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The Best Seasons of Oz

Updated July 24, 2020 363 votes 129 voters 19.1k views6 items

Ranking of the best seasons of Oz, one of HBO's first longform serial dramas, and a true groundbreaker that paved the way for everything from The Sopranos to Game of Thrones. The 6 seasons of this prison drama are listed from best to worst based on votes, but most fans of the show would agree that a level of consistency was maintained throughout the run. People who are fanatics of the show have very strong opinions when it comes to choosing the best Oz season, which is exactly why this ranking of Oz seasons exists. Many fans of the show have voted on this list of the greatest Oz seasons, so this order isn't just the opinion of some random writer or blogger.

Some of the most memorable episodes of Oz come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. If your favorite season of Oz isn't high on the list, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one.If you're asking yourself, "What is the best season of Oz?" or "Which season of Oz is the best?" then this list will answer your questions.

You can use this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then publish it. Adebesi Lives! 

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    Oz - Season 2

    Oz - Season 2
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    The second season of Oz premiered on July 11, 1998 and contains eight episodes. This season primarily focuses on the aftermath of the riot that took place at the end of last season.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Ancient Tribes," "Animal Farm," and "Escape from Oz."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • O'Reily gets diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • Schillinger enlists Keller to punish Beecher.
    • Cyril O'Reily murders Dr. Nathan's husband at his brother's request.
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    Oz - Season 1

    Oz - Season 1
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    The first season of Oz premiered on July 12, 1997 and contains eight episodes. This season introduces viewers to the staff and inmates at the Oswald State Correctional Facility primarily focusing on an experimental unit of the prison nicknamed "Emerald City."

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "The Routine," "To Your Health," and "A Game of Checkers."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Alvarez cuts himself in retribution.
    • Beecher gets a makeover compliments of Schillinger.
    • Emerald City faces a riot.
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    Oz - Season 4

    Oz - Season 4
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    The fourth season of Oz premiered on July 12, 2000 and contains 16 episodes. This season focuses on the growing racial divide of the Oz inmates.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "A Cock and Balls Story," "You Bet Your Life," and "Famous Last Words."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • Said and Adebisi have a fight to the death.
    • Omar stabs McManus.
    • Beecher's parole is denied.
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    Oz - Season 6

    Oz - Season 6
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    The sixth and final season of Oz premiered on January 5, 2003 and contains eight episodes. This season finds several of the main characters fighting for parole and their lives.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil," "Junkyard Dawgs," and "Exeunt Omnes."

    Memorable moments from Season 6 include:

    • Beecher gets parole.
    • Cyril gets the chair.
    • Beecher stabs Schillinger.
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