Top 10 Best Prison TV Series on Netflix

21-02-2022 10 3 0 0 Báo lỗi

Prisons subjects may not be exactly shown in films or television series, but they are always cared for by many audiences. Here's a list of Netflix's best prison TV series that are now accessible to watch. There are comedy-drama series, real-life documentaries about the most hazardous jails, and also documentaries about women behind jail on the list that you can refer to choose the best one!

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Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)

Orange Is the New Black (sometimes abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy-drama streaming television series created by Jenji Kohan for Netflix. Piper Kerman's novel Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), on her experiences in FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison, is the basis for the series. Orange Is the New Black launched on Netflix on July 11, 2013, and was produced by Tilted Productions in collaboration with Lionsgate Television.


It follows the story of a young lady who is sentenced to prison for transporting narcotics with her lesbian girlfriend in her prior life. Because this is her first time in jail, she gradually adapts to her surroundings and forms relationships that may lead to future troubles. The series received 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations in its debut season, winning three of them, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.


Detailed Information:

Genre: Comedy-drama

Created by: Jenji Kohan

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Michelle Hurst

No. of seasons: 7
No. of episodes: 91

Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)
Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)
Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)
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Prison Playbook (2017-2018)

Prison Playbook is a 2017 South Korean television series directed by Shin Won-ho. It aired on tvN for 16 episodes from November 22, 2017, to January 18, 2018, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:10 (KST). The series was a commercial success, and it went on to become one of the highest-rated Korean shows ever on cable television.


'Prison Playbook' depicts prison life in an unexpectedly new way – with a lot of humor. The story follows a baseball player who is at the peak of his career but somehow lands himself in prison after attempting to rescue his sister from a sexual assault. All of this occurs only days before he was scheduled to play for the Boston Red Sox. But now that he's behind the jail, he'll have to learn to live and adjust to his new surroundings.

Detailed Information:

Genre: Black comedy
Created by: Lee Woo-Jung
Starring: Park Hae-soo, Jung Kyung-ho
No. of episodes: 16
Prison Playbook (2017-2018)
Prison Playbook (2017-2018)
Prison Playbook (2017-2018)
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Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons (2016-)

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons is a Netflix documentary series created by Emporium Productions, a London-based production company. The film depicts life in 19 prisons throughout the world. It takes us on a tour of these unfriendly foreign jails, revealing the terrifying facts of these institutions.


Season 1 was presented by Irish journalist Paul Connolly and aired on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom (UK). Seasons 2, 3, 4, and 5 were commissioned by Netflix and hosted by UK journalist Raphael Rowe, who had previously spent 12 years in jail for a crime for which he was exonerated. The fifth season of the show premiered on January 9, 2021. Season 5 features three episodes instead of four, as opposed to the previous four seasons.


Detailed Information:

Genre: Documentary

No. of seasons: 5
No. of episodes: 19

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons (2016-)
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons (2016-)
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons (2016-)
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First and Last (2018)

First and Last is a Netflix documentary non-scripted reality television series from the United States that premiered in 2018. Each episode follows convicts on their first or last days at Gwinnett County Jail, a pre-trial detention facility in Georgia, United States. Throughout the season, the criminal justice system in the United States is also explored. On September 7, 2018, the whole season of First and Last, comprising of six episodes, was published.


It begins with rolling cameras on newly arrested convicts and then follows their trip up to their final days in jail and to the end of their stays in the facility. This show captures some profound insights into the life of these inmates and provides far more than you could anticipate from a prison docu series.

Detailed Information:

Genre: Reality-TV
No. of seasons: 1
No. of episodes: 6
First and Last (2018)
First and Last (2018)
First and Last (2018)
First and Last (2018)
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Girls Incarcerated (2018-2019)

Girls Incarcerated: Young and Locked Up is an American documentary television series that premiered on Netflix on March 2, 2018. The focus of Season 2 changed to the adolescent inmates at LaPorte Juvenile. The sitcom was not formally renewed for a third season by Netflix, and no release date has been set.


The series follows the lives of young adolescent girls who are incarcerated at a Madison juvenile prison and shows the impact of this on their lives. The confinements of this institution might be difficult at times since these adolescent girls miss out on important life events involving family and friends. Even though, they attempt to preserve excellent interpersonal ties within the institution to avoid future conflict and enjoy small events together, such as graduations and birthdays.


