Oz (1997–2003)

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

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 Warden Leo Glynn (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Vern Schillinger (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Tobias Beecher (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Ryan O'Reily (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
George Morfogen ...
 Bob Rebadow (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Tim McManus (55 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Sister Peter Marie Reimondo (55 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Augustus Hill (55 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Kareem Said (51 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Poet (49 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Miguel Alvarez (48 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Dr. Gloria Nathan (48 episodes, 1997-2003)
Granville Adams ...
 Zahir Arif (48 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Agamemnon Busmalis (47 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Father Ray Mukada (46 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Chucky Pancamo (46 episodes, 1998-2003)
Philip Scozzarella ...
 Officer Joseph Mineo / ... (46 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Cyril O'Reily (45 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Chico Guerra (40 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Chris Keller (38 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Officer Sean Murphy (38 episodes, 1999-2003)
R.E. Rodgers ...
 James Robson (36 episodes, 1998-2003)
Kristin Rohde ...
 Officer Claire Howell (35 episodes, 1999-2003)
Carl DiMaggio ...
 Officer Len Lopresti / ... (34 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Jaz Hoyt (33 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Simon Adebisi (32 episodes, 1997-2000)
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 Officer Jason Armstrong (32 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Governor James Devlin (27 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Tony Masters (27 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Enrique Morales (26 episodes, 2000-2003)
Sean Dugan ...
 Timmy Kirk (26 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Burr Redding (23 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Officer Diane Whittlesey (23 episodes, 1997-2000)
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 Kenny Wangler / ... (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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The prisoner's inmate numbers begin with two digits indicating the year they were incarcerated and then a letter which is the first letter of their last name. The only exception is inmates whose last name begins with O, such as Ryan O'Reilly. Because prison officials believed that an O could be easily mistaken for a zero, they use the letter P for inmates whose last name begins with O. See more »

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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

[repeated line]
Tim McManus: Get him the fuck out of here!
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Its influence will elevate the level of television drama for years to come.
19 January 2003 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

The stature of this program must be measured in the context of its format. These are not feature films, but one hour dramas, no different in concept or constraint from countless other network counterparts. But, oh how different in result.

Oz is not for everyone. It is violent, lurid, obscene, profane and controversial. Oz us narrated dramatically by a "Greek Chorus" of inmates who make insightful observations not just about Oz, but applicable to the outside world as well. The talent, none of it marquee, is nonetheless the finest assembly of supporting actors an ensemble cast could hope for.

In order to keep ratings up, the stories sometimes veer into the unbelievable, but the grit and reality are never gone for long. Oz is also a bundle of irony. Although it deals with homosexuality with insight and objectivity in every episode, it just as often bristles with gratuitous homoerotic overtone. Despite the fact that it overflows with action and violence, it never mistakes kenesis for story.

Sometimes, Oz borders on, and crosses well into, genius. Its often surreal direction elevates otherwise base events to sublime levels. Music, pacing, convoluted story lines careening and intersecting in ways that are at the same time graceful and clumbsy, just like real life.

This is said to be the last season of Oz, and yet, only two seasons are on DVD. With constant reruns and each episode being aired about a dozen times a week, you may be tired of this jewel anyway, but its influence will elevate the level of television drama for years to come.


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