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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:
...  Warden Leo Glynn 56 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Vern Schillinger 56 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Tobias Beecher 56 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Ryan O'Reily 56 episodes, 1997-2003
George Morfogen ...  Bob Rebadow 56 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Tim McManus 55 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Sister Peter Marie Reimondo 55 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Augustus Hill 55 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Kareem Said 51 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Poet 49 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Dr. Gloria Nathan 48 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Zahir Arif 48 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Agamemnon Busmalis 47 episodes, 1998-2003
...  Miguel Alvarez 48 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Father Ray Mukada 46 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Chucky Pancamo 46 episodes, 1998-2003
Philip Scozzarella ...  Officer Joseph Mineo / ... 46 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Cyril O'Reily 45 episodes, 1998-2003
...  Chico Guerra 40 episodes, 1998-2003
...  Chris Keller 38 episodes, 1998-2003
...  Officer Sean Murphy 38 episodes, 1999-2003
...  James Robson 36 episodes, 1998-2003
Kristin Rohde ...  Officer Claire Howell 35 episodes, 1999-2003
Carl DiMaggio ...  Officer Len Lopresti / ... 34 episodes, 1999-2003
...  Jaz Hoyt 33 episodes, 1998-2003
...  Simon Adebisi 32 episodes, 1997-2000
Timothy L. Brown ...  Officer Jason Armstrong 32 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Governor James Devlin 27 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Tony Masters 27 episodes, 1999-2003
...  Enrique Morales 26 episodes, 2000-2003
...  Timmy Kirk 26 episodes, 1998-2003
...  Burr Redding 23 episodes, 2001-2003
...  Officer Diane Whittlesey 23 episodes, 1997-2000
...  Kenny Wangler / ... 23 episodes, 1997-2000
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Oz chronicles life inside an experimental cell block in the Oswald Maximum Security Correctional Facility: Level Four called Emerald City. Under unit manager Tim McManus and Warden Leo Glynn, the inmates in Em City all struggle to fulfill their own needs. Some fight for power; either power over the drug trade or power over the other inmate factions. Others want money, either through slinging 'tits' (drugs), gambling or other scams. Others, Corrections officers and inmates alike, simply want to survive long enough to make parole or even to see tomorrow. The show gives a no-holds-barred account of prison life with all the plots, subplots and conflicts given context and explanation by the show's wheelchair-bound narrator, Augustus Hill. Written by Michael Hofer

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

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

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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 »

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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 »

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Do NOT pass go, do not travel down this "Yellow Brick Road"...
2 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

...if what you want is the usual depiction that passes for prison life in a dramatic format. No SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION here, folks, no benevolent GREEN MILE guards or saintly supernatural inmates. OZ tells it like it is, and baby, it ain't pretty.

Using at times a sense of hyper-realism, (in the narrations of the excellent Harold Perrineau, who serves as the show's conscience and Greek chorus), OZ shows us both the profane and profound aspects of prison life that we good, law-abiding citizens don't like to think about. We have the "authorities" to take care of that, don't we?

Exceptional art, no matter what the medium, has the ability to move us, make us think, make us feel both things we embrace and things we reject. The power this show has to polarize viewers into two different camps--love it or hate it--is proof enough that Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, the forces behind HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS, have fashioned something we haven't seen the likes of in a very long time.

I would strongly suggest that anyone who has not yet seen it give it a try, if you have HBO. Then I dare you to tear yourself away from it. It's rare television that makes you sit up, take notice, and actually care about even the minor characters in an ensemble such as this, no matter how heinous their crimes, or how street-and-battle-hardened their exteriors.

Augustus Hill, Simon Adebisi, Tobias Beecher, Vern Schillinger, Chris Keller, Jefferson Keane, Ryan O'Reilly, Kareem Said, Nino Schibetta, Bob Rebadow, Tim McManus, Warden Leo Glynn, Sister Peter-Marie, Father Ray, Officer Diane Wittlesey and all the others will imprint themselves on your memory and stay there, until you can't wait to find out what happens next.

A blend of black humor and outright horror, cutting commentary and the basest brutality, it is one of the very few shows being done now that can reveal the most majestic qualities of the human spirit. The ongoing struggle to resist surrendering to impulses and urges that cause the evil that men do, in the one place you would least expect to find any light--in a sea of human misery and darkness.


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