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Alamesa minimum security prison has four inmates in a friendly rivalry with their guards and warden.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 16)

Rick Hurst ... Cleaver (24 episodes, 1975-1976)
José Pérez ... Hector Fuentes (24 episodes, 1975-1976)
Bobby Sandler ... Nicky Palik (24 episodes, 1975-1976)

Hal Williams ... Lester DeMott (24 episodes, 1975-1976)

Tom Poston ... Mr. Sullivan (13 episodes, 1975-1976)

Mel Stewart ... Mr. Gibson (13 episodes, 1975-1976)

Series Directed by
John Rich (21 episodes, 1975-1976)

Dick Clement (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Dick Clement (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Ian La Frenais (2 episodes, 1975-1976)

Series Produced by
John Rich .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Jerry Fielding (24 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Lally .... associate director (1 episode, 1975)
Series Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... composer: theme music (24 episodes, 1975-1976)


Additional Details

30 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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This was the US version of the hugely successful British sitcom Porridge, produced by the BBC from 1974-1977. 'Porridge' is/was a British slang term for a prison sentence.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of "Porridge" (1974)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Genuinely underrated sitcom, 4 October 2006
Author: Skragg from United States

It's true that I've never seen "Porridge," but I think this show was genuinely underrated. As far as I know, about the only attention it got was negative - it was called too light a comedy (considering the subject), and was also accused of being full of ethnic stereotypes, which it really wasn't. And it was full of very good comedy actors, some of whom I've hardly seen since, like Jose Perez as Fuentes, the leader of the group. And Melvin Stewart, one of the most underrated character actors of all (even his great "All In The Family" character seldom gets mentioned when people write about that show), as the nasty guard (at least, by LIGHT COMEDY standards), always trying to get something on the main characters, especially Fuentes. And Tom Poston as the nice, put-upon guard (again, I've never seen Porridge, so I don't know the similar character on that show, but Poston was very good). And Rick Hurst, who's made a career out of playing likable oafish characters.

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