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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. 

The list you're viewing is made up of many different episodes, like Losing Your Appeal and Great Men. What is the best Oz episode of all time? Look below and find out.

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

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A Town Without Pity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
A Town Without Pity 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

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The Routine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
The Routine 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

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You Bet Your Life is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
You Bet Your Life 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

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

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Good Intentions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Good Intentions 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

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

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Plan B is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Plan B 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

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To Your Health is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
To Your Health 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

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Cuts Like a Knife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Cuts Like a Knife 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

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Famous Last Words is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Famous Last Words 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

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Escape from Oz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Escape from Oz 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

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Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Wheel of Fortune 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

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The Truth and Nothing But... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
The Truth and Nothing But... 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

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God's Chillin' is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
God's Chillin' 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

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Great Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Great Men 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

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U.S. Male is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
U.S. Male 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

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Ancient Tribes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Ancient Tribes 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

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A Day in the Death... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
A Day in the Death... Feb 09 2003 Idzik faces his enemies; the intrigues behind the Loewen case get more complicated; changes are made in the hospital; the Muslims run into business trouble; Rebadow and Stella get closer; and ...more

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Works of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Works of Mercy Aug 02 2000 The kidnapping of Beecher's children has everyone upset and Beecher inconsolable. Schillinger gets questioned and of course, claims to know nothing about the deed. Beecher decides to initiate ...more

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Napoleon's Boney Parts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Napoleon's Boney Parts Jul 21 1999 The hack ain't comin' back, and everyone's trying to figure out who did the deed; especially Schillinger and Said. McManus hires a new officer Sean Murphy who's also a friend of Tim's. Despite ...more

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Legs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Legs 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

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Impotence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Impotence Feb 24 2002 Robson returns from solitary to discover he's been kicked out of the "Brotherhood" and moved to another cell. McManus tells Glynn he'll write a letter supporting Alvarez's bid for ...more

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Capital P is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Capital P 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

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Orpheus Descending is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Orpheus Descending Feb 11 2001 McManus returns from the hospital with an ultimatum for Redding and Morales. Redding tells Hill that he's finished with him after Hill tipped a guard off. Supreme meets with Pancamo and offers ...more

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Blizzard of '01 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Blizzard of '01 Feb 04 2001 Wick's family sues Oz for his death which was caused by the experimental drugs he took. This also means, Dr. Nathan's under investigation and could lose her job. Ryan gets a surprise visit... ...more

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Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Visits, Conjugal and Otherwise 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

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Laws of Gravity is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Laws of Gravity Jan 13 2002 Alvarez and Guerra come up with a new way to settle their beef -- Guerra will stab Alvarez in the shoulder without killing him. Morales questions Guerra's decision to do this while he attempts ...more

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Exeunt Omnes (Xtended Cut) is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Exeunt Omnes (Xtended Cut) Feb 23 2003 Oz is in upheaval following the return of Martin Querns; Howell and Robson receive troubling medical news; Brass makes his last shot Hoyt is reunited with his birth mother; Fr. Mukada answers an ...more

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Family Bizness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Family Bizness 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

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Visitation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Visitation 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

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A Cock and Balls Story is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
A Cock and Balls Story 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

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Straight Life is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Straight Life Aug 04 1997 The infiltration of drugs into Oz has reached unprecedented levels; and the undercover efforts of McManus and Glynn to find out who's smuggling it in backfires in a deadly way. Despite a ...more

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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Animal Farm 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

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Next Stop: Valhalla is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Next Stop: Valhalla Jan 27 2002 Guerra kills Alvarez's new follower and the guilt surrounding it forces Alvarez to make a confession to Mukada. Alvarez, Hill and Penders sign up for a seeing-eye dog-training program. Dr. ...more

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Secret Identities is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Secret Identities Aug 25 1999 Sister Pete's anger is roused and forces her to confession. Wangler and Adebisi register a complaint to the Warden. Yet another inmate meets with demise. Bellinger enlists McManus' help. Glynn ...more

