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

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Tom Fontana
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Even though it is never stated where the show takes place, it is hinted to be around the Buffalo, NY area. A Buffalo Bills helmet is seen in Glynn's office and Officer Diane Whittlesey mentions a "Chevy plant" (possibly referencing GM's Tonawanda plant in Buffalo). Also, series creator, Tom Fontana's hometown is Buffalo. Tim McManus tells a story to Kareem Said about the Attica prison riots during the season 1 finale. Attica, NY is fairly close to Buffalo. Maybe referencing that McManus is close to home. Most of the flashbacks that show what landed certain characters in Oz take place in New York City, proven by the look of the environment and during the flashback of Chris Keller, you see an actual NYC squad car behind the generic squad car that is pursuing Keller on a bike chase. Meaning that Oz could be a state prison located on the other end of the state from NYC. And last but not least, some believe that Oz is a reference to Attica prison Prison Chief, Russell Oswald. Ironically, even with all the little hints about New York State in the show, the state flag of Delaware is in the lobby of Oz. Thus, throwing the viewer off of an exact location of Oz. 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]
Officer Sean Murphy: Lockdown!
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Oz is a fascinating depiction of humanity in it's strangest forms
6 February 2008 | by xtremeguySee all my reviews

Oz is set in Oswald State Correctional Facility. It tells the story of confrontation, cruelty, violence, hate and survival at any cost. in a place like Oz, you have to have eyes in the back of your head.

This completely original, intelligent and compelling drama tells of how warped life becomes as soon as you step through the gates of Emerald City.

What is supposed to be a state of art correctional facility is in fact far from being such. The show brings to light some of the many flaws in the prison system, the underestimating of the humanity that cold hard killers are capable of still retaining, and the one true fact: The prisoners are the one's who control the prison.

This magnificent and somewhat surreal show teaches about the importance of every life and helps give an understanding to the reasons that most of the prisoners are there. This show may seem shocking at first but to truly tell it like it is, such a thing is necessary.

Oz is a great depiction of hell on earth and how such a place teaches you some of the most important lessons you will ever learn.


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