Oz (TV series)

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Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes[1] (and also received the actual OZ tattoo that was filmed for the credits).[2] It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced by premium cable network HBO.[3] Oz premiered on July 12, 1997 and ran for six seasons. The series finale aired February 23, 2003.[1][2]


Plot synopsis

"Oz" is the nickname for the Oswald State Correctional Facility, formerly Oswald State Penitentiary, a fictional maximum-security prison (level 4). Many of the plot arcs are set in "Emerald City" ("Em City"), an experimental unit of the prison in which the unit manager, Tim McManus, attempts to emphasize rehabilitation and learning responsibility during incarceration, as opposed to pure punishment. Emerald City is an extremely controlled environment in which there is a controlled number of members of each racial and social group, with the hope of easing tensions among these various groups. The show was taped in Bayonne, New Jersey.

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