This groundbreaking HBO series started the trend of mature themed dramas on premium cable channels. Taking place in the fictional Oswald State Penitentiary and centering around the characters who reside in the experimental unit dubbed "Emerald City", "Oz" dealt with the themes of racial tension, drug abuse, violence, sex, and relationships.
Ryan tells Officer Mike Healy that his brother told him about him. But, since Ryan's brother Cyril is brain damaged and is mostly unaware of his brother's criminal background, this is unlikely. Tom Fontana admitted this was a goof on the audio commentary.1 More Trivia
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I coulda sworn I seen the mothafucka in my cell. Goin' through my personal effects. He fingers, fingerin' my cigarettes. Came out like nothin' was was happenin', whistlin' he tune. So I mooshed his ass like,"Move, mothafucka, make room. Hey, ain't that my cigarette hangin' off the tip of yo lip?!" I ain't even give him a chance for he confession, just leveled his ass with all that aggression. Lefts, rights to the dolex. Ha ha ha. Foots to the chest, uppercuts to the grill. I'm like "KILL", he's like "CHILL"!! Take that for me even bein' in this place. Take that for that fuckin' C.O. baton across my face. Feel that for that lawyer who ain't give two fucks about me. Feel this for me bein' enslaved by poverty. Mothafucka. Gimme them damn cigarettes. Oh, these is Marlboros, I don't smoke these.
|Lee Tergesen||Tobias Beecher||56 eps.|
|Dean Winters||Ryan O'Reily||56 eps.|
|J.K. Simmons||Vernon "Vern" Schillinger||56 eps.|
|Harold Perrineau||Augustus Hill||56 eps.|
|Ernie Hudson||Warden Leo Glynn||56 eps.|
|George Morfogen||Bob Rebadow||55 eps.|
|Terry Kinney||Tim McManus||55 eps.|
|Rita Moreno||Sister Peter Marie Reimondo||55 eps.|
|Eamonn Walker||Kareem Said||51 eps.|
|Kirk Acevedo||Miguel Alvarez||48 eps.|
|2||Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise||07/14/1997|
|6||To Your Health||08/11/1997|
|8||A Game of Checkers||08/25/1997|
When Emerald City is reopened, Tim McManus gives us an overview of the gangs of Oz.
Oz has one of the largest ensemble casts in TV history. Many characters die and even more characters are introduced, which makes sense given the shows setting. Virtually all characters on Oz are villains, or at least have some evil aspects, so there are no real "heroes" on Oz. It's difficult to pinpoint a main character since the show doesn't pick one. Only 7 regular characters survive the entire run of the show. Possible candidates for "main character" title:
|Date of 1st Airing||July 12, 1997|
|Date of Last Airing||Feb. 23, 2003|
|Original Air Day||Monday|
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