Television Review: Orange is the New Black

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Orange is the New Black is a television show produced by Netflix and streaming on the same. All the episodes appeared on July 11, 2013, and Chris started watching them soon after. It took a while, but he convinced me to give the show a try, and now I’m hooked. I thought it was going to be cutesy and Mob Wives type of drama with no real sense of character development. But I was totally wrong.

Summary from Netflix:

Every Sentence Is A Story: From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.

Piper is rather naive, or in denial, about what it means to live in a prison, in spite of having read up on how to survive life in prison. Some of the things she does makes me want to bang my head on the table, but then she’ll do something that’s really clever and I get super excited. The women that Piper meets in prison are all interesting characters with some really intense backgrounds that are slowly revealed throughout the season. The show does a good job of intertwining why the name five or so women are in prison with life in prison and what feeds into their psyche and why they do the things that they do.

Orange is the New Black is edgy and doesn’t shy away from racial conflict, one of the inmates explains, “It’s not a race thing, it’s a tribal thing,” which makes Piper’s eyebrows raise to her hair line, or away from sex, there are a lot of boobs in this show, especially the first episode, and even some vaginal fisting, nor does it shy away from characters who are neither good nor bad, they are complex women, most of whom have led difficult lives, or been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and all of them have a reason for being where they are. Sometimes I don’t even like the star of the show, she’s selfish and stupid, and clever and interesting, and she learns from her mistakes.

I’m totally addicted to this show and I’ve been telling everyone to give it a try. Based on the real life story of Piper Kerman’s one year stint in Prison, Orange is the New Black is an exciting, new, and original drama by Netflix that explores the penal system and the women who wind up in prison.

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2 thoughts on “Television Review: Orange is the New Black

  1. This sounds really quite brutal in places, but it has certainly intrigued me. Annoying that I don’t have Netflix though, I’ll have to see if I can source it somewhere on the internet. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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