Type
Scripted
Premiered
Aug. 29, 2005
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
FOX TV Network

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Prison Break

Due to a political conspiracy an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out from the inside out.

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  • Many of the scenes are filmed on location in the actual cell that housed John Wayne Gacy.
  • The filming location, the old Joliet Prison, actually only has cells stacked two high. To be able to show the cells stacked three high, a studio set was constructed.
  • Stacy Keach (the Prison Warden) spent six months in a British prison and modeled his character after the man in charge at that institution.
  • The character of "D.B. Cooper" is based on an actual person, who in 1971, after hijacking an airliner, extorted $200,000 from its owner, Northwest Orient, and leaped off the airborne plane with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his body. He was never found. The theory is that he was killed because his parachute didn't deploy.
  • The 4-month hiatus between the airing of episodes 13 and 14 came back to haunt the producers. Lincoln's execution was scheduled to take place in May. All of a sudden it was snowing.
  • Robert Knepper (T-Bag) says he based the haircut of his character on an old science teacher he had, who had a "poofy bit," which always stuck up at the front.
  • The name of the prison in the show, Fox River, shares the name of a river that runs through Western Chicagoland, near the real prison filming location.
  • Thirteen episodes had originally been ordered but due to the success of the show, Fox extended it to a full season.
  • According to an interview with Rockmond Dunbar the character of C-Note was only supposed to appear in the first 2 episodes but when the show was renewed for a full season C-Note's role was extended to a recurring character.
  • The idea for the show was originally pitched to the Fox Broadcasting Company in 2003 but was turned down as Fox felt somewhat nervous about the long-term possibilities of such a television series. It was later considered as a possible 10-part mini series, which allegedly drew interest from big names in the film industry such as Steven Spielberg and Bruce Willis. However, the mini series never materialized. Following the huge popularity of serialized prime-time television series such as 24 and Lost, the Fox Network had a change of heart and backed the production in 2004.
  • The electric chair is not used as a primary instrument of execution in the State of Illinois where the series is set. Originally, the method of execution scripted for Lincoln's death was via lethal injection. For shock value, however, this was changed to the electric chair. The State of Illinois currently has a moratorium on the death penalty.
  • Thirteen prisons banned this show.
  • Paul Scheuring had said that the initial concept for the series (a man deliberately getting himself sent to prison in order to break out again) was suggested to him by a female colleague of his (Dawn Parouse). He thought it was a great idea, but was initially stumped as to why someone would embark on such a strange mission or how he could stretch the idea out long enough for a TV show. He later came up with the idea of the wrongfully accused brother, and the conspiracy subplot. He then started work on writing the pilot script for the show.
  • Wentworth Miller was a last minute casting choice. He started filming about a week after auditioning/being cast.
  • Silas Weir Mitchell (Haywire) originally auditioned for the role of T-Bag.
  • SPOILER:In the season 1 finale, the character of Dr. Sara Tancredi was originally intended to have been killed off from the drug overdose. However due to the network's request, the popularity of the character and Robin Tunney wanting to move on to other endeavors, Sara remained alive for season 2 while the show's other female lead Veronica Donovan was killed off in her place.
  • SPOILER: David "Tweener" Apolskis's death was a result of actor Lane Garrison leaving the series to finish Shooter.
  • If you were to have a tattoo like Michael's, it would take around 200 hours to make and it would cost around $15,000-$20,000.
  • It took 4.5 hours to apply the tattoo to Wentworth Miller on set.
  • LJ stands for Lincoln Junior.
  • SPOILER: In Season 2 Scofield mentions a web forum on a site www.europeangoldfinch.net. That site does exist. Moreover, if you see the forum, you can actually see a thread called "The Bag's still got THE BAG", which was a message M. Scofield received from Sucre at the end of Season 2. Since then this domain was acquired by fox.com and is no longer accesible. Nevertheless, you can see the forum contents in web.archive.org easily, including Scofield's message.
  • Of the 17 people to be listed as series regulars over the show's run, the characters of Veronica Donovan and Sofia Lugo were the only ones to never be arrested. They each however were held hostage at one point.
  • Several characters are named after presidents and politicians. Lincoln Burrows and Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell are named after Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Michael Scofield, Benjamin Miles "C-Note" Franklin and Alexander Mahone are named after politicians Edward Scofield, Benjamin Franklin and William Mahone. Also Paul Kellerman is named after Roy Kellerman, the Secret Service agent who was riding in President John F. Kennedy's limousine at the time of his assassination.
  • SPOILER: 'Sarah Wayne Callies''s character was killed in season 3 because the actress was visibly pregnant when shooting began. Sarah Tancredi was going to remain dead, but the renewal for a fourth season because of the writers' strike allowed her to return and an explanation was made up (Tancredi ran away from her kidnappers).
  • Michael Scofield's tattoo was designed by tattoo artist Tom Berg. Berg was asked to work on the show by Brett Ratner after previously designing the tattoo for the character of Francis Dolarhyde in Ratner's film Red Dragon. Berg estimated that to get the tattoo done for real would take four years and would cost between fifteen and twenty thousand dollars. Berg also designed Haywire's sketches of the tattoo.
  • 'Sarah Wayne Callies' was the first actor to be cast.
  • Wentworth Miller had previously auditioned for 'Superman: Flyby', a film which Brett Ratner was to direct but which was ultimately never made. Ratner was impressed by Miller's audition and recommended him to the producers of the show.
  • Nadine Velazquez played Maricruz Delgado in the pilot but was unable to appear in the series as she had signed on to appear in My Name Is Earl before the show was commissioned. She was replaced by Camille Guaty.
  • SPOILER: John Billingsley played Terrence Steadman in Season 1 but was unable to appear in Season 2 due to working on The Nine. He was replaced by Jeff Perry.
  • SPOILER: Michael, Sucre, T-Bag and Bellick are the only characters to be incarcerated at both Fox River and Sona.

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