About Prison Break
Prison Break is an American action/serial drama television series that premiered on the Fox Broadcasting Company on August 29, 2005. The series revolves around two brothers; one who, as of the pilot, has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and the other, a genius, who devises an elaborate plan to help him escape prison. Created by Paul Scheuring, the show is produced by Adelstein-Parouse Productions in association with Original Television and 20th Century Fox Television. The current executive producers are Scheuring, Matt Olmstead, Kevin Hooks, Marty Adelstein, Dawn Olmstead, Neal H. Moritz, and Brett Ratner. Its theme music is composed by Ramin Djawadi, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2006.
Having completed three seasons, the fourth season, planned at 22 episodes, premiered with two episodes back-to-back on September 1, 2008 in North America and September 2, 2008 in the United Kingdom. Prison Break features a serialized story structure, similar to that of its companion show during the first season, 24. The first three seasons of the series were primarily filmed outside of Hollywood; the first season was shot in and around Chicago, with the primary location being the then-recently decommissioned Joliet Prison while the second and third seasons were filmed mainly in small towns around Dallas. The fourth season is being filmed in Los Angeles.
Season 1 consists of 22 episodes and was originally aired from August 29, 2005 to May 15, 2006 on the Fox Network in the United States. Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is accused of the murder of Terrence Steadman (Jeff Perry), the brother of the Vice President of the United States. With strong evidence supporting the charges against him, Lincoln is sentenced to death and is sent to the Fox River State Penitentiary to await execution. Lincoln’s brother, brilliant structural engineer Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), is convinced of Lincoln’s innocence and formulates an escape plan. He commits a robbery in order to be incarcerated at Fox River himself, as he works against time to overcome various obstacles and make the right connections among the inmates and prison staff to successfully break his brother out. The brothers are aided by their lifelong friend Veronica Donovan (Robin Tunney), who begins to investigate the conspiracy that put Lincoln in jail. However, they are hindered by covert agents, who belong to an organization known as The Company. The Company was responsible for framing Lincoln and it is not yet known why. The brothers, along with six other inmates, Sucre (Amaury Nolasco), T-Bag (Robert Knepper), C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar), Tweener (Lane Garrison), Abruzzi (Peter Stormare), and Haywire (Silas Weir Mitchell) who come to be known as the Fox River Eight finally escape in the season finale.
Season 2 consists of 22 episodes and was originally aired from August 21, 2006 to April 2, 2007 on the Fox Network in the United States. It begins eight hours after the escape, focusing mainly on the escapees. Series creator Paul Scheuring describes the second season as “The Fugitive times eight” and likens it to the “second half of The Great Escape“. The fugitives split up and journey to locations across the country with the authorities close behind them as they each pursue their individual goals. Brad Bellick (Wade Williams) gets fired from the prison where he worked as a guard in season 1 and chases after the inmates himself for the reward money . Several of the escapees reunite in search of a large cache of money buried long ago by another prisoner. T-Bag manages to escape with the money, as the brothers spend the rest of the season tracking him down, both for the money which they need to escape the country, and because Scofield feels responsible for releasing the murderer.
Federal agent Alexander Mahone (William Fichtner) is assigned to track down and capture the eight fugitives, but is revealed himself to be working for The Company; The group wants all eight men – especially Lincoln – dead. Several of the escapees are killed or recaptured, but the brothers make it to Panama. In the season finale, the testimony of a former CIA agent, who used to work for the Company-controlled President, exonerates Lincoln while Michael, T-Bag and Mahone are arrested by the Panamanian authorities and are imprisoned at the Penitenciaría Federal de Sona where they find Bellick who had been arrested earlier in the season.
Season 3 consists of 13 episodes after being cut from 22 due to the WGA strike and was originally aired from September 17, 2007 to February 18, 2008 on the Fox Network in the United States. The season follows both Michael inside Sona and Lincoln on the outside. Sona is a prison that has been run by the inmates and guarded only from the outside since a riot the year before. Burrows is quickly contacted by The Company who have kidnapped his son LJ (Marshall Allman) and Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies), the woman Michael loves, and is told that they want Scofield to break James Whistler (Chris Vance) out of Sona. The season follows Michael and Whistler’s trials in formulating an escape plan, as Michael has to deal with extreme tension and as Lincoln deals with the Company’s operative Gretchen Morgan (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). Sucre gets a job at the prison to aid Michael in his escape plan.
When Michael fails to meet their deadline and Lincoln attempts a double-cross, Morgan “beheads Sara” and sends Lincoln the head as a warning. As the season ends, the pair manage to escape along with Mahone leaving behind several accomplices including T-Bag and Bellick. Sucre’s identity is discovered by a prison guard and is thrown into Sona just after the escape. LJ is traded for Whistler and Michael is out for revenge against Gretchen for “Sara’s death”.
Season 4 premiered on September 1, 2008 and follows on from Season 3. Michael seeks revenge for Sara’s death and finds out that she is alive and that the head given to Lincoln was from someone else. Michael also learns the truth about Whistler, that he has secretly been working alongside Mahone to take down the Company. Whistler’s life is taken shortly after this by a Company Operative. It is learned that the inmates rioted at Sona and Bellick, T-Bag and Sucre escaped during the chaos. Donald Self (Michael Rapaport), a Department of Homeland Security agent, recruits Michael and Lincoln as well as Sucre, Bellick (Wade Williams) and Mahone for their help to bring down the Company in exchange for their freedom. Also joining the group are Sara, who escaped from Gretchen which resulted in Gretchen’s own captivity by the Company, having failed to secure a valuable item, and Roland (James Hiroyuki Liao), a hacker who was assigned to help them after getting arrested for identity theft. Together, they devise a plan to retrieve data from the Company that will help to destroy the Company. In the meantime, Wyatt (Cress Williams), an agent from the Company, attempts to track Michael and Lincoln down and T-Bag heads North to the US with the “Birds” book in his possesion. He is in the process of stealing Whistler’s plan.