Oz: Season 6 (2003)


Season 6
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Oz confidently cements its legacy as a founding father of modern television with a gonzo conclusion.

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User Ratings: 91

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Air date: Jan 5, 2003

Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.) is dead, but he's still our narrator, and he mentions that death has brought him into contact with a lot of familiar faces, including that of Jefferson Keane (Leon), who shares narrating duties for this episode. Em City is shaken up by Hill's death. McManus (Terry Kinney) finds a box in Hill's cell containing a manuscript, and, as instructed, he gives copies to both Said (Eamonn Walker) and Redding (Anthony Chisholm), but Redding is too distraught to read it, or to lead his people. Said tries to inspire him to help restore order, and to get his people off drugs, to honor Hill's memory. Prisoners in solitary get the opportunity to make their case to a review board. White (Michael Wright) doesn't stand a chance, but he gets sent to the infirmary after puking all on Howell (Kristin Rohde). Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo) gets to go back to Em City, after McManus forces him and Guerra (Otto Sanchez) to make peace. Rebadow (George Morfogen) is depressed about his grandson's death, but he gets a new job in the library, and immediately hits it off with Stella (Patti LuPone), the new librarian. Kirk (Sean Dugan) arrives on death row, claiming to be possessed by Satan, and accuses Father Mukada (B.D. Wong) of sexually harassing him. Suzanne (Betty Lynn Buckley) prepares to put on a production of +Macbeth, starring Father Meehan (Malachy McCourt). O'Reilly (Dean Winters) coerces Shupe (Joel West) into testifying on Cyril's (Scott William Winters) behalf. Peter Schibetta (Eddie Malavarca) arranges to have an ancient curse put on O'Reilly. Beecher (Lee Tergesen) and his father (Edward Hermann) are working on Keller's (Christopher Meloni) appeal, but Winthrop (Andy Powers) has his own deadly plan to gain Schillinger's (J.K. Simmons) respect.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2003

The late Shirley Bellinger (Kathryn Erbe) assists Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.) with the narration. Mayor Wilson Lowen (Tom Atkins) is on trial for the 1963 murder of two black girls, and Governor Devlin's (Zeljko Ivanek) supportive comments have caused race riots. When Lowen is found guilty, Devlin decides to send him to Oz until things cool down. He warns Glynn (Ernie Hudson) to keep Lowen safe. In Oz, Beecher (Lee Tergesen) learns about his father's murder. When Lowen, who has a personal relationship with Schillinger (J.K. Simmons), chokes on some food, Beecher saves his life. In response, Schillinger vows not to interfere with Beecher's parole hearing, and Beecher is granted parole. Martinez (Carlos Leon) and Penders (John Lurie) come down with the same illness as White (Michael Wright). Nathan (Lauren Velez) tells Glynn that they've been exposed to toxins, and that Martinez needs to be hospitalized. Glynn refuses to transfer Martinez because he doesn't want the story getting out. Morales (David Zayas) is worried that Martinez will spill the beans about the assault on Brass (Blake Robbins). Rebadow (George Morfogen) develops feelings for Stella (Patti LuPone), while Busmalis (Tom Mardirosian) still refuses to see Norma. Kirk (Sean Dugan) continues plotting to destroy Mukada (B.D. Wong) as his conflict with fellow death row prisoner Hoyt (Evan Seinfeld) comes to a head. Said (Eamonn Walker) works to get Hill's memoirs published. When a telemarketing company sets up shop in Oz, Redding (Anthony Chisholm) decides to volunteer his crew in order to get them out of drug dealing. Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo), determined to go straight, begs his wife to visit him. O'Reilly (Dean Winters) turns to Pancamo (Chuck Zito) to deal with Schibetta (Eddie Malavarca), while Robson (R.E. Rodgers) is forced to turn to Cutler (Brendan Kelly) for protection from Pancamo.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2003

