‘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.