Episodes (8)

The Routine
S01E01 · The Routine

Jul 12, 1997

In the 'Emerald City' experimental unit of Oswald State Penitentiary, we meet some of the diverse inmates who exist in a pecking order of Gangbangers, Latinos, Muslims, Westies, Aryans and Wiseguys.

Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise
S01E02 · Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise

Jul 14, 1997

With Schibetta and the prison brass in a race to uncover Ortolani's killer (for very different reasons), we see how inmates react to visits both from their wives and (in one case) family members who are also in prison.

God's Chillin'
S01E03 · God's Chillin'

Jul 21, 1997

Friction is growing in the wake of two deaths so Said, Wiseguy leader Schibetta and Gangbanger Jefferson Keane are brought together by Warden Glynn, who tells them to keep their boys quiet or else he'll lock the prison down.

Capital P
S01E04 · Capital P

Jul 28, 1997

Governor Devlin has reinstated capital punishment in the state--and the first Oz prisoner scheduled to die is Jefferson Keane, who killed a Latino in their skirmish. Before he's executed, Keane donates a kidney to his ailing sister.

Straight Life
S01E05 · Straight Life

Aug 04, 1997

The infiltration of drugs into Oz has reached scary levels, and the efforts of McManus and Glynn to find out who's smuggling backfire in a deadly way. Despite a lockdown, drugs continue to trickle in--and the blame shifts to corrupt officials.

To Your Health
S01E06 · To Your Health

Aug 11, 1997

Ricardo is discovered to suffer from Alzheimer's; Beecher flips out and sends Schillinger to the hospital; mob boss Schibetta develops stomach problems thanks to some ground glass; and Said has a heart attack.

Plan B
S01E07 · Plan B

Aug 18, 1997

A recovered Said ostracizes Huseni Mershah for turning his back on him when he was dying--and orders all the Muslims to cast him out. Impressed by Said's power, Groves decides to kill Glynn in his honor, but ends up stabbing an officer by mistake.

A Game of Checkers
S01E08 · A Game of Checkers

Aug 25, 1997

After a visit with his sons, Schillinger realizes he needs to get paroled. He convinces McManus to let him return to Em City with the condition that he leaves Beecher alone. Beecher comes out of the hole hell-bent on making sure Schillinger doesn't get paroled. McManus gets wind of Wittlesey and Ross' contraband operation and orders her to shut it down. Ross makes it very clear to her that this will not happen. The Muslims meet and discuss how the riot will begin. However, two rednecks beat them to it by fighting over a game of checkers. This causes all the inmates to...


Oz Season 1 (1997) is released on Jul 12, 1997 and the latest season 6 of Oz is released in 2003. Watch Oz online - the English Crime TV series from United States. Oz is directed by Adam Bernstein,Alex Zakrzewski,Nick Gomez,Jean de Segonzac and created by Tom Fontana with Ernie Hudson and J.K. Simmons. Oz is available online on HBO Max and HBO Max Amazon Channel.

OZ chronicles McManus' (Terry Kinney) efforts to control the inmates of Em(erald) 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 are 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 pile of others (the O'Riley brothers, Keller, Stanislovsky, etc.). And a great "everyman" character called Beecher offers a good look at a normal man who made one tragic mistake. Besides the regular inmates, there are guest stars such as Method Man, Luke Perry, Master P, Treach, etc. and a bunch of 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 context and some sense of theme, and ties everything together nicely.

As know as:

OZ - Închisoarea federala, Тюрьма «ОZ», Kylmä rinki, Ozas, В'язниця «Оz»


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Production Companies:

Rysher Entertainment, The Levinson / Fontana Company, Viacom Productions


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Greg Hassall
Sydney Morning Herald
It's grueling stuff, with only occasional relief provided by the narrator -- a black inmate in a wheelchair who provides flowing, jail-spun philosophy. But it's great TV and if you're looking for an excuse to get cable, this could be it.
by rottentomatoes, Feb 05, 2021
Mark Simpson
The campest thing to hit the small screen since Prisoner Cell Block H. This camp is all the more satisfying because it's unintentional.
by rottentomatoes, Feb 05, 2021
Frederic M. Biddle
Boston Globe
Oz morally flatlines from the start, leaving no opportunity for ambiguity or introspection. Its claustrophobic style instead zeroes in on graphic acts, until the whole exercise begins to resemble a well-acted slasher film.
by rottentomatoes, Feb 04, 2021

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