Parents' Guide to

Person of Interest

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Anemic high-concept procedural with heavy violence.

TV CBS Drama 2011
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 11+

Starts slow, becomes one of the best high concept sci fi shows of all time

I understand the motivation in rating this a 14+ as it does have quite a bit of violence, but I think this is a 'you know your kid' situation. The first season came out when I was 9 and I loved it then, however the show does get much more intense and dark as it goes on so 9 would probably be too young for the later seasons. While there isn't a whole lot of blood, there are some intimidating memorable villains and many intense torture scenes (even if they aren't super graphic). Characters also go to pretty dark places throughout the show which can be upsetting and intense the show's themes also get quite heavy and depressing at times, but that is part of why the show is so great.
age 14+

Just a phenomenal TVS that teaches how bad is today's AI.

Just a phenomenal TVS that describes the current generation situation (2018), world is getting watched by AI's now-a-days and no Harold Finch here to teach our AI's.

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Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (23 ):

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.

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