Prison Break Reviews & Ratings

Tuesdays, 9:00 PM ET on FOX

60 minutes

A convicted felon, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), is charged with a murder he didn't commit and sentenced to death. It is up to his brother, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), to come up with an elaborate scheme to bust him out and clear his name.
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by Mpretz
Oct 24, 2014 4:13PM EDT
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The first season was the best and then it kind of dragged out and became unrealistic.

The first season was the best and then it kind of dragged out and became unrealistic.

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Oct 8, 2014 8:31AM EDT
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best show ever

best show ever

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Sep 27, 2014 11:14PM EDT
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This show is very special ! you can bond quickly with the characters.

This show is very special ! you can bond quickly with the characters.

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by Lucy
Oct 18, 2017 6:29AM EDT
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Prison Break is officially my favourite tv show. Hands down, it’s the best tv I have watched in a very long time (and the most obsessed I have ever been with a tv show). It has brilliant characters, tense edge-of-the-seat writing and plot lines that intersect and connect so brilliantly, they’re up there with Michael’s genius escape plans.

It’s hard to put into words how imaginative and creative the writing, acting and direction of the show has been. I pride myself on predicting plot lines of shows successfully, but Prison Break really had me scratching my head and gasping as new plot details were revealed; it certainly kept me guessing and captivated throughout.

Michael Scofield is up there with my favourite fictional characters of all time. He has such a depth to him and he sees life around him in ever more shades of grey as the seasons progress. His unique perspective of the world and strong family commitment, despite his tragic upbringing, are powerful traits that ground his character and make him a complex and fascinating indivual. By going on a journey with him throughout the seasons, he has definitely made me think about some things more deeply and taught me something about myself too. Hats off to Wentworth Miller, who acted the role spectacularly and is a perfect fit for the character!

Each season of Prison Break has a different feel to it, but still retain their original core values and a solid cast of characters. Season 1 is flawless, with its superb introduction (with an astonishingly intriguing and captivating pilot episode) to the core characters of Michael, Lincoln, Sara, LJ, Sucre, Bellick, C-Note and T-Bag. Each of these main characters is developed beautifully, driven by different motivations, reacting to the same situations in unique ways and their relationships between each other build up some of the most genuine and loveable characters on tv. The bond Michael has between each of them strengthens him as the linchpin of the show, and his powerful sibling relationship with Lincoln had me in tears more times than I’d like to admit (the prison riot hug was just, wow… I cried a lot).

Season 2 is great at further developing the characters and how they react to breaking into and out of places, the importance of a ‘normal’ life, family, doing the ‘right thing’, trusting others and living with mistakes. The intense cliffhangers, the fear of getting caught or killed brilliantly ramps up the tension as the episodes progress and the amazingly complex character of Alexander Mahone is introduced as the FBI agent leading the manhunt to track down the Fox River 8. Without Mahone, season 2 wouldn’t have worked, he’s a great parallel to Michael and to Kellerman, and we see the hunt through his eyes as well as Michael’s, keeping things interesting and certainly shedding more light on the difficulties FBI agents face in their jobs. Also, the importance of the mysterious Company slowly creeps into every episode, and the wider political and greater implications fo Lincoln’s incaceration.

This is really highlighted in season 3 which, although much shorter, works brilliantly too as a interlude between season 2′s final destination of the original plan and season 4′s last battle to take down the Company. Having several characters locked up in a prison where there are no rules really turned things on their head, especially having officers of the law Bellick and Mahone being incarcerated and of equal status with the prisoners they once were chasing. Michael and Mahone’s relationship really develops this season, and I certainly was rooting for Mahone by the end of the season (after disliking him at the beginning of season 2). Watching Michael aquire more and more criminally sophisticated skills to survive whilst trying to hold onto himself as a person was fascinatingly hearbreaking to watch.

Season 4 is a very intense a heist thriller of a series and runs without breaking a sweat through 22 episodes, killing off characters, providing more than a few plot twists but still retaining a core group of character that I’ve grown to love very much. Don’t even talk to me about the final episode or the Final Break movie - I sobbed so hard during each of them. Both episodes really packed an emotional punch that although was partly expected, the depth of feeling with the actors and the strength of love that ran throughout was just too much for my heart to handle (I find origami hard to look at these days…)

I have absolutely LOVED watching the original run (seasons 1-4) and could not reccomend this show highly enough! After recovering emotionally, I’ll definitely be watching season 5 when it comes out in the UK :)

Prison Break is officially my favourite tv show. Hands down, it’s the best tv I have watched in a very long time (and the most obsessed I have ever been with a tv show). It has brilliant characters, tense edge-of-the-seat writing and plot lines that intersect and connect so brilliantly, they’re up there with Michael’s genius escape plans.

