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HBO's edgy series is set in Emerald City, an experimental unit of a maximum-security prison that focuses on prisoner rehabilitation. In this world, however, prisoners must choose cohorts carefully, because every gang has its friends -- and enemies. This intense, long-running drama from producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana features an enormous ensemble cast, including Ernie Hudson, Harold Perrineau, J.K. Simmons, Rita Moreno and Edie Falco.
Summary of Season 1 (1997) - 3 discs
In the first season of HBO's edgy series, life at Oswald State Correctional Facility is examined as a whole new crop of prisoners pile in. The governor has reinstated capital punishment in the state, and the first Oz prisoner is scheduled to die. Also, family and friends visit, Ortoloni faces a certain fate, a cannibal enters the scene and all the while, Warden Glynn (Ernie Hudson) tries to control the land.