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

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Top Rated TV #57 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 14 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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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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In the 2013 book "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad", author Brett Martin notes that while he was a writer and executive producer on Oz, Tom Fontana would often subsidize Oz actors' outside theater projects. Fontana said that he gave the donations so that he wouldn't actually have to attend the shows--that it was "worth $1000 not to have to see a play." 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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William Giles: [repeatedly] Peter... Peter Marie.
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Not only the best show on TV currently, but one of the best shows of all-time.
4 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Consistently well-written and acted, Oz is without a doubt the best thing on TV. Quality wise, it's up there with the first 4 seasons of Homicide: Life on the Street as the most compelling hour of television drama. Presenting a harsh and realistic view of prison life, Oz is a wonderful mixture of superb acting and character development; all of which rides on a nuanced and erudite core (Foucault's Panopticon is the inspiration for Em City's design...and ultimate failure). It is the only show on TV, that I can think of, that has presented characters who were intensely dislikable one moment and oddly empathetic the next. That I am repulsed by, sympathetic with, intrigued about, and involved with every character that has lived, died or survived on the show, is no small feat. Good TV exists. And, for my money, Oz is not only good TV, it is better than most films released throughout the year.


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