A grim and graphically raw drama about life (and often death) in an experimental prison ward called Emerald City at the Oswald State Correctional Facility (nicknamed Oz ). Alternately praised and criticized for its profane language and extreme violence, creator Tom Fontana's uncompromising study of men and women behind bars - staffers as well as prisoners - is compellingly written and performed. Starring: Ernie Hudson as Leo Glynn; Terry Kinney as Tim McManus; Rita Moreno as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo; B.D. Wong as Father Ray Mukada; Harold Perrineau as Augustus Hill; Eamonn Walker as Kareem Said; Lee Tergesen as Tobias Beecher; J.K. Simmons as Vern Schillinger; Kirk Acevedo as Miguel Alvarez; Zeljko Ivanek as Gov. James Devlin; Dean Winters as Ryan O'Reily; Edie Falco as Diane Wittlesey; and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Simon Adebisi.

Genre: Drama

  • Watch Oz Season 6

    • Episode 8

      Exeunt Omnes

      aired: Sun, Feb 23, 2003

      In the series finale, Oz is in upheaval after the return of Martin Querns. Meanwhile, Howell and Robson each receive troubling news and the O'Reilys try to make amends. Finally, the prison production of 'Macbeth' ends with a staggering final act.

    • Episode 7

      Junkyard Dawgs

      aired: Sun, Feb 16, 2003

      Three new inmates arrive at Oz, one of whom is particularly close to the O'Reily clan. Meanwhile, the Keller-Beecher-Schillinger triangle gets even more pointed, and an awards banquet ends in a fateful discovery.

    • Episode 6

      A Day in the Death...

      aired: Sun, Feb 9, 2003

      New inmate Idzik faces his enemies and requests a transfer. Meanwhile, the Loewen case grows increasingly complicated, the Muslims run into business trouble, and the inmate population comes together to support the O'Reilys.

    • Episode 5

      4 Giveness

      aired: Sun, Feb 2, 2003

      Everyone in Em City has a different opinion of the newest inmate, Idzik. Meanwhile, Alvarez receives some shocking news, Murphy makes a confession to Glynn, and Beecher finds himself in a perilous position as a result of his devotion to Keller.

    • Episode 4

      A Failure to Communicate

      aired: Sun, Jan 26, 2003

      Glynn receives mixed news on the toxic-poisoning problem. Meanwhile, Rebadow's relationship with the new librarian Stella hits a snag, Keller and Beecher work out an agreement, and Robson finally gets some redemption.

    • Episode 3

      Sonata de Oz

      aired: Sun, Jan 19, 2003

      Schillinger has a disappointing visit with Mayor Loewen. Glynn has to face the truth about the toxic-poisoning problem in Oz. Down in solitary, Officer Brass spends some quality time with Morales. Meanwhile, Cyril O'Reily undergoes unusual therapy.

    • Episode 2

      See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil

      aired: Sun, Jan 12, 2003

      The unexpected arrival of Mayor Loewen at Oz spurs an ironic turn involving Schillinger and Beecher. Meanwhile, Dr. Nathan discovers why solitary inmates are getting sick. A new business plan within Oz inspires Redding.

    • Episode 1

      Dead Man Talking

      aired: Sun, Jan 5, 2003

      In the Season Six premiere, Alvarez and Schillinger are let out of solitary and placed back in general population. Meanwhile, a mourning Rebadow's spirits get a lift when he is transferred to the library and meets the new librarian, Stella Coffo.

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    • Episode 8


      aired: Sun, Feb 24, 2002

      In the Season Five finale, Robson goes to extremes to remedy his gum dilemma, Meanwhile, McManus struggles with personal turmoil over his decision to stay at Oz and Rebadow deals with his grandson's fate.

    • Episode 7

      Good Intentions

      aired: Sun, Feb 17, 2002

      Hill's recovery leads to renewed friction between Redding and Morales, Alvarez gets his wish as the 'Man's Best Friend' program is finished and Meehan presents some revolutionary ideas to help Cyril.

    • Episode 6


      aired: Sun, Feb 10, 2002

      As Cyril's trial gets off to an inauspiciously cold start, tensions between Mukada and Kirk come to a boil. Also, a priest named Meehan lands in Oz while White and Said turn over a new leaf in their relationship.

