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How Oz Set the Standard for TV Drama

Jaw-dropping plot twists and flawed characters you can’t stop watching? Oz was there first. Take a look at some of the ways the series shocked, provoked and enthralled.

“Oz set the template for what we now know as the HBO drama.”

— Decider

Lee Tergeson Sees Horror and Romance in Oz

The actor who played Tobias Beecher recalls the show’s violence, intrigue and fundamental truths. Spoilers follow.

Dean Winters on the Lessons That Still Ring True

The actor behind Ryan O’Reily discusses the moments that still stand out and working with a stellar ensemble that included his own brother. Spoilers follow.

Alexa Fogel Talks Casting Oz, The Wire and Other HBO Favorites

The casting director looks back on memorable auditions, and reveals which role was the toughest to fill.


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