||Crime, Action, Adventure, Drama
||Marshall Allman, Robin Tunney, Robert Knepper, Wade Williams, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Sarah Wayne Callies, Dominic Purcell, Peter Stormare, Stacy Keach
Season 1 contains a total of 22 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from August 29, 2005 to May 15, 2006. The plot revolves around the plan of Michael Scofield to break his brother, Lincoln Burrows, out of prison. It covers approximately six weeks of the characters' lives (from April 11th to May 27th) - the entire length of Michael's stay at Fox River State Penitentiary. An average of 9.2 million viewers was recorded for the season. The origins of Prison Break began as a concept (a man deliberately getting himself sent to prison in order to help someone else escape) that was suggested to Paul Scheuring by producer Dawn Parouse, who had wanted to produce an action oriented series. Although Scheuring thought it was a good idea, he was initially stumped as to why someone would embark on such a mission or how he could develop it into a viable television show. He later came up with the story of the wrongfully accused brother and the conspiracy subplot. He then began working on the plot outline and devising the characters. In 2003, he pitched the idea to the Fox Broadcasting Company, but was turned down as Fox felt somewhat nervous about the long-term possibilities of such a series. He subsequently showed the concept to other channels with no luck. Scheuring and his fellow producers later remarked that many had thought that the story would be more suited for a film project than a television series. The show was later considered as a possible 14-part miniseries, which drew the interest of Steven Spielberg before his departure due to his involvement with War of the Worlds. Thus, the miniseries never materialized. Following the huge popularity of serialized prime time television series such as Lost and 24, the Fox Network had a change of heart and backed the production in 2004.