View all TV Show episodes: Alcatraz (Ended )
Episode: S01E01Episode title: PilotAir date: 1/16/2012 12:00:00 AM
A murder case leads police detective Rebecca Madsen and Alcatraz expert Diego Soto to discover Jack Sylvane, a supposedly dead Alcatraz inmate, is still alive and hasn't aged a day. With the help of government agent Emerson Hauser, they soon discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat.
Alcatraz - General Information
Premiere: January 16, 2012
Genre: Action | Drama | History | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Network: FOX ( USA)
Airs: Mondays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Season 1 (13 episodes) - January 16, 2012 to March 26, 2012
Season 2 -- Unknown/TBA
About the show
Alcatraz is an American television series created by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, and produced by J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions. The series originally premiered on Fox on January 16, 2012, as a midseason replacement. Switching between eras, the series focuses on the Alcatraz prison, which was shut down in 1963, due to unsafe conditions for its prisoners and guards. However, both the prisoners and the guards disappeared and are now being tracked down by a government agency. The series stars Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill and Parminder Nagra.
On March 21, 1963, over three hundred inmates and more than forty guards disappeared from the Alcatraz island prison without a trace. To cover up the disappearance, the government invented a cover story about the prison being closed, due to unsafe conditions, and officially reported that the inmates had been transferred. However, federal agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill), a young San Francisco police officer tasked with transferring inmates to the island in 1963, is one of the first to discover that the inmates are actually missing and not transferred. In present-day San Francisco, the "63s" (as the missing inmates and guards are called) begin returning, one by one. Strangely, they haven't aged at all, and they have no clues about their missing time or their whereabouts during their missing years. Even more strangely, the government has been expecting their return, and Hauser now runs a secret government unit dedicated to finding the returning prisoners; this unit was set up long ago in anticipation of the prisoners' returns. To help track the returning prisoners down and capture them, Hauser enlists police detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia), a published expert on the history of Alcatraz and its inmates. The 63s appear to be returning without any memory of where they have been but with compulsions to find certain objects and to continue their criminal habits.
Date of last review or update: March 27, 2012