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Oz was an American crime series created by Tom Fontana for HBO. It ran from July 12, 1997 to February 23, 2003 for six seasons.

Series summary

The series follows the lives - and, frequently, deaths - of prisoners incarcerated in the Oswald State Correctional Facility, particularly those in 'Emerald City', an experimental block that mixes a carefully chosen number of prisoners from various gangs and groups (including neo-Nazis and black gangs) in the hopes of reducing tension between them. Central characters include wheelchair-bound former drug dealer Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.), who also acts as the show's Greek chorus during surreal, out-of-continuity scenes; warden Leo Glynn (Ernie Hudson); former lawyer Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergesen) and neo-Nazi leader Vernon Schillinger (JK Hudson).

Westphall connections in Oz

The prison was ultimately taken over by Weigert (formerly Ecumena), the company that owned St. Elgus Hospital in St. Elsewhere.

Westphall connections to Oz

Miss Sally's Schoolyard, a fictional show-within-a-show frequently seen on Oz, is seen on televisions on The Beat and Homicide: Life on the Street.

Non-Westphall connections

A skit from Saturday Night Live revealed that Jerry Seinfeld was imprisoned in Oswald State Correctional Facility after the final episode of Seinfeld. As a skit, its canonicity is dubious.

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