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Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring (Zero Hour), that was broadcast on FOX for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and the other devises an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison.
The first season follows the rescue of Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell, John Doe, The Flash), who is accused of murdering Terrence Steadman (John Billingsley, Star Trek: Enterprise), the brother of Vice President of the United States Caroline Reynolds (Patricia Wettig, thirtysomething, Alias, Brothers & Sisters). Lincoln is sentenced to death and is incarcerated in Fox River State Penitentiary where he awaits his execution. Lincoln’s brother, brilliant structural engineer Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller, The Flash), is convinced of Lincoln’s innocence and formulates an escape plan. In order to gain access to Fox River, Michael commits an armed robbery which results in his being sentenced to Fox River. In prison, Michael befriends the prison doctor Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead) when he pretends to suffer from Type 1 diabetes, in order to gain daily access to the prison’s infirmary.
The show debuted on August 29, 2005 to an estimated audience of 10.5 million viewers. Fox had not seen such success for summertime Monday numbers since Melrose Place and Ally McBeal aired in September 1998. The premiere was ranked first in both the 18–49 and 18–34 demographics. The strong debut performance was also matched by various positive reviews. According to The New York Times, Prison Break was “more intriguing than most of the new network series, and it certainly is one of the most original”, complimenting its ability to create a “suspenseful thriller” and its “authentic look”.
Prison Break was nominated for several industry awards, and won the 2006 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama and was nominated for the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Drama. In the United States, all four seasons have been released on DVD, while the first and third seasons and The Final Break have also been released on Blu-ray Disc. The series has been aired and all seasons have been released on Blu-ray internationally.