In Prison TV Shows (

Most (if not all) of these shows center on prisons and their inmates. Some may involve escapes and following those recidivists outside their natural habitat. Most do not.

9-1-1 star

This show explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations.

Airdates: 2017 - current

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A British hard-hitting drama about the staff and inmates of a women’s prison.

Airdates: 1999 - 2006

Born Innocent warning

A girl is sent to juvenile detention and some really horrible things happen.

Airdates: 1974

Cage Without a Key warning skull-crossbones

Lesbian predator in a women’s prison.

Airdates: 1975


The stories of several women imprisoned for different reasons in an experimental penal complex in Mexico City.

Airdates: 2008 - 2012


An out of control jailer and a bunch of riots in a mens prison.

Airdates: 2017

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Another women in prison TV show? It’s like a cliche or something…

Airdates: 1997 - 2007

The I-Land

When ten people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are and how they got there, they set off on a trek to try to get back home, only to discover the world is not as it seems.

Airdates: 2019

Inmates: A Love Story

A co-ed penitentiary is the off-beat backdrop for this romantic drama of a pair of security inmates under the watchful eye of an … unorthodox superintendent.

Airdates: 1981

Orange is the New Black warning skull-crossbones

Piper Chapman, a 30-something PR executive goes to prison for drug running with her ex-girlfriend Alex from 10 years ago. When she gets to prison — surprise — Alex is there too.

Airdates: 2013 - 2019

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Women! In prison! In the 70s!

Airdates: 1979 - 1986

Proven Innocent

The emotional story of one woman’s fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own.

Airdates: 2019