Brian Finch, a 28-year-old who hasn't done anything with his life, is introduced to NZT-48, a miracle drug that gives him access to every neuron in his brain. For twelve hours after taking the pill, he becomes the smartest person in the world, able to perfectly recall every detail of his life. With the mysterious Senator Eddie Morra providing him with a second drug to counteract NZT's deadly side effects, Brian uses his enhanced abilities to help FBI agent Rebecca Harris.
- Jake McDorman as Brian Finch
- Jennifer Carpenter as FBI agent Rebecca Harris
- Hill Harper as FBI agent Spelman Boyle
- Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as FBI special agent Nasreen "Naz" Pouran
- Bradley Cooper as Senator Eddie Morra, the original main character from the film
- Ron Rifkin as Dennis Finch, Brian's father
- Blair Brown as Marie Finch, Brian's mother
- Sipiwe Moyo as Morra's nurse
- Colin Salmon as Jared Sands, a former intelligence officer who now works as a fixer for Morra
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#1 "Pilot" September 22, 2015
When his father becomes seriously ill, Brian Finch realizes he has not reached the goals that he had set for his life. His friend Eli offers him a pill of NZT, which helps Brian excel in his temp job and discover the true nature of his father's disease. When Brian finds Eli dead from a gunshot, he becomes the main suspect in an FBI murder investigation. Looking for more NZT, Brian tracks down one of Eli's coworkers and gets shot in the leg by the real murderer. He passes out, and awakes to find himself with Senator Eddie Morra, who offers him access to both NZT and a drug to counter its dangerous side effects, on the condition that he not tell the FBI. The FBI wants to find out who created NZT and how to counter the side effects, and FBI agent Rebecca Harris offers Brian a consultant position with the Bureau. Brian insists that they first help his father get an immediate liver transplant. Agent Harris reveals a personal reason behind her involvement in the investigation: she suspects that her father was using NZT before he was found dead.
#2 "Badge! Gun!" September 29, 2015
Brian begins work with the FBI, only to be stuck behind a desk as an analyst while they monitor his use of NZT. Restless, he works his way into an assassination case investigated by Harris and Boyle, but leaves the facility against orders to find evidence, and nearly gets himself fired. Together they unravel a plot to target an army general with a genetically engineered virus. Meanwhile, Brian tries to learn more about Senator Eddie Morra, and draws a blank. Morra's nurse starts taking care of Brian's father.
#3 "The Legend of Marcos Ramos" Oct. 6, 2015
With his daily NZT pill, Brian helps the FBI find a sniper who shot a former FBI agent. He also has a chance encounter with Shauna (Analeigh Tipton), a former love interest, and starts up a new relationship with her. One of Morra's men, Mr. Sands, calls himself Brian's new boss and threatens to harm Brian's friends and family if Brian does not comply with his every request. To protect Shauna, Brian breaks up with her.
#4 "Page 44" October 13, 2015
Brian receives his first confidential case investigating a Chinese spy. However, when his new online friend Arthur Maciel is framed for the murder of a former business partner, Rebecca helps Brian look into the police investigation instead. Mr. Sands asks Brian to find out how much the FBI knows about NZT and threatens to withhold the counter-effect drug until he has their files. Afraid of committing treason and not wanting to betray Rebecca, Brian fabricates a file. Sands has Brian's father infected with a virus, forcing Brian to steal the real files. Rebecca goes to an exhibition of her father's last paintings and Brian finds her father in the NZT files.
#5 "Personality Crisis" October 20, 2015
After recovering all of the files the FBI has on NZT which includes information about suspected users past & present, one of which being Rebecca’s late father. He very badly wants to tell her but worries that telling her will land him in a supermax prison. He keeps himself from telling her by making videos from his NZT self to his non-NZT self. Also, Brian accidentally meddles in Rebecca's personal life while learning self-defense from her secret boyfriend, FBI Agent Casey Rooks (who incidentally does not know about NZT) by making him suspicious about how Brian was able to pick up self-defence technique so quickly.
