Parents' Guide to

Prison Break

By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Prison drama is too violent for young viewers.

TV Fox Drama 2005
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 18+

Gratuitous violence

I enjoyed watching the first few programmes, recently on (Netflix) but then the ridiculous gratuitous violence really put me off! It did not add to the plot and was violence for violence sake. Personally some of these producers have a lot to answer for, almost encouraging sadistic tendencies. Also the plot completely lost its way and basically everyone was killing everyone. Is this a US thing where everyone gets hurt or killed. To be fair, the injuries were put together by poor, make up artists, someone just out of a Kindergarten! No subtlety involved what so ever!!

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 15+

Good Series

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (48):

Part mystery, part action drama, PRISON BREAK offers intricate plotting and shocking twists. The show is not afraid of killing off characters, portraying criminals as sympathetic, or linking the conspirators directly to a high-ranking government official -- just the sort of "edginess" one would expect from Fox. Its fast pace leaves little room for character development, and the intricacy of the plot may confuse less loyal viewers.

The show's appeal lies in watching someone try to break out of prison by using brains rather than brawn. Along with the intrigue of the corrupt government plot, it promises to be of interest to action drama fans. While kids are drawn to many action movies and shows, parents might want to exercise caution in allowing their kids to watch PRISON BREAK. It's far too violent for younger viewers, and should be reserved for older teens and adults only.

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