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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Stacy Keach (the Prison Warden) spent six months in a British prison and modeled his character after the man in charge at that institution. See more »


Dr. Sara Tancredi keeps giving Michael insulin shots using a regular syringe. Insulin syringes are several times thinner with short needles, which is why no diabetic prisoner in the USA goes to a prison doctor for his insulin shots 5-6 times a day. Moreover, she keeps giving him intramuscular shots of insulin instead of hypodermic. See more »


Dr. Marvin Gudat: I can promise you nothing.
Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell: Story of my life.
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Fast, thrilling and good looking!
27 September 2005 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Prison Break is one of the best new series. It's got personality, style, thrills and action. Michael Scofield robs a bank only to be caught and jailed. With him behind the bars he brings a plan to get himself and his brother, who is sentenced to death, out. What few people knows is that Michael is the architect of the prison and so he knows his way around.

The characters are really good. You really get to know them, but just so good that they're still unpredictable. You get to know some of their history and what kind of person they are. The actors does a great job in portraying these characters. I've only seen Dominic Purcell in John Doe, a performance I didn't find that good. However, in Prison Break his potential in shown. He portrays Lincoln Burrows very good. Wentworth Miller also does a great job as Lincoln's brother, Michael Scofield.

The story may seem a little incredible and some facts may be wrong, but never the less it's made quite believable. You believe the locations and the characters and how they behave and react. The story is well written and detailed and it all seems possible. They've managed to give this series kind of it's own style and personality. The basic idea of escaping a prison is old and so you might not wanna call this show original. On the other hand you don't know what else to call it. It is a new twist to an old idea (and a good one I might add) and it is not filled with clichés. It gives a realistic image of what could very well be. At the same time you got the old hero who's out to save the innocent. Yet, Michael is not treated like a hero. He leans more towards being a anti-hero.

The cinematography is great. This is one of those series with it's own unique look. The mood, style and action is well captured in really good looking shots followed by really nice music.

If you should start to watch one new series this year, it should be Prison Break.

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