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The Best Prison TV Shows on Netflix

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 Netflix.

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1. Orange Is the New Black

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8.1/10
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91/100
Year: 2013-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Comedy, LGBTQ

What it's about: A crime she committed in her youthful past sends Piper Chapman to a women's prison, where she trades her comfortable New York life for one of unexpected camaraderie and conflict in an eccentric group of fellow inmates.

Where to Watch: 91 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 78 episodes (86%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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2. Arrested Development

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8.8/10
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89/100
Year: 2003-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Comedy

What it's about: The story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.

Where to Watch: 91 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Hulu). 68 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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3. Prison Break

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8.3/10
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86/100
Year: 2005-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.

Where to Watch: 89 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Hulu). 91 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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4. Making a Murderer

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8.6/10
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83/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Documentary, Crime

What it's about: Filmed over 10 years, this real-life thriller follows a DNA exoneree who, while exposing police corruption, becomes a suspect in a grisly new crime.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 12 episodes (60%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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5. Rectify

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8.3/10
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79/100
Year: 2013-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Drama

What it's about: After 19 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden is going home. His conviction has been vacated due to new DNA evidence. Now he has to return to a world he no longer knows and his reentry into the outside world may be as unforgiving as prison. Daniel is haunted by the past, dogged by the present, and uncertain of the future. As he struggles to adapt to his new life, his homecoming reignites the fears of a small town and threatens to shatter his family’s fragile peace. Daniel’s alleged crime divided a community. Will his freedom tear it in half?

Where to Watch: 30 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 30 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Wentworth

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8.6/10
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74/100
Year: 2013-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 9
Drama, Crime

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 (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 34 episodes (43%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. 'Allo 'Allo!

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71/100
Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 9
Comedy, History

What it's about: 'Allo 'Allo! is a British sitcom broadcast on BBC One from 1982 to 1992 comprising eighty-five episodes. It is a parody of another BBC programme, the wartime drama Secret Army. 'Allo, 'Allo! was created by David Croft, who also wrote the theme music, and Jeremy Lloyd. Lloyd and Croft wrote the first six series. The remaining series were written by Lloyd and Paul Adam. The show tells the fictitious story of Rene Artois, a café owner in a small town in Nazi occupied France, who reluctantly helps the French resistance in their various schemes, the main of which is to help hide British airmen from the Germans. At the same time, he has to hide artefacts such as famous paintings for the German soldiers who frequent his café, while trying to keep his affairs with his waitresses secret from his wife. The comedy is a combination of wordplay, farce, slapstick, and sexual innuendo. Unlike most sitcoms, the episodes build on previous ones, requiring viewers to watch the series chronologically in order to fully understand the plot. In 2004, 'Allo 'Allo came 13th in Britain's Best Sitcom. A reunion special, comprising new material, archive clips and specially recorded interviews, was broadcast on 28 April 2007 on BBC Two.

Where to Watch: 85 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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8. Time: The Kalief Browder Story

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67/100
Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: The story of a teenager wrongfully charged with theft and jailed at Riker's Island prison for over 1,000 days.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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9. Locked Up

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64/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Set up to take the blame for corporate fraud, young Macarena Ferreiro is locked up in a high-security women's prison surrounded by tough, ruthless criminals in this tense, provocative Spanish thriller.

Where to Watch: 35 episodes (69%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video). 16 episodes (31%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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10. El marginal

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62/100
Year: 2016-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An ex-cop entered a prison as convicted under a false identity in order to infiltrate within a group of prisoners that has just kidnapped the teenage daughter of an important national judge.

Where to Watch: 21 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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11. Prison Playbook

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46/100
Year: 2017-2019Seasons: 1
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: With his major league baseball debut right around the corner, a star pitcher lands in prison and must learn to navigate his new world.

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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12. Louis Theroux: Miami Mega-Jail

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45/100
Year: 2011-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Documentary

What it's about: Louis takes an in-depth look at Miami's jail system, a vast holding pen for the unconvicted where most inmates are awaiting trial.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (6%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).