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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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Trivia

Four cast members went on to appear in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). Christopher Meloni, Dean Winters, BD Wong, and J.K. Simmons (Simmons also appeared in the original Law & Order in addition to SVU). As well as Rita Moreno and Kathryn Erbe both starred in Law and Order: Criminal Intent. 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 »

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William Giles: [repeatedly] Peter... Peter Marie.
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The most underrated show on tv
13 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

On HBO, all the Emmy's for hard core drama go to THE SOPRANOS, and I dont' think that's bad. It is a great show. But Oz is better. It might well be the best thing on television. It doesn't get the press of the Sopranos. And the other people who watch HBO (those who don't like all the violence) whould much rather watch Ferris Beuller's wife in SEX AND THE CITY, which I will NEVER watch. Oz is amazing because almost every charachter in it's sea of people is in some way a terrible human being. But the magic of this show is that these terrible people become understandable. They do terrible things, but they are not all bad. Ryan O'Rielly, for example, is a cold-blooded killer. But when it comes to his brother and doctor Nathan, and more recently the priest he befriended, he is a warm and caring person who's pain you empathize with. Oz takes murderers, rapists, thieves, and even a rich lawyer who ran down a young girl in a drunken stuper, and makes them likeable and forgivable. That's incredible. And this show is incredible. It goes off the air soon for good, and I wish it had gotten the respect it deserved.


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