Women in Prison (TV Series 1987–1988) Poster

(1987–1988)

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"Wacky" concept can't save mundane writing.
Robert Morgan10 October 1999
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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Forgotten Fox Network television.
Mike_Tee_Vee17 October 2004
Women in Prison (1987-1988) was a series created by the producers of

Married with Children. The show started off great but sadly like all

sitcoms they ran out of ideas. Despite a fast start the show simply ran out

of gas before it even completed a lap. The cast was excellent but the

situations and the dialog was real mundane and mediocre. A funny premise

that didn't know what to do next after it's initial run of episodes. Too bad it was canceled before it could really find it's groove.

I'm Mike Tee Vee, see you next time!
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6/10
Pop Culture Classics: Women in Prison.
Joseph P. Ulibas21 August 2005
Warning: Spoilers
Women in Prison (1987-1988) was a bad but perversely entertaining t.v. show that was produced by "The people who brought you MARRIED WITH CHILDREN. A young woman (Julia Campbell) takes to fall for her sleazy and shady husband. All she had to do was keep her mouth shut and do her time. But she later on finds out about hubby's lecherous deeds. So she's stuck in prison doing a long stretch. Her fellow inmates were a strange bunch of odd fellows. The show never received any sort of closure because it was canceled after the first season. I don't know why because it was entertaining compared to the crap that the FOX network was airing night after night.

Here's to the memories of the early years of the FOX Network.
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