Sameen while trying to stop you from escaping from captivity.
  • Martine S. Rousseau - She is a former UN Tribunal investigator and a senior Decima Technologies agent. She is assigned by Greer to find and liquidate Sameen Shaw. In the episode Correction Changes the World - Part 1 , her root breaks her neck in revenge for Shaw being shot down.
  • Peter Collier - real name Peter Brandt . Collier is the leader of Vigilance , whose group wants to take action against the total surveillance of citizens, but ultimately as a “terrorist organization” unconsciously works to Greer and his vision. In the episode Deus Ex Machina , he is shot dead by Decima agent Jeremy Lambert.
U.S. government
  • Control - She is the head of Northern Lights, who is responsible for the information obtained from the machine and from Samaritan. She is a patriot, does the dirty work for the US government, and is sure that she is doing the right thing. As the plot progresses, she becomes suspicious of Greer's goals and the purpose of Samaritan. Eventually she realizes that Greer's plans are directed against the American constitution and democracy. In the finale of the fourth season, Samaritan subjects her to a loyalty test, which she fails. As a result, Greer's people put her in a secret prison without trial.
  • Robert N. Hersh - He is a former ISA operator, as well as Sameen's instructor. He is the executor and 'fixer' (in the sense of Aufräumer, Mercenary) for the Special Counsel and the Northern Lights group. In the season three finale, he dies selflessly trying to support John and Harold's cause.
  • Devon Grice - He is an active ISA operator trained by Sameen Shaw. He is murdered by a Samaritan agent in the episode Correction Changes the World - Part 2 .
  • Dominic Besson - also known as Mini . He is the leader of the street gang Brotherhood and Elias' opponent. He is shot dead by a Samaritan agent in season four.
  • Link Cordell - He is a member of the Brotherhood and is Dominic's right-hand man. In the episode Correction Changes the World - Part 1 he is shot by Dominic himself, who in turn was deliberately disinformed by Elias in revenge for the death of his right hand Anthony.

Narrative form

After the basic situation has been established in the pilot episode, the television series tells in vertical, self-contained episodes. At the beginning of the first season, few horizontal elements, like Finch's backstory, Reese's former relationship, Carter's investigation into Reese and the search for Elias, run through the individual crime plots. After that, horizontal elements make a more significant contribution, especially incidents relating to Reese's former work as an agent and the course of the construction of the machine, form a main element of the plot in the second season. From the end of the second season, a powerful Chinese company called "Decima Technologies" becomes a major opponent. In season 4, Brotherhood - a rising street gang in New York City - becomes Elias' adversary before both organizations are crushed in the course of the Samaritan cleansing.


Michael Emerson in NYC filming the episode Identity Crisis

In May 2011, the broadcaster CBS ordered a first season of the series. The first season, originally planned for 13 episodes, was expanded to a full season length of 23 episodes while it was being broadcast. In March 2012, the extension for a second season followed. On March 27, 2013, CBS announced the extension for a third season, which aired from September 24, 2013 to May 13, 2014. A fourth season was ordered on March 13, 2014. The fourth season was broadcast from September 23, 2014 to May 5, 2015. A fifth season was ordered on May 11, 2015 by CBS. On March 16, 2016, CBS confirmed that season five will be the last.

Cast and dubbing

Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Kevin Chapman at the Person of Interest panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2014.
Jim Caviezel , Michael Emerson and Kevin Chapman at the Person of Interest panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2014.

The German synchronization was for a dialogue book by Jürgen Wilhelm under the dialogue director of Joachim Tennstedt by the synchronous company Hermes Synchron GmbH in Potsdam .

