The BEST Episodes of Prison Break

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2019

Network: FOX (US)

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.

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#1 - Go

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 8, 2006

Everyone's ready to make their escapes across the high wire. Veronica and Nick realize they may be in over their heads. And Agent Kellerman helps Vice President Reynolds calm down before her debate.

star 8.32
1,479 votes
Directors: Dean White
Writers: Matt Olmstead

#2 - Flight

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2006

As the escape is in progress, Warden Pope and Captain Bellick begin a search to detain the escapees. Michael and co. have to reach the aircraft fast as the police is hot on their heels. Veronica discovers a major piece of evidence that could prove Lincoln's innocence. The Vice President is worried about losing her authority.

star 8.26
1,498 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Paul T. Scheuring
Riots, Drills and the Devil (1)

#3 - Riots, Drills and the Devil (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 26, 2005

Michael creates a lockdown by sabotaging the air conditioning in order to execute his breakout plan properly, and unintentionally causes a riot that gets Sara into huge trouble. Meanwhile, an ex-con is blackmailed into seeing to that Lincoln is killed.

star 8.18
1,710 votes
Directors: Robert Mandel
Writers: Nick Santora
Killing Your Number

#4 - Killing Your Number

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2009

Michael tries to bring down the Company once and for all.

star 8.15
1,315 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Matt Olmstead, Nicholas Wootton
Riots, Drills and the Devil (2)

#5 - Riots, Drills and the Devil (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 3, 2005

While the riot intensifies, Abruzzi and Sucre join forces. Michael must decide whether or not to save the life of Dr. Tancredi.

star 8.15
1,680 votes
Directors: Vern Gillum
Writers: Karyn Usher

#6 - Sona

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 2, 2007

Michael tries to save his brother and himself from the unstoppable Mahone. Kellerman's testimony at Sarah's trial proves different from what was expected, could this be the end for Sarah? Sucre puts everything on the line to save his Maricruz. Just like old times, T-Bag and Bellick are at it again but this time there will be a winner.

star 8.08
1,204 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Paul Scheuring
The Rat

#7 - The Rat

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 20, 2006

Veronica and Nick request a judge to postpone Lincoln's execution. A C.O. becomes suspicious about a broken door.

star 8.07
1,524 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Matt Olmstead

#8 - Selfless

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 24, 2008

Sara takes a hostage in a bid to secure Scylla. In the meantime, Michael and Lincoln finally meet the General while one of their members switches allegiance.

star 8.04
1,109 votes
Directors: Michael Switzer
Writers: Kalinda Vazquez
Behind the Eyes

#9 - Behind the Eyes

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired May 30, 2017

Dangerous threats keep Michael and Lincoln fighting to protect Sara and Mike; Poseidon's attempts to outsmart Michael and the rest of the gang lead them to the ultimate showdown.

star 8.04
4,028 votes
Writers: Paul T. Scheuring

#10 - Tonight

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 1, 2006

Westmoreland wants Michael to speed up the planned escape, and gets Bellick one step closer to unraveling it. Michael has to decide whether to involve Sara in the breakout plan. Tweener's devotion is put to a test. Veronica finds out that her ally unexpectedly has a connection to an inmate serving time at Fox River.

star 8.04
1,480 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Zack Estrin
End of the Tunnel

#11 - End of the Tunnel

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 28, 2005

With Lincoln's execution scheduled for the following day, Veronica comes out of hiding to contact him and gains an ally. Kellerman makes the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the conspiracy. Michael looks for a way to get Lincoln out of solitary confinement in time for the escape that evening. The inmates risk everything as they attempt their escape.

star 8.04
1,554 votes
Writers: Paul Scheuring
English, Fitz or Percy

#12 - English, Fitz or Percy

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 19, 2005

Kellerman and Hale blackmail Warden Pope. Michael finds out he might get out earlier than anticipated. Veronica becomes uncertain of her allies.

star 8.03
1,702 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Zack Estrin
The Killing Box

