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Oz morally flatlines from the start, leaving no opportunity for ambiguity or introspection. Its claustrophobic style instead zeroes in on graphic acts, until the whole exercise begins to resemble a well-acted slasher film.
By a margin as long as Alcatraz island, it is the most realistic look at prison life ever shown on the little screen.
For all its technical dazzle and bracing content, Oz never overcomes a dramatic hurdle: It's nearly impossible to care about the characters.
In spite of the realistic starkness, executive producers Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson manage to create characters we can care about.
You'll vow never to rob another bank. Whether you'll vow to return to this creepily realized world-within-a-world week after week is something else -- a sentence you'll have to impose on yourself.
There are some interesting stylistic innovations and stories that seize your attention and don't let go. The problem is people; the characters are interesting, but that's pretty much as far as it goes.
Oz is a distinguished effort, one that after two episodes left me wanting more. Rich in storytelling, the series promised still more riches with a complicated landscape within which even the peripheral characters have stories to tell.
Oz is a spellbinder Viewers will find themselves completely engrossed in the power politics and elaborate rituals of penitentiary life.
By the end of the second episode, I was well hooked, anxious to know just how the crookies would crumble. Or not. There's drama even in simple survival.
With Oz, the network sets a new standard for adult drama. Against the gritty backdrop of a U.S. prison, the show's fist-in-your-face realism is like nothing you've seen on television before.
Oz isn't exactly a laugh riot. It is, however, a remarkable piece of television. HBO's license to use strong language and nudity has seldom been put to better use than it is here, where it's employed not as punctuation but to truly shock.
Audience Reviews for Oz: Season 1
Feb 26, 2020it cool but how the get the movies
Sep 16, 2019It's a bit ridiculous, but that's what makes it so much fun.
Jun 04, 2017Whats impressive about OZ is that it got 8 seasons. Such a ridiculous series. Some of the many, many deaths were quite funny though. Finger nail slashing was the most comical.