Date(s)1997-2003 (Season 1, Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8;
Season 2, Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7;
Season 3, Episodes 1, 8;
Season 4, Episodes 1, 2, 10, 11, 12;
Season 5, Episodes 3, 5, 7;
Season 6, Episodes 1, 8)
Episode(s)26 episodes (regular cast member)
Genre, Networkcrime drama (HBO)
RoleMiguel Alvarez

Cathy: (This review refers to Season 1) This is a really interesting and unconventional show. It centers around an experimental wing, Emerald City, in Oswald Maximum Security Correctional Facility. A wide range of prisoners are thrown together and sparks fly between individuals and factions. Things get pretty graphic and disturbing at times, but if the grittiness doesn't bother you, I would highly recommend it. I especially like how unpredictable it is - characters are built up and humanized only to be later executed or murdered. They deal with every social issue you can imagine in a way that doesn't feel preachy, and as a middle-class white woman who has lived a relatively sheltered life, I feel like I've learned a lot from this show. Kirk Acevedo plays a young man imprisoned for assaulting another man. In the beginning of the series, his story arc is slow to build, but by the end of series one he emerges as one of the key players in the warring factions. His character, Miguel, is very real and deep, and I think it's worth getting to know him whether or not Kirk/Toye stood out for you in the mini-series, if, like I said, you can get past the grittiness.

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