The late Eugene Dobbins (Zuill Bailey) returns with his cello to "narrate" this episode. Beecher (Lee Tergesen), leaving Oz on parole, says goodbye to Keller (Christopher Meloni), promising to continue work on overturning his death sentence. Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) visits Lowen (Tom Atkins) in the infirmary, but is greeted with hostility. Yood (Tom Ligon) tells Beecher who killed his father. Lowen threatens to go public with everything he knows about Devlin(Zeljko Ivanek) if he's not released from Oz. Stella (Patti LuPone) tries to reach a troubled teen, Pablo Rosa (Michael Rivera). Rebadow (George Morfogen) sees Norma (Michelle Schumacher), who begs him to convince Busmalis (Tom Mardirosian) to see her. Cutler (Brendan Kelly) protects Robson (R.E. Rodgers), now his "prag," from Pancamo (Chuck Zito). With Redding (Anthony Chisholm) trying his hand at telemarketing, Glynn (Ernie Hudson) gives the kitchen back to the Sicilians. Guerra (Otto Sanchez) refuses to shank Martinez (Carlos Leon), telling Morales (David Zayas) to do it himself. When Martinez dies, a distraught Nathan (Lauren Velez) tells Glynn she'll go public with the autopsy results, prompting him to hold a preemptive press conference. Brass (Blake Robbins) involves Murphy (Robert Clohessy) in his revenge on Morales. Hoyt (Evan Seinfeld) tells Mukada (B.D. Wong) he's had visions of Satan since he killed Kirk. Sister Pete (Rita Moreno) takes Jericho away from the increasingly volatile Cyril (Scott William Winters). Devlin arranges to have Cyril given electroshock treatments, so that he'll appear less impaired for his death penalty appeal. Redding has trouble convincing his crew that their future is in telemarketing. Said (Eamonn Walker) comes up with his own ambitious business plan to get Hill's memoirs published, and gets a visit from a mysterious reporter (Joel Grey).

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Air date: Jan 26, 2003

Glynn learns more about the toxic poisoning that affected inmates in solitary; Redding's authority is challenged; Beecher and Keller straighten out the latest kink in their relationship; Hoyt is moved from death row. Redding: Anthony Chisholm. Poet: muMs. Robson: R.E. Rodgers. Hoyt: Evan Seinfeld.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2003

A new inmate (Joel Grey) gives everyone something to talk about; Murphy has news for Glynn; Redding continues to promote the telemarketing venture at Oz. Beecher: Lee Tergesen. Murphy: Robert Clohessy. Glynn: Ernie Hudson.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2003

More details about the violent death of Mayor Loewen come to light; as Cyril's execution date approaches, the O'Reilys get support from their fellow inmates; Idzik confronts his adversaries. Idzik: Joel Grey. Cyril: Scott William Winters. Rebadow: George Morfogen. Stella: Patti LuPone.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2003

The O'Reilys have an ally in a new group of inmates; Busmalis and Rebadow turn out to be a hit with the fairer sex; an awards banquet concludes in bizarre fashion. Busmalis: Tom Mardirosian. Rebadow: George Morfogen. Ryan: Dean Winters.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2003

The prisoners react to the return of ex-administrator Martin Querns (Reg E. Cathey); Mukada solves a mystery; the production of "Macbeth" finally begins, but doesn't end as planned. Alvarez: Kirk Acevedo. Howell: Kristin Rohde. Mukada: B.D. Wong. Written by creator Tom Fontana.

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The Sixth and final series sees Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) and Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo) let out of solitary and rejoin the others.

Critic Reviews for Oz Season 6

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

At times brutally grounded and surreally poetic, the show uses its fictional environment as a microcosm for our society at large, showing how the divides and conflicts manifested in prison first start in the neighborhoods we live in.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

With the clock ticking on the entire series and lots of characters in constant jeopardy, Fontana and his fellow writers have confounded expectations again...

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Oz, so feral and explosive, is the black sheep of quality television. But who said art had to be pretty, or that the road to human understanding was paved with yellow bricks?

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

By the time the series was ready to say goodbye to the guards, employees and inmates of Em City, however, it had already starting skirting the absurd - and its finale was a deep dive into straight-up camp.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

To the extent that the show ever transcends its own lurid nature, it does so through the strength - and vulnerability - of its cast.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Every time Beecher thinks he's out, Oz pulls him back in. For the show's die-hard fans, that's a pleasingly familiar feeling.

Jun 18, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Yet, no matter how graphic Game of Thrones may be, no show can rival the brutality in Tom Fontana's prison drama, Oz.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a rough show to watch, but it's an essential one.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

As uneven a show as Oz could be, it's undeniably one of the most important and influential shows in the past 25 years of television.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Viewers can consider themselves blessed to have had six years inside Oz.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The fact that it was on a premium network was essential, allowing a much deeper (and more realistic) depiction of the horrors of incarceration in the United States.

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Oz: Season 6

  • Nov 11, 2019
    In depth, character driven TV series. Insanely addictive.
  • Sep 18, 2018
    The best tv series of the world

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