Alcatraz (2012)

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In 1963, all the prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz. In the present day, they resurface and a secret agency are tasked with re-capturing them.

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Series cast summary:
 Detective Rebecca Madsen (13 episodes, 2012)
 Dr. Diego Soto (13 episodes, 2012)
 Warden Edwin James (13 episodes, 2012)
 Dr. Lucy Banerjee (13 episodes, 2012)
 Emerson Hauser (13 episodes, 2012)
 Dr. Milton Beauregard (12 episodes, 2012)
 Deputy Warden E.B. Tiller (10 episodes, 2012)
 Tommy Madsen (8 episodes, 2012)
 Jack Sylvane (6 episodes, 2012)


On March 21, 1963, the inmates and guards at Alcatraz prison mysteriously disappear. To cover up the problem, the government reports to the public that the prison has been closed because of unsafe conditions. A secret government unit was set-up to find the prisoners. Now, in the present-day, the inmates begin returning - unaged and unaware of where they have spent the missing decades - and continue their criminal ways. They are acting out of character and appear to be searching for specific objects. A federal agent employs a police officer and a conspiracy theory novelist to help track them down. Written by Kad

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On March 21st, 1963, Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred off the island. Only, that's not what happened... not at all. See more »


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16 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Even though the show is set in San Francisco, and some of the pilot was filmed in the city and on Alcatraz itself, the producers of the show opted to film the rest in Vancouver, mainly because of the much more attractive production rebates than California and the city of San Francisco could offer, much to the chagrin of the San Francisco film industry. See more »


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Disappointing to say the least.
3 February 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Before the pilot episode aired, there was a lot of hype generated by the degree of marketing the producers of the show invested in, towards its success. Naturally I was excited too, the show possessed that spark of intrigue and mystery that I so desperately craved. However, upon watching the first few episodes, I was disappointed upon discovery, that the show was merely your stereotypical and unoriginal crime thriller. Despite the paranormal twist, the show incorporates similar elements from other crime dramas like 'NCIS' and 'Criminal Minds', where the protagonists piece together puzzle pieces to find themselves a killer and save the day. I can only hope that the storyline loses that boring and unoriginal linearity as it progresses, but the ugly truth is, I've already given up.

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