#6 "Side Effects May Include…" Oct. 27, 2015
After Brian tells Rebecca about the file, they investigate how her father got access to NZT. Sands, however, wants Rebecca gone and asks Brian to frame her so she loses her FBI job. To force Brian to comply, he withholds his shot, which brings up the severe side effects of NZT. Brian needs to hide them from the FBI and hopes that finding the developers of NZT will explain Rebecca’s father’s past and bring up something to combat the side effects. He also tries to contact Morra directly. The clues lead to Andrew Epperly, a Ubient scientist who received the NZT formula anonymously and tried it on his father who was suffering from Alzheimer's, as well as other patients at the New Springs rehab including Rebecca's father. Rebecca meets him and he tells her that he faked his death because he saw his patients mysteriously disappearing after the NZT was shared all over town. Sands blows up Epperly’s apartment. Naz tells Rebecca that she hired her because of her father’s involvement in the NZT case. Finally, Morra gives Brian the shot and a few extra NZT pills. He explains it was a test of his loyalties.
#7 "Brian Finch's Black Op" November 3, 2015
AKA Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Brian fakes being sick when Mike & Ike show up for his morning NZT pill in order to create his own version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with one of the five NZT pills Senator Morra gave him. However, the CIA abducts him before he is even able to leave his apartment to borrow his NZT-enhanced capabilities for a black-ops mission. It becomes clear near the end of the mission that Brian will most likely be killed by the CIA mercenaries who kidnapped him, as the mission has gone off-script. Brian thinks quickly on his feet to get out alive, even with his NZT dose wearing off, and finally manages to escape.
#8 "When Pirates Pirate Pirates" Nov. 10, 2015
Naz is put into custody because she is under suspicion of funding terrorists. She had paid a known terrorist to help with the release of her niece from Southeast-Asian pirates. This brings the whole NZT program at the FBI to a halt, and Brian retreats to Naz's home (his new safe house). Together with Naz's daughter, he plans to find a solution using a pill from his stash. They negotiate with the pirates. With Sand's help, they get Naz out of detention.
#9 "Headquarters!" November 17, 2015
Brian begs Naz for his own office, which he calls his "headquarters!". From there, he sends agents out to track down the FBI top ten most wanted. But when this endeavor causes too much attention, Naz shuts down the search. Brian meets with his father who feels they become increasingly estranged, so Brian tells him about NZT.
#10 "Arm-ageddon" November 24, 2015
Brian is asked by Agent Boyle to help with his ranger friend whose wife was killed by his brain-controlled prosthetic. Meanwhile, Brian's father betrays his confidence to a lawyer, leading to danger that Morra will find out.
#11 "This is Your Brian on Drugs" Dec. 15, 2015
Agent Casey Rooks and his team steal the NZT pills for themselves, triggering an internal investigation. Rebecca faces relationship issues and Mike and Ike's allegiance to Finch is tested. After Brian figures out Casey stole the NZT pills, Casey holds Brian at gunpoint, but Boyle shoots him in the head before he could have pulled the trigger.
#12 "The Assassination of Eddie Morra"
January 5, 2016
Senator Edward Morra is victim of an assassination attempt while giving a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan. Sands informs Brian that a woman named Piper Baird is behind the failed attempt on the Senator's life. Piper is a former associate of Morra's, who was involved in the development of the immunity shot. She began questioning the Senator's motives and went rogue, breaking into one of his R&D facilities and stealing a year's supply of the enzyme. Upon finding Piper, Brian has doubts about the intentions of Morra and Sands. Eventually, he helps her fake her death so that she can go into hiding. Towards the end of the episode, the Senator announces his candidacy for President of the United States.
#13 "Stop Me Before I Hug Again" Jan. 19, 2016
Brian needs to find a serial killer. In the process, he finds out an innocent man is in jail, convicted of a series of murders. Brian sets out to prove the man's innocence and catch the real killer.
#14 "Fundamentals of Naked Portraiture"
February 9, 2016
Brian gets a new bodyguard, Spike. The FBI investigates the death of a programmer who was working on a type of artificial intelligence and who may have been selling secrets to the enemy. Meanwhile, Brian realizes that Morra's coat from the assassination attempt, on which is Morra's blood, is still in the evidence locker and if tested, Morra will be exposed as an NZT user. After informing Sands, he brings in another coat with Morra's blood without NZT inside it and manages to fool the evidence clerk into letting him in, where he covertly switches the coat just as Rebecca, who is investigating Morra, goes in to retrieve the coat. However, Rebecca asks Finch to follow him to the evidence locker again, but Brian is hesitant as the clerk will recognize him. However, just before they are about to make the trip, they hear that the evidence clerk has suddenly died from eating food laced with peanuts (to which he was allergic).