It’s hard to put into words how imaginative and creative the writing, acting and direction of the show has been. I pride myself on predicting plot lines of shows successfully, but Prison Break really had me scratching my head and gasping as new plot details were revealed; it certainly kept me guessing and captivated throughout.

Michael Scofield is up there with my favourite fictional characters of all time. He has such a depth to him and he sees life around him in ever more shades of grey as the seasons progress. His unique perspective of the world and strong family commitment, despite his tragic upbringing, are powerful traits that ground his character and make him a complex and fascinating indivual. By going on a journey with him throughout the seasons, he has definitely made me think about some things more deeply and taught me something about myself too. Hats off to Wentworth Miller, who acted the role spectacularly and is a perfect fit for the character!

Each season of Prison Break has a different feel to it, but still retain their original core values and a solid cast of characters. Season 1 is flawless, with its superb introduction (with an astonishingly intriguing and captivating pilot episode) to the core characters of Michael, Lincoln, Sara, LJ, Sucre, Bellick, C-Note and T-Bag. Each of these main characters is developed beautifully, driven by different motivations, reacting to the same situations in unique ways and their relationships between each other build up some of the most genuine and loveable characters on tv. The bond Michael has between each of them strengthens him as the linchpin of the show, and his powerful sibling relationship with Lincoln had me in tears more times than I’d like to admit (the prison riot hug was just, wow… I cried a lot).

Season 2 is great at further developing the characters and how they react to breaking into and out of places, the importance of a ‘normal’ life, family, doing the ‘right thing’, trusting others and living with mistakes. The intense cliffhangers, the fear of getting caught or killed brilliantly ramps up the tension as the episodes progress and the amazingly complex character of Alexander Mahone is introduced as the FBI agent leading the manhunt to track down the Fox River 8. Without Mahone, season 2 wouldn’t have worked, he’s a great parallel to Michael and to Kellerman, and we see the hunt through his eyes as well as Michael’s, keeping things interesting and certainly shedding more light on the difficulties FBI agents face in their jobs. Also, the importance of the mysterious Company slowly creeps into every episode, and the wider political and greater implications fo Lincoln’s incaceration.

This is really highlighted in season 3 which, although much shorter, works brilliantly too as a interlude between season 2′s final destination of the original plan and season 4′s last battle to take down the Company. Having several characters locked up in a prison where there are no rules really turned things on their head, especially having officers of the law Bellick and Mahone being incarcerated and of equal status with the prisoners they once were chasing. Michael and Mahone’s relationship really develops this season, and I certainly was rooting for Mahone by the end of the season (after disliking him at the beginning of season 2). Watching Michael aquire more and more criminally sophisticated skills to survive whilst trying to hold onto himself as a person was fascinatingly hearbreaking to watch.

Season 4 is a very intense a heist thriller of a series and runs without breaking a sweat through 22 episodes, killing off characters, providing more than a few plot twists but still retaining a core group of character that I’ve grown to love very much. Don’t even talk to me about the final episode or the Final Break movie - I sobbed so hard during each of them. Both episodes really packed an emotional punch that although was partly expected, the depth of feeling with the actors and the strength of love that ran throughout was just too much for my heart to handle (I find origami hard to look at these days…)

I have absolutely LOVED watching the original run (seasons 1-4) and could not reccomend this show highly enough! After recovering emotionally, I’ll definitely be watching season 5 when it comes out in the UK :)

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will come back i miss you

will come back i miss you

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Dec 16, 2015 3:25AM EST
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Its full of action and it is amazing the way he thinks and figures ways out of stuff.I can't believe they cancelled this show its a great show. There doing a Season 5 on this show on Fox in 2016.

Its full of action and it is amazing the way he thinks and figures ways out of stuff.I can't believe they cancelled this show its a great show. There doing a Season 5 on this show on Fox in 2016.

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Oct 16, 2015 10:16AM EDT
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Jail break drama... you can't miss.....

Jail break drama... you can't miss.....

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May 23, 2015 8:16AM EDT
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Loved the first season. After that, It lost my attention.

Loved the first season. After that, It lost my attention.

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May 7, 2015 5:00PM EDT
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awesome............

awesome............

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Apr 4, 2015 12:34AM EDT
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Good! I should watch it again.

Good! I should watch it again.