Women In Prison (1987) – Before there was #OITNB

Picture this: An 80’s yuppie gets sent to prison after being framed for shoplifting by her cheating husband and hilarity ensues!

That’s it. That’s the entire premise of FOX’s 1987 comedy Women In Prison. I watched the first episode yesterday and as simple and predictable as it all was, I really liked it. It was silly, over the top, and to be quite honest, pretty much what I expected from a FOX sitcom – especially one from the same creators of the great Married With Children (which itself had only just debuted earlier that same year).

It’s got all the tropes.
Vicky is the total bougie, naive, Pollyanna, fish out of water type who tries to make nice with the other inmates and charm her way though everything. Sound familiar? But as annoying as she should be, I kind of love her.

The inmates are an amusing bunch: The Tough One, The Sexy One, The Old One, The Brainy One. And of course there’s the Snarky Guard and Laid-Back Warden. Power struggles, job assignments, fights, solitary confinement. All things we’ve come to expect from a prison show are there and nothing to be taken very seriously.

Following a 13 episode first season FOX didn’t pick it up for a second. How could a show about women’s prison really go anywhere anyway, right?

Honestly though, one of the greatest things about the show is the theme song. I love, love, love me a good theme song and this one is so hilariously melodramatic. Plus the opening does a good job of introducing the cast and showing what each inmate got busted for.

 

So if you’re in the mood for a giggle, the first episode is on youtube,which I’d recommend checking out (there are even some commercials and an episode of Dolly). Enjoy!

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