Best Prison TV Showsby graveyardhang | created - 20 Oct 2013 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
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1. Oz (1997–2003)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.
The first hour-long drama produced by HBO, "Oz" remains one of the network's most acclaimed shows to this day.
2. Prison Break (2005–2017)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.
Addicting drama "Prison Break" captivated American audiences for four seasons, from 2005 to 2009. The series centers on structural engineer and newly imprisoned Michael Scofield, who has concocted an elaborate scheme to free both himself and his wrongly-accused brother from the maximum-security Fox River State Penitentiary. For its inaugural season, the series garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama Series.
3. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)
TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.
"Orange Is the New Black" represents another hit for Netflix's original programming, boasting a colorful cast of characters incarcerated at a fictional Litchfield, New York women's prison. As of now, the series has been renewed for a second season, set to be released in 2014.
4. Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979–1986)
50 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.
Australian soap opera "Prisoner" - known in the US and UK as "Prisoner: Cell Block H" - explores the inner workings of the fictional Wentworth Detention Centre women's prison. Running from 1979 to 1986, the series in total aired 692 episodes.
6. Bad Girls (1999–2006)
90 min | Crime, Drama
British hard-hitting drama about the staff and inmates of a women's prison.
From 1999 to 2006, women's prison drama "Bad Girls" was a critical and commercial success in the UK, balancing controversial themes with an equal dose of comical storylines. Since as early as 2002, the show has been rumored as being adapted for American television, with networks such as HBO, FX, and NBC showing interest throughout the years.
7. Porridge (1974–1977)
TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime
The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.
British sitcom "Porridge", running from 1974 to 1977 for three series, became immensely popular among Britain's prison inmates and later spawned a feature film. The show derives its name from the British slang term "doing porridge", meaning serving a prison sentence, as porridge was once the traditional breakfast in UK prisons.
8. Buried (2003– )
60 min | Drama
Tough drama about life and death in a British prison.
Critically praised yet short-lived, British drama "Buried" - about a man serving a lengthy prison sentence in order to protect a member of his family from a violent criminal - was awarded the BAFTA award for Best Drama Series in 2004 for its first and only series.
9. Unité 9 (2012– )
60 min | Drama
Follows a French Canadian woman going to jail for 7 years for pushing her father down the stairs. As the story unfolds we get to see how this all came about and the reasons behind it. The ... See full summary »