#13 - The Killing Box

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 27, 2006

Bellick is anything but happy about his sudden homecoming-to Fox River.Elsewhere, Michael and Lincoln might face a homecoming of their own. Mahone and Kellerman use everything they got to make certain that Michael and Lincoln do not get through their road trip alive.Sucre's getaway plane encounters some difficulties. T-Bag closes on Mrs. Hollander.

star 8.02
1,313 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Zack Estrin

#14 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 29, 2005

Michael Scofield, a structural engineer, attempts to rob a bank in order to get incarcerated at Fox River State Penitentiary, where his brother Lincoln Burrows, accused of murdering the Vice President's brother, is scheduled to be executed. At Fox River, Michael approaches a number of inmates, all of whom play an important role in his plan to free his brother from the inside. Meanwhile, agents Kellerman and Hale are determined to make sure the execution goes through as planned. Lincoln's son LJ gets into trouble.

star 8.01
2,573 votes
Directors: Brett Ratner
Writers: Paul Scheuring
Sweet Caroline

#15 - Sweet Caroline

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 5, 2007

An unlikely alliance forms between Bellick and Sucre while Michael is determined to face the president. T-Bag gets into some trouble when he loses his luggage and C-Note faces major consequences after some of his actions.

star 7.98
1,229 votes
Directors: Dwight Little
Writers: Karyn Usher
By the Skin and the Teeth

#16 - By the Skin and the Teeth

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 27, 2006

As Lincoln is about to be executed, he briefly sees his father in the viewing room. A phone call from judge Kessler delays the execution. After reviewing the newly surfaced evidence, the judge orders the exhumation of Steadman's body. Michael creates a new, more dangerous, break-out plan, involving going through the prison yard. An accident puts Michael's new plan in danger.

star 7.98
1,474 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Nick Santora

#17 - Bluff

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 17, 2006

In an effort to recreate the missing piece of the tattoo, Michael gets transferred to the psych ward, seeking the help of Haywire. T-Bag and C-Note have to join forces.

star 7.98
1,440 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Karyn Usher, Nick Santora
The Key

#18 - The Key

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 24, 2006

Michael must get the key to the infirmary and enlist the help of an old face, while Lincoln learns the identity of his kidnapper and another inmate learns of the escape.

star 7.97
1,451 votes
Writers: Matt Olmstead, Zack Estrin
The Old Head

#19 - The Old Head

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 24, 2005

Michael finds out a storeroom fundamental to his escape plans has been converted into a break room. Veronica and Nick are being threatened.

star 7.96
1,639 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: Monica Macer
Odd Man Out

#20 - Odd Man Out

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 21, 2005

Michael sees proof his plan is working, so he begins to overcome the last obstacle. As the escape draws near, the group tries to reduce its number by one and targets T-Bag.

star 7.96
1,568 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Karyn Usher
John Doe

#21 - John Doe

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 22, 2007

Bellick gets a taste of the medicine he gave out when he was the Captain and Agent Mahone's ex-wife makes another appearance.

star 7.95
1,263 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Matt Olmstead, Nick Santora

#22 - Buried

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 2, 2006

Michael, Sucre, T-Bag and C-Note claim the hidden treasure.An anxious Lincoln risks everything to get to LJ. LJ grows wary about the easy getaway. Kellerman rethinks where his loyalties lie after Sara gets to The Company's hit list. Mahone results to deadly force to get the truth out of Tweener.

star 7.94
1,338 votes
Writers: Seth Hoffman

#23 - Wash

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 26, 2007

T-Bag digs deep and finds his 'nice-side' with the help of a psychiatrist. Michael, Lincoln, and Sarah get their hands on evidence needed to bring down The Company, while Kellerman is close to finding the President.

star 7.94
1,244 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Nick Santora
The Art of the Deal

#24 - The Art of the Deal

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 18, 2008

Michael and Lincoln are left with no choice but to hand Whistler over in exchange to save LJ and Sofia. A familiar face enters Sona while another inmate leaves.

star 7.93
1,167 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Paul T. Scheuring

#25 - Allen

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 29, 2005

Michael seeks help of his fellow prison inhabitants to execute his escape plans.

star 7.92
2,029 votes
Directors: Michael Watkins
Writers: Paul Scheuring