Prison Break: Season 5 (2017)


Season 5
Prison Break

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Prison Break recaptures some of its old urgency in its return, but familiar faces and frenetic action aren't enough to make up for a plot that manages to bore while beggaring belief.



Critic Ratings: 33


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Air date: Apr 4, 2017
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Seven years after the events of series 4, Lincoln and Sara learn that Michael is still alive in a prison in Yemen.

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Critic Reviews for Prison Break Season 5

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

The not-so-good news about Prison Break is that the suspension of disbelief it requires is simply a bridge too far.

Apr 4, 2017 | Full Review…

With the action going from 0 to 80 m.p.h. about 10 minutes into the premiere, this Prison Break wants to recapture its old urgency -- and some of its old fans will likely stick around for the ride.

Apr 3, 2017 | Full Review…

At its best, Prison Break is kind of the Fast & Furious of episodic television -- not taking itself too seriously and providing equal amounts of crazy plot twists, action sequences and cheesy dialogue.

Apr 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Some whoppers in terms of story and logic, but this is the long-awaited fifth season of Prison Break, after all. You expected otherwise? A solid start.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

After a crackling good start, Prison Break begins to wobble but doesn't quite topple in succeeding hours.

Mar 27, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

For a 45-minute blast of nostalgia or a bit of (literal) escapism, Prison Break does the job. Just make sure you've suspended your disbelief before you watch.

Apr 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I was fascinated the entire time and thought there were a great amount of plot twists. There was a character for everyone. No one was quite like the other, which definitely added to the beauty of this show.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

My hope is that this will satisfy whatever itch the show's die-hards had to elicit this revival, if only to finally put an end to all of this.

Mar 23, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The show is as fast-moving as ever, with a trio that includes Sucre and C-Note all heading to super-dangerous Yemen to plan another big breakout as promised in the title.

Apr 4, 2017 | Full Review…

The question remains: Other than an effort to goose ratings with the return of a familiar title, is there really any creative reason for more Prison Break? Probably not.

Apr 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prison Break: Season 5

  • Aug 27, 2017
    A nine episode event, Season 5 of Prison Break resurrects the series and delivers an exciting and intense adventure. After his release from Fox River Prison Theodore Bagwell receives an anonymous letter that shows Michael Scofield is alive in a Yemen prison, which he shares with Lincoln who then teams up with an old friend and travels to Yemen; but once there they discover that the country is on the verge of revolution and that Michael is claiming to be a notorious terrorist named Kaniel Outis. Several original cast members return along with series creation Paul Scheuring, which allows the show to pick right back up where it left off and recapture the same tone and feel. Still, it's a little fast paced; having to cover a lot of ground and tell a fairly complex story in only nine episodes. Yet it's packed with all of the mystery, suspense, and plot twists that one would expect. One of the better revivals in recent years, Season 5 of Prison Break is a non-stop thrill ride that stays true to the spirit of the series.
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  • May 09, 2019
    Took me ages to find a TV series that I liked. Enjoyed it as the season progressed. What the flip was the garbage produced as season 5. Anybody who has not seen this show seriously avoid season 5. Disastrous ending to such an amazing show. Watch up to season 4 because you will regret it.
  • Oct 20, 2018
    The perfect ending...
  • Oct 12, 2018
    I’ve seen the original series 4 times over. This is a very welcome addition to me, it’s pulled my heart strings, gave me nostalgia and had a great interaction. Amazing journey and a great wrap up
  • May 03, 2018
    How long does it take to prove you're the good guys whilst being repeatedly imprisoned? Apparently 5 seasons... utter nonsense and a disappointment to the earlier series that gave this sustenance.
  • Nov 27, 2017
    Awesome comeback by prison break Love this series and its cast
  • Sep 13, 2017
    Slightly above average at best. Nothing will touch Seasons 1 & 2.
  • Aug 12, 2017
    PRISON BREAK Season 1-4 = are so so great The actors & actress playing the roles act so superb and well However, Season 5 was a TOTAL MESS = why the hell they didn't give much script to the Main Characters? And FOCUS more on the war and amateur Indian & Asian actors and actresses? Like the Fox River 8 Characters & other Main Characters are WAY BETTER, But why focus much with the extras, It's like it's NOT so Prison Break anymore ???? Rather, Just some war movie thingy ???? And even the Assassins, Gretchen & the AfricanAmerican black guy were even better Compared to the 2 new white Assassins who even betrayed each other Like wtf? ???? Sad how lame Season5 was made Even T-Bag = he finally found his son Whip Then Whip got killed in the ending And T-Bag went back to jail So terrible and traumatic = why not give T-bag a happy ending aswell??? ???? The Main Characters = got so little exposure While the NOT so known amateur Artists played alot of scripts It's like THE PRISON BREAK is NOT PRISON BREAK anymore But just a cheap independent movie ???? Very disappointed...
  • Jul 21, 2017
    Great to see the gang back together, but not in a watered-down version of the thrilling series it once was.
  • Jul 16, 2017
    Not as good as Season 1 but hold ranks with Seasons 2 and 4, with 3, the Panama season as the last...Season 5 has an ok story, didn't have the exceptional suspense of Season 1 for a TV program, but overall still makes you stay on from one episode to another.

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