Oz: Season 1 (1997)



Critic Consensus: The patient zero of HBO dramas pushes the envelope in graphic content and storytelling ambition, but its relentless provocations dangerously teeter toward schlock.


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Air date: Jul 12, 1997
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Series 1 of the prison drama follows prison workers Warden Leo Glynn and Tim McManus, as well as prisoners Augustus Hill and Kareem Saïd as they navigate life at the Oswald State Correctional Facility, nickname "OZ".


Betty Buckley
as Suzanne Fitzgerald
Reg E. Cathey
as Martin Querns
Anthony Chisholm
as Burr Reading
Robert Clohessy
as Off. Sean Murphy
Carl DiMaggio
as Off. Len Lopresti
John Doman
as Col. Edward Galson
Sean Dugan
as Timmy Kirk
Christopher Meloni
as Christopher Keller
Rick Fox
as Jackson Vayhue
Joel Grey
as Lemuel Idzick
Ray Iannicelli
as Off. Roger Breese
Zeljko Ivanek
as Gov. James Devlin
Brendan Kelly
as Wolfgang Cutler
Tom Ligon
as Alvin Yood
Patti LuPone
as Stella Coffa
John Lurie
as Greg Pender
Tom Mardirosian
as Agamemnon Busmalis
Ellen McElduff
as Elenor O'Connor
Milo O'Shea
as Dr. Frederick Garvey
Blayne Perry
as Samuel Gougeon
Larry Pine
as Arnold Zelman
Sandra Purpuro
as Catherine McClain
Blake Robbins
as Off. David Brass
R.E. Rodgers
as James Robson
Kristin Rohde
as Off. Claire Howell
Otto Sanchez
as Carmen `Chico' Guerra
Paul Schulze
as Off. Rick Heim
Philip Scozzarella
as Off. Joseph Mineo
Jon Seda
as Dino Ortolani
Lou Sones
as Steve Dawkins
Thomas G. Waites
as Henry Stanton
Joel West
as Glen Shupe
Steven Wishnoff
as Tony Masters
Michael Wright
as Omar White
Emanuel Yarbrough
as Clarence Seroy
David Zayas
as Enrique Morales
Chuck Zito
as Charles Pancamo
Granville Adams
as Zahir Arif
Dena Atlantic
as Floria Mills
Tim Brown
as Off. Jason Armstrong
Bobby Cannavale
as Alonzo Torquemada
Antoni Corone
as Frances Urbano
Terry Kinney
as Tim McManus
Eamonn Walker
as Kareem Said
Ernie Hudson
as Leo Glynn
Rita Moreno
as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo
B.D. Wong
as Father Ray Mukada
Lee Tergesen
as Tobias Beecher
Tony Musante
as Nino Schibetta
J.K. Simmons
as Vern Schillinger
Luna Lauren Vélez
as Dr. Gloria Nathan
Edie Falco
as Diane Wittlesey
George Morfogen
as Bob Rebadow
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Critic Reviews for Oz Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

After the initial shock of such scenes - a knifing here, a strangulation there - we don't cringe or feel much. At best, we yawn or sneer or close our eyes.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

For all its technical dazzle and bracing content, Oz never overcomes a dramatic hurdle: It's nearly impossible to care about the characters.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Some viewers may be repelled by the sheer concentration of ugliness... But you won't escape easily from this drama's grip.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Oz is rough, gritty, and knocks you for a loop. It's the type of drama that will never be possible on network television no matter how many curse words the censors eventually allow on the air.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Oz is certainly graphic, gritty and bleak. It is also unpleasant to watch. Where is the entertainment value in something this unremittingly dark and unpleasant?

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Last year HBO introduced "Oz," a prison drama by Tom Fontana, executive producer of "Homicide: Life on the Street."... Pressed to choose, "Oz" is the superior offering. And that's saying something.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Profoundly disturbing, it's a show that you don't want to miss, yet don't always want to watch.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

One of the best ensembles in recent TV history, this is nigh-on faultless, and relentlessly entertaining.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the series moves beyond its introductory shock value, it becomes more serious, disturbing and gripping.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It's the routine of Oz that is so punishing here, like being confined for an hour with something unpleasant and oppressive. It's quality work, but watch it at your own risk.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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