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List of the best Oz episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. Chronicling the lives of prisoners at Oswald State Correctional Facility, Oz aired on HBO and was one of the network's first big hits. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Oz episodes of all time are. Fans of Oz are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. Ranking the best Oz episodes is particularly difficult as there are so many different and sometimes intermeshed storylines happening in each episode, it's easy to find yourself loving parts of the show but a bit frustrated with a particular subplot. But we are confident that you, dear voter, are up to the task. 

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A Game of Checkers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
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A Game of Checkers


Beecher is released from the hole and Schillinger is left eyeless and weak. A riot breaks out after two white punks get into a fight over checkers. Frustration, sexuality, hate, revenge, racism all rear their ugly heads, causing the violence to escalate. Finally, after several prison officers are ...more

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Original Airing: Aug 25 1997

Season: Oz - Season 1

Episode Number: 8

Director: Jean de Segonzac

Previous Episode: Plan B

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You Bet Your Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
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You Bet Your Life


After the press conference shooting incident, Glynn pulls out of the race. When a corpse is found in the laundry room, Querns demands Adebisi find out who did the deed. Soon Browne's corpse is also discovered and Querns gets worried. Querns's investigative efforts point to Supreme Allah as the ...more

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Original Airing: Aug 30 2000

Season: Oz - Season 4

Episode Number: 8

Director: Adam Bernstein

Previous Episode: A Town Without Pity

Next Episode: Medium Rare

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A Town Without Pity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
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A Town Without Pity


Ryan and Howell get frisky. After leaving the hole and apologizing to Busmalis for the stabbing Rebadow suffers an attack due to a brain tumor. Busmalis reacts by doing what he does best--start another tunnel. Unbeknownst to the doctors and everyone else, Cyril's recovering psychologically more than ...more

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Original Airing: Aug 23 2000

Season: Oz - Season 4

Episode Number: 7

Director: J. Miller Tobin

Previous Episode: A Word to the Wise

Next Episode: You Bet Your Life

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To Your Health is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
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To Your Health


Three generations of Alvarezes--all prisoners at Oz--are united when the partiarch, Ricardo, is found face down in his cell, suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Tobias Beecher, who as the neo-Nazi Schillinger's "girlfriend" has been forced to wear women's clothes, flips out after taking ...more

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Original Airing: Aug 11 1997

Season: Oz - Season 1

Episode Number: 6

Director: Alan Taylor, Alan Taylor

Previous Episode: Straight Life

Next Episode: Plan B

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Even the Score is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
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Even the Score


Guerra rats to McManus about White still using drugs so McManus orders a shakedown. McManus confronts White and gives him an ultimatum. White goes to counseling but causes a fight and gets thrown in to the hole again. McManus gets a basketball scout to come and watch Brass play, but when Vahue loses ...more

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Original Airing: Feb 18 2001

Season: Oz - Season 4

Episode Number: 15

Director: J. Miller Tobin

Previous Episode: Orpheus Descending

Next Episode: Famous Last Words

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Plan B is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
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Plan B


A recovered Said ostracizes Huseni Mershah for turning his back on him when he was dying--and orders all the Muslims to cast him out. Impressed by Said's power, Groves decides to kill Glynn in his honor, but ends up stabbing and killing an officer by mistake. Condemned to death, Groves chooses the ...more

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Original Airing: Aug 18 1997

Season: Oz - Season 1

Episode Number: 7

Director: Darnell Martin

Previous Episode: To Your Health

Next Episode: A Game of Checkers

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The Routine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
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The Routine


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 ...more

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Original Airing: Jul 12 1997

Season: Oz - Season 1

Episode Number: 1

Director: Darnell Martin

Next Episode: Visits^! Conjugal and Otherwise

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Good Intentions is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
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Good Intentions


Redding discovers that Busmalis lied about DeSantos. Furious, he confronts Morales and the confrontation gets the two of them thrown in the hole. Cyril gets convicted of the murder and Ryan tells the attorney not to appeal. Meanwhile Sister Pete, Father Meehan and Suzanne Fitzgerald meet to devise ...more

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Original Airing: Feb 17 2002

Season: Oz - Season 5

Episode Number: 7

Director: Adam Bernstein

Previous Episode: Variety

Next Episode: Impotence

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