The BEST Episodes of Alcatraz

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2019

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.

Guy Hastings

#1 - Guy Hastings

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 8.23
572 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt
Tommy Madsen

#2 - Tommy Madsen

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.23
496 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Jennifer Johnson, Daniel Pyne
Clarence Montgomery

#3 - Clarence Montgomery

Season 1 - Episode 10

Clarence Montgomery was the only innocent man in Alcatraz but he's returned and is committing crimes. This episode was scheduled to premiere on February 27, 2012, however it was postponed due to the weather delay of the 2012 Daytona 500. It is available online. It will air again on March 12.

star 8.19
444 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Leigh Dana Jackson
Paxton Petty

#4 - Paxton Petty

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 8.17
555 votes
Directors: Paul A. Edwards
Writers: Jennifer Johnson
Garrett Stillman

#5 - Garrett Stillman

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 8.16
480 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Leigh Dana Jackson, Coleman Herbert
Sonny Burnett

#6 - Sonny Burnett

Season 1 - Episode 9

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

star 8.16
474 votes
Webb Porter

#7 - Webb Porter

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 8.14
469 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt

#8 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 8.13
862 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt
The Ames Brothers

#9 - The Ames Brothers

Season 1 - Episode 8

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

star 8.12
452 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Robert Hull
Cal Sweeney

#10 - Cal Sweeney

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 8.06
586 votes
Directors: Brad Anderson
Writers: Robert Hull
Kit Nelson

#11 - Kit Nelson

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 8.00
664 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Jennifer Johnson
Ernest Cobb

#12 - Ernest Cobb

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.92
647 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Alison Balian
Johnny McKee

#13 - Johnny McKee

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 7.82
536 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Toni Graphia