Breakout Kings is an American action crime thriller television drama series created by Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead in which a squad of U.S. marshals team up with cons (former fugitives) to work together on tracking down prison escapees in exchange for getting time off their sentences.
The series aired in the USA on A&E from 6 March, 2011 to 29 April, 2012. There are 23 hour-long episodes in two seasons.
Breakout Kings originally aired in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Series channel from 11 October, 2011 to 7 January, 2013. The second season also aired on M-Net Series Zone. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 originally aired on M-Net Series from 5 November, 2012 to 7 January, 2013, on Mondays at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 2 premiered on M-Net Series Zone on Tuesday 9 July 2013, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast in a double bill, weekly. There are 10 episodes in the second and final season.
It takes a con to catch a con...
Driven by the fact that there are few things more dangerous than a prisoner who has just escaped, and tired of following protocol and resorting to outdated methods of law enforcement, veteran U.S. Marshals Charlie Duchamp and Ray Zancanelli are taking an unorthodox approach to their work: using former fugitives to catch fugitives.
Breakout Kings follows U.S. Marshals Charlie Duchamp (Laz Alonso) and Ray Zancanelli (Domenick Lombardozzi) as they form a special task force composed of the three most elusive convicts Ray ever captured: Lloyd Lowery (Jimmi Simpson), a former child prodigy and behaviourist/psychiatric expert who excels in psychoanalysis; Shea Daniels (Malcolm Goodwin), an ex-gangbanger who knows how to work the system, both in prison and on the street; and Erica Reed (Serinda Swan), a sexy expert tracker who learned her trade from her bounty hunter father.
Charlie and Ray also employ the services of Julianne Simms (Brooke Nevin), a civilian who acts as the "funnel" for the group – all information, tips and data go through her.
With each fugitive they apprehend, the closer they get to earning their own freedom. Will the Breakout Kings wait that long for a payoff, or will they try to score by going on the run themselves?
Breakout Kings is a production of Fox 21 and Chernin Entertainment. The series is created, written and executive-produced by Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora.
Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Gavin Hood also serve as executive producers. Hood directed the pilot.
Note: the first season did not air on M-Net Series Zone
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 11 Oct 2011 | Finale: 3 Jan 2012 | Tue, 19h30
Season 2 (10 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 5 Nov 2012 | Finale: 7 Jan 2013 | Mon, 20h30
Channel: M-Net Series Zone | Premiere: 9 Jul 2013 | Finale: 6 Aug 2013 | Tue, 20h30