HBO's violent men-behind-bars drama is an addictive, testosterone-driven soap opera for guys. The eight episodes of the first season set the style for the show: a massive cast of a vivid characters on both sides of the bars, four or five stories unleashed at a breakneck pace and framed by angry, oddball introductions, and a soaring casualty rate. Created by Homicide producer Tom Fontana, this drama quickly earned its rightful reputation as the most brutal show on TV. It's simple chemistry: combine volatile ingredients in a confined space, shut tight, and shake.
|Released:||July 12, 1997|
|Companies:||HBO The Levinson/Fontana Company Rysher Entertainment|
|Cast:||Harold Perrineau Patti LuPone Christopher Meloni Sean Whitesell Željko Ivanek Eamonn Walker Seth Gilliam B.D. Wong Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Edie Falco Lance Reddick Kirk Acevedo David Zayas Erik King Reg E. Cathey J.K. Simmons J.D. Williams Leon Rick Fox Michael Wright Betty Buckley Edward Herrmann Luke Perry Arija Bareikis Rita Moreno Dean Winters Lee Tergesen George Morfogen Ernie Hudson Terry Kinney Granville Adams Craig "muMs" Grant Tom Mardirosian Chuck Zito Scott William Winters Robert Clohessy Kristin Rohde R.E. Rodgers Anthony Chisholm Kathryn Erbe Eddie Malavarca Philip Casnoff Ellen McElduff Luis Guzmán Lord Jamar Austin Pendleton Mark Margolis Sandra Purpuro Robert John Burke Tony Musante Joel Grey Charles Busch Sandra Denton Lauren Vélez|
|Crew:||Tom Fontana Barry Levinson Irene Burns Bridget Potter Debbie Sarjeant Mark A. Baker Stephanie Maslansky|