Parents' Guide to

Prison Break (2017)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Solid series revival is true to the original crime story.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Where Is The Plot?

I watched the original series and enjoyed it very much. The storyline was well-written and with few exceptions (Purcell, Callies), well acted. Each season flowed well from one to the next, and there always seemed to be a purpose to what the characters were doing. In the new season, however, it seems the creator(s), writers, etc., have focused too much on where the show was supposed to be taking place instead of what was taking place IN the show.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 14+

Never really watched the original but this is a blast

I just watched the first episode of the new prison break and I couldn't be happier with it I thought it was quite gritty yes and quite violent behavior but it was a great time and super enjoyable to watch can't wait for more details of the story really getting good if you don't watch it i recommend you should start to

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

This edgy drama offers all the action and mystery the original series is known for. The return of the original cast creates a sense of familiarity, but as some of their old tensions resurface, they're energized by new problems to solve. It also succeeds in providing a fast-paced narrative full of sudden plot twists, thanks to some sophisticated clues and smart writing.

Prison Break is a complicated series that requires some effort to follow, but fans will understand and appreciate the formula. Those new to it may find themselves momentarily struggling to appreciate certain details, but this does't take away from the overall experience. There's no doubt that this compelling update will successfully entertain a new generation of fans while still pleasing the ones it already has.

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