The Best Prison TV Shows on Hoopla
Finding a good Prison TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Prison TV shows of all time streaming on Hoopla.
What it's about: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Where to Watch: 80 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Hoopla). 34 episodes (41%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).
What it's about: At its heart, Banished is a story of survival. Though it is set in the stark historical reality of the founding of the penal colony in Australia in 1788 after the arrival of the First Fleet, it is not the story of Australia and how it came to be. Rather, it is a tale of love, faith, justice and morality played out on an epic scale in a confined community where the stakes are literally life and death.
Where to Watch: 11 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, BritBox & Hoopla). 11 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).
3. The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant
What it's about: Mary Bryant, a Cornish girl who was convicted of petty theft, is being transported to the Australian Penal Colony on the First Fleet with other prisoners bound for Botany Bay.
Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (PlutoTV). 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV & Hoopla).
4. Birds of a Feather
What it's about: Birds of a Feather is a British sitcom that was broadcast on BBC One from 1989 until 1998 and on ITV from 2013. Starring Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph, it was created by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, who also wrote some of the episodes along with many other writers. The first episode sees sisters Tracey Stubbs and Sharon Theodopolopodos brought together when their husbands are sent to prison for armed robbery. Sharon, who lived in an Edmonton council flat, moves into Tracey's expensive house in Chigwell, Essex. Their next-door neighbour, and later friend, Dorien Green is a middle-aged married woman who is constantly having affairs with younger men. In the later series the location is changed to Hainault. The series ended on Christmas Eve 1998 after a 9-year-run.On 3 March 2009, the The Mirror reported that the classic sitcom was set for a return reporting that Lesley Joseph, Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson have all been asked by the team behind the sitcom to make another series. Quirke was reported as saying that they were up for the challenge if the writers came up with good ideas. After this speculation of a return in early 2009 nothing more was said. However, in July 2012 Lesley Joseph hinted that Birds of a Feather could return for another series following a successful stage tour.
Where to Watch: 26 episodes (20%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV & Hoopla). 16 episodes (13%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).