The Big House

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  • TV-PG
  • 2009
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.2  (76)

The Big House is a television documentary which profiles some of the toughest prisons in the US. Paul Sorvino is the narrator of the show that takes you behind the walls of several different prisons around the world. This show will go into the lives of the inmates and staff as well as giving you a glimpse of the history of each prison. In one episode you will be taken to the Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is where you will see all men and women that are sentenced to death. You will also find this is the starting point for male prisoners that have received sentences over 20 years. The Maze prison located near Belfast showcases several different incidents. These incidents range from human waste being smeared on the walls to IRA inmates refusing to wear uniforms. Each episode will bring you to a new prison. In each new prison you will find many different incidents being investigated and how each prison deals with the issues. You will watch and see the day to day operations of these prisons and how each prison handles what goes on behind the walls of the prison.

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Angola
3. Angola
January 13, 2000
Most of Angola's 5,000 maximum-security inmates will never see the outside world again. Formerly a slave plantation in a remote area of Louisiana, in the 1930s Angola remained backward and brutal and by 1975, with increasing crowding and violence, became known as the "Bloodiest Prison in America". Paul Sorvino narrates.
McNeil Island
2. McNeil Island
January 12, 2000
McNeil Island has been the scene of daring escapees and home to train robbers, gangsters and even politicians. Interviews include a former inmate who attempted to escape and former wardens.
Attica Prison
1. Attica Prison
January 10, 2000
Upon opening in rural New York State, Attica was hailed as an architectural landmark and model for the confinement of the most dangerous criminals. Over time, its name became a battle cry for death, despair, and violence. Paul Sorvino narrates a look at the home of the worst prison riot inĀ American history in September 1971. McNeil Island is a remote outpost rising from the chilly waters of Puget Sound, forty miles south of Seattle, Washington. Throughout its history, this isolated fortress has been the scene of daring escapes and intense violence. McNeil Island Prison was opened 125 years ago and its convicts came from the furthest reaches of civilization. Over time, it became a home to a diverse cross section of criminals as it went from being a Federal Penitentiary and then back to being a State Prison again. Its inmates included train robbers, gangsters, and politicians. Notorious offenders include mobster Mickey Cohen, Attorney Vincent Halinan, who ran for President of the U.S. wh
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The Big House is a television documentary which profiles some of the toughest prisons in the US. Paul Sorvino is the narrator of the show that takes you behind the walls of several different prisons around the world. This show will go into the lives of the inmates and staff as well as giving you a glimpse of the history of each prison.

In one episode you will be taken to the Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is where you will see all men and women that are sentenced to death. You will also find this is the starting point for male prisoners that have received sentences over 20 years. The Maze prison located near Belfast showcases several different incidents. These incidents range from human waste being smeared on the walls to IRA inmates refusing to wear uniforms.

Each episode will bring you to a new prison. In each new prison you will find many different incidents being investigated and how each prison deals with the issues. You will watch and see the day to day operations of these prisons and how each prison handles what goes on behind the walls of the prison.

The Big House is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on July 16, 2009.

Where to Watch The Big House

The Big House is available for streaming on the A&E website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Big House on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    July 16, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (76)