Switching between eras, Alcatraz focuses on the Alcatraz prison, which was shut down in 1963 due to unsafe conditions for its prisoners and guards. The show's premise is that both the prisoners and the guards disappeared in 1963 and have abruptly reappeared in modern-day San Francisco, where they are being tracked down by a government agency.
On March 21st, 1963, Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred off the island. Only, that's not what happened... not at all.
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Did You Know?
Det. Madsen drives a green 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback, the exact color, make and model of the car from Bullitt
(1968) driven by Steve McQueen
. Bullitt also takes place in San Francisco. See more
The San Francisco Police Department does not use the title of detective for investigators. They are instead called inspectors. See more
Referenced in Star Trek Into Darkness