Women in Prison
is an American television sitcom, which aired on Fox
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from October 11, 1987 to April 2, 1988.
Set in cell-block J of the Bass Women's prison in Wisconsin
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, the show focuses on the interactions among the prison inmates. The show's cast include Peggy Cass
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, Julia Campbell
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, Antoinette Byron, Blake Clark
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, Denny Dillon
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, CCH Pounder
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and Wendie Jo Sperber
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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 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 # || Episode title || Original airdate
|| "Vickie Does Prison"
|| October 11, 1987
|| October 24, 1987
|| "Hello, I Must Be Going"
|| October 31, 1987
|| "Nell's Bells"
|| November 7, 1987
|| "Walk This Way"
|| November 14, 1987
|| "Skirts on Ice"
|| November 21, 1987
|| "The Hole Story"
|| December 5, 1987
|| "Veni, Vidi, Vicki"
|| December 26, 1987
|| "Prisoners of Love"
|| January 16, 1988
|| "52 Pick Up"
|| January 23, 1988
|| "One Hero with Relish"
|| February 6, 1988
|| "I Do, I Don't"
|| February 13, 1988
|| "The Triangle"
|| February 20, 1988