    • Episode 5

      Wheel of Fortune

      aired: Sun, Feb 3, 2002

      Robson stirs up problems between White and Said. Meanwhile, Pancamo's illness might save some work for his enemies, Schillinger makes a friendly but suspicious overture towards Beecher, and Morales seeks revenge on his sister's abusive husband.

    • Episode 4

      Next Stop: Valhalla

      aired: Sun, Jan 27, 2002

      Penders, Hill and Alvarez are given a chance to train seeing-eye dogs; Martinez gives Brass a 'cocktail' he definitely didn't order; the love triangle between Beecher, McClain and Keller becomes more complicated.

    • Episode 3

      Dream a Little Dream of Me

      aired: Sun, Jan 20, 2002

      Brass wants to know who cut his tendon; Redding and Morales form another uneasy alliance; Rev. Cloutier's mysterious influence over his followers grows more intriguing; and Keller returns to Oz, only to be hit with an ID from an old murder charge.

    • Episode 2

      Laws of Gravity

      aired: Sun, Jan 13, 2002

      McManus thinks White may reform if he spends quality time with Said; Alvarez offers Guerra a unique solution to their dispute; O'Reily's mother, Suzanne Fitzgerald, begins a community service term teaching music at Oz.

    • Episode 1


      aired: Sun, Jan 6, 2002

      In its fifth season premiere, Oz re-opens in the wake of major renovations that had to be completed following a gas explosion.

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    • Episode 16

      Famous Last Words

      aired: Sun, Feb 25, 2001

      In the Season Four finale, Hill discovers where his true allegiances lie in Oz. Redding's plot to use the Colonel against Morales has an unexpected outcome. Beecher's agony about his parole hearing leads to a shocking season climax.

    • Episode 15

      Even the Score

      aired: Sun, Feb 18, 2001

      McManus can't turn his back on White. Beecher tells the parents of the girl he killed that he's up for parole. Howell tries to blackmail O'Reily so she can get to Cyril, but he throws her for a loop--and then O'Reily is thrown himself by a secret.

    • Episode 14

      Orpheus Descending

      aired: Sun, Feb 11, 2001

      McManus calls a superficial truce between Redding and Morales. Basil finally sees his wife, but Hughes ends up spoiling their happiness. Meanwhile, Cyril's latest outburst proves to be the last straw.

    • Episode 13

      Blizzard of '01

      aired: Sun, Feb 4, 2001

      O'Reily is in for a surprise when a visitor reveals the truth about his past, while Cyril faces trouble for his difficult behavior. Meanwhile, Morales and Redding lay out plans that could lead to all-out war in Em City.

    • Episode 12

      Cuts Like a Knife

      aired: Sun, Jan 28, 2001

      O'Reily regrets getting Cyril involved with the trial drug when it starts taking effect. Meanwhile, Giles' request for an unusual execution creates controversy and the Chinese refugees are deported...but not before plotting revenge on Morales.

    • Episode 11

      Revenge is Sweet

      aired: Sun, Jan 21, 2001

      Morales looks to pit the Chinese against Redding. Alvarez offers Glynn his services as an informant as a way out of solitary. Dr. Nathan announces that Em City inmates will be selected to test a trial drug that could reduce their time behind bars.

    • Episode 10


      aired: Sun, Jan 14, 2001

      New inmate Burr Reading arrives, ready to take charge of the African-American drug scene. Dr. Nathan returns to Em City, and finds the biggest adjustment is dealing with her feelings for O'Reily. Tidd tries to strike up a deal with Schillinger.

    • Episode 9

      Medium Rare

      aired: Sun, Jan 7, 2001

      A TV news crew descends on Em City, and the results aren't quite ready for prime time. O'Reily sees the visit as his chance for revenge against the show's anchor, Jack Eldridge, who ran a negative piece on the O'Reily brothers fifteen years earlier.

    • Episode 8

      You Bet Your Life

      aired: Wed, Aug 30, 2000

      After Hughes' attack on Devlin, Glynn withdraws from the race. Miguel Alvarez is still on the loose. Supreme Allah receives an unwanted surprise. Hill pays big time when he tells Mobay he knows he's undercover. Meanwhile, Said does the unthinkable.

