Welcome to Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison or OZ. As run by Tim McManus and over-seen by Warden Leo Glynn, Em City is about prisoner rehabilitation over public retribution. No matter how hardened a criminal or killer, whether you're in for a few years or in for life, you have a role to play. Once inside, choose your friends carefully. Every group--Muslims, Latinos, Italians, Aryans--stick close to mutual friends and terrorize mutual enemies. Don't smile. Get yourself a weapon. Stay on everybody's good side.... if you can find one.
I had heard good things about this series, released on HBO. The reality was, for me, very disappointing - I found it dated, cliche-ridden with a clunky plotline. The acting is awful and at times it felt like the whole thing was a send up but unfortunately I think they were playing it for real.