Prison Break (2017)

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Solid series revival is true to the original crime story.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family, loyalty are important. Conspiracies abound.

Positive Role Models & Representations

They aren't perfect, but Lincoln loves his brother; ex-cons are loyal. 


Murder attempts, violent accidents, shootings, explosions, terrorism. 


Occasional strong innuendo, references to porn. 


"Damn," "bitch." 


Mercedes-Benz, Nissan. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this new installment of Prison Break is a continuation of the original series and contains lots of violent content, such as explosions, shootings, beatings, murders, and terrorist acts. Conspiracies abound, but family and loyalty remain major themes. Some of the language is a little rough ("bitch"), and there's some sexual innuendo and references to drinking. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoe U. May 11, 2017

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 flowe... Continue reading
Parent of a 13, 15, and 17-year-old Written byMedia expert 27 April 7, 2017

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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRandom kid April 17, 2017
Teen, 15 years old Written bynoboi4 December 1, 2020

depends on what type of kid you have


What's the story?

PRISON BREAK (2017) is a revival of the hit series that aired from 2005 to 2009. It's been seven years since structural engineer Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) rescued his brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) from death row after a group of conspirators made sure that he was wrongfully convicted of murdering the U.S. vice president's brother. Now Michael is presumed dead; his widow, Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies), has moved on; and Lincoln's life is falling apart. But strange clues are emerging about his possible whereabouts, and Lincoln is committed to discovering the truth. With Sara's help, and that of his former Fox River Penitentiary inmates, including T-Bag (Robert Knepper), C-Note (Rockmand Dunbar), and Sucre (Amauray Nolasco), he soon finds himself orchestrating a sophisticated prison break in a dangerous part of the world. 

Is it any good?

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.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between reviving a TV show versus rebooting it. What’s the difference? Why would producers choose to do one or the other? Do you think Prison Break is a good revival?

  • Are the stories featured in Prison Break plausible? Are they supposed to be? Would the show be as entertaining if they were?

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