‘Orange is the New Black‘ is an American comedy–drama web series that airs on Netflix. Often annotated as OITNB, this show first premiered on July 11, 2013. It has been created by Jenji Kohan and is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, titled, ‘Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison’, which came out in 2010 and told a tale of Piper’s experiences at Federal Correctional Institute Danbury, which is a minimum security federal prison.
‘Orange is the New Black’ emerged as a popular favorite owing to its realistic and durable portrayal of a strong woman in a prison. Being associated with movements like feminism and quaker, the show went from strength to strength and became one of the leading shows on television.
The show went on to win more than a hundred awards in total, including several Emmys. In fact, it holds the distinction of being the only one to have won an Emmy in both best comedy series and drama categories. It also enjoys the position of being one of the most watched shows on Netflix. Critics have lauded the show across the seasons, with some of them mentioning how the flashback structure of the show is interesting, not to mention the host of fascinating characters. They have also praised the show for its sharp black humor and presence of dramatic heft.
Orange is the New Black Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of the show is led by Taylor Schilling who plays Piper Chapman, a woman sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary for helping her former girlfriend Alex Vause smuggle drug money in Europe. Laura Prepon plays Alex Vause, a former drug smuggler for an unspecified international drug cartel. Michael J. Harney stars as Sam Healy, an experienced Corrections Officer and supervisor at Litchfield Penitentiary. Michelle Hurst plays Claudette “Miss Claudette” Pelage, a very strict and feared inmate at the prison. Kate Mulgrew stars as Galina “Red” Reznikov, a Russian inmate who is leader of the prison’s white population.
Other cast members include Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom, a Jewish freelance writer and Piper’s anxious and selfish fiancé; Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, a mentally unstable inmate with a violent history; Danielle Brooks as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, the black representative on the WAC; Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols, Red’s most trusted assistant.
Orange is the New Black Plot: What is it about?
‘Orange is the New Black’ follows Piper Chapman, who is convicted of a decades-old crime of having transported money related to drugs to her ex-girlfriend. When the normally law-abiding woman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars, she begins to realize how life changing prison can really be. The indictment disrupts Piper’s upper-middle-class life, and once she is in prison, she is reunited with her ex. However, since it was her ex who had testified against her in the first place, the two are forced to re-examine their relationship.
Over the episodes, we often see flashbacks, where we are given the character stories of the guards or the inmates, and we know where they came from and what their motivations are. Inmates are frequently shown to struggle within the prison system as well. Over the seasons, there have been various incidents at the prison including an uprising against the guards. SWAT had to be called in due to the riot and the show also explores the consequences of this act of blatant defiance.
‘Orange is the New Black’ seeks to explore several pertinent issues like how the safety, well being, and health of the prisoners are affected due to different forms of corruption, budget cuts, privatization of prisons, guard brutality, overcrowding, and racial biases. The show also calls into question the ability of the correctional officers and the prison administration to have a basic ability and to fulfill their ethical obligations and fundamental responsibilities as correctional institutions where one would expect rehabilitation and reform to take place.
The discerning viewer will realize that Piper serves as sort of a Trojan horse in the show and by putting her in prison, the show gets to explore and represent various women who would normally never have been portrayed in mainstream media. The Huffington Post praised the show saying, ” ‘Orange’ features the usual array of fights, thefts, betrayals, mess-hall showdowns, odd couples, comedic complications and dangerous crises you’d expect from any prison drama, and like “Oz” before it, “Orange” treats matters of race with astonishing frankness. Several characters also have fluid sexuality that is barely remarked upon… There’s something refreshing about a show that delves headfirst into matters that other dramas reserve for Special Episodes or porn-tastic sidebars. Ultimately, it’s easy to envision an “Orange” in which Chapman’s story is just one of many jockeying for space and attention. Given its setting, perhaps it’s unsurprising that the rest of the ensemble basically steals “Orange” out from under the new girl.”
Orange is the New Black Season 8 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 7 released on July 26, 2019 on Netflix. All good things have come to an end. And so, ‘Orange is the New Black’, one of the most watched shows in the history of television, is also ending after season 7. Now, even though the show is ending, don’t be disappointed that it will never come back again. The world of television is full of surprises. So, keep your hopes up and wait for may be another 4-5 years. We are sure the show will come back in some form (a spin off maybe?.) Whatever be the case, we will make sure that we update you about ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 8, if and when it is announced.
Orange is the New Black Trailer:
Till we hear something about the next season, you will have to contend with the trailer for ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 7. You can also head to Netflix and rewatch all the previous episodes.
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