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Women In Prison

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Twelve years after ABC failed with a comedy set in a men’s prison (On the Rocks), Fox Broadcasting gave women equal time.

The setting for this bizarre comedy was Bass Women’s Prison in Wisconsin, where the inmates in cell block J never seemed to be locked in their cells.

Among the incarcerated skirts were naive Vicki (Julia Campbell), a pampered suburban housewife who had been framed for shoplifting by her philandering husband; Dawn (C. C. H. Pounder), a tough black woman who had murdered her husband; Bonnie (Antoinette Byron), a sexy, gay English hooker; and Eve (Peggy Cass), an aging, forgetful bank robber who had lived there for decades.

In the adjoining cell, with a computer terminal but no roommates, was Pam (Wendie Jo Sperber), a brilliant but sarcastic woman who was serving time for computer embezzlement.

Meg (Denny Dillon, pictured at left) was cellblock J’s short, frumpy, sadistic guard, and Warden Rafferty (Blake Clark) the grumpy boss, for whom Vicki worked as a secretary.

Vicki Springer
Julia Campbell
Asst. Warden Clint Rafferty
Blake Clark
Dawn Murphy
C. C. H. Pounder
Eve Shipley
Peggy Cass
Bonnie Harper
Antoinette Byron
Wendie Jo Sperber
Meg Bando
Denny Dillon