CBS' Person of Interest demonstrates why it succeeds TNT's Leverage and USA Network's Burn Notice as the best show to watch.
The premise: Reclusive billionaire Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) created "The Machine", whose sole purpose was to predict acts of terrorism, but it also predict violent crimes the government would consider "irrelevant", which led Finch to hire ex-CIA agent John Reese (Jim Caviezel) in figuring out whether the "person of interest" is the victim or the perpetrator. Helping Reese and Finch are NYPD detectives Jocelyn "Joss" Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman), as this dynamic foursome takes on organized crime and corrupt cops, the dangerous hacker Root (Amy Acker), and enemies from their past.
In its second season, Person of Interest became the fastest-growing show on television thanks to episodes such as "The Contingency", "Bad Code", "Triggerman", "Bury the Lede", "The High Road", "Shadow Box, "2-Pi-R", "Prisoner's Dilemma", and "Dead Reckoning".
"Relevance" shows us the other side of the Machine with the introduction of mercenary Samantha Shaw (new series regular Sarah Shahi), the female equivalent of Reese who makes it harder for viewers to like her (if she wasn't so hot!).
POI's Reese and Finch may have been burned and betrayed by the government like Burn Notice's Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), but the duo are bigger suckers for the little guy because they're dedicated to bringing justice against the rich and powerful -- just like Nathan "Nate" Ford (Timothy Hutton) and his Leverage crew of modern-day Robin Hoods.
Person of Interest airs Tuesdays at 10pm on CBS; the first two seasons are available on Blu-Ray and DVD.