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 have been three seasons with 13 episodes each. The first episode of season two aired on June 6, 2014.[2] The third season premiered on June 11, 2015.[3]

In April 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, to be released on June 17, 2016. In February 2016, the series was renewed through seven seasons.[4]

Orange Is the New Black is the first series to get Emmy Award nominations in both comedy and drama categories.[5] The series has also received six Golden Globe Award nominations, six Writers Guild of America Award nominations, two Producers Guild of America Awards, an American Film Institute award, and a Peabody Award.

Plot and cast[change | change 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 also put in the prison. 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'.[6] 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 | change source]

Orange Is the New Black was well-received by critics. The Washington Post called the show 'brilliance behind bars'.[7] Taylor Schilling was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nellie Andreeva. "Netflix Eyeing Second Original Series – Comedy From 'Weeds' Creator Jenji Kohan - Deadline". Deadline. http://www.deadline.com/2011/07/netflix-eyeing-second-original-series-comedy-from-weeds-creator-jenji-kohan/#more-149314. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  2. Nellie Andreeva. "Netflix Renews ‘Orange Is The New Black’ For Second Season - Deadline". Deadline. http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/netfilx-renews-orange-is-the-new-black-for-second-season/. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  3. Stedman, Alex (June 11, 2015). "‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 3 Gets Early Release". Variety. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/orange-is-the-new-black-season-3-gets-early-release-1201518216/. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  4. Littleton, Cynthia (February 5, 2016). "‘Orange Is the New Black’ Renewed For 3 Seasons By Netflix". Variety. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/orange-is-the-new-black-renewed-3-seasons-netflix-1201698227/. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  5. Birnbaum, Debra (August 4, 2015). "‘Orange Is the New Black’ Boss Jenji Kohan on Running the Show Her Way". Variety. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/jenji-kohan-orange-is-the-new-black-showrunner-1201555759/. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  6. "10 Reasons “Orange Is The New Black” Is The New Lesbionic TV Show You Should Watch Now". Autostraddle. http://www.autostraddle.com/orange-is-the-new-black-is-the-new-lesbian-tv-show-you-should-watch-now-184738/. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  7. Hank Stuever (11 July 2013). "Netflix’s ‘Orange Is the New Black’: Brilliance behind bars". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/netflixs-orange-is-the-new-black-brilliance-behind-bars/2013/07/11/d52f911e-e9aa-11e2-8f22-de4bd2a2bd39_story.html. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  8. "‘Orange Is The New Black’ SPOILERS: Constance Shulman Promises ‘Deeper Exploration’ Season 2, Taylor Schilling Talks Golden Globes Nomination". Fashion & Style. http://www.fashionnstyle.com/articles/14228/20131213/orange-is-the-new-black-spoilers-constance-shulman-promises-deeper-exploration-season-2-taylor-schilling-talks-golden-globes-nomination.htm. Retrieved 12 July 2015.

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