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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 Lincoln Burrows (81 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Michael Scofield (81 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Fernando Sucre (81 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell (80 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Dr. Sara Tancredi (71 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Brad Bellick (67 episodes, 2005-2008)
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 Alex Mahone (59 episodes, 2006-2009)
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 Paul Kellerman (46 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 LJ Burrows (44 episodes, 2005-2008)
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 Benjamin Miles 'C-Note' Franklin (40 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Gretchen Morgan / ... (37 episodes, 2007-2009)
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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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The idea for the show was originally pitched to the Fox Broadcasting Company in 2003 but was turned down as Fox felt somewhat nervous about the long-term possibilities of such a television series. It was later considered as a possible 10-part mini series, which allegedly drew interest from big names in the film industry such as Steven Spielberg and Bruce Willis. However, the mini series never materialized. Following the huge popularity of serialized prime-time television series such as 24 (2001) and Lost (2004), the Fox Network had a change of heart and backed the production in 2004. See more »

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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 »

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Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell: [about the rising temperature in the cells] Not that hot?
[he points to an African American cellmate]
Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell: When this guy woke up, he was white!
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After seeing the commercial I did not strike me as something I wanted to see, but My husband convinced me to sit down and watch the pilot. OH MY GOD, I was so surprised. After seeing that one episode I am hooked. On Monday nights no one in my house can make a sound while Prison Break is on. We absolutely love it, you immediately love the brothers and want them to succeed. You feel that their failure would be your failure, you want to cry with them, laugh with them.. I hope this show stays around for a while. I know that I would never miss an episode. Any one who has not started watching this show, do so now, you will not regret it in the least. You will fall in love with Wentworth Miller, he is a gem.


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