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

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 Father Ray Mukada 46 episodes, 1997-2003
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 Officer Claire Howell 35 episodes, 1999-2003
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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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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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Officer Sean Murphy: Lockdown!
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hands down the best show on tv
27 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Oz, no Dorothy you're not in Kansas anymore. Oz is the television show that pushed the limits in what you can get away with on television. Oz is real and violent, and it also makes for the single best series on TV, ever. With performance that grab attention, and some of the best direction ever on TV, Oz should be watched by ritual.


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