Prison Break is so popular because it is a metaphor for all of our lives. I wrote this for a project in my literature class.
We fans can relate with the main characters, because our lives feel like "prisons". That is, not literally, but (our latest vocabulary word) figurative. We feel trapped by life. We go to school every day in the morning in the rain. Or grown-ups have to go to work in a job that is so dull, they feel like it's prison.
We all want to break out. Michael and gang did break out, and we cheered them on, the same way we want to break out of our depressing lives. They got freedom and a new life. We want that same new life.