1 9 8 7 (USA)
7 x 60 minute episodes
Mariah is a small (fictional) country town and the site of a huge maximum security prison. This seven-episode ABC series focuses on the lives of the people on both sides of the bars of the antiquated prison, which houses 2,500 men and women.
Working at the prison are world-weary Superintendent James Malone (Philip Baker Hall), idealistic new Deputy Superintendent Ned Sheffield (John Getz), psychologist Dr Deena Hertz (Tovah Feldshuh), corrections officer Leda Cervantes (Wanda De Jesus), and Reverend Howard Bouchard (William Allen Young).
Regularly featured town residents include Brandis LaSalle (Kathleen Layman), the superintendent’s wife, Maggie Malone (Susan Brown), Linda Grincato (Renne Lippin) and Father Timothy Quinlan (Chris Wiggins).
Exteriors for the series were filmed at Sing Sing Prison in upstate New York. The theme tune was composed by Bill Conti.
Deputy Superintendent Ned Sheffield
Dr Deena Hertz
Rev. Howard Bouchard
William Allen Young
Superintendent James Malone
Philip Baker Hall
Wanda De Jesus
Father Timothy Quinlan