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Alcatraz 

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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sarah Jones ...  Detective Rebecca Madsen 13 episodes, 2012
Jorge Garcia ...  Dr. Diego Soto 13 episodes, 2012
Jonny Coyne ...  Warden Edwin James 13 episodes, 2012
Parminder Nagra ...  Dr. Lucy Banerjee 13 episodes, 2012
Sam Neill ...  Emerson Hauser 13 episodes, 2012
Cameron K. Smith Cameron K. Smith ...  Alcatraz Guard 13 episodes, 2012
Leon Rippy ...  Dr. Milton Beauregard 12 episodes, 2012
Jason Butler Harner ...  Deputy Warden E.B. Tiller 10 episodes, 2012
David Hoflin ...  Tommy Madsen 8 episodes, 2012
Jeffrey Pierce ...  Jack Sylvane 6 episodes, 2012
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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. Written by ahmetkozan

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302 Vanished. 3 Must Find Them. See more »


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

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English

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16 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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Alcatraz See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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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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The San Francisco Police Department does not use the title of detective for investigators. They are instead called inspectors. See more »

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Referenced in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) See more »

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Like an episode of X-Files turned into a series...
17 January 2012 | by mag6581See all my reviews

...not that that's a bad thing.

Besides the fact that Sam Neill really should give up on any hope of mounting a believable American accent, the premise of the show is intriguing enough -- before Alcatraz ended operation as a prison, all of the inmates and staff vanished, kind of like a Philadelphia experiment on an island gone even more than wrong.

The execution (ha! funny pun, not), at least in the pilot, perhaps didn't do as much justice to the plot as I would have liked, but at the end of the pilot I was left wanting more, despite Sam Neill's dodgy accent. The rest of the acting was competent, and the entire program seemed a bit reminiscent of previous time-travel sci-fi shows such as 7 Days. It has good pacing and you're unlikely to be bored by it.

It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.


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