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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Michael Scofield's tattoo was designed by tattoo artist Tom Berg. Berg was asked to work on the show by Brett Ratner after previously designing the tattoo for the character of Francis Dolarhyde in Ratner's film Red Dragon (2002). Berg estimated that to get the tattoo done for real would take four years and would cost between fifteen and twenty thousand dollars. Berg also designed Haywire's sketches of the tattoo. 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: This is going wrong in every possible way.
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Breaking out of prison has never been this exciting
3 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this series, and I'm sure a million other viewers will agree with me. I've been watching it religiously since Day 1 and have the Fall Finale episode on a blank tape. I'll admit that I only turned on the T.V. on a Monday in August because I thought Wentworth Miller was beautiful, one of the reasons for the show's success, but now I have been drawn into the show's story and its "colorful" characters.

The prisoners of Prison Break may seem different, but in a way they're all very alike: They all want to break out of Prison. We love and hate these characters. Although some seem ruthless on the surface, each prisoner has his own story to tell, and his own reason for breaking of jail, reasons that viewers commiserate with and make them root for them. Michael Scofield plays a rich engineer and a modest genius who deliberately robs a bank to land himself in Fox River Pententiary, the same prison where his brother-Lincoln Burrows, framed for the murder of the Vice President's brother, is being held until the day of his execution. Scofield had helped design the prison, so he had the blueprints tattooed onto his body. An unrealistic decision made by a brother for a brother, but Scofield's a mastermind, and has had everything planned out down to the tiniest possibilities. If viewers find Michael walking into a dead end in his escape, be assured that he'll, or someone else, will find a way out of it.

Beyond the bars, Veronica Donivan, Lincoln's ex-girlfriend and an attorney, works to legitimately exonerate Lincoln. Whether his exoneration and his escape occur at the same time, we don't know, but her work to shed light on Burrow's innocence will most likely be a cushion for Lincoln's escape-so that he and his brother aren't treated as fugitives. Veronica and Nick, another attorney who's hopped along for the ride, are pursued by a ruthless and slightly more empathetic "Secret Service" agents working for a mysterious blonde woman whom viewers only see the mouth and hands of as she speaks on the phone.

And what is drama without a little romance? Chemistry bubbles between Michael and Dr. Sarah Tancredi, the reserved prison doctor who builds a wall between her and other prisoners, but she's willing to make an exception with Michael. How could she not, when he's gazing at her intensely with those blue eyes while she's giving him those insulin shots...meanwhile she delves into Michael's life and uncovers secrets about him that only make him more mysterious to her, and the wall between them grows taller.

Now we all wonder...will Veronica ever prove Lincoln's innocence without being killed first? AND will Michael and his brother ever break out of Prison with the rest of the crew? What will happen to them afterward? And for the romantics, will Michael and Sara ever drop all pretenses and just hook up? Just watch the Prison Break DVD or just wait until March 20...Unfortunately.

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