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Alcatraz is one of the most intriguing new dramas on television with its mysterious premise and interesting cast. Almost everyone knows that Alcatraz island, which sits just off the coast of San Francisco, California, was the site of a maximum security prison for many years in the middle of the twentieth century. Some of the most famous criminals in history were sent to the prison to do time, and many of them behaved so badly that they had to spend time in a deep and dark solitary confinement space known as the hole. In the universe of the television program, the prison served much the same purpose, but, as the show depicts, some strange things happened at the prison that are affecting lives to this day.

Alcatraz is set in San Francisco, and it follows the lives of a special team of investigators as they attempt to solve the mystery of former Alcatraz inmates returning to civilian life without aging over the course of fifty years. These former inmates have begun to return and wreak havoc on civilians, and no one is sure why they are reappearing. The leader of the team charged with investigating the phenomenon is named Emerson Hauser, and he seems to know more than he is willing to admit about the prison, but his colleagues start to question him more about his history as the program progresses.

Alcatraz was brought to television partly by J.J. Abrams, who is famous for creating some of the most iconic and popular television programs of all time. It shares many elements with the popular police procedural dramas of today, but it also includes a number of mysterious, possibly supernatural elements that make it unlike anything else on the small screen. Each episode works as its own well-scripted piece of drama, but a larger story unfolds over the course of a single season. Though many questions still remain after the end of the show's initial season on FOX, viewers hope to get more answers from the show in the future.

Alcatraz stars Sam Neill as Emerson Hauser, and it also features Jorge Garcia as Dr. Diego Soto and Sarah Jones as Detective Rebecca Madsen. The characters on the show are solidly-written, and they are a major reason why viewers tune in teach week. The program also features some excellent direction and production design, making it one of the best-looking shows on TV, as well. People who enjoy mystery, drama and action love Alcatraz, and the show promises to continue delivering all of the aspects people have grown to admire.

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1 Season, 13 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Science Fiction
8.2/10
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Alcatraz Full Episode Guide

  • In the first season finale, lives are put in a precarious position.

  • In Part 1 of the first season finale, Rebecca and Doc search for a man who may possibly know why the criminals are resurfacing, and a discovery is made beneath the halls of Alcatraz.

  • Musically talented serial killer Webb Porter returns.

  • An innocent man from Alcatraz resurfaces and is now guilty of committing crimes.

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Well, "Alcatraz" ended its first - and in all likelihood, only - season as it lived: fairly pathetically. The one-hour drama about seemingly deceased prisoners of the famed San Francisco penitentiary that once more walk the Earth pulled in 4.7 million viewers and earned an anemic 1.5 rating among adults age 18-49....a 6-percent slip to a series-low number. The two-hour finale helped put FOX into fourth place Monday night, averting the seppuku-worthy failure of getting beaten out by The CW.

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