Prison Break : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 29, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 555 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 555

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  1. BobGeldoff
    Mar 6, 2006
    4
    This isn't a bad show - if stuck in on a rainy night with nothing more interesting to do. However, let's be fair... this is just another US series which milks an expensive set for all it's worth. Much like Lost, action revolves around a limited area and a few pretty faces, with a series of cliffhanger episodes as long as a Middle American audience can bear. The show's This isn't a bad show - if stuck in on a rainy night with nothing more interesting to do. However, let's be fair... this is just another US series which milks an expensive set for all it's worth. Much like Lost, action revolves around a limited area and a few pretty faces, with a series of cliffhanger episodes as long as a Middle American audience can bear. The show's credibility could only go up if the break fails, his brother is executed and a late pardon is delivered just a little too late... Come on Fox et al... could you chuck in a few quality 'to-the-point' series / dramas once in a while? Expand
  2. DrewF
    Oct 6, 2005
    6
    Eh, I'll watch Peter Stormare in anything. A slightly above average show. The inventiveness of the main characters escape plan is the best part.
  3. Alex
    Oct 4, 2005
    5
    I can't stand the main character...after watching a couple episodes, it just isn't great; its not horrible...just not great.
  4. JackBauer
    Jul 2, 2006
    5
    Let me get one thing straight: Of all of the people who I have asked that say Prison Break is the best drama, have not seen the real best dramas, such as 24, House, CSI and Sopranos. This series started out pretty well, though. The first third of it was compelling and very orignal. I thought it was gonna be the next best thing. But that terrible cliff-hanger at the Fall-finale was very Let me get one thing straight: Of all of the people who I have asked that say Prison Break is the best drama, have not seen the real best dramas, such as 24, House, CSI and Sopranos. This series started out pretty well, though. The first third of it was compelling and very orignal. I thought it was gonna be the next best thing. But that terrible cliff-hanger at the Fall-finale was very dissappointing and made me rather angry. Lost and 24 are the true masters of plot-twists and cliff-hangers. The vice-president being the vilain was expected and predictable. Where Lost and 24 suceed, Prison Break fails miserably. I still continued to finish the rest of season 1. Some episodes in the second half were good, getting the show's orignality back, but the ending was horrible (honestly, there was absolutely nothing exciting) and they prolonged everything to make the season long, and boring. I'm only going to watch the first episode of Season 2 to see what happens. I'm probably going to stop after the premier. And for all of you "crirtcs" who beleive that PB is the best, do yourselves a huge favor and watch real dramas such as 24, Lost, House, Grey's Anatomy, and the Sorpanos. Rent the DVDs. They are easily much better than this dissappointing show. Expand
  5. JoaoR
    Mar 5, 2007
    4
    Great concept, poor execution... The problem with this show is the writing: 1) the conspiracy plot is so over-the-top that it becomes ludicrous (wouldn't it have been better for the bad guys to simply do nothing, instead of leaving a trail of dead bodies with gunshot wounds?); 2) characters do stupid stupid mistakes (like the lawyer lady who wants people to think she is dead and then Great concept, poor execution... The problem with this show is the writing: 1) the conspiracy plot is so over-the-top that it becomes ludicrous (wouldn't it have been better for the bad guys to simply do nothing, instead of leaving a trail of dead bodies with gunshot wounds?); 2) characters do stupid stupid mistakes (like the lawyer lady who wants people to think she is dead and then turns on her instant messenger; 3) the escape is far from brilliant, was done better by numerous movies (see Escape from Alcatraz); 4) the "action" of the show always has the same formula (plan + complication = reaction). In all, a disappointment. Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2014
    6
    Watched first season because of rave reviews and friend recommendations... This show is absolute garbage. Mediocre actors, extremely predictable plot and downright magic without any explanation. Absolutely retarded guards that don't do anything and are straight up blind. First 12 episodes were relatively interesting but after that it's full retard mode. The only thing that this show hasWatched first season because of rave reviews and friend recommendations... This show is absolute garbage. Mediocre actors, extremely predictable plot and downright magic without any explanation. Absolutely retarded guards that don't do anything and are straight up blind. First 12 episodes were relatively interesting but after that it's full retard mode. The only thing that this show has got going for it is a good idea and good music. Execution, however, is a complete joke. Expand
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. 80
    If the show can stay as gripping as its premiere... it will be a welcome new prime-time puzzle.
  2. 80
    As with "24," the whole enterprise, however action-packed, would fall flat if viewers didn't care about the characters, and "Prison Break" doesn't disappoint.
  3. A riveting, suspenseful, briskly paced drama packed with intriguing performances.