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.

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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


After a fateful domestic clash, a devoted mother finds herself in prison and fighting to survive in hopes of reuniting with her daughter.

Airdates: 2018 - 2019

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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

Young girl runs away from her abusive family only to end up in a juvenile detention center for girls where she’s brutalized by her sadistic peers.

Airdates: 1974

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A teenage girl’s charismatic boyfriend frames her in a robbery and she finds herself convicted of first-degree murder.

Airdates: 1975


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

Airdates: 2008 - 2012


A correctional officer must endure the challenges of incarceration for both himself and prisoners.

Airdates: 2017

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

Airdates: 1997 - 2007

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


A crew of fierce female convicts break free and go on the run.

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Airdates: 2021

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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


Outlaw. Out. Law. Hah hah.

Airdates: 2010