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

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'.[4] 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'.[5] Taylor Schilling was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nellie Andreeva. "Netflix Eyeing Second Original Series – Comedy From 'Weeds' Creator Jenji Kohan - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  2. Nellie Andreeva. "Netflix Renews ‘Orange Is The New Black’ For Second Season - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  3. Stedman, Alex (June 11, 2015). "‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 3 Gets Early Release". Variety. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  4. "10 Reasons “Orange Is The New Black” Is The New Lesbionic TV Show You Should Watch Now". Autostraddle. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  5. Hank Stuever (11 July 2013). "Netflix’s ‘Orange Is the New Black’: Brilliance behind bars". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  6. "‘Orange Is The New Black’ SPOILERS: Constance Shulman Promises ‘Deeper Exploration’ Season 2, Taylor Schilling Talks Golden Globes Nomination". Fashion & Style. Retrieved 12 July 2015.

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