Jail (TV series)

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Created by John Langley
Opening theme"Get Me Out" by Lil' Droppa
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes102 [1]
Running time22 minutes
Production company Langley Productions
Distributor20th Century Fox Television (2007-2011) Paramount Television (2014-2017)
Original network Court TV/MyNetworkTV
Spike/Paramount Network
Audio format Stereo
Original releaseSeptember 4, 2007 (2007-09-04) [nb 1]  
July 15, 2017 (2017-07-15)
Related shows Cops

Jail (stylized as JAIL) is an American reality television series that follows suspected criminals from booking through incarceration. The series was created and produced by John Langley and his son, Morgan Langley, through their Langley television and film Productions company. They also produce Cops .



The show originally premiered on Court TV as Inside American Jail in 2005.[ citation needed ] It was repackaged for MyNetworkTV's 2007 Fall schedule as simply Jail beginning September 4, 2007 [1] with a different theme song, "Get Me Out", performed by rapper Lil' Droppa. [2] It was later syndicated on TruTV (A rebrand of the original Court TV) under its original name, and Spike TV, under its current title. [3] The show ran initially for three seasons and was distributed by 20th Century Fox Television.

The booking of O. J. Simpson into the Clark County, Nevada Detention Center was featured in the show's February 12, 2008 episode. [4] [5]

In 2014, Spike revived the series as Jail: Las Vegas; shifting focus to jails in the eponymous city. The network ordered a 22-episode season which premiered on January 10, 2015. [6] [7]

In January 2016, it was announced on the show's Facebook page that Spike had renewed Jail for a fifth season. [8] In April, the season's title was announced as Jail: Big Texas; focusing on jails in the state of Texas. The fifth season premiered on Saturday, July 9, 2016. [9] [10] [11]

As of 2019 the tv series has been cancelled by Spike to allow airtime for sister show Cops .[ citation needed ] As of 2022, reruns of both series air on the cable channel Reelz, often in back-to-back blocks.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
124September 4, 2007 (2007-09-04) [nb 1] May 27, 2008 (2008-05-27)
218September 9, 2008 (2008-09-09)July 14, 2009 (2009-07-14)
318April 7, 2010 (2010-04-07) [3] September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23)
422January 10, 2015 (2015-01-10) [12] November 21, 2015 (2015-11-21) [13]
520July 9, 2016 (2016-07-09) [14] July 15, 2017 (2017-07-15) [15]


  1. 1 2 The airdate is the MyNetworkTV premiere; the series originally premiered on Court TV.

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