Maximum Security
StarringRobert Desiderio
Geoffrey Lewis
Jean Smart
Robert Alan Browne
Stephen Elliott
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producersRon Howard
Tony Ganz
ProducerJeffrey Ganz
Running time45 minutes (pilot)
30 minutes (series)
Original release
ReleaseJuly 3, 1984 (1984-07-03) (pilot)
March 5, 1985 (1985-03-05) (series) –
April 9, 1985 (1985-04-09)

Maximum Security is an American drama television series on HBO about life in a supermax prison. The 45 minute pilot premiered July 3, 1984,[1] and the six-part series began on March 5, 1985.[2] Its stars included Robert Desiderio, Geoffrey Lewis, and Jean Smart. Among its directors were Sharron Miller and Gilbert Moses. The series was filmed at the Lincoln Heights jail in Los Angeles, California, USA.[1]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1PilotBill DukeJoel BlasbergJuly 3, 1984 (1984-07-03)[1]
2"Respect"Arthur SeidelmanDennis CooperMarch 5, 1985 (1985-03-05)[2]
3"Cottage 9"Sharron MillerJoel BlasbergMarch 12, 1985 (1985-03-12)
4"Sexual Politics"Michael BortmanHoward ChesleyMarch 19, 1985 (1985-03-19)
5"I Never Ran for My Father: Part 1"Gilbert MosesKaren HallMarch 26, 1985 (1985-03-26)
6"I Never Ran for My Father: Part 2"Gilbert MosesKaren HallApril 2, 1985 (1985-04-02)
7"Sleep Tight"Jeffrey GanzFrank SouthApril 9, 1985 (1985-04-09)


  1. ^ a b c O'Connor, John J. (July 3, 1984). "Cable Networks Offer 2 New Series". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  2. ^ a b Rosenberg, Howard (February 27, 1985). "A Little of the Big House Over HBO". Los Angeles Times. p. 10.