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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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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:

Oz See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to the boxing scenes in season 3, series creator Tom Fontana asked the actors involved if they had experience boxing. All said yes, but it turned out that only Chuck Zito had ever done any actual boxing. 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: Hey, prag!
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Do NOT pass go, do not travel down this "Yellow Brick Road"...
2 February 2000 | by cchaseSee 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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