Oz was an American crime series created by Tom Fontana for HBO. It ran for six seasons.
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 OzEdit
- The prison was ultimately taken over by Weigert (formerly Ecumena), the company that owned St Elgus' Hospital in St Elsewhere.
Westphall connections to OzEdit
- 'Miss Sally's Schoolyard', a fictional show-within-a-show frequently seen on Oz, is seen on TVs The Beat and Homicide: Life on the Street.
- 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.