Detailed Information:

Genre: Documentary

No. of seasons: 2
No. of episodes: 16

Girls Incarcerated (2018-2019)
Girls Incarcerated (2018-2019)
Girls Incarcerated (2018-2019)
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Wentworth (2013-2021)

Wentworth is a bit like an Australian version of 'Orange Is the New Black,' but with a more serious tone. It is a television drama series set in Australia. It premiered on SoHo on May 1, 2013, and ended on Fox Showcase on October 26, 2021, with its 100th episode.


The series is a modern remake of Network Ten's Prisoner, which aired from 1979 to 1986. Wentworth was created by Lara Radulovich and David Hannam based on Reg Watson's original concept. The series is set in the modern-day and follows Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack), the show's protagonist, who is on trial for attempting to murder her own husband. While she waits for further instructions on her trial, she must adjust to life in jail and make friends with whoever she can in order to live.


Detailed Information:

Genre: Drama

Created by: Lara Radulovich, David Hannam, Reg Watson

Starring: Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kris McQuade, Libby Tanner

No. of seasons: 8
No. of episodes: 100

Wentworth (2013-2021)
Wentworth (2013-2021)
Wentworth (2013-2021)
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When They See Us (2019)

When They See Us is a Netflix original criminal drama miniseries produced, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay that aired on May 31, 2019, in four parts. It is based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. It follows the lives and families of the five Black and Latino male suspects who were wrongly accused and prosecuted on charges linked to the rape and abuse of a white lady in New York City's Central Park.


When They See Us received positive reviews, with an appreciation for its actors in particular. It garnered 11 nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards; Jerome won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, while it was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series, and Ellis, Nash, Black, Leguizamo, Williams, Blake, and Farmiga were all nominated for acting. The series was also named Best Limited Series by Critics' Choice Television.


Detailed Information:

Genre: Crime drama, True Crime, Tragedy

Created by: Ava DuVernay

Starring: Asante Black, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Jharrel Jerome

No. of episodes: 4

When They See Us (2019)
When They See Us (2019)
When They See Us (2019)
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Time: The Khalif Browder Story (2017)

Time: The Kalief Browder Story is a six-episode American documentary television miniseries that premiered on March 1, 2017, on Spike. Time is "very likely one of the most devastating documents I have ever seen and one of the most important: It seems impossible to watch this and not want to take action", Julianne Escobedo Shepherd wrote for Jezebel.


The film tells the story of Kalief Browder, a Bronx high school student who was charged with a crime he did not commit at the young age of 16 and sentenced to three years in Rikers Island Prison. He was accused of attempting to steal a rucksack, and since his family was unable to pay the $900 bail, he was sentenced to three years in jail for no fault of his own. He committed suicide shortly after his release from jail when the charges against him were dismissed.


Detailed Information:

Genre: Documentary

Created by: Julia Willoughby-Nason

No. of seasons: 1
No. of episodes: 6

Time: The Khalif Browder Story (2017)
Time: The Khalif Browder Story (2017)
Time: The Khalif Browder Story (2017)
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Inhuman Resources (2020)

Inhuman Resources, starring Eric Cantona, Suzanne Clément, and Alex Lutz, is a criminal thriller series based on Pierre Lemaitre's novel 'Cadres Noirs.'


The series follows Alain Delambre, a senior executive who has been unemployed for six years and is now prepared to go to any length to find work and live a respectable life. As a result, when a prominent organization offers him the opportunity he has been waiting for, Alain does not hesitate to strike his own son-in-law, steal from his daughters, and divorce his loving wife. Unfortunately, once the company challenges him to a role-playing game before employing him, things do not go as planned. Alain is willing to do whatever is required of him without ever recognizing what their true goals are, but his constant search for work finally leads to his tragedy.


Detailed Information:

Genre: Drama, Thriller
Starring: Eric Cantona, Suzanne Clément, Alex Lutz
No. of seasons: 1
No. of episodes: 6
Inhuman Resources (2020)
Inhuman Resources (2020)
Inhuman Resources (2020)
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Jailbirds (2019)

Jailbirds is an American reality television series about female inmates at the Sacramento County Jail, California, which premiered on Netflix in 2019.


The story revolves around female convicts in the Sacramento County Jail who are forced to fight for power and love in a harsh environment where nothing is simple. The jailed women encounter several challenges as they go about their daily lives, and with so few opportunities to improve their lives on the line, they are not afraid to use whatever methods necessary to acquire what they want. In such a competitive environment, conflicts are certain to arise, since everyone is justified in doing whatever it takes to improve their own life.


Detailed Information:

Genre: Reality

Starring: Gaylon Beason, Taylor Coatney, Andrea Gunderson

Jailbirds (2019)
Jailbirds (2019)
Jailbirds (2019)


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