Person of Interest Season One Report Card: A-

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Person of Interest became one of the few bona fide hits of TV's 2011-12 freshman class.

With an intriguing premise and a pair of outstanding leads in Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel, it delivered on all fronts. What were the high points? What do hope to see in 2012-2013? What would we change?

Read on as we grade Person of Interest's first season in TV Fanatic's Report Card series.


Best Character: While I truly think the characters are entertaining in their own rights and even have Detective Fusco up on the list, I have to go with John Reese. It might seem predictable because he's the series lead, but the guy knows how to kick ass with such a cool swagger that it never gets old watching him do it every single episode.

Plus, there's plenty of backstory and humanity, so he's not just a walking Terminator.

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Worst Character: I'd say towards the beginning part of the season, Detective Carter was the worst character mainly for the fact that she felt too-one dimensional and merely served as the cop trying to catch Reese.

After bringing her into the fold, she's been able to hold her own with more purpose, but I'm hoping season two can flesh her out even further like it has done with Reese, Finch, and Fusco. I want to know what drives her!

Best Episode: This one is tough mainly for the fact that there are actually plenty of really great episodes to choose from. And while I think the final three episodes are a fantastic cap to the season with a great combination of story, action, and character, I have to give it to "Root Cause."

Not only did this episode bring back Zoe and give both Finch and Reese something significant to do, but it introduced us to another enemy in the show's rogues gallery that would reappear for a fantastic payoff in the finale, "Firewall." Certainly the show was ramping up and finally getting me really hooked at this point too.

Worst Episode: No episode of the season was awful, but the first batch hadn't caught the rhythm and excitement the latter half of the season drove with solid force. With that in mind, "Mission Creep" would probably be the one I might be least like to watch again mostly because it was rather boring for the episode.

Don't get me wrong, there were good moments, but it doesn't come close to the quality of the more recent airing episodes like "Many Happy Returns."

Best Guest Star: Paige Turco nailed it as the smart, sexy, and fiendishly clever Zoe Morgan. She not only had a great rapport with Jim Caviezel, but having her character pop up in a few episodes was always a treat.

She fit right in with the team and I hope she comes back.

Most Underused Character: I would have at first said Nathan Ingram's son, Will, because he seemed so promising and then left, but at least he has the opportunity to come back.

As for Alicia Corwin, while a shocking death, we never really got to learn much about her aside from the fact that she wanted to defeat Finch. Maybe flashbacks for next season might give us more insight?

Hopes for Season 2: There are many directions it could go and I hope that it follows a similar pattern to Person of Interest Season 1 in utilizing closed-ended episodes while at the same time laying in bits and pieces of an overall story arc.

I'm really hoping we explore more of Nathan Ingram and the Machine as well as a variety of unique ways John Reese gets to beat up and take down his enemies. I can only imagine what new bad guys await.

It's just unfortunate we have to wait until fall to find out where the show is headed next!

Overall Grade: A-.

Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Interesting how this series has brought together so many different segments of viewers! One says best character is Carter, and worse is Zoe...And another says the opposite. It's a tribute to the overall appeal of this show. As for me, I find Carter interesting but agree to this point she is still a bit one-dimensional. (Maybe that will change with S2 as she and Fusco work together.) I loved "The Fix" and hope to see more of Zoe in S2.
But my favorite episode was "Many Happy Returns"! For S2 I would like to see a Fusco-centric episode since we've already had a Carter-centric one ("Get Carter"). A redemption story never gets old...


i love carter now.


Best Charater all of them especially Carter.
Worst character Zoe
Best episode Number Crunch
Worst episode the Fix Overall good review. But your wrong about Carter she great in the show.


I agree with your comments. Best character=Caviezel
Best Guest Character=Zoe Morgan. She is wonderful and I like it how she flirts with Reese and isnt ashamed of it and how he flirts back. I am cautiously optimistic that she I'll be a reoccurring character. Hopes for Season 2: more Fusco. He is wonderful to watch and I think he has great chemistry with all the characters. And more consistent incorporation of Finch. His character and Reese are the stars of the show. There have been times when it seemed Finch was pushed into the background. And final hope for Season 2 are the episodes are so great we get an early renewal for Season 3.


Isn't there a poll so readers can vote their own grades? I know there's one for Hart of Dixie.


Best Character : Finch Worst Character : Carter Best Episode : Many Happy Returns Worst Episode : Cura Te Ipsum Best Guest Star : Bridget Regan Most Underused Character : Foe Hopes for Season 2 : New characters. Eliminate some villains. Overall Grade: B+ Best show on the big 3; by a country mile.


Best Character: All of them! It's hard to pick one because they all work together so well. If I have to pick, then Reese.
Worst Character: Carter at the beginning of the season. Much, much better since she joined Team Reese/Finch. She is not as developed as Reese or Finch so hopefully that is something they fix next season.
Best episode: The latter half was consistently good. Some of my faves are The Fix, Root Cause, Many Happy Returns and Firewall. But my fave is The Witness which introduced Elias.
Worst Episode: Mission Creep
Best guest star: Paige Turco and Enrico Colantoni (Elias)
Hope for next season: continuing to bring back great characters like Zoe and Elias. More development of Carter. Reese's former CIA partner, who/what is the machine?
Grade: A


I am with you Sean, and I agree with most of comments here,I am a huge fan of Jim Caviezel, and I enjoyed watching all the episodes of this fantastic show even it is hard for me to choose my favorite episode, BGS: Paige Turco, she was AWESOME, and of course BC: John Reese, JC was beyond words as Reese and I really liked Michael Emerson and Kevin Chapman. Cannot wait for season 2.
Total Grade: A+


I love the show and I respect the review but I think it says alot about us as people that no one chose Fusco as the worst character. I was uncomfortable with a dirty cop and no good he did would change my opinion of him.Why is he dirty? I still dont trust him and believe one day he will stab Carter in the back which will make most people glad because she does her job. The irony of it all....


Sometimes you all just drop the ball and forget it's still there ready for somebody to pick up and run with it again. Who? Reese's old partner (name??) who got blown up and then reappears and rearranges Mark's knee pads. She then proceeds to 'catch' up on old times. Well, anybody else with me?? Yeah, and I too agree with all the previous comments. Great show. Yeah, TV-R. Digital too. I give it an A+ "Who you talking to?" Reese, "tech support". Love it.

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Person of Interest Quotes

When you find that one person who connects you to the world, you become someone different, someone better. When that person is taken from you, what do you become then?


Obstacles are only obstacles until you move them out of the way.