Orange Is the New Black
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. So far there has been one season with 13 episodes. The first episode of season two airs on June 6, 2014.
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'. 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'. Taylor Schilling was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
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