Prison Break: Season 1 (2005 - 2006)


Season 1
Prison Break

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Prison Break is confident pulp with a crackerjack premise that spreads thinly enough to smooth over the show's more lunkheaded flourishes.



Critic Ratings: 31


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User Ratings: 381

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Air date: Aug 29, 2005

As the first episode of FOX's Prison Break begins, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) is receiving the last in a series of elaborate tattoos. In the past months Michael has gotten his chest, back, and the entire length of his arms covered in tattoos, and when the artist comments that most folks do this over a matter of years her heavily inked subject replies that he doesn't have quite that much time. Later, after hurrying back to his apartment, Michael pulls the hard drive out of his computer and throws it into the Chicago River from his apartment window. The next day Michael is in a bank, brandishing a gun, and demanding that the teller open the vault. When the police surround the building, the intense robber drops his weapon, throws his arms into the air, and surrenders without incident. When Michael's day in court arrives, his friend and longtime lawyer Veronica Donovan attempts to dissuade him from entering a no contest plea. Regardless, Michael stands his ground and implores his nephew LJ to leave the courtroom. After a short recess, the judge returns and hands down Michael's sentence: five years in the nearby Fox River Penitentiary.

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Air date: Aug 29, 2005

As tensions between two rival gangs grow out of hand, Lincoln's innocence comes into question.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2005

As Michael wonders whether he can trust his cellmate, a fellow prisoner plots against him.

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Air date: Sep 12, 2005

A new development outside the prison causes Sucre to reconsider his involvement in the escape.

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Air date: Sep 19, 2005

When Michael's relation to Lincoln is reveal, Kellerman and Hale put pressure on Warden Pope to have the former moved to a different prison.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2005

With the clock ticking, Michael devises a scheme to allow him an opportunity to dig. But an unexpected move by T-Bag puts the plan in jeopardy.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2005

With time running out, Michael is forced to decide between working on the escape plan and saving Sara from a riot.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2005

When a wrench is thrown in the gears of his plan, Michael attempts to involve a new ally in the escape.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2005

When T-Bag attempts to take advantage of a new prisoner, Michael intervenes.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2005

While Michael attempts to keep two members of the team, an unwanted prisoner maneuvers his way in.

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This taut thriller, a paean to brotherly love, follows hunky Lincoln Burrows, who faces execution for a murder he didn't commit, and his brainy brother, Michael Scofield, who tries to save Linc as Series 1 opens by springing him from prison. To do it, Michael robs a bank with the intention of getting caught so he can be sent to Fox River penitentiary in Illinois, where Linc awaits execution.


Wentworth Miller
as Michael Scofield
Dominic Purcell
as Lincoln Burrows
Robin Tunney
as Veronica Donovan
Sarah Wayne Callies
as Dr. Sara Tancredi
Peter Stormare
as John Abruzzi
Stacy Keach
as Warden Pope
Muse Watson
as Charles Westmoreland
Paul Adelstein
as Agent Kellerman
Frank Grillo
as Nick Savrinn
Patricia Wettig
as Garlic Cutter
Danny McCarthy
as Special Agent Hale
Michelle Forbes
as Samantha Brinker
Silas Weir Mitchell
as Charles `Haywire' Patoshik
Joseph Nunez
as Manche Sanchez
John Heard
as Gov. Frank Tancredi
Christian Stolte
as C.O. Stolte
Anthony Starke
as Sebastian
Al Sapienza
as Philly Falzone
Matt DeCaro
as C.O. Geary
Mac Brandt
as C.O. Mack
Joel Hatch
as Judge Kessler
Adina Porter
as Leticia Barris
Holly Valance
as Nika Volek
Tom McElroy
as Reverend Mailor
Mark Morettini
as C.O. Rizzo
Antoine McKay
as C.O. Antoine
Keith Diamond
as Tim Giles
Ora Jones
as Wendy
Joe Minoso
as Chaz Fink
Michael Stoyanov
as Mark Fletcher
Brian Hamman
as May Tag
Chelcie Ross
as Bishop Morrow
Gianni Russo
as Smallhouse
John Judd
as Ben Forsik
Kevin Kelly
as Officer Phil Weston
Kwame Amoaku
as Stroker
Sandra Marquez
as Mrs. Delgado
Linara Washington
as Jenae Conlin
Daniel J. Travanti
as President Richard Mills
Terry Berner
as Electrician
Javon Johnson
as C.O. J.J.
Scott Jaeck
as Trenchcoat
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Critic Reviews for Prison Break Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (17)

Like 24, Prison Break is preposterous. Which is exactly what makes it a good time.

Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…

[Michael's] easy to root for.

Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Not only does the series not redeem itself in the three episodes previewed for critics, it manages, at best, to be "The Longest Foot."

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

It is like being on an escalator. You wouldn't call it a lively ride but, once on, it's surprisingly hard to get off.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

It is the kind of programme that makes you long for ad breaks and a little respite from the terrible, terrible strain of being so thoroughly entertained.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Part of the pleasure of the series is that particular pleasure of watching a super-heroic character who can't fail.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Prison Break's first season turned me into a drooling insomniac.

Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Wentworth Miller is terrific in the title role, and the supporting players are sufficiently vicious.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Prison Break is very cool. Even if it does go to Tooele.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This is an entertaining, big-narrative concept. Victor Hugo certainly would have thought twice before using it to line his parakeet cage.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The show's appeal lies in watching someone try to break out of prison by using brains rather than brawn.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Wildly entertaining...

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prison Break: Season 1

  • Jun 10, 2020
    An interesting concept and well delivered. Prison Break Season 1 was actually quite enjoyable. Throughout the escape you are kept in anticipation to see if they will pull it off and to see who gets caught. Acting is mediocre with good performances from "T-bag" and "Sarah", whilst "Lincoln" and "Michael" left a lot to be desired (more on Lincoln in my reviews of the future seasons). This season is certainly worth a watch and will provide entertainment, though don't expect "Breaking Bad" levels of production.
  • May 28, 2020
  • May 20, 2020
    Didn't really expect anything while started to watch my first season - but it turned out to be breathtaking and really worth the time on the series. I almost streamed the season non-stop from beginning till end while continuing on season 2 ...
  • May 05, 2020
    Great actor performances and great storytelling.
  • May 05, 2020
    Great first season with one heck of a cliffhanger. Definitely will be watching Season 2 because of it. Not sure if they really needed 22 episodes to tell that story though.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    Absolutely great show. I loved all episodes with the exception of one.
  • Apr 24, 2020
    Best season of the show, amazing work of Wentworth Miller 10/10.
  • Apr 22, 2020
    once you get to know Michael Scofield, won't be easy to let him go.
  • Apr 20, 2020
    This season is by far the best, the last episode is so intense, you will stay on the edge of your seat
  • Apr 17, 2020
    This franchise is so good, filled with excitement, adrenaline, government conspiracy, and most of all cons breaking out of prison!! Love it

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