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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 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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Life's not a word. It's a sentence. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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(1997-1998)| (1999-)

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Craig muMs Grant (Arnold 'Poet' Jackson) actually wrote all the poems he read in the series. 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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William Giles: [repeatedly] Peter... Peter Marie.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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Not only the best show on TV currently, but one of the best shows of all-time.
4 December 1998 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Consistently well-written and acted, Oz is without a doubt the best thing on TV. Quality wise, it's up there with the first 4 seasons of Homicide: Life on the Street as the most compelling hour of television drama. Presenting a harsh and realistic view of prison life, Oz is a wonderful mixture of superb acting and character development; all of which rides on a nuanced and erudite core (Foucault's Panopticon is the inspiration for Em City's design...and ultimate failure). It is the only show on TV, that I can think of, that has presented characters who were intensely dislikable one moment and oddly empathetic the next. That I am repulsed by, sympathetic with, intrigued about, and involved with every character that has lived, died or survived on the show, is no small feat. Good TV exists. And, for my money, Oz is not only good TV, it is better than most films released throughout the year.


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