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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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Conflict Setting, 13 September 2010
Author: kentuckyblackbird from United States

I thoroughly enjoyed the series and agree with the above comments. I only want to add that the series ended probably because of the setting. People don't want to be identified with convicted criminals. However, I could see through that. This series, overall, was hilarious and I don't remember any character being miscast. Great comedy, great acting, great writing, uncomfortable setting. My favorite episode had to do with writing love letters. The lead character, Fuentes, was the letter writer to the spouses and girlfriends of the other inmates. He rented out his services for a small fee. I would love to be able to see all the episodes again. The stories depicted the inmates as just ordinary human beings who made mistakes and ended up in prison. The prevailing thoughts of many in that time period was that all incarcerated criminals were evil human beings who are a threat to society. The series portrayed them as a lot more gentle inside. It would be safe to say that if a new series debuted today it would be shot down right away. The quality of the program can be confirmed by the many actors who moved on to become household names in comedy and drama. Many of the actors are still active in 2010, or they are still available though in an advanced age. Hopefully though someone can bridge the gap and give us this type of humor again.

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