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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(1997-1998)| (1999-)

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Series regular Ernie Hudson's son Ernie Hudson Jr. made recurring appearances as inmate Hamid Khan. See more »

Goofs

Miguel Alvarez - The large black-and-white rose tattoo on the back of the character's hand, throughout the course of the series, alternates between being on his right hand and on his left. See more »

Quotes

William Giles: [repeatedly] Peter... Peter Marie.
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Oz is a fascinating depiction of humanity in it's strangest forms
6 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Oz is set in Oswald State Correctional Facility. It tells the story of confrontation, cruelty, violence, hate and survival at any cost. in a place like Oz, you have to have eyes in the back of your head.

This completely original, intelligent and compelling drama tells of how warped life becomes as soon as you step through the gates of Emerald City.

What is supposed to be a state of art correctional facility is in fact far from being such. The show brings to light some of the many flaws in the prison system, the underestimating of the humanity that cold hard killers are capable of still retaining, and the one true fact: The prisoners are the one's who control the prison.

This magnificent and somewhat surreal show teaches about the importance of every life and helps give an understanding to the reasons that most of the prisoners are there. This show may seem shocking at first but to truly tell it like it is, such a thing is necessary.

Oz is a great depiction of hell on earth and how such a place teaches you some of the most important lessons you will ever learn.


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