OZ

A HBO series airing from 1997-2003. Inmates and correctional officers inside the Oswald State Correctional Facility, nicknamed “Oz,” battle for power and survival amid warring factions and explosive acts of retribution. Much of the show takes place in Emerald City, an experimental unit in the facility that tries to emphasize rehabilitation and learning responsibility while being incarcerated. OZ chronicles the attempts of McManus (Terry Kinney) to keep control over the inmates of Em City as well as the drug trade and the violence. There have been many groups of inmates during the run of the show and not everybody makes it out alive. There’s the gangstas (Adebisi, Wangler, Redding, Poet, Keene, Supreme Allah), Muslims (Said, Arif, Hamid Khan), Italians (Pancamo, Nappa, Schiebetta), bikers (Hoyt), Aryans (Schillinger, Robson, Mark Mack), Christians (Cloutier, Cudney), Latinos (Alvarez, Morales, Guerra, Hernandez), gays (Hanlon, Cramer) and a whole pile of others (the O’Riley brothers, Keller, Stanislovsky, etc.). And there’s a great “everyman” character called Beecher who gives a good look at a normal man who made one tragic mistake. Besides the regular inmates, there’s guest stars such as Method Man, Luke Perry, Master P, Treach, etc. and the prison staff doctors (Dr. Nathan), a nun/psychologist (Sister Peter Marie), a bunch of guards; some honest, some crooked and of course the warden Leo Glynn. The whole thing is narrated and held together by inmate Augustus Hill, who provides the show with some context, some sense of theme, etc. and ties everything together really nicely.

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