    • Episode 7

      A Town Without Pity

      aired: Wed, Aug 23, 2000

      With things wild in Em City, O'Reily begins a surprising affair. Zabitz asks Schillinger for protection from Keller--who tries to get into the rehab program to make amends with Sister Pete. Beecher looks to get even with his children's kidnapper.

    • Episode 6

      A Word to the Wise

      aired: Wed, Aug 16, 2000

      In an effort to reduce violence, white inmates are transferred out of Em City. Said and Arif talk to Querns about the negative impact of his changes, but their efforts are in vain. Mobay gets in good with Adebisi's crew...but pays a price.

    • Episode 5

      Gray Matter

      aired: Wed, Aug 9, 2000

      As Querns implements his new course of action, the dynamics of Em City start to change, causing friction with Officer Murphy. Beecher falls deeper into depression as he wonders about the fate of his children.

    • Episode 4

      Works of Mercy

      aired: Wed, Aug 2, 2000

      Em City gets a new Unit Manager, Martin Querns, whose methods are hardly orthodox. Beecher's torment over his missing children is worsened when Schillinger presents him with an unexpected package. McManus returns to Oz in a new capacity.

    • Episode 3

      The Bill of Wrongs

      aired: Wed, Jul 26, 2000

      Glynn learns from Adebisi that he was given the gun by former C.O. Hughes. Morales enlists Rebadow's help in taking Hernandez's place in the drug ring run by Adebisi and Pancamo. Mobay finds himself in a dangerous position.

    • Episode 2


      aired: Wed, Jul 19, 2000

      The African-American inmates point the finger at McManus for letting Em City get out of hand. After that and his recent erratic behavior, McManus gets the ax from Glynn. Mobay's cover is almost blown.

    • Episode 1

      A Cock and Balls Story

      aired: Wed, Jul 12, 2000

      Season Four premiere. The world of Oz--an experimental prison within a prison known as the Emerald City--reopens its doors with the inmates still on a 24-hour lockdown and prison officials struggling to end the hostilities.

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    • Episode 8

      Out o' Time

      aired: Wed, Sep 1, 1999

      Brace yourself for the explosive Season Three finale! As the new millennium approaches, things are heating up in the Emerald City as racial tensions mount. After Murphy throws Hill into the Hole, prompting outrage from Adebisi and other black inmates, Hughes asks Glynn if he ever felt like he betrayed his own 'people.' Glynn fires Hughes, but before leaving Oz, Hughes is able to deliver a millennium gift to Adebisi: a gun.

    • Episode 7

      Secret Identities

      aired: Wed, Aug 25, 1999

      When 'State Department employee' Lana Keese visits Kosygin in solitary, it costs him his life. Adebisi accuses McManus of sexually harassing Wangler, and gets it on the news. Bellinger meets with McManus and requests execution by hanging. There's just one problem: she's pregnant. Said refuses to join Adebisi in his attempt to start an Oz race war.

    • Episode 6

      Cruel and Unusual Punishments

      aired: Wed, Aug 18, 1999

      With Cyril scheduled to box Pancamo, O'Reily plans to use his spray-bottle trick, but first he must deal with Cudney. Alvarez sees the photos of Rivera's gouged-out eyes and goes nuts. New roommate Nat Ginzburg offers to be Nappa's secretary in writing his memoirs; Nat then tells Pancamo about Nappa's book plans, and Pancamo orders a hit on Nappa. Said is ostracized by his Muslim ex-followers, and is moved to Beecher's cell.

    • Episode 5

      U.S. Male

      aired: Wed, Aug 11, 1999

      Wangler 'finds out' his wife and her lover were murdered execution-style--just as planned. Meanwhile, Poet and Pierce are attacked by Hernandez, Ricardo and Guerra, who pour scalding hot water on them. Lockdown ensues, and Wangler finds himself vulnerable--and in a cell with Adebisi. Beecher nurses Andrew Schillinger through his withdrawal, and turns him against his father, leading to an ugly confrontation.

    • Episode 4

      Unnatural Disasters

      aired: Wed, Aug 4, 1999

      O'Reily and Keller plot to 'take care' of Andrew. McManus is forced by the prison brass to settle Howell's sexual-harassment suit. Hanlon's murder convictions get overturned and he's allowed back in the general population--where he ends up having troubles with Vogel's pal Stanislofsky. Adebisi makes a deal with Pancamo to whack Wangler, while Wangler and Pierce plan to whack Adebisi.

