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

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Series cast summary:
Ernie Hudson ...  Warden Leo Glynn 56 episodes, 1997-2003
J.K. Simmons ...  Vern Schillinger 56 episodes, 1997-2003
Lee Tergesen ...  Tobias Beecher 56 episodes, 1997-2003
Dean Winters ...  Ryan O'Reily 56 episodes, 1997-2003
George Morfogen George Morfogen ...  Bob Rebadow 56 episodes, 1997-2003
Terry Kinney ...  Tim McManus 55 episodes, 1997-2003
Rita Moreno ...  Sister Peter Marie Reimondo 55 episodes, 1997-2003
Harold Perrineau ...  Augustus Hill 55 episodes, 1997-2003
Eamonn Walker ...  Kareem Said 51 episodes, 1997-2003
Craig muMs Grant ...  Poet 49 episodes, 1997-2003
Luna Lauren Velez ...  Dr. Gloria Nathan 48 episodes, 1997-2003
Granville Adams ...  Zahir Arif 48 episodes, 1997-2003
Tom Mardirosian ...  Agamemnon Busmalis 47 episodes, 1998-2003
Kirk Acevedo ...  Miguel Alvarez 48 episodes, 1997-2003
BD Wong ...  Father Ray Mukada 46 episodes, 1997-2003
Chuck Zito ...  Chucky Pancamo 46 episodes, 1998-2003
Philip Scozzarella Philip Scozzarella ...  Officer Joseph Mineo / ... 46 episodes, 1997-2003
Scott William Winters ...  Cyril O'Reily 45 episodes, 1998-2003
Otto Sanchez ...  Chico Guerra 40 episodes, 1998-2003
Christopher Meloni ...  Chris Keller 38 episodes, 1998-2003
Robert Clohessy ...  Officer Sean Murphy 38 episodes, 1999-2003
R.E. Rodgers ...  James Robson 36 episodes, 1998-2003
Kristin Rohde Kristin Rohde ...  Officer Claire Howell 35 episodes, 1999-2003
Carl DiMaggio Carl DiMaggio ...  Officer Len Lopresti / ... 34 episodes, 1999-2003
Evan Seinfeld ...  Jaz Hoyt 33 episodes, 1998-2003
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ...  Simon Adebisi 32 episodes, 1997-2000
Timothy L. Brown Timothy L. Brown ...  Officer Jason Armstrong 32 episodes, 1997-2003
Zeljko Ivanek ...  Governor James Devlin 27 episodes, 1997-2003
Steven Wishnoff ...  Tony Masters 27 episodes, 1999-2003
David Zayas ...  Enrique Morales 26 episodes, 2000-2003
Sean Dugan ...  Timmy Kirk 26 episodes, 1998-2003
Anthony Chisholm ...  Burr Redding 23 episodes, 2001-2003
Edie Falco ...  Officer Diane Whittlesey 23 episodes, 1997-2000
J.D. Williams ...  Kenny Wangler / ... 23 episodes, 1997-2000
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OZ chronicles the attempts of McManus (Terry Kinney) to keep control over the inmates of Em(erald) City as well as the drug trade and the violence. There have been many groups of inmates during the run of the show and not everybody makes it out alive. There's the gangstas (Adebisi, Wangler, Redding, Poet, Keene, Supreme Allah), Muslims (Said, Arif, Hamid Khan), Italians (Pancamo, Nappa, Schiebetta), bikers (Hoyt), Aryans (Schillinger, Robson, Mark Mack), Christians (Cloutier, Cudney), Latinos (Alvarez, Morales, Guerra, Hernandez), gays (Hanlon, Cramer) and a whole pile of others (the O'Riley brothers, Keller, Stanislovsky, etc.). And there's a great "everyman" character called Beecher who gives a good look at a normal man who made one tragic mistake. Besides the regular inmates, there's guest stars such as Method Man, Luke Perry, Master P, Treach, etc. and a bunch of prison staff doctors (Dr. Nathan), a nun/psychologist (Sister Peter Marie), a bunch of guards some honest, some crooked... Written by LorgSkyegon

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Life's not a word. It's a sentence. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kylmä rinki See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (53 episodes) | (season 4 finale) | (season 2 finale)

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Stereo (1997-1998)| Dolby SR (1999-)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

11 cast members went on to appear in The Wire. See more »

Goofs

When Doctor Gloria Nathan (Lauren Velez) talks to Ryan O'Reilly (Dean Winters) about his cancerous tumour in his chest, she says that the lump is "under the left nipple". However, he was clearly bleeding from the right nipple and ever clutching the right one while in the infirmary... See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Vern Schillinger: Niggers are up to something
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen/J-Kwon (2004) See more »

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Its influence will elevate the level of television drama for years to come.
19 January 2003 | by budmasseySee 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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