Women in Prison (TV series)

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Women in Prison
Genre Sitcom
Created by Katherine Green
Directed by Gerren Keith
Phil Ramuno
John Sgueglia
Linda Day
Shelley Jensen
and others
Starring Antoinette Byron
Julia Campbell
Peggy Cass
Blake Clark
Denny Dillon
C. C. H. Pounder
Wendie Jo Sperber
Composer(s) Ray Colcord
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Embassy Communications
ELP Communications
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original channel Fox
Original run October 11, 1987 (1987-10-11) – February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)

Women in Prison is an American television sitcom created by Katherine Green which aired on Fox from October 11, 1987 to April 2, 1988.


Set in cell-block J of the Bass Women's prison in Wisconsin, the show focuses on the interactions among the prison inmates. The show's cast include Peggy Cass, Julia Campbell, Antoinette Byron, Blake Clark, Denny Dillon, CCH Pounder, and Wendie Jo Sperber.

Campbell stars as Vicki Springer, an overachieving yuppie, who was brought to Bass Women's Prison for supposedly shoplifting (she had been actually framed on the charge by her scheming no-good husband), where she had to deal with the inmates. Eve Shipley (Cass) was the old lady prisoner, having been there for almost 10 years and was kind of the old hand prisoner, helping others get used to the routine; Dawn Murphy (Pounder) was a bad tempered African-American woman who had murdered her abusive husband; and Bonnie Harper (Byron) was in for prostitution.

Vickie, Eve, Dawn and Bonnie all shared a cell, while, in a nearby cell of her own, complete with computer access, was Pam (Sperber), who was, not surprisingly, in prison for computer fraud. They all had to contend with guard Meg Bando (Dillon), who didn't like the prisoners, and vice versa, and the assistant warden, Clint Rafferty (Clark), for whom Vicki worked as a secretary (for her prison job) and to whom he was attracted.

Only 13 episodes of the series were produced and aired. The show was not renewed for a second season.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Directed by Original air date
1 "Vickie Does Prison" Phil Ramuno October 11, 1987 (1987-10-11)
2 "Goldfingers" Gerren Keith October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
3 "Hello, I Must Be Going" Phil Ramuno October 31, 1997 (1997-10-31)
4 "Nell's Bells" Linda Day November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
5 "Walk This Way" Dick Martin November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
6 "Skirts on Ice" Tony Singletary November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
7 "The Hole Story" N/A December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
8 "Veni, Vidi, Vicki" N/A December 26, 1987 (1987-12-26)
9 "Prisoners of Love" Shelley Jensen January 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
10 "52 Pick Up" Gerren Keith January 23, 1988 (1988-01-23)
11 "One Hero with Relish" John Sgueglia February 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
12 "I Do, I Don't" John Sgueglia February 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
13 "The Triangle" Gerren Keith February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)

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