    • Episode 3


      aired: Wed, Jul 28, 1999

      In the boxing program, O'Reily spikes Robson's spritzer bottle with drugs and Cyril knocks him out. Rebadow's mother tries to persuade him to meet his son and grandson. Meanwhile, Nappa finds out he's HIV-positive and is moved to Cell Block E. Keller wants to patch things up with Beecher, but Beecher has only one thing on his mind: killing Schillinger. And when young Andrew Schillinger comes to join daddy, Beecher's eyes grow wide.

    • Episode 2

      Napoleon's Boney Parts

      aired: Wed, Jul 21, 1999

      No one knows who killed Metzger. Meanwhile, McManus hires his friend Sean Murphy as a C.O. and he launches a boxing program. Hill faces a dilemma when a new inmate reveals that he murdered an entire Italian family. Adebisi sticks Nappa with an AIDS-infested hypodermic.

    • Episode 1

      The Truth and Nothing But...

      aired: Wed, Jul 14, 1999

      In the Season Three premiere, Beecher is still in the hospital after Schillinger and Keller broke his bones, Alvarez is still in solitary for blinding Rivera, Adebisi is back in the kitchen and McManus starts dating a newly arrived CO. Meanwhile, O'Reily plots revenge against Schillinger for raping his retarded brother Cyril and Beecher uses fingernail retaliation to pay back Metzger for a beating.

  • Watch Oz Season 1

    • Episode 8

      A Game of Checkers

      aired: Mon, Aug 25, 1997

      In the Season One finale, a riot breaks out and frustration, sexuality, hate, revenge and racism all rear their ugly heads, causing the violence to escalate. Finally, after several prison officers are taken hostage, tear gas is thrown into the Emerald City and the SORT Team arrives, guns blazing.

    • Episode 7

      Plan B

      aired: Mon, 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 and killing an officer by mistake. Condemned to death, Groves chooses his form of execution: the firing squad. Meanwhile, Schibetta is still being fed ground glass by O'Reilly and Adebisi, and ends up hemorrhaging. And Beecher, transformed by prison life, finally gets his revenge on his nemesis, Schillinger.

    • Episode 6

      To Your Health

      aired: Mon, Aug 11, 1997

      Three generations of Alvarezes--all prisoners at Oz--are united when the patriarch, Ricardo, is found face-down in his cell, suffering from Alzheimer's. Meanwhile, Tobias Beecher, who as the neo-Nazi Schillinger's 'girlfriend' has been forced to wear women's clothes, flips out after taking PCP and sends Schillinger to the hospital with a cut eye. Other inmates aren't exactly the picture of health, either: mob boss Schibetta has stomach pains caused by ground glass intentionally mixed in with his food, and Muslim leader Kareem Said has a heart attack after refusing to take medication for high blood pressure.

    • Episode 5

      Straight Life

      aired: Mon, Aug 4, 1997

      The infiltration of drugs into Oz has reached unprecedented levels, and the undercover efforts of McManus and Glynn to find out who's smuggling the drugs in have backfired in a deadly way. Despite a lockdown in the Emerald City, drugs continue to trickle in--and the blame shifts from prisoners to corrupt officials.

    • Episode 4

      Capital 1

      aired: Mon, 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 a skirmish set up by the CO's. Before he's executed, Keane donates a kidney to his ailing sister, then turns down lawyer-turned-inmate Tobias Beecher's offer to take up his defense. After Keane's death, Richard L'Italien--slaughterer of women--is executed by lethal injection after he makes a startling admission.

    • Episode 3

      God's Chillin'

      aired: Mon, Jul 21, 1997

      Friction is growing in the wake of two deaths--first Ortoloni and now Johnny Post--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. The tension increases following a visit from Governor Devlin, who was responsible for the ban on smoking and conjugal visits. Meanwhile, Keane has found God--just as a couple of Latinos with a grudge find him.

    • Episode 2

      Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise

      aired: Mon, 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.

    • Episode 1

      The Routine

      aired: Sat, 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. No clear-cut leader emerges--with the possible exception of Kareem Said, a Muslim author who preaches non-violence and abstinence. Said's arrival doesn't prevent a short-fused Mafia inmate named Dino Ortolani from ticking off just about everybody--a habit that ends up burning him.

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