Women in Prison (TV series)

Women in Prison
Genre Sitcom
Created by Katherine Green
Michael G. Moye
Ron Leavitt
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
Opening theme "Women in Prison" by Ray Colcord and Phyllis Katz
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, Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network Fox
Original release 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.

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

Episode list

Title Directed by: Original air date
1"Vickie Does Prison"Phil RamunoOctober 11, 1987 (1987-10-11)
Vickie arrives at Bass Woman's Prison, and immediately makes the other prisoners jealous by getting a coveted job.
2"Goldfingers"Gerren KeithOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
Eve hopes she can join the prison's forestry detail when she finds out they'll be working where she has gold hidden.
3"Hello, I Must Be Going"Phil RamunoOctober 31, 1997 (1997-10-31)
Vicki's husband turns to bribery to try to secure her freedom. Meanwhile, Dawn finds she's earned the wrath of the nastiest prisoner in the joint.
4"Nell's Bells"Linda DayNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
The assistant warden won't allow Vicki to memorialize Dawn's cousin.
5"Walk This Way"Dick MartinNovember 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
Pam has a plan to escape the prison, but Vicki is hesitant to lend her support.
6"Skirts on Ice"Tony SingletaryNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
The prisoners take well to Vicki's claim that the new heaters she's been campaigning for will soon arrive.
7"The Hole Story"*December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
Five days in solitary confinement leads to Vicki experiencing hallucinations.
8"Veni, Vidi, Vicki"*December 26, 1987 (1987-12-26)
Vicki wonders if her looks are fading when a new male guard with a Don Juan reputation seems uninterested in her.
9"Prisoners of Love"Shelley JensenJanuary 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
Eve's husband smuggles himself into Bass Women's Prison to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
10"52 Pick Up"Gerren KeithJanuary 23, 1988 (1988-01-23)
Eve's husband smuggles himself into Bass Women's Prison to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
11"One Hero with Relish"John SguegliaFebruary 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
Meg steals Vicki's thunder by falsely claiming that she was the one to use CPR to save Assistant Warden Rafferty.
12"I Do, I Don't"John SguegliaFebruary 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
A marriage proposal from a former john sees Bonnie imagining being a housewife instead of a prostitute.
13"The Triangle"Gerren KeithFebruary 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
When Vicki pleads with the assistant warden to be nicer to a heartbroken Meg, the following morning it seems he may have gone beyond simple kindness.

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