Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.


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Series cast summary:
 Lincoln Burrows (81 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Michael Scofield (81 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Fernando Sucre (81 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell (80 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Dr. Sara Tancredi (71 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Brad Bellick (67 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Alex Mahone (59 episodes, 2006-2009)
 Paul Kellerman (46 episodes, 2005-2009)
 LJ Burrows (44 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Benjamin Miles 'C-Note' Franklin (40 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Gretchen Morgan / ... (37 episodes, 2007-2009)


Structural Engineer Michael Scofield turns himself in to the Fox River Penitentiary in order to break out his brother Lincoln Burrows, who is on death row for the murder of the Vice President's brother. But Lincoln was set up by some of the Company (an agency formed by corrupt government officials) guys, headed by General Jonathan Krantz. Michael breaks out from Fox River with his brother Lincoln and other convicts. Written by Jyoti

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In a draft pilot dated December 2003; the prison was set to be the Real Life 'Supermax' Wallens Ridge Prison in Virginia, it was supposed to have a 60 minute run time, not the ~40 minutes it eventually did. Scofield's 'back number' was 55241, not 94941. Sucre's friend in the Prison Yard was C-Note, this changed to a different character called 'Wholesale'. Fibonacci was called Hill. Scofield was top of his class at Georgetown not Loyola. Scofield getting caught with the shank after the toilets were blocked off was in this episode, this was switched with Scofield attacking Abruzzi to lead to a second meeting with Pope. See more »


Lincoln is often seen speaking with Michael in the yard or on a work detail. In reality, Death Row inmates, RARELY leave their cells, are not given work details, and never interact with General Population. See more »


Michael Scofield: I thought your cousin was trying to move in on your girl.
Fernando Sucre: That's my other cousin but thanks for briniging that up, jackass!
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This looks like a show that will be a hit!
29 August 2005 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

I have been seeing so many advertisements for this show and I decided to check it out and it's surprisingly good! The acting is well done and everything else. The show is about a guy named Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) who gets arrested and framed for a crime that he didn't commit and now his brother, Michael (Wennworth Miller) installs himself in prison for one reason, to get his brother out of jail! FOX had better not cancel this one! Because I'm tired of the FOX network canceling all these other good shows that have potential and they put them on nights where they can't win and they have way too many reality shows! Plus all the good shows that FOX cancels last for 1 or 2 seasons like "Tru Calling", "Dark Angel", "Fastlane" just to name a few. But hopefully this show might last with all the good reviews from all the newspapers and magazines.

User Rating: 10/10


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