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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
Aug 25 1997
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 ...more

14 4
You Bet Your Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Aug 30 2000
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 ...more

14 5
A Town Without Pity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Aug 23 2000
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 ...more

10 2
The Routine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jul 12 1997
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, ...more

9 2
Even the Score is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Feb 18 2001
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 ...more

10 3
To Your Health is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Aug 11 1997
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 ...more

11 4
Escape from Oz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Aug 31 1998
Wittlesey is transferred to Gen Pop and replaced by Karl Metzger, a Nazi. Mack and another Aryan try to escape through Busmalis and Rebadow's tunnel but the tunnel collapses and kills the two ...more

9 3
Famous Last Words is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Feb 25 2001
Hill gets caught in a deliberate attempt to frame him for drug possession. To fight back, he gets some medical info that leads to Supreme's demise. Redding thanks Hill and offers to bring him ...more

9 3
Good Intentions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Feb 17 2002
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 ...more

10 4
Plan B is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Aug 18 1997
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 ...more

8 3
Strange Bedfellows is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Aug 17 1998
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 ...more

6 1
God's Chillin' is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jul 21 1997
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, ...more

6 2
Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Feb 03 2002
Said and Arif go to Warden Glynn about Lalar's murder. Angry and full of rage, Said then confronts White about passing drugs. Unsatisfied with White's response, Said beats White severely, which ...more

6 2
The Truth and Nothing But... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jul 14 1999
In addition to the name change to "Oswald State Correctional Facility," more changes abound. Newbies Coyle, Kahn, and Ricardo arrive and partner up with Wangler, Said, and Hernandez ...more

5 1
Cuts Like a Knife is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jan 28 2001
Despised by both the Latinos and the gangsters, Alvarez snaps and kills another Latino inmate. He's then returned to solitary. McManus continues to argue the problems of the drug experiment. ...more

4 0
U.S. Male is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Aug 11 1999
After getting pummeled by Khan in a boxing match, Kenny discovers his wife's infidelity and arranges a contract. Miguel prepares to meet his victim face to face. McManus' lawsuit starts taking ...more

5 2
Legs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jul 28 1999
With a new day breaking, Officer Howell makes a gruesome discovery. Dr. Nathan takes action against medical official Garvey. Ricardo and Hughes have a brief confrontation that results in a ...more

4 1
Capital P is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jul 28 1997
Governor Devlin has reinstated capital punishment in the state; and the first Oz prisoner scheduled to die is Jefferson Keane, who killed a Latino in a skirmish set up by the Co's. Before he's ...more

4 1
Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jul 14 1997
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 ...more

3 0
Visitation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jan 06 2002
A ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with the Governor doing the honors, signals the opening of a newly constructed Oz. Warden Glynn doesn't resign but he's more battle weary. White, Alvarez and ...more

3 0
A Cock and Balls Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jul 12 2000
The lockdown ends. After Hamid Khan's body is taken off life support, the Muslim's choose Arif to lead them. Meanwhile, Cyril's having nightmares about delivering the fatal blow to Khan in the ...more

3 0
Great Men is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jul 27 1998
Alvarez knows who raped Glynn's daughter, but refuses to tell the warden. Wangler is making progress at school, but his cellmate, Adebisi, isn't a fan of higher education. When Augustus Hill's ...more

3 0
Family Bizness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Aug 10 1998
With their enmity at a boiling point, Adebisi poisons Schibetta -- but not fatally. Now that his brother has turned himself in for murder, Glynn no longer owes Schibetta any favors. Sister Peter ...more

3 0
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Aug 24 1998
Cyril O'Reily, Ryan's brother comes to Oz and is immediately violated by Schillinger. Ryan tries to get him away from OZ, but Cyril instead lands in the hole. El Cid tells Alvarez the only way ...more

3 0
Ancient Tribes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Jul 20 1998
Ten months after the riot, Em City re-opens. A recovered McManus creates a council of group representatives to keep order, and initiates GED classes to help inmates get high-school equivalency ...more