Prison Break : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 29, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. “Prison Break” could be the fall’s breakout hit, but only if other actors can bail out Miller.
  2. It's a comic book, basically, a B-movie, a pulp fiction, and low enough in the cultural reckoning of things to set its own rules with impunity.... Part of the pleasure of the series is that particular pleasure of watching a super-heroic character who can't fail.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Yet even with the premiere sprinkling enough tantalizing bread crumbs to warrant a return visit, there's insufficient evidence as to how the more muddled aspects will unfold over future installments.
  4. 60
    Unfortunately, Prison Break's dialogue is nowhere near as sharp as its plotting.
  5. Complexity is one thing; making the complexity compelling is another, and "Prison Break" fails there.
  6. Preposterous ideas know no bounds on "Prison Break."
  7. 50
    For every step forward (intricate plotting, Wentworth's engaging lead performance), the show also manages to stumble back (rote subplots, incessant lame dialogue as exposition).
  8. 40
    Viewers hoping for a rousing adventure instead will find a dark, grim and often repellent tale.
  9. The premise, though bold, isn't as revolutionary as the "24" format, and the pilot is seriously lacking in thrills for an alleged thriller.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 665 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 213
  1. A.C.
    Nov 20, 2006
    10
    One of the best tv series ever. It has great story and very good actors. I saw first season, and only I can tell you is excellent. The second One of the best tv series ever. It has great story and very good actors. I saw first season, and only I can tell you is excellent. The second season will be on TV (in my country) in 2007. I can't wait that long!!! -_- Full Review »
  2. Jun 14, 2012
    10
    Watching this series I laugh when scofield laughs,I cry when he cries and all I wanted was to see those brothers happy.The plans they make andWatching this series I laugh when scofield laughs,I cry when he cries and all I wanted was to see those brothers happy.The plans they make and the way they execute keeps you on the edge of the seat. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2015
    10
    Best show ever made (after LOST)! Absolutely amazing, best acting, storyline, or plot ever. I don't know one thing wrong with the show becauseBest show ever made (after LOST)! Absolutely amazing, best acting, storyline, or plot ever. I don't know one thing wrong with the show because it is the best ever (after LOST) ! Full Review »