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.

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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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An innocent man is framed for the homicide of the Vice President's brother and scheduled to be executed at a super-max penitentiary, thus it's up to his younger brother to save him with his genius scheme: install himself in the same prison by holding up a bank and, as the final month ticks away, launch the escape plan step-by-step to break the both of them out, with his full-body tattoo acting as his guide; a tattoo which hides the layout of the prison facility and necessary clues vital to the escape. Written by filipfilipovich@hotmail.com

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The 4-month hiatus between the airing of episodes 13 and 14 came back to haunt the producers. Lincoln's execution was scheduled to take place in May. All of a sudden it was snowing. See more »

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Michael says that he chose Panama because there is no extradition treaty. Based on the date on Sara's father's tombstone, 1 July 2005, Michael was still incarcerated on 8 May 2005 when the United States and Panama entered into an extradition treaty, explaining why he would be unaware that the brothers could be extradited. See more »

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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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