A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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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