The table lists the actors, their role names, their affiliation to the main cast (●) or to the secondary and guest actors (•) per season (1–5), the total of the episodes with appearances in the main and secondary or guest roles as well as their German voice actors.

actor Role name 1 2 3 4th 5 Episodes Voice actor
Jim Caviezel John Reese 103 Nicolas Boell
Michael Emerson Harold Finch 103 Udo Schenk
Kevin Chapman Lionel Fusco 88 Lutz Schnell
Taraji P. Henson Jocelyn Carter 55 Vera Teltz
Amy Acker Samantha Groves 65 Cathlen Gawlich
Sarah Shahi Sameen Shaw 50 Alexandra Wilcke
Enrico Colantoni Carl Elias 23 Detlef Bierstedt
Brett Cullen Nathan Ingram •  11 Stefan Staudinger
Carrie Preston Grace Hendricks •  8th Christin Marquitan
John Doman Ross Garrison •  10 Kaspar Eichel
Annie Parisse Kara Stanton 9 Natascha Schaff
Michael Kelly Mark Snow 8th Peter Flechtner
Robert John Burke Patrick Simmons 16 Erich Rauker
Paige Turco Zoe Morgan 9 Claudia Lössl
Elizabeth Marvel Alicia Corwin 8th Andrea Solter
Susan Misner Jessica Arndt 5 Antje von der Ahe
Brennan Brown Nicholas Donnelly 9 Frank Muth
Boris McGiver Robert Hersh 13 Eberhard Haar
John Nolan John Greer 28 Friedrich Georg Beckhaus
Camryn Manheim Control 9 Martina Treger
Julian Ovenden Jeremy Lambert 7th Viktor Neumann
Cara Buono Martine Rousseau 8th Ulrike Stürzbecher
Winston Duke Dominic Besson 7th Matti Klemm
Jamie Hector Link Cordell 4th Julien Haggége
Wrenn Schmidt Iris Campbell 7th Sonja Spuhl
Leslie Odom, Jr. Peter Collier 8th Rainer Fritzsche
Nick E. Tarabay Devon Grice 3 Dennis Schmidt-Foss
Joshua Close Jeffrey Blackwell 5 Bastian Sierich

Episode list

DVD and Blu-ray releases

United States
  • Season 1 was released on September 4, 2012
  • Season 2 was released on September 3, 2013
  • Season 3 was released on September 2, 2014
  • Season 4 was released on August 11, 2015
  • Season 5 was released on July 19, 2016
Great Britain
  • Season 1 was released on March 18, 2013
  • Season 2 was released on June 16, 2014
  • Season 3 was released on September 21, 2015
  • Season 4 was released on August 8, 2016
  • Season 1 was released on November 7, 2012
  • Season 2 was released on October 16, 2013
  • Season 3 was released on October 8, 2014
  • Season 4 was released on September 2, 2015
  • Season 5 was released on December 31, 2016
  • Season 1 was released on May 24, 2013
  • Season 2 was released on May 22, 2014
  • Season 3 was released on November 6, 2014
  • Season 4 was released on December 3, 2015
  • Season 5 was released on January 26, 2017


Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. ↑ Broadcast dates for Person of Interest on RTL Crime . In: . Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Rainer Idesheim: Person of Interest: RTL brings the successful US television series onto free TV . In: . July 27, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  4. Marisa Roffman: CBS Orders PERSON OF INTEREST and TWO BROKE GIRLS . In: . May 13, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Lesley Goldberg: 'Person of Interest', 'Unforgettable' Get Full-Season Orders at CBS . The Hollywood Reporter . October 25, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  6. Bill Gorman: CBS Renews 18 Shows: 'The Good Wife,' 'Blue Bloods,' '2 Broke Girls,' 'The Mentalist,' 'Mike & Molly' & Many More . TV by the Numbers . March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  7. Amanda Kondolojy: 'The Good Wife', 'Elementary', 'Person Of Interest', '2 Broke Girls', 'NCIS: LA', 'The Mentalist', 'Mike & Molly,' 'Hawaii Five-0' & 'Blue Bloods' Renewed by CBS . TV by the Numbers . March 27, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Christian Junklewitz: Person of Interest: CBS orders 4th season . In: . March 13, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  9. Nellie Andreeva: CBS Renews' CSI: Cyber ​​',' Odd Couple, 'POI', 'Five-O', 'Good Wife', 'NCIS' Duo & More . In: . May 11, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
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  11. a b Person of Interest. In: German synchronous index , accessed on June 24, 2017 .