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

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 Warden Leo Glynn (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Vern Schillinger (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Tobias Beecher (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Ryan O'Reily (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
George Morfogen ...
 Bob Rebadow (56 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Tim McManus (55 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Sister Peter Marie Reimondo (55 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Augustus Hill (55 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Kareem Said (51 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Poet (49 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Dr. Gloria Nathan (48 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Zahir Arif (48 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Agamemnon Busmalis (47 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Miguel Alvarez (48 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Father Ray Mukada (46 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Chucky Pancamo (46 episodes, 1998-2003)
Philip Scozzarella ...
 Officer Joseph Mineo / ... (46 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Cyril O'Reily (45 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Chico Guerra (40 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Chris Keller (38 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Officer Sean Murphy (38 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 James Robson (36 episodes, 1998-2003)
Kristin Rohde ...
 Officer Claire Howell (35 episodes, 1999-2003)
Carl DiMaggio ...
 Officer Len Lopresti / ... (34 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Jaz Hoyt (33 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Simon Adebisi (32 episodes, 1997-2000)
Timothy L. Brown ...
 Officer Jason Armstrong (32 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Governor James Devlin (27 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Tony Masters (27 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Enrique Morales (26 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Timmy Kirk (26 episodes, 1998-2003)
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 Burr Redding (23 episodes, 2001-2003)
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 Officer Diane Whittlesey (23 episodes, 1997-2000)
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 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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(1997-1998)| (1999-)

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Trivia

Series regular Ernie Hudson's son Ernie Hudson Jr. made recurring appearances as inmate Hamid Khan. 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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[repeated line]
Vern Schillinger: Hey, prag!
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Referenced in The Good Wife: Crash (2009) See more »

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Truly tremendous - my favourite drama
23 July 2002 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is such a powerful show, superbly acted, that frankly I feel it's the best TV drama ever made. I know plenty of Hill Street Blues/NYPD Blue/Prime Suspect (etc) fans would enthusiastically argue this point, but I feel Oz is so well acted, so well realised and so darn entertaining that it's no contest. The characters are very watchable, the stories are gripping, and so much happens in each episode that the viewer has a lot of food for thought once the show is over. I'm currently at the 4th season being in UK, so I don't know the latest developments, but I got a lot of story to look forward to...

The fact it's also very satirical, particularly from Augustus Hill's commentary adds beautifully to the mix.

Nothing short of outstanding.


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