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Sex & Nudity

  • Sex/Nudity: 10/10
  • Prison rape is one of the main themes of the show. While not overtly explicit, the faces and the backside of the rape victim are nearly always shown, and we sometimes see the aftermath. They are not prolonged, and we only ever see the beginning or the rape starting.
  • Naked women are also seen: the breasts are usually shown and the backside sometimes.
  • The prison guards sometimes (But rarely, as in less than five times in the whole series) have affairs with prisoners, some shown (A little less nudity than the rapes, but silhouettes are shown and moaning is heard) some hinted. Often both.
  • Prisoners have pornographic magazines, covers (Nearly always showing breasts) usually shown.
  • Prisoners are frequently shown naked in showers, toilets, etc. Frequent shower and rape scenes display both erect and flaccid penises.
  • A few prisoners are shown to be pedophiles, though only through talking, and none of the main characters are them.
  • OVERALL: Oz's subject matter is extremely explicit, focusing primarily on rape and sex slavery within prisons. Male nudity is frequent and explicit, with both erect and flaccid penises being displayed. Female nudity (only a few episodes).

Violence & Gore

  • Violence: 10/10
  • This show is VERY very violent, VERY very often. There is a murder in nearly every single episode, usually by "shanking", or stabbing/cutting with makeshift blades, though in the show prisoners and guards are killed by electrocution (The electric chair is frequently used for execution, though the firing squad and hanging (Prisoners are allowed to chose their means of execution) are used also) and beating and even shooting are used to kill and maim.
  • Drug trade is very active in the prison and many, many prisoners are killed because of it.
  • When a prisoner is introduced, there crime is shown (Albeit in slightly muted and in often dulled view) while a narrator tells us their name and prison number. Flashbacks to these (In the same dulled view) sometimes occur.
  • Rape is very, very common in the prison, and the majority of guards are totally apathetic, if not encouraging, of it.
  • Blood is shown in almost every violent scene (Gore is never shown).
  • Insane prisoners do things such as cut their faces up, put their waste on themselves, etc. One even eats himself to death (Only aftermath shown, very bloody, with a totally apathetic guard commenting on how much paperwork it will cause them).
  • Violent assaults include a guard having his eyes cut out because of his past membership in a gang, another one having their achilles tendon cut because they beat a prisoner basketball team in a tournament, and in a few instances of limb removal. Attempted murders are not uncommon.
  • Guards frequently abuse, beat and even kill prisoners, though not all do.
  • OVERALL: This a very brutal, cold, violent show, as it is intended to be: Murders are frequent and usually without remorse. People are stabbed, shot (In flashbacks, and even once in the prison), raped, and overall abused constantly and without letup. Oz is a maximum security prison, and murderers, rapists, and arsonists are mixed with common thieves and white-collar criminals with unpleasant results. Best friends murder each other, naive people are taken advantage of, prisoners use their connections on the street to murder while in prison, and much more happens. This show is not for the squeamish nor people who cannot endure watching constant, systematic violence. Prison is emphasized to be a place where you are turned into a hard-core survivor or killed.


  • Profanity: 10/10
  • Extremely frequent and not in the least bit censored: Every term thinkable is used, fuck, shit (These two may be the most frequent), pussy, cunt, goddamn, and quite literally everything else. Racial slurs are used quite often ("nigger" being the most frequent, with spic thrown in often) and prejudice is rampant in most of the characters, including (And often especially) the guards. I would say there AT LEAST a minimum of 10 uses of "fuck" every episode, with always "shit" present among other swears too.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 10/10
  • Drugs are a main theme of the show and nearly every character on the show is either involved or affected by the drug trade/drugs at some point.
  • Many prisoners are drug and alcohol addicts, and illegal drugs (Particularly heroin and cocaine) are dealt and used quite explicitly in the prison by several main characters, and drinking and smoking, the latter of which is not quite as frequent due to a ban on it, are not absent from the show either.
  • Several characters are alcoholics.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: 10/10
  • Murders are nearly always quick and brutal, and intensified by music. This does not make it really scary so much as the sheer frequency of violence makes for a sort of sad, shocking environment. It is not a horror show, and murders/maimings are nearly always expected when they happen (With a few exceptions, and these are intensified by screaming but not music). The violence, however, is not let-up in any way. The show is a drama, not a horror show, but more disturbing than the "surprise!" kind of frightening in just how often and casual the violence is, even for a prison.
  • Suggested MPAA rating: NC-17 for explicit sexuality including rape scenes and for graphic violence; for a few episodes or R for pervasive language, drug use, and strong violence for most of the others.
  • Total explicit estimation: Most episodes will probably range from 36/50-48/50; with some being on the higher or lower end.

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