A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some mild positive messaging in the portrayal of the lead characters and their dedication to justice. The line between good and evil is clearly drawn.
Positive Role Models
Although the main characters make great personal sacrifices to help others and save lives, they do so using violence as their primary agent of change.
Violence & Scariness
Heavy violence. Conflicts are frequently resolved using hand-to-hand combat, sometimes with blood. Gun violence and other weapons such as automatics and rocket launchers also figure heavily in the plot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As part of an occasional flashback to a deceased relative, sequences feature the lead character in bed with his dead wife. No nudity, but close-ups of skimpy clothing and suggested sexual contact.
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Occasional use of language such as "damn," "hell," and "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lead character is depicted as drinking heavily before cleaning up his act. Criminals on the series are frequently involved in the drug trade and are depicted smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this high-concept crime procedural has plenty of violence. From hand-to-hand combat that includes blood, heavy weaponry, and references to September 11, this show is definitely not for young kids or sensitive viewers. Also expect some minor sexuality, plus some drinking, smoking, and references to drug dealing.
Is It Any Good?
We live in an age in which it seems that all you need to get a TV show deal is a very high-concept idea. The high concept behind Person of Interest isn't necessarily a bad one -- supercomputer identifies people about to be killed, rich man hires former CIA agent to help these people -- but the execution lacks energy and wit. With an idea so fundamentally silly, you'd expect the plotting and characterization to be a little less dour.
Instead, the show takes itself very seriously, which in turn results in a boring, humorless hour built on a goofy idea. Caviezel is either trying way too hard or not trying hard enough as the perpetually depressed Reese, while Lost's Emerson tries to mine what he can from the material but comes off as almost a parody of an eccentric wealthy person. Both of these actors deserve a better series than this.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.