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Exeunt Omnes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Exeunt Omnes Feb 23 2003 Oz is in upheaval following the return of Martin Querns; Howell and Robson receive troubling medical news; Brass makes his last shot Hoyt is reunited with his birth mother; Fr. Mukada answers an ...more

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Conversions is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Conversions Jan 14 2001 New inmate Burr Redding arrives and stands ready to assume control of the drug business. Dr. Nathan returns. Tidd approaches Schillinger with a plan to kill Said. Several Asian refugees are ...more

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A Word to the Wise is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
A Word to the Wise Aug 16 2000 An investigation into Goergen's death starts and Mobay's anxious when the investigator targets him first. Tensions begin to rise as Querns turns a seemingly deaf ear and blind eye to the blatant ...more

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Revenge is Sweet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Revenge is Sweet Jan 21 2001 Robson and Hoyt tell Rev. Cloutier to back off of Schillinger. Schillinger and Beecher have their first counseling interaction session. Tidd continues to get close to Said by defending Arif in a ...more

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Napoleon's Boney Parts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Napoleon's Boney Parts Season 3 Episode 2: No one knows who killed Metzger. Meanwhile, McManus hires his friend Sean Murphy as a C.O. and he launches a boxing program. Hill faces a dilemma when a new inmate reveals a terrible crime. Adebisi sticks Nappa with an AIDS-infested hypodermic.

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Out o' Time is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Out o' Time Season 3 Episode 8: Brace yourself for the explosive Season Three finale! As the new millennium approaches, things are heating up in Em City as racial tensions mount. Glynn fires Hughes, but before leaving, Hughes delivers a millennium gift to Adebisi: a gun.

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The Bill of Wrongs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
The Bill of Wrongs Season 4 Episode 3: Glynn learns from Adebisi that he was given the gun by former C.O. Hughes. Morales enlists Rebadow's help in taking Hernandez's place in the drug ring run by Adebisi and Pancamo. Mobay finds himself in a dangerous position.

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Gray Matter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Gray Matter Season 4 Episode 5: As Querns implements his new course of action, the dynamics of Em City start to change, causing friction with Officer Murphy. Beecher falls deeper into depression as he wonders about the fate of his children.

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Medium Rare is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Medium Rare Season 4 Episode 9: A TV news crew descends on Em City, and the results aren't quite ready for prime time. O'Reily sees the visit as his chance for revenge against the show's anchor, Jack Eldridge, who ran a negative piece on the O'Reily brothers fifteen years earlier.

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Junkyard Dawgs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Junkyard Dawgs Season 6 Episode 7: Three new inmates arrive at Oz, one of whom is particularly close to the O'Reily clan. Meanwhile, the Keller-Beecher-Schillinger triangle gets even more pointed, and an awards banquet ends in a fateful discovery.

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Revenge Is Sweet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Revenge Is Sweet Season 4 Episode 11: Morales looks to pit the Chinese against Redding. Alvarez offers Glynn his services as an informant as a way out of solitary. Dr. Nathan announces that Em City inmates will be selected to test a trial drug that could reduce their time behind bars.

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4giveness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
4giveness Season 6 Episode 5: Everyone in Em City has a different opinion of the newest inmate, Idzik. Meanwhile, Alvarez receives some shocking news, Murphy makes a confession to Glynn, and Beecher finds himself in a perilous position as a result of his devotion to Keller.

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The Blizzard of '01 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
The Blizzard of '01 Season 4 Episode 13: O'Reily is in for a surprise when a visitor reveals the truth about his past, while Cyril faces trouble for his difficult behavior. Meanwhile, Morales and Redding lay out plans that could lead to all-out war in Em City.

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Sonata da Oz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oz Episodes
Sonata da Oz Season 6 Episode 3: Schillinger has a disappointing visit with Mayor Loewen. Glynn has to face the truth about the toxic-poisoning problem in Oz. Down in solitary, Officer Brass spends some quality time with Morales. Meanwhile, Cyril O'Reily undergoes unusual therapy.