this show surpasses any expectations you could possibly have. as with most tv shows you expect some really silly level of story and/or plot line, and if that isn't in existence, you expect really terrible acting. this show really doesn't suffer in either area. i will admit the plot is so intensely over-the-top that in retrospect you realize it is more than unbelievable, but the story progression is so well done that you find yourself adequately immersed in every detail along the way whilst never really believing that this couldn't happen in real life. i think that's what make this show so excellent--it's so over-the-top yet so unbelievably believable, with every twist, turn, and well-timed plot direction change that you just cannot get away from it. in my opinion more entertaining even than Band of Brothers and even more original, captivating, and has a better unbelievably believable factor to it than Lost. the 2nd season was also fantastic, but after that it got a little too repetitive and silly for me.
i was so in love with the first season that i was able to be a regular extra on the set in the 2nd and 3rd seasons and got to meet michael, lincoln, t-bag, and several other of the main actors. t-bag is definitely the nicest possible bad guys ever, as is bellick. just really friendly guys and you kind of wonder if it's because their characters are so sinister in the show. this is truly not a show worth missing. even if you find it mediocre at best, you undoubtedly will be intrigued beyond far more than you expect.
last note i will make is that this blu-ray gets in the top 20% of many blu-ray video quality surveys and is very impressive to watch.