Orange Is the New Black

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Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series on Netflix. Jenji Kohan created it. She is known for creating Weeds. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman.[1] So far there has been one season with 13 episodes. The first episode of season two airs on June 6, 2014.[2]

Plot and cast[change | edit source]

The show is about Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a middle class woman who has been sent to prison for carrying drug money for her ex-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), who is put in the prison too. She is engaged to a man called Larry (Jason Biggs) and describes herself as an 'ex-lesbian'. However being in prison causes her to rethink her sexual orientation and her identity in general. The show has strong LGBT themes and has been described as a 'lesbian tv show'[3]. Lesbian characters include Carrie "Big Boo" Black, Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren (Uzo Aduba), and Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne). Transgender prisoner Sophia Burset is played by Laverne Cox, a real trans woman. Most of the characters are women of color.

The third episode, "Lesbian Request Denied", was directed by Jodie Foster.

Critical response[change | edit source]

Orange Is the New Black was well-received by critics. The Washington Post called the show 'brilliance behind bars'.[4] Taylor Schilling was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[5]


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