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

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Trivia

Some cast members that played prisoners have noted that, throughout the series, if you showed up late to the set, your punishment would be that your character would either die or be raped the next week. 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]
Tim McManus: Get him the fuck out of here!
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Referenced in 30 Rock: Goodbye, My Friend (2009) See more »

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Oz is a fascinating depiction of humanity in it's strangest forms
6 February 2008 | by See 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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