#15 "Undercover!" February 16, 2016
Following the theft of the FBI's list of undercover agents, Finch goes undercover with one of them who does not want to come in due to being very close to catching the human traffickers she has been investigating, until she grows romantic feelings for him due to his help. Elsewhere, Brian meets with Sands, who admits that he murdered the evidence clerk's death in order to prevent Brian from being exposed, but Brian argues that Rebecca is now even more suspicious of the circumstances. Sands decides to meet with Rebecca and offers her a job within Morra's organization, but she declines.
#16 "Sands, Agent of Morra" February 23, 2016
Brian is visited by his sister, Rachel, for hanging out. However, Brian is suddenly visited by Sands, who is injured. After stitching him up, he swears Rachel to secrecy and goes with Sands to help him out, who is being forced to murder his former army colleagues because he needs to save his son. Coincidentally, Rebecca and Boyle are on a case where a boy of a wealthy political family has been kidnapped, who just happens to be Sands' son. Elsewhere, Rachel has to cover-up for Brian when Ike checks up, but she ends up sleeping with him.
#17 "Close Encounters" March 8, 2016
Amidst a large-scale blackout in Manhattan, Brian tracks down whoever stole an estimated $8 million in cash from the mutilated money vault. Meanwhile, Rachel admits to Ike that Sands was Brian's handler and gives him Sands' description. To make matters worse, Brian is confronted by his mother about NZT after Rachel produces his spare NZT pills, and she ostracizes him from the family after his father, who is also his attorney, refuses to tell her more after his NZT pills are confiscated. Brian, who covertly steals the pills back, decides to leave and leaves Rebecca an apology note.
#18 "Bezgranichnyy" March 15, 2016
Brian, wanting to finally rid himself of Morra's influence on him, travels to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he reconnects with Piper and helps her steal the last ingredient she needs to synthesize the enzyme that protects against NZT damage from the highly secured vault of an eco-friendly Russian millionaire. Meanwhile, Naz launches a search for Brian after finding out that he stole some spare NZT pills. The title of this episode is Russian for "Limitless."
#19 "A Dog's Breakfast" March 22, 2016
Returning from Russia, Brian is placed under increased surveillance by both the FBI and by Sands, while Rebecca, with help from Mike and Ike, starts her own investigation about Brian's meetings with Sands. He solves the case of a man who was murdered and had his kidney stolen. Sands gets to Piper before Brian can and acquires her supply of the enzyme while forcing her to make NZT. Brian comes clean about Piper to Senator Morra, who tells him that Sands has gone AWOL. Meanwhile, after witnessing Brian's visit to Morra, Rebecca goes to his house with handcuffs and demands that Brian explain his connection with Morra.
#20 "Hi, My Name Is Rebecca Harris"
April 5, 2016
When Rebecca confronts Brian about his lies, he admits everything to her about spying for Morra and that Sands killed her father. She then takes his NZT pill for that day and they find Houston's burn book that Brian hid with the information about the NZT purge. This leads them to a former Morra employee who was addicted to NZT and she gives them a cigarette butt with the DNA of the killer. As they leave her trailer, Harris is shot by a sniper sent by Sands to kill them and Brian does field surgery to heal her. They then go visit Houston and attempt to communicate with him in his coma using a homemade EEG machine. With the information gathered, they lure out Sands and arrest him.
#21 "Finale: Part One!" April 19, 2016
When NZT floods the streets of New York City and threatens to become a national epidemic, the FBI partners with the DOJ in a city-wide manhunt to find the lab producing the drug. Also, Brian has trouble adjusting to his new reality when he lacks the resources to continue searching for Piper.
#22 "Finale: Part Two!" April 26, 2016
Sands enacts a plan about the Northwest Passage of Canada, as Boyle and Harris fail to save the diplomat Sands orders assassinated. Using details taken from the killer's testimony, Brian and the CJC close in on Sands' real NZT lab. When the lab is raided, Brian learns Piper was there but is gone, while Sands is shot by Rebecca and sent to the hospital. After Brian returns to his parents house, he learns Piper is there and gives him a permanent immunity shot to NZT, but she has to keep moving so as not to endanger Brian. Brian returns to the CJC w/ his own squad of his friends to tackle new real cases, while Senator Morra is still missing.
On May 25, 2016, Craig Sweeny announced the series has been cancelled after one season.