That you watched person of interest when it originally aired on CBS, picked up in syndicated reruns, or aired on HBO Max, we can all agree that person of interest is the greatest bromantic artificial intelligence procedural thriller about cybercrime ever to air on a major broadcast network. The underrated series starred Jim Caviezel as a former Special Forces soldier and Michael Emerson as a tech whiz who helped people in trouble (or rushed to arrest people who caused trouble) on the go. aided by an advanced artificial intelligence that could predict crimes before they happened. . At the start of its run, person of interest proved to be a smarter show than it initially implied, with statements about corporate greed, government surveillance, and organized crime.
But what should you watch next if you crave more person of interest? We scoured the TV universe for other shows dealing with artificial intelligence, technology, crime, and men on the run.
In FX The old man, Jeff Bridges plays a former CIA agent hunted down by his own government. Sound familiar? The similarities to John Reese are there, but the real reason you’ll want to watch is because Bridges’ Dan Chase has some canine friends who will remind you IPit’s the bear! Both Rottweilers follow his every command, cut people’s throats, and are very good boys. But beyond the pooches, The old man has all the government cover-ups and double crosses you loved from Reese’s story in person of interest, but no more melee combat and none of the procedural scenarios about helping people. It’s full of Fugitive style cat-and-mouse games, with decks stalked by John Lithgow’s FBI man.
person of interest was a master of the serialized procedural format, featuring self-contained stories that all fed into a larger, overarching mythology. The show that perfected this was JJ Abrams’ Fringe, a sci-fi series that ran for five seasons on Fox from 2008 to 2013. The series starred Anna Torv as an FBI agent who teams up with eccentric scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his estranged son (Joshua Jackson) to investigate the inexplicable. But at the end of season 1, Fringe becomes more than one X-files clone as the bigger picture becomes clear and conspiracies are brewing. As person of interest, Fringe sucks you in with standalone stories but keeps you watching with its big questions. And remember that show climax when Finch did ecstasy and partied with a microwave? Fringe‘s Walter regularly takes LSD and hangs out with a cow! Both are slyly funny, while maintaining intrigue.
person of interest creator Jonathan Nolan loves artificial intelligence. In reality, person of interest and “the machine” was a sort of spiritual prequel to his greatest show, Westworld. The 1973 movie adaptation that featured robots turning on their masters at a theme park still features killer androids, but Nolan expands on the AI component and turns it into a global conspiracy where the action outside the park is larger than what is happening inside of it. As the layers peel off – Westworld starts off as an epic western before revealing itself later in season 1 and going to completely unexpected places in subsequent seasons – Westworld goes far beyond the complex mythology of person of interest. Sometimes too ambitious for its own good, Westworld isn’t without its bumps, but when it all clicks, it’s one of the most impressive sci-fi shows on TV.
For a very brief period in the early 2010s, it seemed like television was trying to revive the glory days of action heroes of yesteryear, with Fox’s human target first one season before person of interest. Both shows were throwbacks, with human target playing happily in the sandboxes built by The equalizer, The fell guy, and others. Based on a DC comic of the same name, human target starred Mark Valley as Christopher Chance, a hitman who switches identities to protect his clients. It makes for varied cases of the week as Chance finds himself in all sorts of situations that require both his wits and his fists to get out, and while the overall plot of Chance running away from his old boss isn’t quite as deep. as person of interest‘s, it’s a fun popcorn show and a good substitute for person of interest when you don’t want to tax your brain talking about runaway AI This isn’t currently airing anywhere, but since this is a Warner Bros. TV show, we hope it will be added to HBO soon Max.
person of interest wouldn’t be what it is without John Reese, the sardonic former military man who doesn’t say much, but makes his words count. That same “speak soft and carry a big stick” mentality is found in spades in Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson), the hero of Amazon’s 2021 hit. Reach. Whereas Reach doesn’t involve any grand conspiracy or evil AI, it’s solid procedural where character is as important as crime and disarming humor – usually Reacher taunting his smothering partner (sound familiar?) – breaks the seriousness. If you watched person of interest for Reese, you will dig Reach. [More shows like Reacher]
The infusion of stealth action with sci-fi technology is a main draw of person of interest; watching Reese dress up at the behest of the advanced artificial intelligence was a great twist on the typical procedural. The 2009 series of Joss Whedon dolls house follows a similar pattern, telling a story of people, led by Eliza Dushku’s Echo, whose memories are erased and new memories implanted to become who the wealthy and/or powerful patrons of the Dollhouse want them to be (an escort, a bodyguard, a mole, etc.). This format allows dolls house to hop from genre to genre, while slowly piecing together an epic, overarching sci-fi storyline as Echo slowly retains the memories and skills of the various jobs she does and uncovers the truth about what she does there. dolls house also includes person of interest favorite Amy Acker (Root), who plays a major role as the company’s doctor with a secret past. As person of interest, dolls house improved over time. This show has slept so hard.
person of interest‘s Machine and Samaritan have posed serious questions about the viability of artificial intelligence, determinism, and a new era of human society, but if you want to pursue these ideas, for example, at an advanced university level, Hulu’s Developers is ready to melt your brain. It is writer-director Alex Garland’s first television series.Ex-Machina) and follows a software engineer (Sonoya Mizuno) whose boyfriend is killed while working on a top-secret project at the massive tech company where they work. Nick Offerman plays the enigmatic CEO of the company who develops something so revolutionary that it is impossible to describe it here (and would also be a major spoiler). Developers is a sci-fi wrapped, beautifully shot murder mystery and a philosopher’s playground.
person of interest has carved out a niche as a gripping CBS New York procedural in which an outsider fights for people who can’t fight for themselves. This mantle has been taken over by the new hit series from CBS, The equalizera reboot of the 1980s series (which person of interest was influenced by) which was updated with Queen Latifah as the titular provider of karma. Robyn McCall (Latifah) is a former CIA agent who uses her skills to bring justice to vigilantes on the streets of the Big Apple, working with a team of experts to level the playing field. There are the same procedural stories and self-contained mixed with action and a little humor, and I’d bet a hundred bucks that a lot of person of interest the crew is now working on The equalizer, as the shows have a very similar look. It’s the closest thing to person of interest on TV right now.