The BEST Episodes of Alcatraz

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Network: FOX

On March 21, 1963, the inmates and guards at Alcatraz prison mysteriously disappear. To cover up the problem, the government reported the prison has been closed because of unsafe conditions. A secret government unit was set up to find the prisoners. Now, in the present-day, the inmates begin returning - unaged and unaware of where they have spent the missing decades - and continue their criminal ways. They are acting out of character and appear to be searching for specific objects. A federal agent employs a police officer and a conspiracy theory novelist to help track them down.

Tommy Madsen

#1 - Tommy Madsen

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 26, 2012

Revealing doors are opened and lives hang in the balance as Rebecca will stop at nothing in pursuit of the man who killed her partner.

star 7.86
3,523 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Daniel Pyne, Jennifer Johnson
Guy Hastings

#2 - Guy Hastings

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 6, 2012

Guy Hastings, an Alcatraz guard, reappears. Although a good man, Hastings is being asked to do bad things and will come face-to-face with an old acquaintance.

star 7.77
4,535 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Bryan Wynbrandt, Steven Lilien
Garrett Stillman

#3 - Garrett Stillman

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 26, 2012

Doc and Rebecca close in on a man who may be the key to revealing the secrets behind all the returning criminals. Meanwhile, Hauser makes a discovery beneath the halls of Alcatraz that brings him ever closer to the truth.

star 7.67
3,636 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Coleman Herbert, Leigh Dana Jackson
Paxton Petty

#4 - Paxton Petty

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 13, 2012

When Hauser, Madsen, and Soto track former inmate Paxton Petty, a landmine bomber who has returned and is placing bombs throughout populated areas of San Francisco, methods of the past are applied to the present.

star 7.67
4,284 votes
Directors: Paul A. Edwards
Writers: Jennifer Johnson
Clarence Montgomery

#5 - Clarence Montgomery

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 12, 2012

Clarence Montgomery was the only innocent man in Alcatraz but he's returned and is committing crimes.

star 7.67
3,443 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Leigh Dana Jackson
Webb Porter

#6 - Webb Porter

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 19, 2012

Rebecca, Doc, and Hauser set out to capture musically-inclined serial killer Webb Porter (guest star Malek), an unknown ’63 that returns more violent than ever

star 7.67
3,573 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Bryan Wynbrandt, Steven Lilien

#7 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 16, 2012

Detective Rebecca Madsen and Alcatraz historian Dr Diego Soto team up with a secret agency that is dedicated to finding and catching inmates from the infamous prison who went missing 50 years ago and are reappearing today.

star 7.67
6,442 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: Bryan Wynbrandt, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien
Cal Sweeney

#8 - Cal Sweeney

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 30, 2012

When a bank robbing criminal returns from the past and things go wrong in the present, Rebecca has to break him out of the hostage-filled bank before people can find out who he is.

star 7.66
4,707 votes
Directors: Brad Anderson
Writers: Robert Hull
The Ames Brothers

#9 - The Ames Brothers

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 5, 2012

Herman and Pinky Ames, who almost escaped in 1963, return to Alcatraz in the present day and find something strangely wrong

star 7.59
2,982 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Robert Hull
Sonny Burnett

#10 - Sonny Burnett

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 5, 2012

Sonny Burnett, a man with a dark side, who became extremely violent while at Alcatraz reappears

star 7.58
3,707 votes
Kit Nelson

#11 - Kit Nelson

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 23, 2012

When child killer Kit Nelson, a terrifying kidnapper who always returns his victims home - after he's killed them - reappears from the past, the team is in a race against time to catch the man before he kills again.

star 7.56
5,202 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Jennifer Johnson
Ernest Cobb

#12 - Ernest Cobb

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 16, 2012

When a sniper begins targeting young victims, the team is forced to retrace the steps of the past in order to solve this modern day mystery.

star 7.55
5,262 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Alison Balian
Johnny McKee

#13 - Johnny McKee

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 20, 2012

Madsen and Hauser hunt down Johnny McKee, a former Alcatraz inmate and vicious killer with a background in chemistry. It’s a race against time before McKee horrifically poisons more innocent victims. Meanwhile, more details emerge about Madsen’s grandfather.

star 7.45
4,392 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Toni Graphia