Oz

Oz

  • TV-MA
  • 1997
  • 6 Seasons
  • 8.7  (89,395)

The HBO series "OZ" is almost set entirely in "Oswald Penitentiary." It is a prison experiment where inmates are granted or supposed to be granted more freedoms than in other prisons. It is one of the most "adult" shows to ever air on television. The show consistently shows extreme violence often including rape, nudity including full frontal nudity, and coarse language. "OZ" is narrated by the character Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau). Before most episodes and frequently after episodes he talks directly to the audience. He is also shown living throughout the prison and interacting with other characters. The show has a claustrophobic feel to it. There are rarely any images of people going outside or existing outside of the prison. The staff is usually only shown while they work. The employees are also shown at times to be more violent and sadistic than the prisoners they are supposed to be guarding. Many of the prisoners in the show are divided into groups of gangs based on ethnicity or affiliation. There are few "lone wolves" but those that wish to exist alone are usually killed or made to work for one of the prison gangs. There are a few exceptions involving the most intelligent and those that have proven themselves to be capable of great violence. The character Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergensen) is one character tricked from the onset to become an underling of the white supremacist group. He was once an attorney before he killed someone in a drunk driving crash. Vern Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) plays his foil and throughout the series they are constantly scheming against each other. Other primary characters on the show include Tim McManus (Terry Kinney) who envisioned the experimental prison and is constantly fighting for its survival with Warden Leo Glynn (Ernie Hudson). Rita Moreno plays Sister Peter Marie Reimondo and is a character of conscience. Eamonn Walker plays Muslim leader and political activist Kareem Said.

Oz
Filter by Source

Seasons
Exeunt Omnes
8. Exeunt Omnes
February 23, 2003
Querns makes a return to Oz as a warden. As Howell learns that she's pregnant, Rebadow unsuccessfully petitions to artificially inseminate Norma. Vahue returns to Oz to talk to young prisoners and has a reunion with Brass. Alvarez receives bad news from the parole board. The mystery behind what really happened to Cloutier is revealed by Hoyt to Ray. Meanwhile, Idzik's death penalty sentence is overturned; Dr. Nathan lends her support to Ryan on the day of Cyril's execution; and the production of Macbeth is held, but Schillinger's fate is the same as the character he plays.
Junkyard Dawgs
7. Junkyard Dawgs
February 16, 2003
New arrival Bukowski and his brownies infringes on the Italian's business. Busmalis and Norma tie the knot. Keller is once again caught in the middle of Schillinger and Beecher. Meanwhile, Seamus O'Reily arrives at Oz; Robson is given some bad news; and the Correctional Officer Association's annual awards banquet ends with a bang -- a surprise death.
A Day in the Death...
6. A Day in the Death...
February 9, 2003
Omar White sponsors Idzik as he transfers to Em City. Glynn realizes a connection between Johnson and Loftus, which brings up more details surrounding Loewen's death. Robson continues with his rape counseling. The inmates support the O'Reilys as Cyril's execution nears.
4 Giveness
5. 4 Giveness
February 2, 2003
The Muslims put out the first copies of Hill's journal, but soon find that their business venture may not be as good as they had thought. Robson is able to rejoin the Brotherhood. Murphy goes to Glynn, which leads to the suspension of Brass. Busmalis is visited by Norma and the baby and she proposes to him. Meanwhile, Cyril's execution is rapidly approaching and he begins to show the side effects of ETC; Keller goes to Beecher for a favor, and then turns on him by ratting him out.
A Failure to Communicate
4. A Failure to Communicate
January 26, 2003
An investigation into Said's death begins. Beecher uncovers more information about Keller's case, which leads to the overturning of Keller's sentence and he is returned to Unit B. Rebadow's relationship with the librarian becomes more complex when he learns she's sick. Meanwhile, Hoyt's sentence is overturned; new inmate Jahfree Neema arrives at Oz; White returns to Em City after making a deal with Glynn; and Dr. Nathan finds that Martinez was suffocated.
Sonata de Oz
3. Sonata de Oz
January 19, 2003
Devlin scrambles to find a win-win solution to his pardoning issues when Loewen threatens to go to the press. Beecher says his goodbyes to Keller and is later released from Oz. Redding moves to telemarketing, opening up the kitchen, which Glynn gives to Pancamo. Meanwhile, Morales dies due to liver failure; Glynn learns why inmates are dying due to poisoning; Hoyt thinks he saw the devil while dealing with the guilt of killing Kirk; and Said is shot by a reporter.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil
2. See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil
January 12, 2003
As Beecher is granted parole, Mayor Wilson Loewen arrives at Oz, which, in turn, creates a twist in the feud between Schillinger and Beecher. The mystery behind why inmates in solitary confinement are getting sick is solved by Dr. Nathan.
Dead Man Talking
1. Dead Man Talking
January 5, 2003
McManus comes across a box with Hill's memoirs of his past 6 years at Oz. Alvarez and Schillinger are transferred out of solitary to gen pop, and once Alvarez returns, McManus has him try to work things out with Guerra. Meanwhile, Rebadow gets some much needed cheering up when he is transferred to the library and meets Stella Coffo, the librarian; Kirk, who claims to be possessed, is transferred to death row; Suzanne Fitzgerald puts together an inmate production of Macbeth; Schibetta returns to Gen Pop; and Oz is placed on lockdown following race riots taking place outside of the prison.
Description

The HBO series "OZ" is almost set entirely in "Oswald Penitentiary." It is a prison experiment where inmates are granted or supposed to be granted more freedoms than in other prisons. It is one of the most "adult" shows to ever air on television. The show consistently shows extreme violence often including rape, nudity including full frontal nudity, and coarse language.

"OZ" is narrated by the character Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau). Before most episodes and frequently after episodes he talks directly to the audience. He is also shown living throughout the prison and interacting with other characters.

The show has a claustrophobic feel to it. There are rarely any images of people going outside or existing outside of the prison. The staff is usually only shown while they work. The employees are also shown at times to be more violent and sadistic than the prisoners they are supposed to be guarding.

Many of the prisoners in the show are divided into groups of gangs based on ethnicity or affiliation. There are few "lone wolves" but those that wish to exist alone are usually killed or made to work for one of the prison gangs. There are a few exceptions involving the most intelligent and those that have proven themselves to be capable of great violence.

The character Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergensen) is one character tricked from the onset to become an underling of the white supremacist group. He was once an attorney before he killed someone in a drunk driving crash. Vern Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) plays his foil and throughout the series they are constantly scheming against each other.

Other primary characters on the show include Tim McManus (Terry Kinney) who envisioned the experimental prison and is constantly fighting for its survival with Warden Leo Glynn (Ernie Hudson). Rita Moreno plays Sister Peter Marie Reimondo and is a character of conscience. Eamonn Walker plays Muslim leader and political activist Kareem Said.Oz is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (56 episodes). The series first aired on July 12, 1997.

Where to Watch Oz

Oz is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Oz on demand at HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, HBO NOW, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    July 12, 1997
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (89,395)