Prison Break: Season 1 (2005 - 2006)


Season 1
Prison Break

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 30


Audience Score

User Ratings: 286
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Air date: Aug 29, 2005
Air date: Aug 29, 2005
Air date: Sep 5, 2005
Air date: Sep 12, 2005
Air date: Sep 19, 2005
Air date: Sep 26, 2005
Air date: Oct 3, 2005
Air date: Oct 24, 2005
Air date: Oct 31, 2005
Air date: Nov 7, 2005
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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
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
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 (30) | 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…

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…

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…

The best thing about Prison Break is that we've never seen anything like it before. Sure, the sadistic and quirky criminals are more than a little familiar, but the plot is completely new.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prison Break: Season 1

  • Jun 20, 2019
    Best season of any show
  • Jun 16, 2019
    might have finished this. Incredibly good first seasons
  • Jun 13, 2019
    Prison Break Seasons 1, 2 are my favorites...... and Season 4 is not far behind. The characters are So completely developed, performances are raw. Michaels brain is simply marvelous.... and the love he has for those close to him (especially Sara and Lincoln) is beautiful. Seeing the end of Season 4 wrap up the way it did was stunning..... cried my eyes out! And then Season 5 opens😳! Love the show, love the characters.
  • Feb 24, 2019
    Loved the debut season of Prison Break. Starts to feel a little long and redundant but a 10 or 13 episode season would have felt way too rushed without all of their trial and error. Great characters and story especially for a network drama during that time. Highly Recommend
  • Feb 13, 2019
    Addictive. Thrilling. Brilliant
  • Aug 30, 2018
    The best season of all the shows I've watched
  • Apr 22, 2018
    this was my first season experience & i felt great after watching it. the best series.
  • Sep 08, 2017
    Total roller coaster ride! Great thriller! Amazing acting! You won't be able to not love the villians at the end!
  • Aug 05, 2017
    A great story that has an artistic look at the show that is amazing
  • Jun 16, 2017
    Best season in the series.

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