2,888 votes


HBO 1997

OZ is set deep inside the Oswald Maximum Security Prison, in an experimental unit known as Emerald City. Em City focuses on prisoner rehabilitation over public retribution. There's one set of rules from the outside looking in, and another once you're inside. Every group - Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans - stick close to their mutual friends and terrorizes their mutual enemies.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Oz

Oz - S1E3

#1 - God's Chillin'


Season 1 - Episode 3

Friction grows in the wake of two deaths--first Ortoloni and now Johnny Post--so Wiseguy leader Schibetta, Muslim leader Said, and Homeboy Jefferson Keane are brought together by Warden Glynn, who tells them to keep their boys quiet or else he'll lock the prison down. The tension increases following a visit from Governor Devlin, who was responsible for the ban on smoking and conjugal visits. Meanwhile, Keane has found God--just as a couple of Latinos with a grudge find him.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Oz from 356 votes.

Oz - S1E1

#2 - The Routine


Season 1 - Episode 1

In the "Emerald City" experimental unit of Oswald State Penitentiary, we meet some of the diverse inmates who live within a pecking order of Homeboys, Latinos, Muslims, Irish, Aryans, and Wiseguys. No clear-cut leader emerges -- with the possible exception of Kareem Said, a Muslim author who preaches non-violence and abstinence. Said's arrival doesn't prevent a short-fused Mafia inmate named Dino Ortolani from ticking off just about everybody--a habit that ends up burning him.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Oz from 682 votes.

Oz - S1E2

#3 - Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise


Season 1 - Episode 2

With Schibetta and the prison brass in a race to uncover Ortolani's killer (for very different reasons), we see how inmates react to visits from both their wives and, in one case, family members who are also in prison.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Oz from 449 votes.

Oz - S6E2

#4 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil


Season 6 - Episode 2

The unexpected arrival of Mayor Wilson Loewen at Oz spurs an ironic turn involving Schillinger and Beecher. Meanwhile, Dr. Nathan discovers why solitary inmates are getting sick; a new business plan within Oz inspires Redding; Schibetta looks to puts a curse on the O'Reily family; and some Death Row prisoners get a bang out of a magazine photo shoot.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Oz from 177 votes.

Oz - S5E2

#5 - Laws of Gravity


Season 5 - Episode 2

Alvarez and Guerra come up with a new way to settle their beef -- Guerra will stab Alvarez in the shoulder without killing him. Morales questions Guerra's decision to do this while he attempts to grieve for his sister. Rebadow gets more bad news about his grandson which prompts him to search for alternatives. Montgomery asks for more hush money from Ryan so Ryan devises a plan to have Montgomery eliminated. Officer Brass returns to Oz to get facts on who attacked him. Ellie O'Connor arrives as the Governor's liaison to Oz only past memories of her failed marriage to McManus return. Schibetta returns and Schillinger shanks Pancamo after learning that he had Hank killed. McManus makes an offer to Said and White to hopefully curb White's erratic and sometimes bizarre behavior. Ryan's mom, Suzanne Fitzgerald comes to Oz to instruct inmates in performance arts.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Oz from 189 votes.

Oz - S5E4
#6 - Next Stop: Valhalla
Season 5 - Episode 4

Guerra kills Alvarez's new follower and the guilt surrounding it forces Alvarez to make a confession to Mukada. Alvarez, Hill and Penders sign up for a seeing-eye dog-training program. Dr. Nathan attacks a patient while having a flashback of her rape. Cyril shanks and kills Li Chien, which gets Cyril sent to solitary and Ryan sent to the cage. During an interaction session Beecher attacks Schillinger after Schillinger denies ever raping him. Redding asks Glynn for control of the kitchen. Hill's grief over his dead mother and divorce from his wife send him back to drugs happily supplied by Poet. Beecher's new podmate is the son of a prominent family Beecher knew well. Because of that, Beecher decides to protect him from the Aryans at all costs.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Oz from 179 votes.

Oz - S1E5
#7 - Straight Life
Season 1 - Episode 5

The infiltration of drugs into Oz has reached unprecedented levels; and the undercover efforts of McManus and Glynn to find out who's smuggling it in backfires in a deadly way. Despite a lockdown in the Emerald City, drugs continue to trickle in--and the blame shifts from prisoners to corrupt officials.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Oz from 317 votes.

Oz - S6E4
#8 - A Failure to Communicate
Season 6 - Episode 4

Glynn receives some good and bad news on the toxic-poisoning case. Meanwhile, Rebadow's relationship with Stella hits a snag; Keller and Beecher work out a mutually beneficial arrangement; Poet and Redding nearly come to blows; Hoyt is transferred from Death Row; and Robson finally gets some redemption.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Oz from 184 votes.

Oz - S5E6
#9 - Variety
Season 5 - Episode 6

Said returns from the hole ready to apologize to White. The inmate variety show takes shape with Busmalis as MC and White the featured performer. Robson's painful teeth force him to the dentist, something he secretly fears. The dentist recommends gum replacement surgery. Alvarez wants to give his dog to Rivera the Oz guard he blinded. Cyril's trial looms and Ryan's worried. Redding continues to search for culprit that gave Hill the drugs. Poet, in an attempt to hide the truth from Redding convinces Busmalis to tell Redding that one of the Italians did the deed. This results in Redding having DeSantos poisoned. Chucky's condition worsens and out of fear, he summons Sister Peter for spiritual help. Meanwhile, Sister Pete starts looking for Guenzel's attackers only the 3 who know (Said, Beecher, Schillinger) refuse to divulge.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Oz from 184 votes.

Oz - S2E6
#10 - Strange Bedfellows
Season 2 - Episode 6

Schilinger enlists Said to get him out of jail, but Said backs out. McManus decides not to incriminate Wittlesey in Ross's death. A recovered Schibetta edures more pain after being raped by Adebisi. Meanwhile, Alvarez is bumped out of the Latino power seat by Raoul Hernandez, a.k.a. El Cid. New inmate Jiggy Walker claims he was Gov. Devlin's personal crack dealer. The two go head-to-head in the media before Walker is discredited and sent to genpop. Reimondo finds out that Giles murdered the man who killed her husband and Dr. Nathan confronts O'Reily about her husband's death. Schillinger's plan to destroy Beecher approaches fruition when Beecher falls in love with Keller.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Oz from 250 votes.

Last updated: may 02, 2021



uhghhhh i love this show with all my heart


Wow, what a show. I can see why so many people say that this show is one of the best shows ever made. This show has every aspect of american prison. From death row to solitary confinement to gang wars to rapes. It has given us an insight into something that most of us will never know. Nothing is shunned. Because of all the nudity, violence and death this is not show for kids. Like The Wire this show has an acting cast that manages to do a outstanding job. HBO has become one of my favorite channels regarding tv shows even though i never in my life watched the actual channel.


My avatar says it all: probably the best show I've ever watched (and I watched a lot of shows)!!!


Just finished season2, loving it. DOn't watch if you're a pussy


Recommendend by Imagination. Awesome show!Almost same quality like the wire.


The fourth season was really a pain in the ass. I don't know if it's because they killed Adebisi, or because there are double the episodes of the other seasons, or maybe is the nonsense of the inmates ageing through a bullshit medical treatment... all I know it was pretty bad. Before that, this show was so fucking good.


I can't describe my feelings with words for this show. Masterpiece !


best tv shows at 20th century !


Oz is a great show. I'm sad I wasn't able to experience it while it was airing.


What a show what a script

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