A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

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 Father Ray Mukada 46 episodes, 1997-2003
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 Officer Claire Howell 35 episodes, 1999-2003
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 Officer Jason Armstrong 32 episodes, 1997-2003
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 Tony Masters 27 episodes, 1999-2003
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 Officer Diane Whittlesey 23 episodes, 1997-2000
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Oz chronicles life inside an experimental cell block in the Oswald Maximum Security Correctional Facility: Level Four called Emerald City. Under unit manager Tim McManus and Warden Leo Glynn, the inmates in Em City all struggle to fulfill their own needs. Some fight for power; either power over the drug trade or power over the other inmate factions. Others want money, either through slinging 'tits' (drugs), gambling or other scams. Others, Corrections officers and inmates alike, simply want to survive long enough to make parole or even to see tomorrow. The show gives a no-holds-barred account of prison life with all the plots, subplots and conflicts given context and explanation by the show's wheelchair-bound narrator, Augustus Hill. Written by Michael Hofer

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| (53 episodes) | (season 4 finale) | (season 2 finale)

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Trivia

In contrast to many screen depictions of prison (such as The Shawshank Redemption (1994)), none of the characters imprisoned in Oz are innocent of their crimes. Even Jason Kramer, whose conviction is overturned due to police misconduct is heavily implied to be guilty of the crime he was sent to prison for. Series creator Tom Fontana has said that this decision to only have guilty characters was a deliberate one in order to better highlight the series themes of redemption See more »

Goofs

When Doctor Gloria Nathan (Lauren Velez) talks to Ryan O'Reilly (Dean Winters) about his cancerous tumour in his chest, she says that the lump is "under the left nipple". However, he was clearly bleeding from the right nipple and ever clutching the right one while in the infirmary... See more »

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[repeated line]
Vern Schillinger: Niggers are up to something
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Referenced in Malibu's Most Wanted (2003) See more »

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One Episode and you will be hooked.....
5 June 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

There was nothing on and I switched on HBO and got hooked on OZ. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. The characters are real and are well acted. By the end of my first episode I was hooked. I find myself wanting to know more about each character and what makes them tick. This is a definite must see show.


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