This comedy takes place in cell-bock J of the Bass Women's prison in Wisconsin. Some of the inmates are Vicki, a yuppie housewife framed for shop-lifting by her husband; Dawn, a black woman... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Julia Campbell ...  Vicki Springer 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Blake Clark ...  Assistant Warden Clint Rafferty 13 episodes, 1987-1988
CCH Pounder ...  Dawn Murphy 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Peggy Cass ...  Eve Shipley 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Antoinette Byron Antoinette Byron ...  Bonnie Harper 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Wendie Jo Sperber ...  Pam 13 episodes, 1987-1988
Denny Dillon ...  Meg Bando 13 episodes, 1987-1988
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This comedy takes place in cell-bock J of the Bass Women's prison in Wisconsin. Some of the inmates are Vicki, a yuppie housewife framed for shop-lifting by her husband; Dawn, a black woman who murdered her husband; Bonnie, an English prostitute; Eve, the "old lady" who has been there for at least ten years; and Pam serving time for computer crimes. Meg was the guard and Blake the assistant warden. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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Comedy | Crime

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USA

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English

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11 October 1987 (USA) See more »

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Embassy Communications See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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"Wacky" concept can't save mundane writing.
10 October 1999 | by Robert MorganSee all my reviews

I used to watch this religiously- it was one of the first Fox shows, and at the time, a new broadcast network was such a novelty, that I gave everything on it precedence over the other broadcast outlets. If I were a Nielsen family, I'm sure Fox would have been appreciative- but as it was, the people who controlled the Nielsen box stayed away from the Women in Prison in droves.

WiP was an attempt to create a sitcom with unique and fun character interaction; shows like M*A*S*H and Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi all were premier examples of this kind of dynamic. I can't fault WiP's producers and actresses for trying, but the show never got off the ground.

All of the characters were cliched; there was the tough old butch, the fresh young innocent, the tarty prostitute, the no-nonsense guard. The dialogue never rose above the quality of, say, a syndicated sitcom like She's the Sheriff, and production values made this look like it was filmed in a gymnasium with paperboard tubes for prison bars.

Nice try, though.


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